4/20/2020  Doug Austin

“It’s deja vu all over again.”

The great American “philosopher” Yogi Berra famously said that after Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit back-to-back home runs during the 1961 season. Yogi certainly had a way with words and one of his most famous sayings is certainly apropos to launch this new daily blog to discuss trends, best practices and case law in electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Doug Austin. I have over 30 years of experience providing eDiscovery best practices, legal technology consulting, software product management and technical project management services to numerous clients. For the past almost ten years, I’ve also been the editor and primary contributor to CloudNine’s daily blog, eDiscovery Daily. When we launched the blog back then (CloudNine wasn’t even CloudNine back then, they were known as Trial Solutions), I stated a goal to publish a new post each business day and noted how crazy we were to consider such an undertaking (thanks, Patsy Cline!). The blog developed quite a following within the eDiscovery and legal community and I’m extremely grateful to CloudNine (and especially grateful to CloudNine’s co-founder Brad Jenkins) for the platform over the years to write daily about discovery and other related topics.

Well, as Paul Simon would say, I’m still crazy after all these years! Announcing my new blog, eDiscovery Today! Like the previous blog, this will be a daily blog discussing eDiscovery, cybersecurity and data privacy trends, best practices and case law in the manner you’ve come to expect from me previously. And, I’m delighted to say that EDRM will host a feed of eDiscovery Today on its website and is a foundational sponsor along with Craig Ball, president of Craig D. Ball, P.C. and EDRM’s general counsel (as if he needed an introduction). I get by (and even thrive!) with a little help from my friends.

Musical references aside, unlike the previous blog, you will also see coverage of additional topics that I couldn’t reasonably cover within a provider blog, like product reviews and announcements. You may even see more than one post on some days, though some may be brief posts that link to other articles of interest you may want to check out. Regardless, as before, the goal will be at least one post each business day and I will do my best to continue that tradition. And, while I certainly would be remiss without acknowledging the current challenges we are all facing, I’m hoping that this blog will contribute at least a small sense of normalcy as we all strive to get life back to normal (or at least an eventual “new normal”). So, I hope you’ll read my new blog and Follow Blog via Email to the right to get your daily email(s) with each new post, just like many of you did before. “It’s deja vu all over again.”

If you’ve been reading my posts in the past, you know that I like to end each post with the question “So, what do you think?”, followed by another question specific to the post. Ultimately, the usefulness of eDiscovery Today to you is up to you. I want your feedback! Do you have a different take on a particular post? Do you want to see a different topic covered? Please share your comments so that I can make eDiscovery Today as valuable as possible to legal industry professionals everywhere. In the meantime, you didn’t think I would just start the blog with just this post, did you? Here are two other topics to get you started:

Fifth Time is a Charm for Defendant Seeking Termination Sanctions Against Plaintiff: eDiscovery Case Law

This May Be the Biggest Indicator of the COVID-19 Effect on eDiscovery Yet: eDiscovery Trends

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.

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