The Sedona Conference Institute 2018 eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
New York, NY
United States

Sidley Austin

Join leading jurists, in-house counsel, outside counsel, and eDiscovery experts at the offices of Sidley Austin in New York, NY, on February 22-23, 2018, 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, faculty demonstrations, and mock negotiation and hearing 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 three mock Rule 26(f) conferences focusing on scope of discovery, preservation, 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 opportunity for dialogue, demonstrations, and 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.

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 close to the offices of Sidley Austin:

  • The Michelangelo The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
  • Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

We hope to see you in New York!


Ralph Artigliere LLC

Clemson, SC, USA

Littler Mendelson, PC

New York, NY, USA

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Armonk, NY, USA

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

New York, NY

Holland & Knight LLP
University of Oklahoma College of Law

Norman, OK, USA

Fresh Del Monte

Stamford, CT, USA

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

San Diego, CA, USA

Swiss Re

Armonk, NY, USA

Perkins Coie LLP

Washington, DC, USA


New York, NY, USA

King & Spalding

Atlanta, GA, USA

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Chicago, IL, USA

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

New York, NY, USA

Repario Data

Milford, CT, USA

Redgrave LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Cleveland, OH, USA

Baylor Law School

Dallas, TX, USA

State of Florida 11th Judicial Circuit Court

Miami, FL, USA

King & Spalding
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

White Plains, NY, USA

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York