With the digital universe expected to double in size every two years going forward, the demand for lawyers versed in the technical aspects of electronic discovery (eDiscovery) is growing rapidly, says Candice Chan-Glasgow, Director of Legal Review Services with Toronto-based Heuristica Discovery Counsel. But law schools are lagging behind the trend and need to do more to prepare their graduates for this expanding opportunity, she tells AdvocateDaily.com. Chan-Glasgow has been practising in eDiscovery for five years, but when she went to law school from 2009 to 2012 she wasn’t even aware such a field existed as a career choice.
Efforts to establish harmonized civil procedure rules that govern a uniform approach to eDiscovery across Canada are underway with the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC), Toronto eDiscovery lawyer Crystal O’Donnell tells The Lawyer’s Daily. The ULCC working group, which began in 2016, is drafting the proposed civil procedure rule, with the hope the rules will be implemented across all jurisdictions, says O’Donnell, founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel. “We needed a rule in Canada, and we needed harmonization because some provinces don’t have any eDiscovery rules and the ones that do are different,” she says. “For companies
Proper planning is the best way to avoid eDiscovery disputes, Toronto eDiscovery lawyer Crystal O’Donnell tells AdvocateDaily.com. O’Donnell, founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel, says arguments over the scope and speed of eDiscovery are a sure-fire way to drain the resources and increase disputes in litigation or arbitration. Many of the disputes she sees between parties are typically avoidable with proper planning and cooperation. “The most expensive aspect of eDiscovery is when you have to go back and redo something, and the odds of that happening are significantly increased when there is no clear agreement in place,” O’Donnell explains. “Before you embark on any eDiscovery matter,
We are pleased to congratulate Crystal O’Donnell, founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel, on her recent election to the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Council. The OBA is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), an organization of lawyers formed to provide support by the profession to the profession so that it may render better service to its members and the public. The association provides lawyers with opportunities to become more efficient and effective, to further their professional education and to keep abreast of current developments within the profession, nationally and provincially. Throughout their two-year term, Council members:
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