September 26, 2021

Duke Law, EDRM Join Forces to Advance E-Discovery Education and Standards

EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model), the leading standards organization for the e-discovery market, has been acquired by Duke University School of Law.

The move advances the missions of both organizations. For EDRM, Duke provides an institutional home with a large and respected organization, ensuring the continued vitality of EDRM. Duke Law and its Center for Judicial Studies gain resources that expand the center’s involvement in electronic discovery and information governance in support of its mission to promote better understanding of the judicial process and to generate ideas for improving the administration of justice.

“This agreement sets the stage for an expansion of EDRM efforts in industry education and standards,” says Dean David F. Levi. “E-discovery is a major component of today’s litigation practice, and EDRM provides valuable resources to educate not only experienced practitioners, but also law students and new lawyers about practical discovery problems they will encounter. This acquisition is also an important step in Duke’s continued efforts to bring together the judiciary, legal practitioners, educators and government organizations to advance the understanding of the judicial process and improve the complex processes in the administration of justice.”

George Socha, co-founder of EDRM, will remain with EDRM after the acquisition. EDRM co-founder Tom Gelbmann plans to work with Duke Law for the transition of EDRM programs and will retire later this year.

Tom Hnatowski, former chief of the Magistrate Judges Division of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, will join the Judicial Studies Center to manage day-to-day operations running EDRM.

EDRM member, sponsor and affiliate benefits will continue uninterrupted as EDRM operations transition to the Duke Law management team.