Electronic  Discovery

Resource Materials

Glossaries of  Terms
    Glossary of E-Discovery Terms - Group 1
    Glossary of Terms - Sedona Conference (2005)
Getting Started - Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    FRCP Rule 26 - General Provisions Governing Discovery; Duty of Disclosure
    FRCP Rule 34 - Production of Documents and Things and Entry Upon Land for Inspection and Other Purposes

Good General E-Discovery Websites




    ALR   Electronic Spoliation of Evidence   3 ALR 6th 13
    ALR   Discoverability of Metadata          2006 ALR 6th 6
    Article - Craig Ball - Beyond Data about Data: The Litigator's Guide to METADATA,   http://www.craigball.com/metadata.pdf
    Article - Craig Ball - 6 on EDD: Six Articles on Electronic Data Discovery, http://www.craigball.com/EDD6_0807.pdf
    Article - New Jersey Lawyer - Detection and Prevention of IP Theft ,
    Article - E-Discovery Advisor Magazine - Authenticate Electronic Evidence: From Collection to Production
    Article - E-Discovery Advisor Magazine - Best Practices - Top 10 Early Case Assessment Considerations
    Article - Data Forensic Investigations - Fingerprint Dusting in the Digital Age
    Article - New Jersey Law Journal - Curiosity May Kill the Case ( Advising your client to 'take a peek' at computer data could damage evidence)
    Article - Follow the Email Trail: New federal rules governing electronic-document storage may catch some businesses unaware
    Article - Retention Policy 
    Article - Electronic Discovery: Practices and Checklist by Bradley J. Gross Esq.
    The New Electronic Discovery Rules: A Place for Employee Privacy? The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 115:161 2006
    Article - E-Discovery Update: Understanding the Consequences of an Unsuccessful Meet and Confer Session By Conrad J. Jacoby  http://www.llrx.com/node/1888/print

Article -  E-Discovery the New Federal Rules, by Jerry Green and Susan K. Carns,  77 OBJ 3093 (Nov. 4, 2006) http://www.okbar.org/obj/articles_06/110406green.htm


Article - Managing Preservation Obligations After the 2006 Federal E-Discovery Amendments, by Thomas Y. Allman, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, Volume XIII, Issue 3, http://law.richmond.edu/jolt/v13i3/article9.pdf

    Sedona Conference Commentary on Legal Holds: The Trigger and the Process
    Sedona Conference BEST PRACTICES Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production 2nd Ed
    Sedona Conference The Sedona Principles after the Federal Amendments, August, 2007
    Sedona Conference BEST PRACTICES FOR THE SELECTION OF ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY VENDORS: Navigating the Vendor Proposal Process
    Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on Search & Retrieval Methods (August, 2007)
    Sedona Conference Email Management: Guidelines for the Selection of Retention Policy
Court Decisions & Rules
    How to get Electronic Discovery Into Evidence, Lorraine & Mack v. Markel American Insurance Company  ( United States District Court for the District of Maryland)
    Kansas Electronic Discovery Guidelines
Federal Courts Law Review - 2005 Fed.Cts.L.Rev.1
    Electronic Discovery Primer for Judges - by David K. Isom
Federal Judicial Center
    Materials on Electronic Discovery: Civil Litigation
This page contains links to articles, PowerPoint slide presentations, and other items of interest on electronic discovery. Unless otherwise noted, these materials were prepared by Federal Judicial Center staff for use in judicial and continuing legal education programs and are not subject to copyright. They may be downloaded and republished without permission. (Go here for Materials on Electronic Discovery: Search and Seizure of Computers and Data in Criminal Cases.)

FJC Publications
Barbara J. Rothstein, Ronald J. Hedges & Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges, 2007 (26 pages) This pocket guide helps federal judges manage the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). It covers issues unique to the discovery of ESI, including its scope, the allocation of costs, the form of production, the waiver of privilege and work product protection, and the preservation of data and spoliation.

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
On September 20, 2005, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved the following E-Discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing a number of electronic discovery issues: E-Discovery Amendments and Committee Notes. The amendments were effective December 1, 2006.

Workshop and Seminar Materials
Surviving E-Discovery, by Judges James C. Francis IV, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York and Sidney I. Schenkier, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois, from the 2006 Magistrate Workshop (Powerpoint presentation).
Electronic Discovery, presented at the National Workshop for U.S. Magistrate Judges, June 12, 2002: Presentation outline with illustrations of slides; Slides only in PDF format; Slides only in PowerPoint format

Annotated Bibliography
Kenneth J. Withers, Annotated Case Law on Electronic Discovery (updated June 1, 2006)

FJC Research
Molly Treadway Johnson, Kenneth J. Withers & Meghan A. Dunn, A Qualitative Study of Issues Raised by the Discovery of Computer-Based Information in Civil Litigation, September 13, 2002 September 13, 2002 (research report submitted to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for its October 2002 meeting)

