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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.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Are eDiscovery Vendor Fees "Unconscionable"? - eDiscovery Best Practices

July 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

Could an eDiscovery vendor actually charge nearly $190,000 to process 505 GB and host it for three months? According to a recent post by Craig Ball in his Ball in Your Court blog, the answer is yes – based on a sworn affidavit from an eDiscovery expert leading a national litigation support vendor.

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Want My Production? Here’s my Database! - eDiscovery Trends

June 17, 2014

By Doug Austin

A couple of weeks ago, we covered a case where the US Government was ordered to continue providing access to an eDiscovery database to a defendant in a criminal case. That case shed light on a growing trend in the industry that I have also observed personally – “producing” documents to opposing counsel by providing access to the documents via a hosted eDiscovery solution.

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Surprisingly Few States Have an Ethics Opinion Regarding Lawyer Cloud Usage - eDiscovery Best Practices

May 23, 2014

By Doug Austin

The Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) web site has a great resource for those who want more information regarding the ethics for lawyers in using and storing client data in the cloud. Though, surprisingly few states have published ethics opinions on the topic.

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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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Cloud Security Fears Diminish With Experience - eDiscovery Trends

April 08, 2014

By Doug Austin

One of the more common trends identified by thought leaders in our recently concluded thought leader series was the continued emergence of the cloud as a viable solution to manage corporate big data. One reason for that appears to be greater acceptance of cloud security. Now, there’s a survey that seems to confirm that trend.

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Smaller Law Firms Save Big with Cloud-Based eDiscovery - eDiscovery Trends

April 01, 2014

By Doug Austin

According to a new article in ABA Journal (Cloud-based e-discovery can mean big savings for smaller firms, written by Joe Dysart), if you are a smaller law firm, it may make more sense to “rent” your eDiscovery applications in the “cloud” rather than bring a full-fledged hardware and software solution in-house.

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Jason R. Baron of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP – eDiscovery Trends

March 12, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Jason R. Baron. An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice. Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. He was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in eDiscovery.

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Alon Israely, Esq., CISSP of BIA – eDiscovery Trends

March 05, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Alon Israely. Alon is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA) and currently leads the Strategic Partner Program at BIA. Alon has over eighteen years of experience in a variety of advanced computing-related technologies and has consulted with law firms and their clients on a variety of technology issues, including expert witness services related to computer forensics, digital evidence management and data security. Alon is an attorney and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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James D. Zinn, Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group – eDiscovery Trends

February 28, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is James D. Zinn. James is Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. James leads the technology team at Huron Legal, which includes the data collection, processing, hosting, production, and forensic analysis services along with infrastructure, support, and software development. James has extensive experience managing the strategic and tactical use of technology within investigative and litigation consulting matters.

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What to Do BEFORE Your Laptop is Stolen - eDiscovery Best Practices

February 11, 2014

By Doug Austin

One of the earliest blog posts I ever wrote for this blog was regarding the myth of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) security finally being busted and that SaaS data is much more difficult to steal than desktop application data, which “could be one stolen laptop away from being compromised”. A little over three years later, I got to experience that scenario first-hand.

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Are You Scared Yet? – eDiscovery Horrors!

October 31, 2013

By Doug Austin

Today is Halloween. Every year at this time, because (after all) we’re an eDiscovery blog, we try to “scare” you with tales of eDiscovery horrors. So, I have one question: Are you scared yet?

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Data Held Hostage by eDiscovery Provider! – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 04, 2013

By Doug Austin

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we discussed 10 Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud, emphasizing the importance to know where your data is located. This example illustrates the importance of that principle.

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Five More Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 01, 2013

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we covered the first five items in Joel Jacob’s article in Information Management.com (10 Things to Know Before Moving E-Discovery to the Cloud), which provides an interesting checklist for those considering a move to cloud computing. Here are the remaining five items, with some comments from me.

