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AS: Paralegal/Legal Assisting: Legal Ethics

A collection of legal print and online resources available for SCF faculty and students is a web site focused on the ethical issues associated with the use of technology by legal professionals. It is is updated by Professor David Hricik of Mercer University School of Law and Peter Krakaur.

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What is eDiscovery?

AND Why is it so important?

In his article, John Barkett, addressed that effective September 1, 2012, Florida’s first ever rules for discovery of electronically stored information in civil courts will take effect.  This article included Florida’s E-Discovery Rules that consisted of seventeen pages.

 “Six Big E-Discovery Blunders by William Hamilton explains the basics of what e-discovery is, how it is used, the pro’s and con’s, etc., and addresses ways to improve your e-discovery techniques, and common mistakes. Interestingly, e-discovery is not only beneficial for the economy but also the environment.  Hamilton notes, “Even if you collect just two gigabytes of data per custodian, that's two pickup trucks of printed paper for each custodian — 60 boxes that would take an attorney two months to manually review.  Even modest cases involving five to 10 document custodians generate the equivalent of many hundreds of bankers boxes of paper”.  Imagine the significance of the expense and impact on the community and economy by cutting out the paper alone.   Finally, the ease of conducting e-discovery versus regular discovery creates more time for attorneys and staff to focus on other cases, or other matters.