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Hello “Proportionality,” Goodbye “Reasonably Calculated”: Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments

Presented by: the ABA Section of Litigation & Duke Law

Join us in Seattle on April 29, 2016

The most significant changes to discovery and case management practices in more than a decade, the 2015 Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 34 and 37, took effect on December 1, 2015. The American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies are jointly presenting this unprecedented, 18-city series of dialogues, led by national thought leaders and including local judges, magistrates, and top practitioners in each city. The goal: to further the understanding of the case-management techniques that will help courts and litigants realize the Amendments’ full potential to make discovery more targeted, less expensive, and more effective in achieving justice.

Based on local requests, this popular program has been expanded from the original 13-city tour to 18. Each three-hour program features leaders from the Rules amendment process, who walk the audience through the Amendments and their implications for civil litigation. Spirited panel discussions among local District Court Judges, Magistrate Judges, and leading litigators then explore the Amendments’ practical discovery implications and best practices for case management under the amended Rules. Each program’s attendees discuss application of the new rules to a variety of hypothetical cases and leave with a toolbox of techniques for putting the Amendments into practice.

Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal
, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Past Chair, U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Prof. Steven S. Gensler, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Past Member, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

Jason P. Amala, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC, Hon. John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Hon. James P. Donohue, United States Magistrate Judge, Parker C. Folse, III, Susman Godfrey, LLP, Hon. Robert S. Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Jonathan Palmer, Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Microsoft Corporation, Hon. Benjamin H. Settle, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Sheryl J. Willert, Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC

Regional Chairs:
Martha J. Dawson, K&L Gates LLP, Rudy A. Englund, Lane Powell PC, P. Arley Harrel, Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC, Michelle Peterson, Michelle Peterson Law PLLC

National Chairs:
Michele D. Hangley
, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Beth L. Kaufman, Schoeman Updike & Kaufman LLP

Join us in the following city / one of 18:

Seattle April 29, 2016, 9:00 am United States District Court for the Western District of Washington 700 Stewart Street 19th Floor

Presented with the support of the Local Rules Committee for the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington

Click HERE to listen to a Podcast about the Roadshow.

Clich HERE to Learn More and to Register.

Upcoming Event: The New FRCPs & Your eDiscovery Practice (Webinar)

Join K&L Gates Partner, Daniel R. Miller and other distinguished panelists for an informative discussion of recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Date: January 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 PST (1:00 – 2:30 EST)
Sponsored by: Law Seminars International

Why You Should Call In

Attorneys involved in federal court practice, in-house counsel, eDiscovery attorneys, document retention & review specialists, others seeking to gain literacy in ESI preservation and disclosure.

Why You Should Call In

The U.S. Supreme Court released the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in April, which took effect last month. The amendments affect several aspects of discovery, by placing a duty of timeliness on the parties, restoring proportionality factors as to the scope of discovery, allowing scheduling orders to address clawback agreements and ESI preservation, and requiring a party to state whether it is withholding material on the basis of a discovery objection.

Perhaps the most debated change affects eDiscovery in particular. The revision of FRCP 37(e) addresses a contentious circuit split, and unifies the sanctions standard for ESI spoliation. The available sanctions are divided into two parts: when the court has made a finding of prejudice, and when the court has made a finding of intent to deprive. But the rule seeks to aid parties who have taken “reasonable steps” to preserve ESI.

In light of the changes to the FRCPs, this panel will review “reasonable steps” an attorney should take to preserve evidence, considerations in drafting litigation holds, options for managed document review, and the scope of preservation.

What You Will Learn

  • How the adjustments to the FRCPs impact eDiscovery
  • Scope of preservation: platforms, devices, email & social accounts
  • Practical effects of the rule changes on data management & costs
  • The effect of the rules’ proportionality emphasis on eDiscovery
  • Developing ethical & defensible legal hold notices
  • ESI preservation & review insight from the perspectives of in-house discovery counsel, an experienced large-firm partner, and an eDiscovery specialist

Click here to learn more and to register.

Federal Rule Changes Affect e-Discovery – Are You Ready This Time?

Learn Strategies for Litigating in the New Framework

Join Us For a Complimentary 3 Hour CLE

Important updates and revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect on December 1, 2015, absent (unlikely) action by Congress. These changes will undoubtedly have a substantial effect on litigation (and pre-litigation) strategies and practice, particularly with regard to discovery. Issues addressed by the amendments include — among others — the scope of discovery, responses and objections to requests for production, and preservation (or loss) of electronically stored information.

Please join us for a lively and informative strategic discussion of the amendments, the ways they will affect your future practice and cases, and the steps you can take to address and embrace the new paradigms shaped by these changes. In-house counsel will join members of the K&L Gates global e-Discovery Analysis & Technology practice group to address the significance of these rule changes, their ethical implications for legal practitioners, the opportunities for advocacy afforded by the rules’ increased attention to proportionality, and the practical effects of these rule changes on record preservation practices.

Live programs will take place on December 1st in Seattle, WA and December 3rd in Pittsburgh, PA.  These programs will also be available via webinar.

Seattle Program:

December 1, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

K&L Gates
925 Fourth Ave, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104

Click HERE to Register.

Pittsburgh Program:

December 3, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

Click HERE to Register.

These programs will also be available via webinar. To participate, email Allison Peterson, and log-in instructions will be emailed to you the day before the program.

For additional questions, contact Allison Peterson.

Pending CLE Credit (including one hour of ethics)

Upcoming Events

Strafford – E-Discovery Strategies: Preparing for New FRCP Amendments on Proportionality and Managing ESI

April 14, 2015
1-2:30 PM EDT

Join K&L Gates attorney Bree Kelly and her fellow panelists for a discussion of “E-Discovery Strategies: Preparing for New FRCP Amendments on Proportionality and Managing ESI.”  The discussion will cover a range of topics, including a review of the proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) and 37(e), strategies for achieving proportionality, best practices for preserving ESI and avoiding sanctions, best practices for information management and a review of court decisions addressing proportionality.

To learn more or to register, click here.

PBI – eDiscovery Symposium

April 17, 2015
PBI Professional Development Conference Ctr.
Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Ave, 7th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA

Join K&L Gates partner Thomas J. Smith for a day of e-Discovery.  Mr. Smith will participate in two of the day’s nine informative panels.  First, at 11:20, join Mr. Smith and a panel of experts for a discussion of proposed amendments to both local and federal rules (“Amendments to FRCP/Amendments to local rules).  Then, at 3:00, Mr. Smith will moderate a panel of judges (Chief Judge Conti, Judge Kelly, and Judge Lenihan) in a roundtable discussion of important topics affecting e-Discovery practice in Federal Court (“e-Discovery Practice in Federal Court: Judges’ Roundtable Discussion).

To learn more or to register, click here.

Keeping You Informed: K&L Gates’ Third Annual “Under the Wire”

e-DAT Partner Julie Anne Halter will speak at K&L Gates’ Third Annual “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar in Durham, NC (with videoconference broadcast in Charlotte) on January 22, 2015.  Julie Anne’s presentation will address the “Latest and Greatest on e-Discovery.”

Other topics to be addressed include:

FDA Inspections

Update on the Affordable Care Act

International Activity: Things That Should Keep a GC Up at Night

The Benefits of International Arbitration for Cross-Border Transactions

Hot Topics in Employment Law

Lawyers and the Pursuit of Happiness (mental health/substance abuse credit)

For more information about this event, click here.