is an inspirational account of an individual standing on principle, persevering against a formidable opponent, and achieving vindication, accountability, and justice. It is a 21st century version of David & Goliath
set on Wall Street that contributed to the establishment of landmark e-discovery rules, transformed the practice of law, encouraged the development of a multi-billion dollar IT business and influenced the way in which organizations manage information.
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I teach electronic discovery at the University of Kansas, and I assign Laura Zubulake's book as required reading. My students have reported to me that reading the book is one of the best parts about the class. The book is very well written, includes accurate legal terminology and descriptions, and provides an important and unique perspective from an actual client/litigant. Laura Zubulake's take on her case - and the foresight she had with respect to electronic evidence back then, provides my students with a more complete picture of how a case travels through the various stages of litigation. Of course, the book is an excellent choice for supplemental reading in an electronic discovery class, but I also believe law students in any type of litigation-oriented class would benefit from reading Ms. Zubulake’s book. In truth, I believe lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers will enjoy (and get much from) this book. An excellent read!
Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
I created and teach a state-of-the-art eDiscovery course at Seton Hall University School of Law. A focus of the course includes teaching students the legal and practical aspects of using electronically stored documents to build a legal case. Zubulake’s e-Discovery is required reading for my class because I find that it provides my students with a valuable, often lacking, perspective about the client. Students often comment to me on how important they felt the book was to their learning which is why I continue to include it as part of my teaching.
Adjunct Professor – Electronic Discovery
Seton Hall University School of Law
(Full disclosure Mr. Pinguelo was involved with the editing of the book.)
I taught an Electronic Discovery course in the Fall and used Zubulake's e-Discovery as a required textbook. Students loved the book – and many highlighted it as one of the best aspects of the course. I will be teaching the course again and will continue to use it as one of my required textbooks. Laura's story made electronic discovery come alive for students – and helped them understand the foundation and rationale for the FRCP and how the rules impact a case.
Sara Anne Hook, M.B.A. (Finance), J.D.
Professor of Informatics and Program Director, Informatics Core
Professor, University College, Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation
The following are comments about Zubulake’s e-Discovery from the students of Lisa J. Berry-Tayman Esq. CIPP/US E-Discovery 2013 course at Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).
I absolutely love the book; it is not only informative but very compelling.
Loved it! Best class read I had this year. Keep it.
I think that the Zubulake book is an exciting, real world learning tool. It should definitely be kept for next year's class because it is very easy to read and keeps you wanting more, much unlike a traditional text book. Thank you so much for adding such a great book to the class, and thanks to Laura for all her hard work that lead to new, necessary legal precedents.
I thought this book was incredible. It was an excellent exposure to the real world of litigation. As a woman, this book was inspiring. It related to me on a whole level I wouldn't have expected. It was also an easy read. You could see her experience through her eyes. I felt like she was sitting right next to me telling me the story. I most definitely approve this book and I advise you to continue to use it in later classes.
Laura's will and determination to fight on and not fold under the pressure she was under for several years was inspiring. I don't know how many individuals could have withstood the stress, financial burden and the uncertainty of what the future would hold after a lifetime of hard work, but Laura did it it was a landmark case for ediscovery.
It was much easier to read than a normal, boring text book. The book allowed us to see more clearly how she coordinated the different issues and points so that it could be presented as an argument for her case.
Absolutely. The story revealed in Zubulake's e-Discovery provides the reader with insight lacking in the average textbook. Laura Zubulake's story of her hopes and fears concerning the case are chronicled from the initial discovery issues through the end of litigation, giving readers her legal strategy and personal reactions to various elements of the case. Additionally, the outcome of her case led to multiple legal opinions and revolutionized the way that ESI was handled both by corporations and third party law firms alike. Multiple sources view the book as a must read for any attorney and therefore, without doubt the book should be read not only in relation to legal studies, but in corporate practice and technology.