If it’s free, it’s for me! Especially these days. But, this is a FREE trial from the leader in eDiscovery case law and other useful resources for attorneys and legal professionals – eDiscovery Assistant! And, you can find it here, on eDiscovery Today!
If you’ve been reading my blog over the years (or even just the new blog over the past couple of weeks), you know that eDiscovery Assistant has been my go-to resource for eDiscovery case law for the past several years. Want to know how much case law they have? Try “just under 12,000 discovery decisions in the database and we add 75-100 each week”, according to eDiscovery Assistant Founder Kelly Twigger. “2019 saw 1,895 eDiscovery decisions, and we have seen 576 decisions in 2020 to date.” So much for the concern that there isn’t much new case law out there since the pandemic started.
The free trial is for 30 days. Not from today, but from the time you sign up! So, you could read this blog post two weeks from now – if so, I’ll forgive the delay just this once! 😉 – and still get a 30 day trial. I asked Kelly what were the driving factors to offer the free trial at this time and she said: “We recognize that the legal community is facing unique challenges during the pandemic and eDiscovery Assistant wants to help by providing free access to our site for thirty days to enable legal professionals to boost their eDiscovery knowledge of current case law trends and best practices for managing discovery in their cases. That 30 day trial will start when you sign up for access using the unique link provided by eDiscovery Today.”
Speaking of which, the link for the free trial is here. But don’t stop reading just yet – here’s why you should want to check out a free trial on eDiscovery Assistant:
Case Law: It’s not just the size of the case law archive, it’s what you do with it! 😉 And, you can do a lot with it: such as see recent case law within the past week on the welcome screen, filter by date range or “tags” (such as “Sanctions” or “Mobile Device”) and/or jurisdiction (States, Federal circuits or Administrative courts). Full Boolean searching too. You can even look up case decisions by certain judges to develop a background on their previous rulings. As an example of eDiscovery Assistant’s search capabilities, here’s a search of cases since the start of 2019 that involve sanctions and mobile devices:
You can also then review the results according to the Federal or State jurisdiction where they occurred using this handy map.
And, when you select a case, you can also read the full text of the case decision, see tags and related rules on the left hand side, and see related cases on the right hand side, which you can also check out. And, you can add any of them to your “Cite List” or send the link to a case to anybody – even if they’re not an eDiscovery Assistant subscriber. That’s how I’m able to share the actual case decisions with you on eDiscovery Today, by the way.
Rules: eDiscovery Assistant also has a complete set of rules related to eDiscovery, from Federal to District Courts to State Courts to Regulatory to ABA – and the associated tags for each.
Checklists and Forms: There’s also a number of checklists and forms to support planning, conducting, and analyzing the results of your eDiscovery efforts and ensuring best practices overall.
eDiscovery Assistant also includes an extensive Glossary of legal technology and eDiscovery terms. It’s a great resource for legal professionals everywhere and it has been an indispensable resource for me, so now’s the time to check it out – FREE!
So, what do you think? Have you tried eDiscovery Assistant before? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by my employer or my clients. eDiscovery Today is made available solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Today should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.