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Social Media Use for Attorneys: E-Discovery: Electronic Resources

Social media has become prolific in our everyday professional and personal lives. This LibGuide will introduce you to resources that may guide you in the responsible and beneficial use of social media in your future law practice.

BNA/Bloomberg eDiscovery Resource Center

BNA/Bloomberg publishes the eDiscovery Resource Center, and as a member of the Touro Law Community, you can access this report directly from our Online Databases page. (If you are off-campus, you must be signed in to TLC Web in order to access the report.)  Updated continuously, the center offers the latest news and expert analysis on e-Discovery legal and policy issues.  You can access current information and analysis of legislation, regulations and court decisions regarding the management of electronic data and discovery and presentation of e-evidence. Check out this resource here (Scroll down to click on the link - it's in alphabetical order.)

E-Resources: The Rules

2013 ABA E-Discovery and Information Governance National Institute

In 2013, the ABA held its 2013 national conference on E- Discovery and Information Governance.  In our collection, we have print materials and a CD-rom from the conference available here.  The conference was held at Stetson University School of Law in Florida.

Blogs

The following list of links will lead you to popular blogs on the topic of e-discovery for and by attorneys that address e-discovery in the context of social media.  These are just some of the useful "blawgs" that you can follow.  Blogs are only as useful and reliable as their authors, so when reading any blog, you should be sure to investigate the authority and reliability of the authors and/or contributors by verifying their credentials and researching their reputation on the Web.  Also, take note of how often the blog is updated, for a lack of currency can render the website unreliable.  Also, blogs on e-discovery tools and techniques for attorneys are often affliated with companies who sell these services for a fee, so keep that in mind when reading them.  This list is alphabetical, and there is no ranking of one over any other, so take a look at them and find the one that best serves your needs.

The Seminal Case: Zubulake v. UBS Warburg

In 2003-2004, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District Court issued a series of judicial opinions on e-discovery issues, prior to the 2006 amendment of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that address e-discovery issues.  You should start with a review of these opinions, which have become seminal opinions in navigating the world of e-discovery: 

  • Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, 217 F.R.D. 309 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); 
  • Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, 216 F.R.D. 280 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); 
  • Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, 220 F.R.D. 212 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); and 
  • Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, 229 F.R.D. 422 (S.D.N.Y. 2004). 

If you need help finding these cases, please ask our reference librarians for assistance. 

What is E-Discovery?

UC Davis: Social Media as Evidence: New Legal and Ethical Frontiers

E-Articles

Here are some articles to get you started as you begin to learn about social media use in the context of e-discovery.  This list is simply suggestive and is by no means exhaustive.  You should continue this research on your own, using all the research resources the Gould Law Library has to offer you.