The Sedona Conference Institute 2017 eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 8:30am to Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:30pm
Offices of Akerman LLP, Miami, FL
United States

Join leading jurists, in-house counsel, outside counsel, and eDiscovery experts at the offices of Akerman LLP in Miami, FL, on February 8-9, 2017, for this unique program which develops practical skills in eDiscovery negotiation.

In the program, participants are trained to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel, in order to ensure efficient, cost-effective fact-finding, and avoid unnecessary disputes, consistent with Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the ethical obligations of attorneys as officers of the court. The program features a heavily participatory format. Through use of a litigation hypothetical and mock exercises, participants will explore practical cooperative strategies to avoid or resolve conflicts that commonly occur in the preservation, collection, production, and use of electronically stored information. "If we'd had this training before the Enron litigation,we could have saved millions." Jerri Hardaway, Houston attorney who participated in the inaugural program

Under the supervision of the experienced faculty, participants will take part in four mock Rule 26(f) conferences focusing on scope of discovery, form of production, privilege, and social media, in both breakout sessions and plenary sessions. Some participants will also have an opportunity to participate in a mock Rule 16(b) case management conference during a plenary session, with one of our judicial faculty members presiding. The faculty of veteran trial lawyers, eDiscovery experts, and judges provide valuable critique of the attendees' performance in the exercises. "I learned more in that seminar than any others that I've attended, or taught." Michael Gifford of Howard & Howard; participant in the Chicago program, 7th Circuit eDiscovery Pilot Program member, and practitioner with 30+ years of litigation experience

Application for an Invitation Participation in this program is significantly limited to ensure a high instructor-attendee ratio and a strong participatory experience. Participants will receive personalized feedback and critique from faculty members, and in many cases, have the opportunity for a one-on-one dialogue with faculty members. For this reason, it is necessary to limit the number of participants. Additionally, the program is "invitation only" to ensure a proper balance of participants. In order to submit an application for an invitation, please follow the instructions on the right-hand side of this program webpage. eDiscovery Negotiation Training Certificate of Completion Participants that complete the full program will receive a Sedona Conference Certificate of Completion.

Accommodations For program participants in need of a hotel, below is a list of hotels that are all within a 1/2 mile of the offices of Akerman LLP:

  • Hampton Inn Miami Brickell Extended Stay
  • JW Marriott Marquis Miami
  • Kimpton Epic Miami
  • JW Marriott Miami
  • Hyatt Regency Miami

We hope to see you in Miami!

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