There's not much out there in the way of specific eDiscovery training for those with expert litigation support, technology or IT skills. That is, until OLP came up with a fantastic course: EDiscovery for Techies.
I am most impressed by the lead instructor, Bill Gallivan, of Digital War Room. Bill and his colleagues have come with with a course that takes into consideration that techies know everything there is to know about technology but need to learn – in the manner that they learn – the relevant parts of eDiscovery that are particularly applicable to their position.
The course is 8 weeks and meets twice a week for two hours each course. If your serious about getting ahead in your career, you need to consider this important time investment. It's all online and by using a webcam (I got mine at Best Buy for $24.95), you interact with the instructor and other students. If you miss a class, you can take the recorded version. Better hurry, though, because the course starts on July 19th. Right now, OLP is offering a two-for-one tuition – two people for only 495.00. It's a great deal.
The course is a "doozy" as my father used to say. Here is part of the syllabus:
Week # Topic
|1||Introduction to Legal Terminology|
|2||RULES:Civil Procedure and Discovery Process + Federal Rules – Meet and Confer, Conflicts and Interests, Ethical considerations|
|3||INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES: 2009-2010 Case Law Review – Court Decisions Involving Electronic Discovery , SEDONA CONFERENCE; Sanctions, Duties to Preserve, Spoliation, Rule 37, Safe Harbor Provisions|
|4||EDRM BEST PRACTICES – IDENTIFICATION, PRESERVATION COLLECTION = Litigation Holds, Triggering Event, Litigation Response Plan, Discovery Response Team, Duties to Preserve, Rule 37, Safe Harbor|
|5||EDRM TOOLS and TECHNOLOGIESfor IDENTIFICATION, PRESERVATION COLLECTION – Risk Mitigation and Legal Hold Triggers, Identification, Data Mapping and Preservation; EDRM – Identification, Data Mapping and Preservation|
|6||EDRM BEST PRACTICES – PROCESSING and ANALYSIS/ECA/Gross relevancy; Filtering|
|7||EDRM TOOLS and TECHNOLOGIES– PROCESSING and ANALYSIS/ECA/Gross relevancy; Filtering|
|8||EDRM BEST PRACTICES– Review, Production, Presentation|
|9||EDRM TOOLS and TECHNOLOGIES– Review, Production, Presentation (Including trial technologies)|
|10||Matter Budgeting: Managing expectations, forecasting hours, resources, tool cost and vendor costs — tracking budgets and out of scope. Sample bdgeting exercise and homework,|
|11||Practice Matters: Software Contract Disputes|
|12||Final Exam Review - Business Ethics, Qualifications, OLP Certifications and the future of our industry|
In fact, even if you're not such a techie, the course outline looks absolutely fantastic. Register now because the course starts on July 19th. The more you know, the better you get…..