Surviving electronic discovery
The American Bar Association has published a guideline book for electronic discovery called The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines.
According to the ABA, “Currently 93 to 96 percent of all information is created electronically…. Of that electronic information, less than three percent of it will ever be converted to print. Electronic discovery is changing the landscape of the law. And, lawyers — from those representing major international corporations to those representing the hardware store in town — are finding they need to improve their understanding of electronic evidence and discovery.”
The authors are Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., president of Sensei Enterprises, a computer forensics and legal technology firm, John Simek, a forensic technologist, and Bruce A. Olson, an attorney.
The book discusses the 2006 changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and it comes with a CD containing various forms that a law firm might need in the discovery process.
The book is $99.95 for ABA members and is available at the ABA’s bookstore at www.abanet.org/abastore. •
Becoming a dangerous expert
A “dangerous” expert witness is an expert who puts fear into opposing counsel. Opposing lawyers are concerned about the this expert’s expertise, his command of the facts and his ability to communicate, teach and persuade the jury. Dangerous experts understand how to defeat opposing counsel’s tactics and are capable of turning the tables.
How to Become a Dangerous Expert Witness, by Steven Babitsky, teaches experienced experts how to become those dangerous experts. The book incudes tips, examples and summaries of ways to become that sought-after expert. •
Order for $99.95 at http://tinyurl.com/298j4n.
Sue the Doctor and Win
Litigation expert Lewis Laska’s Sue the Doctor and Win is alarming — yet enlightening — to the reader, whether the reader is a consultant, expert witness, attorney, or just a lay individual with little understanding of what goes on in medical malpractice cases.
Laska has years of experience compiling med mal cases, and his voluminous body of case compilation work is threaded throughout the anecdotal examples he gives of medical litigation issues. He offers tips and winning strategies for litigators, and a behind-the-scenes peek at the tragic realities found in these cases — showing med mal cases to be not as frivolous or easy as one might think. The book is a must-read for legal nurse consultants.
Laska offers a money-making idea for readers: research and compile salient case information from local courthouses to build a marketable database.
Order for $89 at www.suethedoctor.com.