4th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on Getting Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve to be Held March 25-26 in Philadelphia

Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) January 4, 2010 — The Sedona Conference® announces that registration is now open for the fourth annual Sedona Conference® InstituteSM Program, entitled “Getting Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve,” to be held at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26, 2010. The all-star faculty for this program includes nationally renowned members of the federal Bench, litigators from the plaintiff and defense bars, and in-house counsel.

The conference is chaired by Kenneth J. Withers, Director of Judicial Education and Content for The Sedona Conference®, and features United States Magistrate Judges John M. Facciola (DC), Paul Grimm (Maryland), and Craig B. Shaffer (Colorado). Also on the faculty are former in-house counsels Tom Allman (BASF), Patrick Oot (Verizon), and Ed Wolfe (General Motors), along with current in-house counsels Jason R. Baron (National Archives and Records Administration), Tim Moorehead (BP America), and Miriam M. Smolen (Fannie Mae). Rounding out the faculty are plaintiff and defendant counsels Kevin Brady (Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP), Conor R. Crowley (Law Offices of Conor R. Crowley), Joseph P. Guglielmo (Scott + Scott, LLP), Cecil A. Lynn, III (Ryley Carlock & Applewhite), and Jonathan Redgrave (Nixon Peabody LLP), and litigation support expert Sherry Harris (Hunton & Williams LLP).

Panels will focus on maximizing opportunities under the current rules and achieving proportional discovery through the meet and confer process. 

The program will start with a keynote address by Judge Paul Grimm, followed by a roundup of the most recent case law, state rules amendments, and local federal rules developments. Panels will focus on extremely timely topics such as maximizing opportunities under the current rules by achieving proportional discovery through the meet and confer process; preservation, legal holds and “not reasonably accessible” ESI; and negotiating search protocols. Additional panels will discuss ethical issues surrounding Federal Rule of Evidence 502 and metadata, and shifting roles and responsibilities in a new economic environment. The program will close with two roundtable discussions, one of in-house counsel on practical strategies for meeting judicial expectations while reducing costs, and a second of judges providing the “view from the bench” of effective and efficient eDiscovery.

Registration is $1195/person, $1095/person if two or more from the same firm register at the same time, and for members of The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series. Registration for the program limited to 150 persons. To register, or to view the complete agenda and faculty bios, just go to www.thesedonaconference.org and click on the program title on the right side in the TSCI box, or call 1-866-860-6600.

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