Thursday, May 4, 2006

The Sedona Conference - Litigation Think Tank

The Sedona Conference is a nonprofit organization focusing on complex litigation, antitrust, and intellectual property. It offers high-end CLEs -- two-day programs, designed for small groups to be able to discuss the topics rather than sit back and listen to talking heads. (There's one today and tomorrow on litigation of mass torts; two in October will address patent litigation and antitrust law and litigatiion.)

The Sedona Conference also tries to develop the law through its Working Groups -- teams of lawyers and judges who work on focused topics, trying to develop guidelines in developing areas. Currently it has these working groups:

  • WG1: Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • WG2: Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access
  • WG3: The Role of Economics in Antitrust
  • WG4: The Intersection of the Antitrust Laws and the Patent Law
  • WG5: The Markman Process and Claim Construction
  • WG6: International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure
  • WG7: Sedona Canada
The Sedona Conference offers many of its publications for free download (for individual use -- permission is needed to reprint). Note:
  • The Sedona Guidelines for Managing Information and Records in the Electronic Age (Sept. 2005 Version) (84-pages). These guidelines have already been influential and have been cited by courts. (I learned of the Sedona Conference from the speaker on e-discovery I heard yesterday.)
  • "Summary of Washington Law" (05/2005) ("Washington State Authority Regarding Open Access to Court Proceedings and Records," by Lissa Shook of Davis Wright Tremaine). (Some of this memo is superseded by the changes to GR 15 and 22 in March.)
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