University of Denver

IAALS and the NJC Team Up Again to Offer E-Discovery Education for State Court Judges

Senior Director

In the fall of 2013, IAALS and the National Judicial College co-hosted an educational summit exclusively tailored for state court judges on all facets of the discovery of ESI—from preservation to production to eventual use at trial. In attendance were 44 judges from 32 states, from Vermont to Hawaii.

IAALS and the NJC extended this education even further in June 2014 by co-hosting Fundamentals of E-Discovery for State Court Judges, a free webcast that reached more than 80 additional judges from over 30 states. The webcast faculty included Justice Daniel J. Crothers (North Dakota Supreme Court), Maura R. Grossman, Esq. (Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), and Judge Thomas A. Zonay (District Court, Vermont), with an introduction by IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis. The June 2014 webcast remains available for judges to view on the NJC’s website.

Last month, the faculty teamed up again to offer further education for state court judges focused on the rules and case law undergirding e-discovery sanctions and spoliation. Over 24 states were represented by 118 judge participants. The webcast provided guidance so that judges can:

  • Locate civil rules regulating e-discovery obligations and sanctions
  • Access legal precedent from other jurisdictions regarding e-discovery obligations, sanctions, and spoliation
  • Rule on motions regarding e-discovery, sanctions, and spoliation

This latest webcast also remains available for judges to view on the NJC’s website, and we encourage judges to take advantage of this free and easily accessible education.

From her presentation, Maura Grossman talks about the definition and elements of spoliation in the video excerpt below.