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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

The Civil Rules Advisory Committee: From Proposed Rule Amendments to Federal Pilot Projects

Brittany Kauffman
The 640-page Agenda Book reflects the broad range of matters currently being tackled by the federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee, which met in Washington, D.C., on April 9. Issues include the proposed rule amendments currently before the Supreme Court, the development of federal pilot projects , and a multitude of...

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

Brittany Kauffman
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...

Colorado's Proposed Civil Rule Amendments Focused on Improving Access to Justice

Brittany Kauffman
The Colorado Supreme Court has requested comments on proposed amendments to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure. The changes are focused on improving access to the civil justice system by making pretrial case management more efficient, thereby decreasing cost and delay, without sacrificing justice. The proposals...

E-Discovery Sanctions & Spoliation: What a Judge Needs to Know—A Webcast

Brittany Kauffman
Discovery in litigation can be complicated and expensive, and electronic discovery is no exception. The preservation and production of electronically stored information presents ample opportunities for complication and expense. To provide education for judges tackling these issues, IAALS and the National Judicial...

Standing Committee Agenda Suggests Additional Federal Pilot Projects on the Horizon

Brittany Kauffman
This week, January 8-9, 2015, the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure will meet in Phoenix, Arizona. The December 2, 2014, Report from the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules notes that substantial time has been given to "exploring the possibilities of enhancing rules reform by means of pilot projects that put...

Preservation in Practice: “Reasonable Steps” Under the Proposed Federal Rule Amendments

Brittany Kauffman
One of the current proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addresses preservation of electronically stored information (ESI). The new proposed Rule 37(e) provides a safe harbor against penalties if a party has taken “reasonable steps” to preserve the ESI. Tom Allman, a retired General Counsel and...