How to Walk Upright With Digital Evidence
In this month's "Ball in Your Court column," Ball traces what he sees as the necessary evolution from barrister as bare, forked creature who trafficked in paper and banker's boxes, Homo Erectus, to legal starchild of the digital age, "Homo Electronicus" (cue tympanies) — who not only totes a tablet but knows exactly where the data entered into it resides (and what to do with it). Once again, it's time for attorneys to get schooled in technology.
In Ball's own words: "We can't imagine a competent lawyer not knowing how to find a document in a file folder or cabinet; yet, oddly, we can't imagine a lawyer knowing how to fashion a competent electronically stored information search protocol or query a database."
So, Ball has thrown down the gauntlet. Will you pick up the challenge along with your briefcase, laptop, smartphone, and tablet device? Take his E-Discovery Pop Quiz to see where you stand in the swirling world of electronic evidence. And check out his article on LTN online. It may be in your best practices — and interests.
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