Shook Supports New Mentorship E-Discovery Program Aimed at Elevating Diverse Professionals

As reported in Legaltechnews, on November 5, The Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI) launched a mentorship program aimed at bringing historically disenfranchised communities into the discovery industry.

The EDI Diversity Mentorship Program pairs newcomers to the e-discovery market with established mentors with the intention of helping them forge a path toward leadership in the e-discovery community. EDI leaders made the announcement at an event hosted at risk management and insurance group Zurich North America’s headquarters. The program announced a small group of its first mentor-mentee pairs, with mentors drawn from companies like Google, Barclays and KPMG.

Patrick Oot, EDI co-founder and co-chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s data and discovery strategies practice group, added that the mentorship program aims to leverage the experience of e-discovery old hands to help newer voices rise through the ranks.

“The mentorship will provide a path for junior practitioners to navigate complex relationships, new opportunities and a support system of resources through EDI’s network of connections. Getting folks plugged in to the community is probably the best thing we can do to help them rise through the ranks,” Oot told LTN.