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Weekly Letter to Our Global Community – 20 Sept 22

EDRM Letter to Our global community 20 Sep 2022

Dear EDRM Community,

The word of the week is palpable. 

As HM Queen Elizabeth was laid to rest, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Pakistan are under water, with wildfire smoke drifting east in the US. Lupus is the latest chronic disease to where CAR-T therapy is showing progress, the clinical trial treatmentthat gave the late Robert Childress more years.  Unions are negotiating work from home provisions in labor contracts as railroads and unions will keep the supply chain running with a tentative agreement. Richard Tromans pulled this nugget from Wolters Kluwer’s study of legal tech adoption and profitability: “70% of corporate lawyers and 58% of law firm lawyers say they are very or somewhat likely to leave their current position in the next year. Appellate Judges, The Hon. Judges Bernice B. Donald (Obama appointee) and Don R. Willett (Trump appointee), jointly penned an op ed with 5 simple suggestions to overcome polarization.

Judges Bernice B. Donald (Obama appointee) and Don R. Willett (Trump appointee), jointly penned an op ed with 5 simple suggestions to overcome polarization.

In legal tech this week, the US-DOJ has proposed the Relativity platform for the Special Master process with the Mar-a-Lago documents. Relativity, an EDRM Trusted Partner, is also used by the DOJ for the Jan. 6th prosecutions. It is fun to see our partners in the news engaged in headline cases. Gibson Dunn and Facebook (Meta) face sanctions, and Facebook has no idea where it stores user data (via Doug Austin at eDiscovery Today). Twitter faces a whistleblower alleging that “51% of the ~11 thousand full-time employees had privileged access to Twitter’s production systems.”  Legaltech News’ Isha Maranthe looks at overpromises in legal AI with extensive quotes from EDRM Advisory Council leader, Dr. Maura R. Grossman and CEO, Mary Mack.  World Software (Worldox) named a new president after the last was arrested:  The Nuix-Reveal romance was outed by Bloomberg’s Steve Lerner.  The White House released guidelines for federal software development in light of the Solar Winds hack as Uber was hacked via social engineering. EDRM Global Advisory Council leader, Dennis Kennedy, talks about 1996 legal tech as Rob Robinson of ComplexDiscovery and EDRM requests input on the Fall 2022 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey.

Mary is at PREX this week and EDRM hosted Monica Enand, CEO of our wonderful trusted partner, Zapproved, in a video short interview about the importance of the keynote at PREX. 

EDRM published its “Using Special Masters and Discovery Mediators to Resolve eDiscovery Disputes: A Bench Book for Judges and Attorneys 2022 Edition, Public Comment Version.” Comments are accepted through September 29, 2022.   

Gayle O’Connor Spirit Award Nominations are open. The Gayle O’Connor (GO) Spirit Award celebrates members of the e-discovery and legal technology communities whose singular energy, enthusiasm and verve echo the spirit of the late Gayle O’Connor (1956-2020

EDRM hosts our trusted partner, Ankura’s Managing Director of Data and Technology, Charisma Starr and Phil Verdelho who scaled in house eDiscovery at Merck, JP Morgan and UBS on “Managing Data Related Procedures in Corporate!” on September 27th at 1pm ET. 

Recent EDRM Ripped from the Headlines Flash Webinars are available 24/7 on demand:

Ripped From the Headlines: Cyberwar & the ‘Iceberg Problem’ in Ukraine and More our trusted partner, Lockhaven Solutions with James Dever, M.A., J.D., Dr. Jack Dever, J.D., LL.M- Principals, discussing why the government or military cannot attack hackers targeting civilian businesses.

Ripped From the Headlines: Mystery of the Mar-a-Lago Docs & the Special Master
The Hon. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix (D. Colorado) in conversation with Dr. Maura R. Grossman, and moderated by EDRM’s CEO and chief technology officer, Mary Mack, CISSP.   

Ripped From the Headlines: Alex Jones Driving Blind
Craig Ball and Mary Mack talk about the consequences of Jones’ counsel passing around a “white hard drive” bearing no label or markings, nothing whatsoever advising the drive held privileged attorney-client records and court-protected documents.

Have a great idea for a Ripped from the Headlines Flash Webinar? Reach out to info@edrm.net to discuss!

EDRM projects are open to new contributors, please reach out to info@edrm.net to let us know your interest, and we will introduce you to the appropriate Project Trustee.  You can check out EDRM’s project listings here.  The Text Message Metadata Primer Project has a call out for participation to add a government perspective.

Our Syndicated EDRM Global Podcast Network is available via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and your favorite podcast app, so you can listen at your leisure.  Kaylee and Mary have our own podcast, the Illumination Zone, joining TAR Talk and Ryan Short’s eDiscovery After Hours podcasts.  Reach out to info@edrm.net to suggest guests, including your own fabulous self.   

Every Tuesday at 6PM Eastern, community members gather via Zoom to offer or request support as we navigate our work and personal challenges.  Email us at info@edrm.net to be included on the group invitation for the 130th support call. Remember, you are not alone, and you are welcome at our events, or to reach out for help.  If you are having a mental health emergency, please consider these resources for professional help.  Tall Poppy has some resources specifically for those experiencing online harassment, with some great sources of general mental health resources.

We welcome your participation in our projects, webinars, support gatherings, and our EDRM Hub, our job board/event/directory website.  There is no charge for these EDRM offerings, thanks to our very generous partners. 

Feel the seasons,

Mary & Kaylee



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Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.


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