Selected Outside Resources (copyright restrictions on republication may apply)
Shira A. Scheindlin, FAQ's of E-Discovery - The Ten Most FAQ's in the Post-December 1, 2006 World of E-Discovery, from In Camera, Federal Judges Association Newsletter, November 29, 2006 (posted here with the author’s permission)
Kenneth J. Withers, Electronically Stored Information: The December 2006 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 4 Nw. J. of Tech. & Intell. Prop. 171 (Spring 2006)
American Bar Association Electronic Discovery Task Force, Civil Discovery Standards (August 2004 update)
The Sedona Conference, The Sedona Principles: Best Practices, Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (2004)
Kenneth J. Withers, Computer-Based Discovery in Federal Civil Litigation, 2000 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 2

State and Local Rules
Mississippi Court Order 13 (May 29, 2003) amending Mississippi Rule of Civil Procedure 26
Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 193.3(d) (privilege not waived by production) and Rule 196.4 (electronic or magnetic data)
District of Arkansas, Eastern and Western, Local Rule 26.1
District of Delaware, Default Standards for Discovery of Electronic Documents
District of Kansas, Guidelines for Discovery of Electronically Stored Information
District of New Jersey, Local Rule 26.1
District of Wyoming, Local Rule 26.1

Sample Forms and Orders
Some of the following sample forms and orders are in RTF format and can be opened and edited in any standard word-processing format. They have been assembled from a variety of sources, and no endorsement of any particular form or order is implied. If you have a sample form or order you would like to contribute to this collection, please contact Richard Dargan, Sr. Judicial Education Attorney at rdargan@fjc.gov or 202-502-4057.
Order Concerning Electronic Discovery, from Prempro Products Liability MDL, 03-CV-1507 (E.D. Ark. Nov. 17, 2003)
Order for Preservation of Records, from Baycol Products Litigation, MDL 1431(D. Minn. March 4, 2002)
Preservation of Documents, Data, and Tangible Things, from the Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth
Joint Stipulation and Order Regarding Meet and Confer Discussions, contributed by Ken Withers, Federal Judicial Center
Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (University of Denver)
    E-Discovery Manual for State Judges [ Excerpt Available with free Order Link ]
National Center for State Courts: 
    Electronic Discovery Resource Guide:   http://www.ncsconline.org/wc/CourTopics/ResourceGuide.asp?topic=ElDisc
    Conference of Chief Justices Guidelines for State Trial Courts Regarding Discovery of Electronically-Stored Information  www.ncsconline.org/images/EDiscCCJGuidelinesFinal.pdf
FindLaw:   Checklists and Summaries
    Electronic Discovery Rule Wizard http://technology.findlaw.com/electronic-discovery/electronic-discovery-wizard.html
American Bar Association
  ABA Journal

Technology eReport ( General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division)


"The New Federal Procedural Rules on Electronic Discovery: Writing Technology Into the Litigation Process"  vol. 5, no. 2, May 2006,   http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/ereport/2006/may/ediscovery.html 

Metadata Management in Microsoft Office: How Firms Can Protect Themselves against Unintentional Disclosure and Misuse of Metadata,  vol. 5, no. 2, May 2006,   http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/ereport/2006/may/metadata.html

  Law Practice Today (Law Practice Management Section )

Vetting Your E-Discovery Vendor: The Lawyer’s Perspective (2004)  http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/nosearch/ftr07043_print.html

A Gold Mine of Electronic Discovery Expertise: A Conversation Among Veterans of Electronic Discovery Battles (2004)   http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/nosearch/ftr07041_print.html

Am I Committing Malpractice by Not Considering Electronic Data in My Cases? (2004) http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/nosearch/ftr07048_print.html

The E-discovery Missteps that Judges Love to Hate (2005)  http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/nosearch/tch02052_print.html

The Top Ten Faux Pas of TIFFs (2005)  http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/tch09052.html#

Hitting the High Points of the New e-Discovery Rules by Craig Ball (2006)  http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/tch10061.shtml

Electronic Document Retention Policies (And Why Your Clients Need Them) (2004)  http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/nosearch/ftr01045_print.html

Recovering the Costs of Electronic Data Discovery as Part of a Bill of Costs, by William E. Mooz, Jr.

EDD-ucating Yourself About Electronic Discovery, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, Oct. 2006

Defuse Firm Fear and Disarm EDD Vendors, by Monica Bay, Oct. 2007

‘Fiasco’ Reveals the Troubles of EDD Requests, by Joel Stashenko, Sept. 2007

How to Go Native Without Going South, by Craig Ball, Sept. 2007


  Books   (Law Practice Management Section )

The Discovery Revolution: E-Discovery Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines




The Lawyers Guide to Records Management and Retention by George C. Cunningham and John C. Montana



The Discovery Revolution: E-Discovery Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2006) by George L. Paul and Bruce H. Nearon  http://www.abanet.org/abastore/index.cfm?section=main&fm=Product.AddToCart&pid=5450041


Law Firm Resources
  Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP
    Electronic Discovery Case Database    https://extranet1.klgates.com/ediscovery/   K&L Gates maintains and continually updates a database containing more than 700 electronic discovery cases collected from state and federal jurisdictions around the United States. This database is searchable by keyword, as well as by any combination of 19 different case attributes, e.g., back-up tapes, allegations of spoliation, etc. Each search will produce a list of relevant cases, including a brief description of the nature and disposition of each case, the electronic evidence involved and a link to a more detailed case summary if available.





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