The Electronic Discovery Committee delves into the overlapping areas of substantive law, procedural law and technology. Our task is to keep up with the constantly evolving case law under the Federal e-discovery rules, track the addition of new state and local federal rules, guidelines and protocols regarding electronic discovery, and stay abreast of technological changes that may impact a litigant's ability to respond to requests for electronic information. The committee provides a vehicle for attorneys to share information and best practices related to electronic discovery and a means to advocate for appropriate rule reform.
The committee offers continuing education on electronic discovery topics to assist defense counsel in dealing with the constantly changing landscape of e-discovery. The cornerstone of this effort is our annual Electronic Discovery Seminar. Speakers have included federal judges, numerous in-house counsel and leading experts in the field of electronic discovery. Seminar topics have included Privacy & Data Security in the U.S.; Conflict Between the E.U. Data Directive and E.U. Countries' Data Privacy Laws and Document Demands in U.S. Litigation; Case Law Update; Judicial Roundtable-Emerging E-Discovery Issues; Reconciling Disparate Data in Retention Policies; Emerging Ethics Issues; Defensible Search & Retrieval Methods; and Cost-Effective Preservation Tips, among others.
Membership in DRI's Electronic Discovery Committee offers numerous opportunities. Our publications subcommittee can help facilitate efforts by committee members to publish articles in For The Defense, E-Discovery Connection (the Electronic Discovery Committee's newsletter), or other relevant DRI publications. This year, in addition to planning the annual seminar, committee members will host a webinar program on e-discovery topics of particular interest to in-house counsel.
The Electronic Discovery Committee has historically been heavily involved in efforts to advocate for appropriate reform to the rules governing electronic discovery and will continue to advocate for reasonable interpretations of discovery rules. In the past, the committee has prepared testimony for the Judicial Conference and the Discovery Rules Advisory Committee to ensure that the views of the defense bar were properly considered as those bodies drafted amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The committee has provided similar guidance to state rulemaking entities, has been active in a task force (with LCJ and FDCC) to lobby for e-discovery rule reform in state courts, and will continue to look for opportunities to advocate for appropriate rule reform and interpretation.