Law Firm and Corporate Legal Departments Use Academy to Bring Advanced Education In-house
ATLANTA, GA—January 25, 2013— LitWorks, A DTI Company, today launched a new eDiscovery Specialist Training Course designed to elevate attorneys’, paralegals’ and litigation support professionals’ depth and breadth of knowledge for managing electronically stored information (ESI) as it pertains to litigation.
Members of the litigation community understand how much the ESI landscape has changed in recent years. Despite this awareness, many are struggling to keep pace as emerging technologies and new frontiers such as early case assessment (ECA) and technology assisted review (TAR or predictive coding) become more commonplace. E-discovery specialists at an AM LAW 100 firm have already undergone a program like this.
Tom Bonk, Vice President of Professional Services at DTI Global, stated, “In addition to the rapidly changing technical landscape, there is a new reality in the law firm environment that involves more use of technology by attorneys, paralegals and litigation support personnel. Other driving factors include increased pressure from clients for lower billable hours, lower billable rates, and requests for discounts on top of discounts as well as the push for traditional paralegal tasks to now be classified as administrative, and thus non-billable, work. The LitWorks eDiscovery Specialist Training Academy helps clients of law firms learn how to better handle the major change from an analogue discovery world to a digital world and balance technology with human resources to benefit the firm and their clients. While delving into the complexities of ESI, the academy provides practical applications that all of us can put into action for our clients each and every day.”
A recent article published by LTN states that corporations are now putting their outside law firms to the test by evaluating and challenging their attorneys’ use of technology. So far, no firm has passed the test. Many leading law firms and corporate legal departments are now requiring their paralegals and litigation support professionals to become subject-matter experts in managing ESI. By learning more about the ESI lifecycle, how to control costs, and how to minimize the risk of fines and sanctions, they can offer competitive advantages over firms that are less savvy.
Prior to any academy classes being offered, LitWorks’ professional team conducts a fact-finding meeting in which they learn of current challenges the organization faces. Once goals and overall firm ediscovery strategy are established, the LitWorks team can create a custom program that specifically addresses those needs.
Learn more by visiting the LitWorks website at http://litworks.net/.
DTI is the nation’s largest independent provider of electronic data discovery, managed document review, facilities management, and knowledge process outsourcing. DTI serves the nation’s leading law firms and Fortune 500 corporations through its 27 highly secure service centers in major cities across the United States. For more information, visit www.DTIglobal.com.
Tom Bonk via email at tbonk@DTIGlobal.com.