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Litigation Support/eDiscovery Analysts

History

Paralegals, legal assistants, and other allied law professionals have always assisted lawyers with litigation support and the collection and management of data. But the massive amount of digital data that is now being generated, the automation of some legal processes, and amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (which have extended the rules of discovery to digital information in criminal cases before U.S. district courts and sometimes before) have created a new job, litigation support/ediscovery analyst, that is a combination of paralegal and information technology (IT) expert to help attorneys gather, analyze, and store digital data during litigation. “Advances in technology and exponential growth of reliance on electronically stored information over traditional paper documents are continually increasing the scope, expense, and prominence of ediscovery in litigation,” according to NALA-The Paralegal Association.