At the Catalyst E-Discovery Search Blog today, I have a post examining whether there could be a call for regulation of e-discovery vendors.

Some background: This Thursday is the deadline to file comments with the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services on whether states should regulate legal service providers (LSPs).

In a March 31 issue paper, the commission says it is studying the role played by unregulated LSPs in the delivery of legal services. It asks for feedback on whether state judicial authorities should develop new regulatory structures for these entities.

The memorandum broadly defines LSP to include a range of services including automated legal document assembly, expert systems, legal process outsourcing, and more.

Included on its list is e-discovery.

So is it likely that the commission will call for regulation of e-discovery vendors? That’s the question I discuss here.

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