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Monthly Archives: October 2004

Socha Consulting LLC

Posted in RESOURCES

As an e-discovery special master and expert witness, George Socha tracks e-discovery happenings, articles, and books and provides technology vendor information through his website, sochaconsulting.com. George is also a researcher and frequent speaker on the subject of electronic discovery.

U.S. Courts Website

Posted in RESOURCES

The U.S. Courts website is a great place view postings and make comments to the proposed amendments of the rules to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding electronic discovery.

Electronic Discovery for Corporate Counsel

Posted in EVENTS

November 19, 2004, San Francisco December 17, 2004, New York City This bi-coastal program, developed through a joint effort between Preston Gates, Microsoft��and the Practising Law Institute (PLI,) is designed specifically for in-house counsel and other attorneys involved in advising organizations on electronic discovery and document retention issues. Backup tapes, evolving case law, computer forensics,… Continue Reading

Public Comment Period Begins for Federal Civil Rules Proposals

Posted in FEDERAL RULES AMENDMENTS

On August 10, 2004, the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved for publication and public comment several proposed amendments to the Federal Civil Rules that specifically address electronic discovery. The public now has until February 15, 2005 to comment to the Secretary to the Standing Committee regarding the proposed amendments. In addition,… Continue Reading

Advisory Committee Recommends New Rules for Electronic Discovery

Posted in FEDERAL RULES AMENDMENTS

In April 2004, the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules submitted to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure several proposed amendments to the Federal Civil Rules specifically addressing the unique challenges of electronic discovery, recommending that the Standing Committee publish these proposals for comment in August 2004. The proposed rules… Continue Reading

Glasser LegalWorks 8th Annual Electronic Discovery & Records Retention Conference

Posted in EVENTS

December 9-10, 2004 Hyatt Regency San Francisco San Francisco, California Preston’s Martha Dawson will be participating as a panelist. The conference will focus on a number of key electronic discovery issues, including: Spoliation Disclosure and discovery of digital evidence Finding and collecting electronic information Effective records management Selecting an e-discovery vendor Updates on e-discovery law… Continue Reading

Defense Research Institute’s E-Discovery Committee

Posted in RESOURCES

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) is the national organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. DRI’s E-Discovery Committee keeps members informed on the latest developments in e-discovery law through their website and annual e-discovery CLE Seminar.

California Civil Discovery Law

Posted in RESOURCES

Commissioner Richard E. Best, retired from the San Francisco Superior Court in 2003 after 29 years of service, and continues to promote the use of technology in discovery, as well as serve as a private discovery referee. His website, California Civil Discovery Law, is a repository of continuing education materials, discovery resources, case law and… Continue Reading

The Legal & Strategic Guide to E-Discovery

Posted in EVENTS

Best Practices for Corporate Counsel Park Central Hotel, New York City November 10-12, 2004 Key themes: Minimizing costs associated with e-discovery, best practices for managing and preserving electronic information, developing effective litigation response strategies, tips and traps for records management and litigation strategy. Presented by Marcus Evans.

E-mails star in another Spitzer probe

Posted in NEWS & UPDATES

Oct. 14, 2004 By Greg Morcroft CBS.MarketWatch.com NEW YORK (CBS.MW) — Eliot Spitzer clearly doesn’t follow the edict of Henry Stimson, a 20th century U.S diplomat, who once famously stated, “Gentlemen don’t read other people’s mail.” Spitzer, New York’s current attorney general and the bane of corporate wrongdoers, launched his latest salvo Thursday at several… Continue Reading

Are Instant Messages Discoverable?

Posted in NEWS & UPDATES

Preston Gates attorney Martha Dawson and Senior Attorney for Microsoft Gregory McCurdy co-authored an article published in the June/July 2004 issue of The National Law Journal. Titled “Are Instant Messages Discoverable?,” the article explores the questions raised by business use of instant messaging (IM).

Seattle Sleuth

Posted in NEWS & UPDATES

March 2003 cover story in AmLaw Tech , technology supplement to The American Lawyer. Seattle Sleuth highlights Preston Gates’ achievements in advanced technology document review legal services.