edisc4everyone_front-cover-bigJackson Lewis’ National e-Discovery Counsel, Ralph Losey, has just released a new book, e-Discovery for Everyone. Experts are praising e-Discovery for Everyone as an important book for both pleasure and reference. As the title suggests, Ralph’s book is written for everyone with an interest in e-discovery. It is classified by the ABA as an introductory to intermediate level book. There are nineteen easy-to-read Chapters in 207 pages. Each Chapter is a stand-alone essay derived from Ralph’s personal blog. Ralph tried to make it a fun-read that will hold your interest and still have plenty of meat on the bones, including important chapters on the new rules, proportionality and ethics.

e-Discovery for Everyone can be purchased online directly from the publisher, the ABA. You can also call ABA Customer Service at 800-285-2221 Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET.

Foreword by Judge Paul Grimm

Judge_Paul_GrimmRalph Losey was honored to have Judge Paul Grimm write the Foreword to his book. In it Judge Grimm talks about the whole subject of e-discovery, new rules, digital explosion, the Bar, TAR, et al. The first half of Judge Grimm’s Foreword sets the stage for his two closing paragraphs about the book itself.

Enter Ralph Losey and the ABA with e-Discovery for Everyone, an introduction to e-Discovery that avoids over-technicality, without being substantively superficial, and manages to be interesting and at times even amusing. Ralph has been writing his e-Discovery Team blog since 2006, and e-Discovery for Everyone assembles many of his most helpful and recent blog posts in a collection that will be of value to newcomers to e-Discovery as well as seasoned practitioners. The book is written in a conversational style, and is divided into short chapters easily read in a relatively short sitting. Sprinkled throughout are very helpful references to cases, secondary sources and other materials that give the book depth beyond its relative brevity. A quick look at the table of contents shows an impressive inventory of the most important e-Discovery topics of the day: new methods of search and review, a discussion of the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, practical advice on litigation holds, how to evaluate the reasonableness of e-Discovery vendor bills, the advantages of transparency in selecting how to design a search for digital information, why cooperation during the e-Discovery process is essential to success, ethical issues associated with e-Discovery, and how to confront and control e-Discovery abuses.

e-Discovery for Everyone provides a welcome addition to the literature on e-discovery. Like a well-designed website, it is easy to navigate, informative, interesting, comprehensive without being overwhelming, and enjoyable.

What Other Experts Are Saying About Losey’s New Book

Facciola_shrugJohn M. Facciola, Chief Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (retired); Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School, had this to say about Losey’s new book.

Litigating lawyers must envy estate lawyers. When was the last time the rule against perpetuities changed? Since, these days, all discovery and litigation is electronic discovery and litigation, the poor litigator has to absorb technological and rules changes, new cases, and the very definition of their competence and ethical obligations. It is a good thing they have Ralph Losey and this collection of his blog posts.

Ralph is utterly fearless and, unlike too many of his colleagues, welcomes technological changes and insists that their often drastic implications for the courts, the lawyers, and their society be considered soberly and realistically. He is as comfortable with the insights of social psychology, philosophy and mathematical reasoning as he is with metadata. And, the man refuses to be dull. His posts are full of song lyrics, truly corny jokes, and clever drawings; the man insists that we enjoy his work and our own and that we not be intimidated by our own future. Over the years he has forced us to look beyond our narrow concerns and try to see where all this change is taking us. He is a welcome man and this is a most welcome book.

ronald-hedgesRonald J. Hedges, Senior Counsel for Dentons (retired U.S. Magistrate Judge) has also reviewed e-Discovery for Everyone.

Ralph Losey is an acknowledged “early starter” yet continuing thought leader in EDiscovery and all the complexities that go into that phrase. Anything he does is well worth the read!

ken_withersKenneth J. Withers, Deputy Executive Director, The Sedona Conference®, provided a review in his typical erudite and highly original fashion.

I read the whole book yesterday afternoon and I think it’s a great anthology. I’d recommend it to anyone designing a training program for lawyers (and non-lawyers) or any individual who wants a solid introduction to the field.

If there were an award in the legal profession for ‘most creative iconoclast,’ I’d be honored to present it to Ralph Losey for his short, entertaining, and provocative lessons in e-discovery. In 19 easy-to-read essays, Ralph adroitly weaves pop culture, science, technology, and astute case law analysis into the warp and weft of ethical responsibility and justice. All of us should wear the resulting cloth every day in our practice, if for no other reason than it itches, which is a good thing.

Jason R. BaronJason R. Baron, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Information Governance and eDiscovery Group, who was previously the Director of Litigation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, had this to say about e-Discovery for Everyone.

Ralph Losey has done it again: he is the Thomas Paine of e-discovery, with another excellent set of essays making the case that lawyers should follow “common sense” principles when dealing with the brave new world of electronically stored information.   These principles include, first and foremost, litigators working as a team with e-discovery lawyers and outside specialists to ensure that discovery obligations are met.  Second, they include lawyers recognizing that the newly amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure emphasize that opposing counsel are expected to work cooperatively together to narrow areas of disagreement, and that lawyers should keep in mind that discovery should be proportional to the matters at stake in litigation. And third, lawyers should maintain competence on technical subjects such as how to search through large volumes of digital data.   This book is an easy (and fun to read) introduction to some of the most important topics in e-discovery.  There is no better “explainer-in-chief” of e-discovery writing today!

mark_williamsMark R. Williams, CEO & President of Kroll Ontrack, Inc., also provided a review.

Attorneys can no longer claim to be confused by e-discovery! This book is a tremendous resource that makes e-discovery accessible for any legal professional, no matter past experiences with technology and the law – this is a “must-have” for any professional in the e-discovery industry, or trying to learn the industry.

John Tredennick

John Tredennick, Founder, CEO of Cayalyst Repository Systems, and past Chair of an ABA Law Practice Management Section, had this to say.

Losey is a master at making e-discovery accessible and even fun. 

Conclusion

ralph_smilinge-Discovery for Everyone is Ralph’s fifth book on e-discovery. His first four books were:

Adventures in Electronic Discovery (West Thomson Reuters, 2011).

Electronic Discovery: New Ideas, Trends, Case Law, and Practices (West Thomson Reuters, 2010).

Introduction to E-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques (ABA 2009).

e-Discovery: Current Trends and Cases (ABA 2008).

All of Losey’s prior books are still in print and can be ordered too. Ralph donates all royalties from his books to charity.

Anyone interested in this new field of law could benefit from reading Ralph’s new book. You can buy e-Discovery for Everyone online directly from the ABA. (It will not be on Amazon for another nine-months.) You can also call ABA Customer Service at 800-285-2221 Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET. They have copies of the book and are ready to ship. ABA members get a nice discount! 

Ralph welcomes any questions or comments you may have. He can be reached at Ralph.Losey@JacksonLewis.com.