Document review. (Cue the groans.) The prospect of reviewing thousands of (often mind-numbingly boring) e-mails, memos, bills, reports, and other documents generated by a client in the course of its daily business doesn't exactly inspire glee in the hearts and minds of young lawyers.
Gone are the days of conference rooms with boxes and redwells full of documents stacked to the ceiling; now attorneys can flip through documents on their computers using software specifically designed for discovery during litigation and the document review that goes along with it.
Although e-discovery software can make it easier to sift through, review, and organize documents, and notwithstanding a recent article in The New York Times (discussed below) that openly wondered whether e-discovery technology has advanced enough to replace attorneys, it should not be forgotten that the process is still an investigation aimed at advancing a case in terms of trial and/or settlement strategies. E-discovery is an important tool and area for development, and young attorneys who can effectively navigate the process to find the documents most critical and useful to their cases bring significant value to the litigation process.