Archive: October 29, 2004

Electronic Discovery for Corporate Counsel
Public Comment Period Begins for Federal Civil Rules Proposals

Electronic Discovery for Corporate Counsel

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, and ethics rules in email are just a portion of the subjects to be covered by a daylong series of speakers and interactive panels.

Key focus areas include:

  • Formulating retention/destruction policies and implementing the duty to preserve
  • New discovery frontiers: instant messaging and voicemail
  • Computer forensics: When you need it; when you don’t
  • Update on newly revised E-Discovery court rules
  • Creating defensible privilege claims
  • Ethics: Resolving conflicts related to email

Public Comment Period Begins for Federal Civil Rules Proposals

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, public hearings will be held at various dates prior to the February 15 deadline, allowing comments to be given via public testimony. The earliest the proposed rules may go into effect is December 1, 2006. For more information on the amendment process and the public comment period, please click here.

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