The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practice Guidelines & Commentary for Managing Information & Records in the Electronic Age is now available for download. This document, the second published by The Sedona Conference Working Group Series, addresses “questions related to the management of electronic information in organizations as a result of business, statutory, regulatory and legal needs. The subject of information management and record retention is of critical importance in the digital age and the subject of many treatises and publications, yet the members and participants of the Working Group believed there was a need to distill existing thoughts and, in doing so, reach across the boundaries of legal compliance, records management and information technology.” To view and download the complete report, click here.
The 2005 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey Report has been released. The 2005 Survey examines the state of electronic discovery in 2004, through direct interviews and an online surveys of 69 consumers and providers of electronic discovery services, as well as website data from more than 200 organizations in the electronic discovery niche. It also compares this year’s results with results from the preceding two years, and makes projections for 2005 through 2007. For more information about the survey, or to purchase, click here.
Judge Scheindlin, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, has co-authored an article that surveys decisions concerning e-discovery sanctions issued since January 1, 2000. The article is meant to provide guidance for e-discovery reform by examining what state and federal courts have considered to be sanctionable conduct and the sanctions that have been imposed. Full text of the article can be found here.
The Sedona Conference(SM) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and educational institute, dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and complex litigation. Since its founding in 1997, it has developed an international reputation as a balanced and forward-looking law and policy think tank that has and will continue to provide constructive contributions to the reasoned and just development of law and policy. The Sedona Guidelines and The Sedona Principles have come to have been known as the preeminent thought-leadership pieces in the field.
Ken Withers is a senior judicial education attorney with the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for developing educational programs for federal judges and Court-employed attorneys. These programs include electronic discovery, technology in the criminal justice system, and advanced uses of technology in the administration of justice. Ken is also heavily involved in the federal rules amendment process.
Created by defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel, Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) is a national coalition supporting excellence, fairness and improvements within the civil justice system. It supports activities at both the state and national level designed to achieve reforms, which will ensure balance in the civil justice system. Greater predictability in damage awards, streamlining the discovery process, and improving the management of litigation and scarce judicial resources are all long range goals of LCJ. Read More
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.
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.