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Weekly Letter to Our Global Community – 24 Jan 23

EDRM Letter to our Global Community 24 Jn 2023 Vol 153
Image: Kaylee Walstad, EDRM

Dear EDRM Community,

The word of the week is startle.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister is stepping down. The movie Rust will continue with its star indicted on involuntary manslaughter. Scientists add lasers to lightning rods in a bid to control lightning. The current US administration has its own classified documents investigation.

In legal tech this week, the eDiscovery landscape looks different with the combination of Exterro and Zapproved.  We talked with our friend, Bill Piwonka, CMO of our Trusted Partner, Exterro on the Illumination Zone for his perspective and a glimpse into what the respective Zapproved and Exterro constituents can expect.  Disco joins major providers with their own 9% layoff.  Those impacted are welcome at our EDRM support call, details at the end of this letter.  Rob Robinson of ComplexDiscovery is requesting your input on the 28th edition of his quarterly survey, Winter 2023 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey. ChatGPT is just getting started, can pass challenging professional exams, and will be featured in conversation as a “guest” with Ralph Losey on the EDRM Global Webinar Channel.  The SEC is close to finalizing a rule for a 4 day disclosure window for breaches.


Tomorrow, Jan 24, 1 Eastern:   Tom & Jeremy Show: Episode 8: Photomosaics and the Bigger Picture. Tom Gricks, Sr. Principal Consultant, Recon Investigations, Opentext & Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Chief Data Scientist, Conga

EDRM is hosting webinars on TAR, AI and Special Masters: 
Jan 25, 1 Eastern, Tom & Jeremy Show: Episode 8: Photomosaics and the Bigger Picture. Tom Gricks, Sr. Principal Consultant, Recon Investigations, Opentext & Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Chief Data Scientist, Conga.

Jan 26, 1 Eastern, The Basics of Chat GPT AI for eDiscovery Lawyers and Technicians with “The Dude” ChatGPT AI and Ralph Losey. [Ralph detailed his process in a tongue in cheek conversation eDiscovery for our blog.] Bring your questions and suggestions.

Feb 6, 1 Eastern, The 411 on Special Masters and Discovery Mediators with Dr. Maura R. Grossman, Hon. Kristen L Mix, Hon. Iain Johnston, Hon. Andrew Peck & Jay Yelton

And, we’d love to hear from you:  info@edrm.net will get to both Kaylee and Mary.

EDRM’s project listings are here.  

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.  

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 149th 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.

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. 

Eyebrows raised,

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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