As most litigants are painfully aware, document review – even when managed efficiently and cost-effectively – often is the most expensive component of discovery. And in many cases the “second-pass” review of relevant documents for privilege, and the capture of information about privileged documents for the privilege log, becomes the most costly aspect of document review.
It’s December 23, and you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping. You know what that means. Your stress level is about to go way up, as you fight the crowds in the stores and on the streets. Don’t worry, I’m not judging you for your holiday shopping habits. . . But please, litigants, don’t treat document review you like you do your Christmas shopping.
Nick Milton, who writes an informative blog about knowledge management, posted a short piece recently on the effective use of decision logs in project management. Because decision logs are a standard practice in all DiscoverReady-managed reviews, I read his post with an eye to whether we could improve or expand on our decision logging practices. I’m pleased to report that we seem to be in sync with Nick.