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2018 Electronic Discovery Symposium for Government Agencies

Benchmarking study and symposium brainstorming activity results

Deloitte has been proudly hosting the Electronic Discovery Symposium for Government Agencies for 10+ years. We bring together some of the most distinguished thought leaders in eDiscovery and the government sector. Our primary goal is to provide government practitioners with the information and tools needed during the eDiscovery litigation process in their current eDiscovery environment with an eye towards preparing for the future eDiscovery landscape.

2018 eDiscovery symposium results

During the course of the symposium we take the pulse of federal eDiscovery practitioners with our annual Benchmarking study of electronic discovery practices for government agencies. We also host a brainstorming exercise where we discuss eDiscovery pain points and solutions in the federal space. This provides attendees a collaborative environment to share ideas, challenges, and solutions with each other.

The survey

For more than 10 years, Deloitte’s federal eDiscovery practice has surveyed attorneys, paralegals, records managers, and IT professionals within the federal government regarding their experience in eDiscovery. Over time, a picture has emerged of the challenges facing government agencies as well as the varied ways government agencies are managing their eDiscovery workloads.

Our 2018 survey results revealed agency counsel indicated they feel adequately supported by IT when it comes to dealing with opposing counsel on electronic discovery matters. As such, confidence swells when it comes to feeling adequately prepared to discuss eDiscovery with opposing counsel.

Brainstorming activity 

The focus of the brainstorming activity at our 11th Annual Electronic Discovery Symposium for Government Agencies was on the future of eDiscovery. The participants broke out into small groups to discuss and share ideas about what they foresee the future holds for eDiscovery. These ideas were captured on an illustrated diagram of a robot. Groups represented varied eDiscovery aspects in relation to major body parts (e.g., what would be the “brains” or the “heart” of eDiscovery, etc.). We’ve provided several examples of the robot creations that capture eDiscovery practitioners’ future predictions side by side with the present state of discovery.”

Explore the brainstorm results below.

2018 benchmarking study of eDiscovery practices for government agencies

Predictions for the future of eDiscovery

eDiscovery services for federal and state government

Deloitte’s Government Sector discovery practice has provided secure litigation support and discovery management services to federal and state agencies since 1994. We cover the full spectrum of discovery services. Our team of professionals applies innovative solutions to accomplish your mission. Deloitte has assisted legal, IT and records managers on hundreds of cases over the years. We have the knowledge and experience to tackle the toughest discovery and litigation support issues. We seek to deploy the latest technologies and tailor strategies to meet your specific needs.

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