Welcome to Module 1-F.

Lectures by Judge Ron Hedges: 1) Why Law Students Should Study e-Discovery; 2) e-Discovery and Criminal Law; 3) e-Discovery and International Law; 4) Advice to Law Students (with help from Judges Shaffer)

hedges_ronaldThis class presents three videos lectures that Judge Hedges created for Professor Losey’s law students, plus a bonus video of Judge Hedges, and his friend, Judge Schaeffer, giving some good advice to e-discovery students. At the end of the module there is assigned reading and several exercises.

Ron Hedges enjoyed a distinguished career as a United States Magistrate Judge in New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. He then went into private practice as an arbitrator, mediator, special master, and e-discovery consultant. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law and is on the Advisory Board for The Sedona Conference and several other educational groups. Ron is unquestionably one of the top, most experienced experts in the field. He is well known and well liked by everyone. Judge Hedges (although he prefers to be called Ron) is also a prolific writer. In addition to writing numerous law review articles, including an article on electronic service of process, Ron has authored Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007) and co-authored Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2007).





Advice to Law Students From Judges  Hedges and Shaffer

craig-shafferJudge Craig Shaffer (who is the currrent (2017) Chair of the Rules Committee) and retired Judge Ron Hedges are good friends. They took time out from a conference in 2009 to provide me with this 10-minute video interview. Craig Shaffer is a United States Magistrate Judge in Colorado. Judge Shaffer is well known to everyone in the e-discovery world as the author of the Land O’Lakes opinion. Cache La Poudre Feeds, LLC v. Land O’Lakes Farmland Feed, LLC, 2007 WL 684001 (D.Colo. 2007). This is an important opinion on collection of ESI. As you can see in the video, Judge Shaffer is a learned judge with special expertise and experience in electronic discovery. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Like Judge Hedges, he is a great guy and very generous with his time. As you know from an earlier Module, Ron Hedges is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge in New Jersey (1986-2007).

Judges Hedges and Shaffer here give important advice to all students of e-discovery, including what is expected of lawyers today in federal court under the new rules. There is some great content here, including advice on case management, staging, proactivity, ethics, proportionality, the proper use of vendors, the need to educate judges about your case, and the special opportunities in e-discovery for young lawyers today.



ASSIGNED READING: Read The Sedona Conference® Framework for Analysis of Cross-Border Discovery Conflicts: A Practical Guide to Navigating the Competing Currents of International Data Privacy & e-Discovery. Write a summary of the core message of the article. Again, as previously mentioned, this kind of writing assignment is something you might want to do throughout this course. It will be good to refer back to later, especially if you are a senior student or otherwise might want to be tested and certified. Looking back on your notes is a good way to study.

EXERCISE. Find the article in which Ron was a contributing author on electronic service of process and read it. Any guess who one of the co-authors is? Read some of Ron’s other articles that come up in Google search. He is very prolific, and knows his stuff. His writings are a good resource for any serious student of electronic discovery.

Discretionary (Non-Mandatory) Bonus Exercise: Find and read an e-discovery article pertaining in some way to Criminal Law. There are not that many, but it is good to know something about this, even if you never handle a criminal matter.

Students are invited to leave a public comment below. Insights that might help other students are especially welcome. Let’s collaborate!

Copyright Ralph Losey 2015


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