Michael Berman is a practicing lawyer and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has published extensively, including as the editor-in-chief and a contributing author in “Electronically Stored Information in Maryland Courts” (Maryland State Bar Ass’n. 2020), co-editing two American Bar Association books on electronic discovery, as well as co-authoring law review and other articles regarding electronically stored information (“ESI”). He has presented widely in venues ranging from local to National events.
In M. Berman, C. Barton, and P. Grimm, eds., “Managing E-Discovery and ESI: From Pre-Litigation Through Trial” (ABA 2011), 749, he wrote that “[t]hose who long for the ‘good old days’ of paper-based discovery look back with selective memories. There was much about what happened that was inefficient, duplicative, costly, and confusing.” The advent of the personal computer, inexpensive storage, the internet, the Sedona Conference, and Federal and State procedural rules governing ESI has eclipsed those purportedly “lazy, hazy, crazy days of paper.”
This site proceeds on the assumption that ESI is simply an additional discipline to study. Attorneys have long dealt with complex business, medical, and other issues. Handling digital information is another such endeavor. Further, as noted in one of the blogs on this site, it is well-established that perfection is not required. What is needed are good faith, reasonable and proportionate efforts. That is best achieved through education and a team approach.
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