E-Mail Retention for Lawyers

ZDNet has a great list of “classic clueless-user” stories submitted by IT folks.  Here’s one that made me laugh:

4. We currently have a great policy for keeping e-mail to a minimum. It’s only kept 90 days, then it’s deleted, so if you want to save it past the retention period, you have to put it into a file somehow.

This has been in effect for several years, but amazingly, we had a couple of executives in the legal dept who built up 40,000 messages in their inboxes each, without having any deleted. I finally got the connection when the new “retention policy” was published. The company lawyers who wrote it had a line in the document that excluded themselves from the policy and made sure they could keep everything forever!

4 Responses to E-Mail Retention for Lawyers
  1. InhouseBlog - News for Inhouse Counsel
    March 21, 2006 | 6:10 am

    E-Mail Retention for Lawyers

    Developing an email retention policy? If you are, and have a ton of emails in your inbox that you just can’t delete, then just carve yourself out of the policy. Inhouse counsel innovation! Link: the [non]billable hour: E-Mail Retention for

  2. Stark County Law Library Blog
    March 22, 2006 | 11:27 am

    “E-Mail Retention for Lawyers”

    Matt Homann posts: “ZDNet has a great list of “classic clueless-user” stories submitted by IT folks. Here’s one that made

  3. Stark County Law Library Blog
    March 22, 2006 | 11:37 am

    “E-Mail Retention for Lawyers”

    Matt Homann posts: “ZDNet has a great list of “classic clueless-user” stories submitted by IT folks. Here’s one that made

  4. Consultant
    January 11, 2009 | 9:41 pm

    Does any one know if lawyers actually fall under a type of ‘SEC’ Compliance and how long they have to keep email? Or if they don’t have to keep email?

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