This week’s blog is an exclusive 15 minute, must-see video by two judges, Ronald J. Hedges and Craig B. Shaffer. Craig Shaffer (shown left) is a United States Magistrate Judge in Colorado. Ron Hedges is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge in New Jersey (1986-2007). Judges Hedges and Shaffer 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, timely 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. Thank you Ron and Craig! (Click on the box in the lower right hand corner for the full size video.)
More on the Judges
After a distinguished career as a judge, Ron Hedges is now in private practice as an arbitrator, mediator, special master, and consultant. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law and is on the Advisory Board for The Sedona Conference. Ron is unquestionably one of the top, most experienced experts in the field. He is well known and well liked by everyone. He is also a prolific writer. In addition to writing numerous law review articles, including a recent 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).
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 that I have written about before in Litigation Hold Is Not Enough: Sanctions Imposed Under Rule 26(g) for Negligent Collection and Preservation. 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 Ron, he is a great guy and very generous with his time.
Again, thanks to both Judge Shaffer and Judge Hedges for providing these important insights into our field. It is all good advice and deserves further discussion and debate. Please feel free to leave a comment here on any of the issues discussed.