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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

New Webcast Extends the Reach of E-Discovery Education for State Court Judges

Brittany Kauffman
In an age where much of the evidence presented in American courtrooms is never printed or available in a paper format, it is essential that judges understand the unique challenges that electronically stored information creates, both for litigants and the court. In June 2014, IAALS and the NJC co-hosting Fundamentals...

Proposed Federal Rule Amendments Move One Step Closer to Implementation

Brittany Kauffman
At its meeting last week, the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. The approved amendments will be reviewed by the Judicial Conference of the...

Revised Rule 37(e) and Committee Note Published in Anticipation of Standing Committee Meeting

Brittany Kauffman
In advance of this week's Standing Committee meeting on May 29 and 30, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has drafted a new Committee Note to accompany its newly revised proposed Rule 37(e). This is another step forward in the long process of adopting revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Note...

New Publication Summarizes Empirical Research on the Civil Justice Process

Brittany Kauffman
Corina D. Gerety
A national conversation is ongoing about the future of our civil justice system, and research is being conducted on the litigation process by a number of individuals and organizations. To help make sense of the latest research and to bring it down to a manageable size, we have created a new report that synthesizes the...

Western District of Pennsylvania E-Discovery Special Masters Pilot a Success

Brittany Kauffman
In 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania established an E-Discovery Special Masters Pilot Program with the goal of developing an approved list of special masters to assist with monitoring electronic discovery compliance, narrowing and facilitating resolution of e-discovery disputes,...

Advisory Committee Approves Duke Package and Last-Minute Streamlined Rule 37(e)

Brittany Kauffman
At the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules’ meeting last week in Portland, Oregon, the Committee voted to adopt the Duke Conference “package” of amendments, as well as a last minute revised and streamlined Rule 37(e). The Committee considered and approved for adoption the package of amendments as laid out in the Agenda...

Agenda Book Provides Insights Into Possible Revisions to Proposed Rule Amendments Following Comment Period

Brittany Kauffman
The Agenda Book for the upcoming meeting of the federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules (April 10-11, 2014) is now available online. The Agenda Book includes reports from the Duke and Discovery Subcommittees, along with the Subcommittees' current proposed rule amendments and Committee Notes, taking into account the...

U.S. Access to Justice Gap Garners International Attention and Scrutiny

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Brittany Kauffman
Access to justice is by no means a new conversation in the United States, but it has been a frequent topic of conversation over the last few months. The issue took to the international stage last Thursday and Friday when the United Nations Human Rights Committee asked the U.S. to account for its growing civil justice...