The 13th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery: Protecting Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privilege in Civil Litigation

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Charlotte, NC

eDiscovery has been a catalyst for transforming the day-to-day practice of law, resulting in a re-definition of legal professionalism to encompass fundamental business skills and technological competence. Last year, The Sedona Conference Institute (TSCI) explored how the skills and technologies developed initially to assist in eDiscovery processes are finding their way into other areas of legal practice, most significantly privacy and data security.

This year we flip that script, and explore the ways that privacy and data security are influencing eDiscovery. We continue TSCI’s decade-long reputation for presenting cutting edge, practical training for lawyers and legal support personnel, bringing participants up to speed on developments in eDiscovery rules, case law, and legal practice with a special emphasis on meeting your legal, regulatory, and ethical obligations to protect the legitimate privacy, confidentiality, and privilege interests of clients, opposing parties, and third parties.

A stellar faculty, led by program co-chairs Andrea D’Ambra and Hon. Andrew J. Peck (ret.) will lead participants in dialogue on:

  • Litigating in a world of stricter privacy and data security regulation
  • Rule 45 discovery
  • Social media discovery
  • Smaller cases and state court litigation
  • Protecting privilege and confidentiality
  • Technological tools to facilitate compliance with privacy, security, and confidentiality
  • Law firm data security
  • Trial practice issues

And the ever-popular Judicial Roundtable will provide observations from the bench and practical guidance for the bar.

A detailed agenda and registration information will be available once registration is opened, and we expect to have additional faculty confirmed shortly. Attendance at the annual TSCI program has always been limited to assure the greatest possible degree of audience participation and dialogue with the faculty, and almost every year the program sells out.

We have obtained a very favorable group rate of $289 per night (plus tax) for a block of rooms on the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday. Limited accommodations at the same rate are available up to three nights before and after the conference. Information on making hotel reservations will accompany your email conference registration confirmation.


Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York, NY, USA

DLA Piper

New York, NY, USA


U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Columbia, SC, USA

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Washington, DC, USA

Innovative Driven

Alpine, UT, USA

Ronald J. Hedges LLC

New York, NY, USA

Federal Trade Commission
Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Complete Discovery Source, Inc.
Jones Day

Miami, FL, USA

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Richmond, VA, USA

ArentFox Schiff LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Redgrave LLP
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

White Plains, NY, USA

Redgrave LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Stevens & Lee

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Perkins Coie LLP
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Newark, NJ, USA

The Sedona Conference

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Keynote: Litigating in a World of Stricter Privacy and Data Security Demands and Expectations

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:45am to 9:15am
Panel Description: 

In this brief “keynote” session, our program co-chairs introduce us to the constellation of issues emerging as a primary driver of eDiscovery case law, rules, practice, and technology developments: The increasing threats to personal privacy and confidential business data. Discovery procedures that were considered routine ten years ago are no longer acceptable in a digitally networked world in which bad actors, or simple negligence, can trigger “incidents” that have enormous personal and economic consequences. On top of that, states and foreign countries have implemented new laws and regulations to protect privacy and mandate data security, affecting the free flow of information that we had become accustomed to in U.S. civil discovery. Our job is to understand this new environment, identify the potential dangers, and implement tools and procedures to comply with new regulations and protect litigants and non-parties alike.

[Panel 1] eDiscovery Case Law Update

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 9:15am to 10:30am
Panel Description: 

Although our theme this year is privacy and data security, we start each TSCI eDiscovery program with a round-up of the most significant court decisions of the past year—state, federal, and occasionally foreign—that every eDiscovery litigator needs to know. This panel will highlight recent cases addressing preservation, cooperation, proportionality, requests and responses, privilege, costs, and sanctions. We will draw the necessary lessons these cases teach us and lay the groundwork for the more specific topical dialogue to follow.

Morning Break

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:30am to 10:45am

[Panel 2] Protecting Privilege and Confidentiality in Civil Litigation, Part 1

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am
Panel Description: 

Long before the public became concerned with data breaches, lawyers were under an obligation to maintain client confidences, in particular the attorney-client privilege and work product protections. Defining the scope of these privileges and protections, and establishing reasonable practices to maintain their confidentiality, was never simple or straightforward. These problems have been exacerbated by the proliferation of cheap, simple, and almost instantaneous methods of digital communication, and the explosion in the sheer volume of information that must be identified and sequestered to protect its privileged status. Federal Rule of Evidence 502 and new technologies offer some assistance but cannot be the complete answer to the problem. This panel will look at recent developments in privilege law and practice that digital technology has necessitated and provide practical guidance for protecting privileges.