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10 Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud – eDiscovery Best Practices

September 30, 2013

By Doug Austin

Software as a Service (SaaS) accounted for 49 percent of all eDiscovery software revenues tracked in 2011, according to Gartner’s report, Market Trends: Automated, Analytical Approaches Drive the Enterprise E-Discovery Software Market. Joel Jacob’s article in Information Management.com (10 Things to Know Before Moving E-Discovery to the Cloud) provides an interesting checklist for those considering a move to cloud computing. Here they are, with some comments from me.

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Ray Zwiefelhofer of World Software (Worldox) – eDiscovery Trends

February 14, 2013

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Ray Zwiefelhofer of World Software (Worldox). Ray has over twenty years of experience within the technology and legal services market, offering professional, consulting, technology management and product solutions with an emphasis on working with AMLAW 250 & Fortune 500 organizations. He has founded and served in President/CEO/CIO positions at software startups and as a CTO at a Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining World Software, Ray was the Founder/CEO of nQueue a global cost recovery company where he patented and spearheaded the change from a hardware-based to software-based cost recovery model. Ray has also worked previously at include the Thomas Kinkade Network, Bowne, Imagineer, Equitrac and Diebold.

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Does This Scare You? – eDiscovery Horrors!

October 31, 2012

By Doug Austin

Today is Halloween. While we could try to “scare” you with the traditional “frights”, we’re an eDiscovery blog, so every year we try to “scare” you in a different way instead. Does this scare you?

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Twitter Turns Over Tweets in People v. Harris – eDiscovery Case Law

October 03, 2012

By Doug Austin

As reported by Reuters, Twitter has turned over Tweets and Twitter account user information for Malcolm Harris in People v. Harris, after their motion for a stay of enforcement was denied by the Appellate Division, First Department in New York and they faced a finding of contempt for not turning over the information. Twitter surrendered an “inch-high stack of paper inside a mailing envelope” to Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino, which will remain under seal while a request for a stay by Harris is heard in a higher court.

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eDiscovery Daily is Two Years Old Today!

September 20, 2012

By Doug Austin

It’s hard to believe that it has been two years ago today since we launched the eDiscoveryDaily blog. Now that we’ve hit the “terrible twos”, is the blog going to start going off on rants about various eDiscovery topics, like Will McAvoy in The Newsroom? Maybe. Or maybe not. Wouldn’t that be fun! Here are some highlights from the past six months.

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eDiscovery Case Law: Twitter Loses Appeal in People v. Harris

September 19, 2012

By Doug Austin

As reported in the Gibbons E-Discovery Law Alert blog, Twitter filed an appeal of the trial court’s decision in People v. Harris with the Appellate Division, First Department in New York, arguing that Twitter users have the right to quash subpoenas pursuant to Twitter’s terms of service agreement as well as because defendants’ constitutional rights are implicated by a government-issued subpoena to a third party. Unfortunately for Twitter, it didn’t take long for the appellate court panel to rule, as they denied Twitter’s motion for a stay of enforcement of the Trial Court’s order to produce Malcolm Harris’s tweets last week.

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eDiscovery Milestones: Our 500th Post!

August 30, 2012

By Doug Austin

One thing about being a daily blog is that the posts accumulate more quickly. As a result, I’m happy to announce that today is our 500th post on eDiscoveryDaily! In less than two years of existence! So, what have we covered over the first 499 posts?

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eDiscovery Trends: Cloud Computing – A Lot of Benefit for the Cost

August 21, 2012

By Doug Austin

An interesting article in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel provides some useful, well-described benefits of cloud computing for eDiscovery (Cloud Computing And E-Discovery: Maximum Gain, Minimum Cost, written by Miró Cassetta). The author provides some good analogies to explain the different cloud service models, differences between private and public clouds and the benefits of using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application. Let’s take a look.

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eDiscovery Trends: Use of Internet-Based Tools, Predictive Coding, Up in 2012, Says ABA

August 16, 2012

By Doug Austin

According to a recently released report from the American Bar Association (ABA), use of Internet-based electronic discovery tools and predictive coding has risen in 2012. The 2012 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report: Litigation and Courtroom Technology (Volume III) discusses the use of technology related to litigation, ranging from hardware used in the courtroom to technology related to eDiscovery and e-filing. It includes a trend report summarizing this year's notable results and highlighting changes from previous years.

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