Weekly Letter to our EDRM Global Community – 14 Nov 2023

Weekly Letter to the EDRM Global Community 14 Nov 2023
Image: Kaylee Walstad, EDRM

Dearest EDRM Community,

The word of the week is turbulent. 

Biden and Xi will sign an agreement between the US and China keeping AI out of control systems for nuclear weapons. The Israel Hamas war threatens to expand in the Mideast. Ukraine warns Russia it will retaliate for energy infrastructure attacks. A mass killing claimed the lives of over 1300 souls in Sudan’s civil war. Moody’s, like its name, cut its credit risk assessment on the US to negative.  The National Association of Realtors is reeling from a price fixing verdict regarding commissions in a business climate that reportedly has a 100% online component. Iceland has declared a state of emergency due to earthquake and possible volcanic eruption.  Kenyans get a holiday to plant a hundred million seedlings. French police thwart €600,000 champagne heist after a chase with the help of tracking devices.

EDRM is pleased to release its “General Data Protection Regulation Cross-Border Discovery Guidelines,” which have been released for public comment.  The public comment period will close on 11/20/2023 and all comments are welcomed.

Array acquires Acorn. The law must govern AI, or AI will govern the law.  ComplexDiscovery reviews the 2023 Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer Survey finding AI, ESG and technology adoption challenges to include recruiting and retaining talent in these areas. Stephen Embry brings us the Major Lindsay & Africa survey showing “a startling gap between law firm management and associates.”  The European Data Protection Supervisor and UK ICO Sign Memorandum of Understanding per Hunton.  Allen & Overy suffered a cyberattack to a “small number of servers,” per Legal IT Insider, as Legal IT Insider’s survey in collaboration with Litera exposes almost half of eDiscovery is not yet in the cloud.  OpenAI’s Dev Day announced more power, more data and the ability to make no-code models per eDiscovery Today. Fitting that one of the memorials for Monica Bay will be on eDiscovery Day.

On the EDRM Blog

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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.  Recent podcasts guests include Joey Seeber and David GreethamAnya KorolyovBriordy MeyersMonica HarrisJohn Wilson, and Robin Perkins.


EDRM is pleased to release its “General Data Protection Regulation Cross-Border Discovery Guidelines,” which have been released for public comment.  The public comment period will close on 11/20/2023 and all comments are welcomed.

EDRM updated its Generative AI and Large Language Model policy to address the need for disclosure and fact checking. Read all the policies here.

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Striving for balance,,

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.

  • Kaylee Walstad

    Kaylee Walstad, chief strategy officer of EDRM, leads the global project based organization and is the former VP of client engagement at a certification organization. Kaylee is known for her role in building communities, uniting people and companies across the globe, and brand amplification for partners through social media and events. A frequent public speaker on a variety of topics, from personal development to the nuances of e-discovery. Kaylee has a broad background in e-discovery and skills that uniquely position her to provide insight into the challenges faced by the end-users of e-discovery services and technology and the organizations serving them. She has extensive expertise in developing cross organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations.