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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

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...

Short, Summary, and Expedited Trial Programs Across the Country in 2014

Brittany Kauffman
In 2014, we have continued to see a rise in the number of, and interest in, alternative processes designed to provide a more streamlined approach to the pretrial and trial process. While these programs are known by many different names, they all focus on increasing access to our civil justice system. Given the number...

IAALS Brings Together Corporate Leaders to Discuss Preservation in Practice

Brittany Kauffman
In November, IAALS convened a group of senior in-house counsel and corporate management from around the country to discuss discovery and the challenges of preservation and production. The convening focused on the proposed federal amendments to Rule 37(e) and the realities companies face on a daily basis, providing an...

Week Focused on Civil Justice Reform Culminates in Award Ceremony at Supreme Court

Brittany Kauffman
Last week, IAALS met with the other members and staff of the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Improvements committee for its second plenary meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting was followed by the National Center for State Court’s Judicial Excellence Events, and culminated in an award ceremony where Chief...