Requests and Forms as Modern as the Evidence You Seek

Are your discovery requests still mired in a bygone world of telegrams and carbon paper? Are you getting pummeled with expenses and review challenges you need not accept? E-discovery expert Craig Ball discusses ways to revamp your requests to target electronic evidence and secure its production in utile and complete forms that will materially aid the bottom line. Learn to use requests and production protocols as modern as the evidence you seek.

The 60-minute program will begin by addressing the nature and variety of emerging electronic evidence in litigation. It will cover the common boilerplate language in form requests, and using a historical perspective, demonstrate how outdated requests and definitions are ill-suited to efficient and economical modern evidentiary formats. The program will examine fresh approaches to old tasks in the context of electronically stored information and powerfully make the case for why native productions are more efficient and cost-effective in cases of every size, as well as how to craft a practical and proportional production protocol that serves all parties' interests.

This presentation is approved for one hour of General MCLE credit* in California.


  • Do forms of production really matter?
  • The procedural rules governing forms of production
  • Understanding what you're missing in static productions (The "pan-and-scan" analogy)
  • Introduction to the TIFF+ problem
  • How did we get into this mess?
  • Cost is the clincher!
  • Search is disrupted, too.
  • "Don't let the redaction tail wag the production tail"
  • Bates numbering native productions.
  • Wrap up and Q&A.
Topics covered include: Practice Skills
Duration of this webinar: 60 minutes
Originally broadcast: June 09, 2023 12:00 PM PT
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Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 General

Earn Credit Until: June 08, 2025

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Craig Ball
Craig Ball Trial Lawyer & Computer Forensic Examiner
Craig Ball hails from Texas, works in Austin, and happily calls the Big Easy home. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Craig is a trial lawyer and certified computer forensic examiner. Licensed in Texas since 1982, Craig is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and at Tulane Law School, teaching Electronic Evidence and Digital Discovery. Craig is an expert in digital forensics, emerging technologies, visual persuasion, electronic discovery, and trial tactics, limiting his practice to service as a court-appointed Special Master in Electronically-Stored Information. Read More ›
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