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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

NCSC Report on the Landscape of Civil Litigation Informs CCJ Committee Efforts

Brittany Kauffman
Recently, IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis and I met with the other members and staff of the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Improvements Committee for its fourth plenary meeting in Washington, D.C. The committee is evaluating civil justice improvement efforts around the country and developing...

Long Awaited Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Go Into Effect

Brittany Kauffman
Today, December 1, the long awaited amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure go into effect. The “package” of amendments include rule changes across a number of rules (specifically Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, and 34) and focus on increasing cooperation, achieving proportionality in discovery, and...

Registration Opens for IAALS’ Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit

Brittany Kauffman
We are excited to open registration for IAALS’ Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit , which will be held in Denver, February 25-26, 2016. The Summit will feature nationally renowned faculty discussing the challenges of implementing change and engaging in a dialogue with participants regarding the necessary next steps...

New District of Colorado Electronic Discovery Guidelines and Checklist a “Must Read”

Brittany Kauffman
The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has published new Guidelines Addressing the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information and a Checklist for Rule 26(f) Meet-and-Confer Regarding Electronically Stored Information . The guidelines and checklist were developed by a well-balanced committee following...

Magistrate Judge John Facciola (Ret.) Reflects on E-Discovery and the Impact of Technology

Brittany Kauffman
Retired Magistrate Judge John Facciola was recently featured in an interview on Legal Talk Network’s Digital Detectives. He has been referred to as one of the “rock star judges of e-discovery,” having authored over 700 opinions, many of them on e-discovery and the impact of information technology on Fourth Amendment...

Long-Awaited Results from Utah’s Statewide Rule Changes Reflect Positive Impact

Brittany Kauffman
The National Center for State Courts has released its final evaluation of Utah’s significant statewide changes to the rules governing disclosures and discovery, implemented in November 2011. The rule changes incorporate proportionality as a key principle governing the scope of discovery, include automatic initial...