We already know just how important meet and confer is for electronic discovery. But, do you also know who should be at the meet and confer?
Here’s a pop quiz:
What makes a good meet and confer team?
(a) Crack team of e-discovery professionals
(b) Lone-wolf litigator
(c) Group of attorneys with varying levels of ESI acumen
Choice (a) would seem like a great answer, but unfortunately this answer is rarely the “final answer”.
I recently conducted an informal survey of ten high-profile, experienced e-discovery/litigation support professionals and found that four had never been to a Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 26(f) “Meet and Confer” meeting. The six who had done so averaged 3.8 meet and confers per person since the amended rules took effect in December 2006, over the last three years.
All ten e-discovery professionals believe their firms are missing out on an opportunity to tap their skills and experience. Of course, many practicing attorneys have become proficient in matters involving electronically stored information (ESI) or are themselves e-discovery professionals. However, most litigators can benefit from specialists who spend their days ‘living and breathing’ e-discovery.
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Source: Integreon Blog
By: Babs Deacon