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Karin Scholz Jenson Co-Chairs 10th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on E-Discovery; Emily Fedeles Participates as Speaker

News / March 29, 2016

On March 17-18, 2016, Karin S. Jenson, National Leader of BakerHostetler’ s E-Discovery Advocacy and Management team, co-chaired the 10th Annual Sedona Conference Institute, “Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve: Retooling Your Practice Under the New Federal Rules,” in San Diego, Calif., together with co-chair Lea Malani Bays of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. Karin is an active speaker and thought leader in the area of e-discovery. Jenson’s voice and viewpoint on the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure resulted in her appointment as co-chair of the institute.

The most significant amendments to discovery under the Rules in a generation went into effect on December 1, 2015. In just a few short months, dozens of reported federal court decisions have construed the amended Rules, which include Rule 1 on cooperation, Rule 26 on proportionality, Rule 34 on document productions and Rule 37(e) on sanctions. The Sedona Conference Institute explored compliance requirements, relevant case law and practical advice on the changes.

At the conference, Jenson spoke on the “The New Jumpstart Outline,” one of The Sedona Conference’s most important papers, designed to help attorneys get started on e-discovery matters. She was part of a team to overhaul Jumpstart to incorporate the new rules. Joining Jenson on the Jumpstart panel were Kevin F. Brady of Redgrave LLP, Tor Gronborg of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Ariana J. Tadler of Milberg LLP.

Jenson also moderated an in-house litigation counsel roundtable called “Will the New Rules Really Help?” with panelists Aaron Crews, Senior Associate General Counsel and Global Head of eDiscovery at Walmart; Bradley Ellis, Corporate Vice President of Legal Services, Physician Acquisitions, and Assistant General Counsel at Scripps Health; Jerone (Jerry) J. English, Associate General Counsel and Director of eDiscovery at Intel Corporation; Taylor M. Hoffman, Global Head of eDiscovery at Swiss Re Corporation; and Cecil A. Lynn III, Director of Legal Technology and Global eDiscovery at PayPal, Inc.

Emily Fedeles, an associate with the E-Discovery Advocacy and Management team and a frequent author on e-discovery, privacy and data protection issues, presented during the case law update on decisions relating to the format of production.

James Bekier, BakerHostetler’s national litigation services director with the Information Management team spoke on a panel called “Using Technology to Achieve Proportionality” with panelists Maura R. Grossman of Wachtell Lipton, Tor Gronberg, Taylor Hoffman and Cecil A. Lynn III.

Jenson’s blog posts on the Rules changes, including the emerging case law that was discussed at the conference, are available here.

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