vdiscovery thanks all the attendees of our highly successful, and well-attended CLE event at NYCLA, “E-Discovery and the FRCP:  One Year Later” on January 12th, 2017.

For those who were unable to attend but would like to review the materials* or attend the course online for credit**, see below.  Here is what you missed:

The event, moderated by David Lender, co-chair of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s global Litigation Department, conferred 2.5 CLE credits (including 1 credit for ethics), and featured a panel of leading thinkers on e-Discovery and the FRCP:  Judge John Koeltl, Judge Andrew Peck, Judge Frank Maas (Ret.), and Steve Bennett of Park Jensen & Bennett, LLP.

Overall, it was an insightful and in-depth program covering the A to Z of the changes, with Judge Koeltl, a former member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, elaborating on the impetus for the changes. While all the rules were covered very thoroughly, particular emphasis was placed on the need for proportional discovery and on Rule 37(e)’s re-focusing on preservation, not sanctions.

 

Rule 34 was emphasized as the change that could most significantly impact the day-to-day job of litigators, with the panel highlighting the requirement that counsel dispense with boilerplate objections to discovery requests, and the need to ground such objections in case-specified arguments.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive, with a litigation partner from one firm commenting simply, “Great event.  Learned a lot.”  Even with the 6pm start time, and over two hours of discussion covering Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 34, 37(e) and the abrogation of rule 84, the audience was extremely engaged and actively asked questions.

In addition to the excellent content covered, top notch food was provided and this even prompted no less than Judge Koeltl himself to remark glowingly about the food.  With an assortment of kosher sandwiches, hot food, and beverages, all catered by FresKo, it’s no wonder NYCLA members were heard commenting this was the “best food” they have seen at a NYCLA event.

We look forward to seeing you at vdiscovery’s future CLE events, already in the works!

 

 

*For a copy of the handout materials, including a curated summary of the relevant Rule changes, Committee Notes, excerpted cases of note, and enlightening secondary sources, click here .

**This course was videotaped and will be available for CLE credit online at the NYCLA website soon.  Stay tuned!