[Panel 3] Protecting Privilege and Confidentiality in Civil Litigation, Part 2

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm
Panel Description: 

The previous panel focused on protecting privilege and work product but concerns for privacy and confidentiality in civil litigation go beyond these well-recognized legal categories and encompass personal privacy, the protection of minors, trade secrets, business confidences, and more. Protective orders, which have been a common feature in civil discovery, have evolved to address new and more acute privacy and confidentiality interests. But when discovery is filed with the court or entered into evidence, discovery protective orders do not alter the constitutional and common-law presumption of public access. This panel explores that tension and provides strategies for minimizing the potential negative impact of public access to the courts in the digital age while respecting long-standing rules and traditions.


Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

[Panel 4] Addressing Privacy Issues in Social Media Discovery

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Panel Description: 

Social media, text messaging, and other informal means of digital communication are of increasing importance in eDiscovery. The old model of “asymmetrical discovery” has given way to an environment in which an individual party now faces as much eDiscovery exposure, relatively speaking, as a major corporation. For the individual, social media discovery involves large volumes of electronically stored information (ESI) over which the party has little practical understanding or control, highly personal information with little or no relevance to the claims and defenses in the action, and plenty of non-party information woven throughout. Courts have by-and-large concluded that the rules of discovery apply equally to social media as any other ESI, but that the mechanics of preservation, review, and production require special attention by the parties, and occasionally intervention by the Court, to protect legitimate party and non-party privacy interests.

[Panel 5] Addressing Privacy Issues in Non-Party Discovery

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Panel Description: 

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 and its state rule equivalents provide a mechanism to obtain discovery from non-parties. This is particularly important in eDiscovery, as it is common for relevant electronically stored information (ESI) to be held by non-parties. Although the Rule has been amended several times and is generally interpreted and applied in harmony with the broader rules of discovery, it is not as explicit in terms of negotiation and cooperation as Rules 26 and 34. This means that parties and non-parties must work with the Court on a case-by-case basis to address issues of scope, proportionality, form of production, burdens, and cost shifting. And because this method of discovery involves non-parties who often have little or no stake in the outcome, their privacy and security concerns are at the forefront. What options are available to requesting parties, responding non-parties, and the Court to protect a non-party’s heightened privacy and confidentiality interests when served with a Rule 45 subpoena?

[Panel 6] Effective eDiscovery in “Small” Cases

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Panel Description: 

When eDiscovery first emerged twenty years ago as a distinct sub-specialty in civil practice, it was assumed, incorrectly, that it was only an issue in “big” cases involving sophisticated parties and vast amounts of data. But closer analysis, even back then, revealed that eDiscovery issues were regularly appearing in single-plaintiff employment matters, divorce cases, and personal injury actions. Unfortunately, most of the practices, procedures, and technological tools that have been developed over the years have been based on the “big case” or “big firm” model. It has been difficult to scale these down for the 95% of cases that involve smaller dollar amounts, are handled by small firms or sole practitioners, and are litigated in state or administrative courts. But times are changing, and this panel explores the budget-friendly options opening up for conducting effective eDiscovery in "small" cases, which are never small to the parties!


Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

[Panel 7] Privacy and Data Security for Law Firms and Legal Support Organizations

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Panel Description: 

Law firms—large and small—are prime targets for hackers and data thieves. But many lawyers, law firms, and litigation support personnel lack the training, systems, and technologies needed to effectively fulfill their obligations under ABA Model Rule 1.6(c) to maintain client confidences, under Rule 4.4(b) to properly handle non-client information, or under Rules 5.2 and 5.3 to effectively supervise associates and assistants. This panel discusses the professional responsibility obligations regarding privacy and data security, the practical measures that law firms can and should undertake, and the issue of security when exchanging information in discovery.

[Panel 8] Technological Tools for Protecting Privacy and Data Security in Litigation

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 10:15am to 11:30am
Panel Description: 

Technology has created or exacerbated threats to personal privacy and confidentiality; can technology help us solve these problems in the context of civil litigation? Our panel of experienced litigators and legal technologists explore the range of options available to litigators, especially at the discovery stage, for avoiding privacy and data breaches, from simple protocols for the secure exchange of information, to advanced technologies for flagging, redacting, and anonymizing data to protect privacy while fulfilling disclosure and discovery obligations.

Morning Break

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:30am to 11:45am

[Panel 9] Judicial Roundtable: Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in Open Courts

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
Panel Description: 

Civil litigation often involves matters of a sensitive private nature, or business confidences, trade secrets, and other information that present problems or lose value if made public. Conversely, we have a long constitutional and common-law tradition of open courts: Court filings are public records, and court proceedings are public activities. How do we square the need for full disclosure of the facts necessary for adjudication with concerns for privacy and data security, especially in a digital age, when public documents are freely available online? Our panel of judges, aided by seasoned litigators, explore the various mechanisms, from protective agreements to sealing orders, available to litigants and the courts to address this tension.