Introduction to e-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques

ABA 2nd book

Ralph Losey's second book on e-discovery was published by the American Bar Association in 2009 and is entitled Introduction to e-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques. It continues the work of the first book to explain electronic discovery in an easy to understand fashion designed for both attorneys and techs. The book is again derived from Ralph's popular weekly blog, e-Discovery Team. The book includes contributions from Jason Baron and Mike Simon, as well as numerous comments from his blog readers.

The American Bar Association's Feature Publication on E-Discovery for 2009

The American Bar Association published a book in February 2009 based on my blog e-Discovery Team. The book is called Introduction to e-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques and can be ordered online at the ABA website, or through the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221. It is also available at Amazon and other retailers.

Like Ralph's first book, this text is designed to make e-discovery approachable and interesting. Many have found it to be a good orientation for students of all ages and backgrounds. This second book, like the first, is being used by laws schools and paralegal training schools around the country as a basic text, along with others, in this exciting and important new subject.

Here is what some of the other experts in the field are saying about Ralph's second book:

"Ralph Losey is a trusted expert on all things e-discovery. With so many practitioners struggling to understand and embrace e-discovery, his book is a welcome addition to available resources."
Monica Bay, Editor-in-Chief, Law Technology News

"Ralph's work is the first I have seen that discusses and illustrates the true realities of e-discovery, and not the legal profession's perception of reality. This book is indispensable for any practitioner seeking to get to get it (e-discovery) right, and it's also a fun read."
--Anne Kershaw, A. Kershaw, P.C. / Attorneys & Consultants

"Ralph Losey's newest book provides deep and useful insights into the rapidly changing world of electronic discovery. A must read for bench and bar alike."
--Browning E. Marean, DLA Piper, LLP

"This expert advice is worth its weight in gold, and goes far beyond mere technical expertise. ...required reading for anyone who wants to learn this emerging area, avoid malpractice, steer clear of ethical problems, and importantly, win the case at the least expense."
--George Paul, Author, and Partner, Lewis & Roca

"Once again Ralph Losey nails the current status of E-Discovery law. It's an entertaining and legally substantive guide, which all lawyers would benefit from reading. I will use it as my first stop in finding relevant case law and highlighting problem areas and disparate opinions in this ever-growing field of law."
--Shannon Capone Kirk, E-Discovery Counsel, Ropes & Gray, LLP

"Ralph has done it again! His second "blook" is undoubtedly one of the most thorough, understandable, candid, and enjoyable resources addressing e-discovery I have ever picked up."
--Sherry B. Harris, E-Discovery Advisor, Hunton & Williams LLP


Here is how the publisher, ABA, describes Ralph's book:

In the follow up to his acclaimed, best selling book, E-discovery: Current Trends and Cases, author Ralph Losey once again examines the ever-changing world of electronic discovery, and goes on to explain the latest trends and cases effecting e-discovery in an easy-to-understand manner. This new book is derived from a popular Internet blog on an e-discovery by a senior attorney at a large national law firm and includes readers comments on the materials in the book, and the authors replies straight from the authors Blog.

Introduction to e-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques begins with a fundamental premises that teams are the most efficient and effective way to do e-discovery. An e-Discovery team is an interdisciplinary group of lawyers and IT technicians, usually joined by one or more representatives of business management. The book explains in a step-by-step fashion how this team should be assembled, and how the various tasks of electronic discovery can be more easily accomplished using the team.

In addition the book examines:
" Self-organization and development of evidence preservation protocols
" New articles of interest on e-discovery teams
" The future of e-discovery suggested by a recent litigation survey
" How negligent e-records management is creating stunning business risks
" E-discovery at the Harvard Club in New York City
" New California proposals for e-discovery laws
" The conflict between our rules of discovery and the privacy laws of the rest of the world
" The limitations of checklists and how to work best using them, and much, much more!

Importantly, the book discusses two new e-discovery guides for judges and how everyone involved in e-discovery, not just judges, should become familiar with them.

No one can operate effectively in the court rooms of tomorrow without a good understanding of wheres, hows and whys of digital evidence. As a cover-to-cover read to learn more about the hot topics and latest case law in e-discovery, this book can help provide that understanding. After a read through, this book can be used as a reference, with its appendix of useful reference materials to look up cases and arguments to use in daily practice.

Introduction to e-Discovery is written in an easy-to-read style, making it perfect for anyone interested in e-discovery. This book is suitable for non-lawyers, too, including paralegals, law students, IT experts, and executives of all kinds in the growing fields of e-discovery and information management. Nothing is having a more profound effect on the field of law today than e-discovery. Make sure you stay on top of the latest trends with this important new book.

If you like the blog, you'll like the book too. It can be ordered online now from the ABA.


Now for some humor, check out this You Tube music video about a plaintiff's lawyer who wishes he was on the cover of the ABA Journal. Yeah, don't we all?