While it's tempting to ignore all the information about eDiscovery if you don't work in litigation, it's important for all paralegals to have some basic knowledge of eDiscovery for many reasons, including the following:
- all areas of law have the potential to end up in litigation
- you may change jobs (by choice or otherwise)
- increasing your knowledge only makes you more valuable to current and future employers
- it may help you issue-spot when working on other matters
I recently spoke to an acquaintance who is a well-respected litigation paralegal. I asked her a question about eDiscovery and her response was, "What's eDiscovery?" I was shocked! It also caused me to worry about her and our profession. If we all wait to learn about something until we are forced to do so, that doesn't reflect well on our professionalism.
Would you visit a mechanic who didn't have the tools to deal with the computers now found in cars? What about a dentist who still used the same equipment that was "cutting edge" in 1970?
So, read articles and attend a CLE (whether in person or a webinar) on eDiscovery. It's the professional thing to do.
I'd love to know your thoughts and whether you agree that knowledge of eDiscovery is important.