Asked, “Is sex dirty,” Woody Allen quipped, “Only if it’s done right.” That’s electronic discovery: If it’s ridiculously expensive, enormously complicated and everyone’s lost sight of the merits of the case, you’re probably doing it right.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Over the next few issues, we’ll walk a path to production of e-mail — perhaps the trickiest undertaking in EDD. The course we take may not be the shortest or easiest, but that’s not the point. We’re trying to avoid stepping off a cliff. Not every point is suited to every production effort, but all deserve consideration.