Cost containment implies both reducing costs and making them more predictable. As the volume of data rises, legal departments face increasing pressure to reduce their budgets, while law firms are under pressure to deliver greater value by offering more services at lower fees and providing greater visibility of the costs incurred throughout the entire discovery process. The need to balance costs against risks is so crucial, that corporations are willing to live with a certain degree of quantified and managed risk in order to reduce their cost of e-discovery. So, how can costs be significantly reduced and yet balanced against risk?
Caroline Boudreau Sweeney, Director, Practice Group Technology Services, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Ms. Sweeney is responsible for the delivery of litigation technology services to all Dorsey offices. This includes the design and implementation of document and information management databases, delivery of trial technology support, develop... More View all posts
Ms. Sweeney is responsible for the delivery of litigation technology services to all Dorsey offices. This includes the design and implementation of document and information management databases, delivery of trial technology support, development of customized practice-specific applications, software evaluation and implementation, coordination of vendor services and internal training programs for attorneys and paralegals. In addition, Ms. Sweeney is also a member of Dorsey's Electronic Discovery Practice Group. She has extensive experience in working and consulting with attorneys and clients with regard to various e-discovery issues, including identification, collection, processing, review and production of electronically stored information. As Director of Practice Group Technology Services, Ms. Sweeney also has responsibility for delivery of Graphics and Multimedia services, managed document review services, and word processing services. As a member of Dorsey's senior Information Services management team, Ms. Sweeney has financial responsibility for Practice Group Technology Services. Ms. Sweeney has over 25 years of experience in the litigation support industry, having worked in the law firm and litigation support vendor environments, as well as the non-profit sector. She is a current member of the Organization of Litigation Support Professionals, and as part of that organization, she assists with the development of certification testing for litigation support professionals. She is also a participant in Georgetown Law's planning group for their E-Discovery Practice Support Project. Additionally, she is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. Ms. Sweeney is a past member of the Editorial Board for the Association of Litigation Support Professionals and has written several articles concerning litigation support best practices. She has participated as a presenter/faculty member at various conferences on litigation support and E-discovery topics, is a former instructor of "Computers in the Law" at the Minnesota Legal Assistant Institute, and has been a frequent faculty member for Kroll OnTrack's E-Discovery Certification programs. In the early 1990s she was a cofounder of the Minnesota Association of Litigation Support Managers and continues as a current member. She is also a member of Women in E-discovery. Less View all posts