Extract from article by Ed Sohn published by Above The LawIn the midst of this sprawling throng, what I found most interesting was the discussions around how to make e-discovery more accessible. No one disputes that e-discovery technology is going to new and exciting places. But the threshold of technical savvy required to adopt e-discovery technology remains really high, and as the technology continues to advance, that threshold only becomes higher. How can the technical threshold be so high for something that is a mandatory part of almost all commercial litigation? It’s the bizarre underlying problem that fuels a massive e-discovery industry (over $10 billion by some estimates!).
How do you solve this problem? Some people focus on deep education for legal professionals. Others believe this can be insourced with more control for in-house legal departments, or outsourced completely to managed services shops. My company is focused on making the software easier to use and less intimidating for the average, non-savvy lawyer. One way or another, people are starting to really pay attention to this idea of bridging the adoption gap in e-discovery.