Attention all California attorneys in need of MCLE credits before the February 1 CLE deadline! We have posted an excellent class taught by Micah Kasdan of TERIS that breaks down the new California discovery law in a way that we can all understand it.
Keyword searching, litigation holds, metadata native file production, clawbacks, safe harbors – these are no longer the domain of tech geeks and GC for Fortune 500 companies. Indeed, eDiscovery is here to stay and if you don’t understand our new digital terrain you could be facing ethics violations, sanctions or malpractice claims. The new rules were ushered in at the federal level with the 2006 amendments to the FRCP and they have slowly begun to creep into state evidence codes. This includes California, when governor Schwarzenegger put the ink onAB 5, the “Electronic Discovery Act.”
Mr. Kasdan, the VP of ESI Business Development for TERIS, does a wonderful job of breaking it down into terms that we can all understand. After all, we are attorneys, not tech experts. Mr. Kasdan goes beyond the technical jargon to inform you of the practical implications of the new rules and how to incorporate more efficient practices when conducting eDiscovery in the new California regime. The course covers ESI basics, early case assessment, the meet & confer, inspection and production demands, form of production, safe harbor, sanctions, and clawback, in addition to comparing relevant portions the 2006 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
California eDiscovery Act: A Functional Interpretation is an excellent resource for California attorneys that need some knowledge and help on the state of eDiscovery for 2010 and beyond.