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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at jane@litigationbestpractices.com.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Used, Circa Early 1980s, Part 5

September 18, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

So far in this blog series, we’ve taken a look at the ‘litigation support culture’ in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, we’ve covered how databases were built, and we started discussing how databases were used. We’re going to continue that in this post by discussing the workflow for searching and selecting documents for review.

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Litigation Support Tools of the Trade - eDiscovery Best Practices

September 16, 2014

By Doug Austin

If you have worked in litigation support for a number of years like I have, you start to assemble a toolkit of applications that help you get your job done more quickly and efficiently. In her excellent Litigation Support Guru blog, Amy Bowser-Rollins has recently published a series of posts that describe tools of the trade that she recommends to litigation support “newbies”. Let’s take a look.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Used, Circa Early 1980s, Part 4

September 11, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

So far in this blog series, we’ve taken a look at the ‘litigation support culture’ in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and we’ve covered how a database was built. We’re going to move on to discuss how those databases were used. The picture above is of a Texas Instruments Silent 700 terminal – which was the standard for use by litigators. This photo was taken at the Texas State Historical Museum.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Built, Circa Early 1980s, Part 3

September 04, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

In the last couple of Throwback Thursday posts we covered the first stages in a database-building project (circa 1980), including designing and planning a database, preparing for a project, establishing an archive, coding and qc, and production status record keeping. The next steps are described here.

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eDiscovery Blog Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Built, Circa Early 1980s, Part 2

August 28, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

The Throwback Thursday blog two weeks ago included discussion of the first stages in a database-building project (circa 1980), including designing and planning a database, and preparing for a project. The next steps are described here.

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eDiscovery Blog Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Built, Circa Early 1980s, Part 1

August 14, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, very few law firms had internal litigation support resources: firms did not have litigation support staff or technology. Up until 1985, most litigation teams relied on vendor services and tools, and more often than not litigation team attorneys were directly involved in working with vendors to design and build databases. In the next few blog posts, I’m going to describe a typical project and how things worked back in the early 1980s.

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Improving your eDiscovery Vocabulary is as Easy as 123 - eDiscovery Best Practices

August 08, 2014

By Doug Austin

Want to be better equipped to speak the “lingo” of eDiscovery and understand what you’re saying? Here’s a glossary that can help.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – The Way We Worked, circa 1980

August 07, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the business world looked very different than it does today, and the field of litigation support looked very different than it does today. Let me paint a picture for you…

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Cheryl Garner?

August 06, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Cheryl Garner is the Practice Support Manager at Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP – a 150 attorney law firm with six offices in the U.S. Cheryl is located in the firm’s main office in Los Angeles, but has firm-wide responsibility. She joined the firm in December 2012, after a long and diverse career in the legal field.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays - Collecting Documents

July 31, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

In 1978, I took my first job in litigation, with the law department of a Fortune 100 corporation headquartered in New York City. I was one of a team assembled to collect responsive documents to be produced in a major antitrust litigation. The documents were located in the corporation’s office and warehouse facilities around the country. While the process of collecting documents varied from case to case, this project was representative of the general approach to collecting documents in large-scale litigation. Let me describe how it worked.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays - Circa 1978, We Lived in a World of Paper

July 24, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Back before desktops, laptops and tablets, the business world meant paper. Lots of paper. And that meant that litigation preparation activities revolved around paper. Here's how the phases of discovery were handled, prior to the early 1980s.

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eDiscovery History: Welcome to Throw-back Thursdays!

July 17, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

I was recently teaching a project management class at a large law firm, and a student mentioned that he was working on a case that involved a very old document collection, some of which only existed on microfiche. He asked me for advice on managing the conversion of those documents and incorporating them into his bigger-picture project.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Gordon Moffat?

June 26, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Gordon Moffat is the LPM Director of eDiscovery and Litigation Support Projects at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC – a large law firm with 21 offices located throughout the U.S. Gordon is located in Nashville, Tennessee, but has firm-wide responsibility for Litigation Support and eDiscovery projects. Gordon has been with Baker Donelson since 2007.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Angie Gossen?

June 18, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Angie Gossen is the Director of Client Services at CloudNine Discovery, an eDiscovery and technology service provider that offers an online review tool (OnDemand®), and the sponsor of this eDiscovery Daily blog. Angie brings a world of experience to CloudNine – experience from the ‘other side of the fence’: she spent most of her career as ‘the client’.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Julie Brown?

June 12, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Julie Brown is the Litigation Technology Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, a large law firm with seven offices in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Julie is located in the firm’s main office in Columbus, OH.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Dawn Radcliffe?

June 04, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Dawn Radcliffe is the Discovery Manager at TransCanada Pipelines, Ltd., a leader in the development and operation of North American energy infrastructure and one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services. TransCanada has offices throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Dawn is located in the Houston office, and has been with TransCanada for a little over three years.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Mark Lieb?

May 28, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Mark Lieb is a litigation support professional at Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LTD, an Intellectual Property law firm with U.S.offices in Chicago, the San Francisco Bay area, Washington D.C., and an office in Frankfurt, Germany. Mark and one other litigation support professional support the more than 60 attorneys who practice intellectual property litigation at Leydig. He has been with the firm for over three years.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Jennifer Williams?

May 21, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Jennifer Williams is the Director of Practice Support and Office Services at Vinson & Elkins LLP – an international law firm with 15 offices around the world. Jennifer is located in the Austin office but is responsible for Practice Support and Office Services across the firm. She has been at Vinson & Elkins for 15 years and became Manager of Practice Support in 2006. The position, the department, and her responsibilities have evolved since then.

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Want to Immerse Yourself in eDiscovery Knowledge? There’s Still Time - eDiscovery Best Practices

May 20, 2014

By Doug Austin

One of our favorite blogs is the Ball in Your Court blog, by Craig Ball, a perennial thought leader interviewee on this blog. While catching up on his latest couple of posts, I realized that it’s almost time for the Georgetown E-Discovery Training Academy. If you’re looking for an in-depth program that not only gives you a “total immersion in the subject of eDiscovery”, but also satisfies much of your CLE requirements for the year, this program may be for you!

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Paul Savoy?

May 14, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Paul Savoy is a Senior Litigation Paralegal with Beck Redden, LLP, a litigation boutique with offices in Houston and Austin, Texas. Paul has been working in litigation since the late 1980s, and has spent a good part of his career focusing on the application of technology to litigation -- working with discovery document databases, case management systems, and trial technology. He has worked at a litigation support service provider organization and at small, mid-size and large law firms. He has been involved in all aspects of litigation from document collection through to participating at trials. Paul has worked at Beck Redden for nine years.

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eDiscovery Professional Profile: Do you know Kalani Munden?

May 07, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Kalani Munden is a veteran litigation technology professional. She’s been working with litigators since 1983, assisting them with applying technology to their practices. She has worked with a number of law firms and corporate legal departments in the Houston, TX area, and just recently relocated to Dallas.

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300,000 Visits on eDiscovery Daily! - eDiscovery Milestones

May 06, 2014

By Doug Austin

While we haven’t served over 300 billion burgers like McDonald’s, we have provided something to digest each business day for over 43 months. We’re proud to announce that on Friday, eDiscovery Daily reached the 300,000 visit milestone! It took us a little over 21 months to reach 100,000 visits and just over 22 months to triple that to 300,000! When we reach key milestones, we like to take a look back at some of the recent stories we’ve covered, so, in case you missed them, here are some recent eDiscovery items of interest from the past six weeks.

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