As the Communications Director at Data Narro, my job requires that I pay close attention to the latest development in the field of digital forensics and e-discovery. It was only last year that I published my first list of top e-discovery blogs, which turned out to be one of the most popular posts on our website.
It’s time to release my latest list — the top 10 e-discovery blogs for 2020. Like last year, I had to make tough choices when assembling this list. Some good blogs didn’t make the cut — perhaps they were infrequently updated or maybe didn’t maintain a focus on e-discovery. Others didn’t make the list because the writing lacked clarity and focus.
Here are the top 10 e-discovery blogs that you should be following in 2020:
1. E-Discovery Daily Blog:
I don’t know how Doug Austin does it! The E-Discovery Daily Blog is still going strong after almost ten years of consistently excellent content. This is the most prolific and reliable blog on our list, with daily content that is relevant for attorneys and e-discovery professionals alike. This is a tremendous resource that should be everyone’s daily read.
2. Complex Discovery
If you work *within* the e-discovery industry, Complex Discovery should probably be your #1 resource. Complex Discovery is the data and legal discovery blog from legal technology leader Rob Robinson. This blog stands apart from the rest with ocean-deep content, often with a focus on the e-discovery industry itself. The site is a treasure trove of information and analysis concerning the e-discovery market and its players.
Last year I ranked Exterro’s blog a bit too low, so I’m bumping them up to #3. I find the content on this site refreshingly accessible, with a focus on concise, appealing, and useful information. It’s easy to jump into this blog to grab a useful set of tips or an easy-to-understand primer on many e-discovery topics. Check it out.
4. Ball in Your Court
Few attorneys claim to have the depth of experience in real-world e-discovery that Craig Ball has. As a court-appointed special master and consultant in digital forensics and e-discovery, Craig has been involved in some of the most celebrated e-discovery cases in the U.S. history. In addition to helping found the Georgetown University Law Center E-Discovery Training Academy, Craig has authored the consistently excellent Ball in Your Court Blog since 2011. This blog is always smart and topical.
5. Ride the Lightning
I’m not sure why I left Sharon Nelson’s Ride the Lightning blog off the list last year. That was a mistake! There are a ton of great posts here, consistently insightful and well-written, focused on electronic evidence and information security. Nelson is an attorney who also happens to be president of a digital forensics/cybersecurity firm. This enables her to bring a great deal of expertise to each article she authors.
6. eDisclosure Information Project
The eDisclosure Information Project blog is the work of UK-based author Chris Dale and focuses on the rules, technology, and practice of e-discovery and e-disclosure. While the blog covers a wide range of topics, you will find an emphasis on industry interviews and analysis of e-discovery news and press releases.
7. The Relativity Blog
Here is another resource that I didn’t pay any attention to until recently, and I’m not sure why it was never on my radar. Honestly, I don’t spend a ton of time poking around vendor sites, but I’m glad I eventually found this one. There are a lot of relevant articles on this e-discovery vendor’s blog. It’s probably best to subscribe to their posts, having them arrive weekly or as they as published.
The ACEDS Blog serves as a communication platform for the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists and their e-discovery community. The blog publishes a diverse set of articles and updates from a large community of e-discovery professionals. This site is highly recommended.
9. IPro Newsroom
Here is another vendor blog that does a great job of producing engaging content for the legal tech and e-discovery community. This is another relatively recent discovery for me, but I’ve found their content to be engaging and topical.
10. Bow Tie Law
Bow Tie Law Blog founder and attorney Joshua Gilliland’s has built one of the finest e-discovery knowledge centers on the net. Unfortunately, in 2019 his publishing has not been as consistent as in years past. Still, Bow Tie Law Blog has over 500 original e-discovery articles. You’ll also find you’ll find a nice archive of 80+ commute-friendly podcasts covering a range of e-discovery topics.
Bonus Site: LegalTech News
So, technically, LegalTech News isn’t a blog; it’s a news site that is published by Law.com and will require you to register for access. While the news articles cover a wide gamut of legal technology topics, I found that I was consistently reading great, timely articles on important e-discovery development, trends, and case law.