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Weekly Letter to Our Global Community – 15 Nov 22

EDRM Letter to our Global Community 15 Nov 22

Dear EDRM community,

The word of the week is control.

Ukraine has retaken Kherson, the US Congress is split with votes still being tallied, and medical professionals are fearing the impact to hospital care with a tripledemic. Musk’s “rightsized” Twitter is publicly challenged by the EU, the FTC and US Senator Ed Markey, who urged Musk to focus more on fixing his companies or “Congress would” after an $8 verification/impersonation dustup. FTX and some other crypto Is melting down in either a Lehman Brothers or Enron manner.  The legal press is arguing whether firm layoffs, stealth now, will rise to the level of 2008. Bloomberg Law 2023 explores the litigation, transactional and areas of interest, while Al Gore offers a global granular database of emission levels by source.

Doug Austin launched the short eDiscovery Today State of the Industry Report Survey (once again sponsored by EDRM) and we welcome your insights on this.

In legal tech this week, the 19 nominations with 13 nominees for the Gayle O’Connor GO Spirit Award are honored prior to the award being presented to the winner on eDiscovery Day Dec. 1st at 4:30pm ET. EDRM Trusted Partner, IPRO, welcomed Ethan Treese as Chief Commercial Officer.  Planet Data’s plaintiff firm client, who negotiated free hosting, is suing Veristar for charging for the “free hosting” after the change in control.  Historians and war crimes investigators are searching for solutions to mitigate the impact of potentially losing Twitter. Doug Austin launched the short eDiscovery Today State of the Industry Report Survey (once again sponsored by EDRM) and we welcome your insights on this.

Join EDRM for a very special Friendsgiving with the San Diego Paralegal Association (SDPA) Virtual Lunch with Leaders (VLL) and Practice Aligned Resources (PAR) on Friday, November 18 at noon Pacific, 3PM Eastern.

For the rest of November on the EDRM Global Webinar Channel:

Nov. 15, 1PM Eastern. Cyber Sidebar: the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Applied to the Legal Profession, with James Dever, M.A., J.D., Dr. Jack Dever, J.D., LL.M..EDRM Trusted Partner, Lockhaven Solutions.

Nov 17, 1PM Eastern. The Tom & Jeremy Show: Squirrel! Tom Gricks, Sr. Principal Consultant, Recon Investigations, EDRM Trusted Partner, OpenText & Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Chief Data Scientist, Conga

Nov. 18, 1PM Eastern Discoverability of AI Algorithms and their Data Inputs in Court Cases with Industry Experts: Hon. Ron Hedges (ret.) Senior Counsel, Dentons & Debbie Reynolds, Debbie Reynolds Consulting LLC

Nov. 28, 2PM Eastern. EDRM Public Service webinar: “How to Back up Twitter Step by Step” with Mary Mack, CEO & Chief Legal Technologist, EDRM and Kaylee Walstad, Chief Strategy Officer at EDRM. Here is a step by step on how to backup Twitter in blog format, give it a try and bring your suggestions and challenges to the live webinar.

Nov. 29, 1PM Eastern. How a Smoking Gun Message Illustrates the Importance of Slack ESI in eDiscovery with Doug Austin, Derek M. Duarte, Esq., Colleen E. Freeman, Esq., CEDS and John A. Sten, Esq.

December 1, all day, E-Discovery Day with live and virtual events, incredible education and a fun virtual Kahoot networking event.  See Helen Geib’s “5 Reasons to Love E-Discovery Day” and Tim Rollins’ “Judge Andrew Peck (ret.) Opines on E-Discovery Day”.

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 more government perspectives.

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 138th 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. 

At your side,

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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