ON-Lion Letter
More than 99% of the world's information is generated electronically and nearly 100 billion e-mails are sent daily.  As advances in information technology accelerate at break-neck speed, American citizens, companies, and courts are struggling to keep up with the pace of change.  Since nearly all information today is electronic, the task of collecting evidence in lawsuits has become Herculean and the cost is often prohibitive.

In July, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver released two new reports on the wide-ranging impact of electronic discovery on the U.S. legal system, The Emerging Challenge of Electronic Discovery:  Strategies for American Business and Electronic Discovery:  A View from the Front Lines.

The first report describes the current landscape of e-discovery and provides companies and other organizations with some practical advice about preparing for its risks well before they encounter them.  In some depth, the second specifically analyzes the effects of federal-court rules on e-discovery that were enacted in December 2006.

"A burgeoning e-discovery industry is taking advantage of the panic arising from litigants who are unprepared to meet their e-discovery obligations, increasing the expense and delay of getting to the actual resolution of disputes on the merits," according to Electronic Discovery:  A View from the Front Lines.  Both IAALS reports help any potential parties get ready to meet their obligations, and resolve their disputes.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports IAALS.
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