I find myself in the unusual position of being the subject of a blog post rather than the writer. I was interviewed in Brussels last week by Gregory Bufithis of the Posse List which describes itself accurately as “your source for news, commentary and trends in the contract legal market”.
The venue was IQPC’s Brussels eDisclosure Conference, and the resulting post IQPCs Brussels focus: ChrisDale and the e-Disclosure Information Project serves as a better history of the e-Disclosure Information Project than I have written for myself. That matters only because it illustrates how far the electronic discovery world has moved in two years and, in particular, how views and information are being shared around the world. The problems are the same, and no longer merely in jurisdictions with a history of common law discovery. The solutions, and in particular the technology solutions, developed for civil litigation purposes, are readily applied to regulatory investigations and to internal purposes such as fraud investigation.
If Ian Manning, now at Raposa Consulting, anticipated a worldwide scope when he offered to fund my first initiative in Birmingham, I certainly did not. If I had, I would have used the more generic term “eDiscovery” in the title, rather than its UK-specific equivalent.
The Posse List is rather older, going back more than seven years. Its name originates, I imagine, from its roots in the contract lawyer market — it runs job lists and helps lawyers round up a posse of contract lawyers for large document review exercises. It came to my attention not for that reason but because its timely and informed comment seems to turn up everywhere. I knew of it anyway, but my recent foray into Twitter has revealed the Posse List as a major source of stories and ideas.
I look forward to meeting more of the Posse List contributors at the Masters Conference in Washington next week.