Advanced eDiscovery
The Judges' Masters Series


December 1st Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What & Why
July 12, 2016
Part 1 of a 5 Series Course


December 1, 2015 saw substantial amendments the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure become effective. These amendments are intended to, among other things, change the scope of discovery and further the goals of the just, speedy and inexpensive resolution of resolution of civil actions. This webinar will provide an overview of the amendments and their likely effect on litigation in the United States courts.


Your Presenter: Judge Ronald J. Hedges


Ronald J. Hedges is the principal of Ronald J. Hedges LLC. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).

      Mr. Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.

      Mr. Hedges was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills.  He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. He was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. Mr. Hedges is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

       Mr. Hedges is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Texas. He is also admitted to the bars of various federal courts.

       Mr. Hedges’ many publications include International Extradition: A Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2014), The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary (The Sedona Conference®: 2014, 2012 & 2011) (co-editor), Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2012 & 2007) (co-author), Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007) (author), The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases (The Sedona Conference®: 2007) (editing team member), “Case Management and E-Discovery: Perfect Together,” DDEE (July 1, 2009) (author), “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule,” New Jersey L. J. (May 18, 2009) (author), and A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 227 F.R.D. 123 (2005) (author). Mr. Hedges is the editor of Representative Federal and State Court Decisions and Other Materials Involving ESI in Criminal Actions (The Sedona Conference®: Feb. 2014) and of Representative Federal and State Judicial Decisions and Other Materials Involving Protective Orders, Confidentiality and Public Access in Civil and Criminal Actions (Feb. 2014) and the supplements thereto.

      Among other things, Mr. Hedges is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Hedges is a member of The Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access, and The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center.


When: July 12, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Pacific/12 Noon Central/1 PM Eastern (All Five)


Series: 5 Sessions -  all Five for $50!
1.  December 1st Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What and Why
     July 12, 2016


2.  Cooperation and Proportionality: What These Mean and How These Can Work
     August 3, 2016

The December 1st amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are intended to further cooperation between parties and to emphasize proportionality in discovery. The amendments also focus on the role of the judge in “enforcing” both cooperation and proportionality. This webinar will explore these concepts and the central role of counsel in the concepts work. Live and OnDemand


3.  Sanctions Under the Amended Federal Rules and Some of the States: How Why and What
     September 21, 2016

The December 1st amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure changed the landscape of sanctions for the loss of electronically stored information while, at the same time, left existing law governing the loss of physical things. This webinar focus on the imposition of sanctions for the loss of ESI and consider the circumstances under which those sanctions might be imposed as well as how to defend against allegations of “loss.”


4.  Part 1 of the Ethics of Electronic Information
     October 5, 2016

This is the first of two webinars that will survey the ethical implications of the use of ESI by attorneys and their staffs in litigation and of the use of electronic media to, among other things, communicate with clients and others. This first webinar will focus on what “competence” means when ESI becomes a subject of discovery and on what steps might be taken to protect the confidentiality of communications by attorneys and their staffs.


5.  Part 2 of the Ethics of Electronic Information
     November 10, 2016

This is the second of two webinars that will survey the ethical implications of the use of ESI by attorneys and their staffs in litigation and of the use of electronic media to, among other things, communicate with clients and others. This second webinar will focus on the use and abuse of social media by attorneys and their staffs as well as the ethical implications of maintaining websites.



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Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) is a sponsor of this webinar. OLP is a California MCLE Multiple Activity Provider. One hour CLE each. Check with your state for eligibility. Classes are subject to change or cancellation. No refunds. Attendees may apply a credit towards another course or provide a substitute.

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