Email Threading: One Of The Most Overlooked Gems In eDiscovery

Email Threading: One Of The Most Overlooked Gems In eDiscovery 1

What is email threading? Email threading groups a string of related emails together in a chain. For example, if I send a message asking for agenda items to four people, and all four respond individually, all of those messages will create a chain of emails, or a thread. A thread includes the original email and all responses and even forwarded emails.

One of the biggest challenges with reviewing data is that when you log into a database, it’s just one big pile of documents. And that scares the crap out of most lawyers and keeps them out. But tools like email threading help you start to make sense of the morass when you look at the data and see how custodians communicate, with whom and about what. As I’m fond of saying, if you leave reviewing the data to the non-lawyers, you are not doing your job to know the facts and create an effective strategy.

So how can you use email threading? Let me count the ways. Here are a few to get you started. As always, I encourage you to think about what you are looking for, and how you can use email threading to zero in on it or to get rid of the noise in your collection. Read More

Source: Kelly Twigger | Above the Law


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