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News & Developments »

What Is a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?”

Expectations can differ between participants in an oral communication.

When Might Testimony From Electronic Information Require an Expert?

Failure to understand e-discovery and the need for experts may lead to the reversal of a favorable ruling or judgment.

Swift Cannot Shake Off Her Deposition

Taylor Swift's world tour is not a basis for a protective order prohibiting her deposition, according to a California federal judge.

Articles »

How Far Do the Protections of the Rule 26 Amendments Go?

By Michael Lowry

Exploring how the work-product provisions of the 2010 amendments regarding expert discovery have been applied and interpreted.

Technology-Assisted Review: Insight into Lingering Questions

By Jenny Le

A recent Georgetown panel and case law reveal how far TAR has come.

Why I Love Rule 36, and Why You Should Too

By Fitzgerald T. Bramwell

Requests to admit are the Rodney Dangerfield of pretrial procedure: They get no respect.

Sound Advice »

audio Inadvertent Disclosure of Documents

By Michael Downey

Educator and litigator Michael Downey explains how the ethical obligations for inadvertent disclosure of documents have evolved over the years. (5:09 min)

audio Avoiding the Pitfalls of Alternative Fee Arrangements

By Betsy Collins

Litigator Betsy Collins outlines some of the best practices for these types of arrangements and what should be avoided. (15:07 min)

audio Proposed Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

By John Barkett

John Barkett describes the changes that may be in store for the federal rules. (4:56 min)

Roundtables »

audio Early Case Assessment and Other Initial Stages of Complex Litigation

Topics include applying early case assessment techniques, initial data collection and preservation issues, managing client concerns, best tactics for dealing with opposing counsel, and identifying potential early motions and other strategic options. (56:45)

audio Playing Defense: Preparing Your Client for Deposition

Experienced litigators cover the nuts and bolts of defending depositions and provide strategies and tips to employ when defending all types of clients. (1:00:01)

audio Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules

Insight into the substance of the proposed amendments, the motivations behind them, the amendment process, and the public comments that the committee has received so far. (1:02:46)

Announcements »

February 19: Free Roundtable

February's Roundtable is "Early Case Assessment and Other Initial Stages of Complex Litigation." Read more.

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Pretrial Practice & Discovery Leadership

Cochairs Content Subcommittee

Jessica Hew

Orlando, FL

Jeffrey Close

Chicago, IL

Robert Poundstone

Montgomery, AL

Adam Braveman

New York, NY

Tracy DiFillippo

Las Vegas, NV

Angela Fetcher

Louisville, KY

Mor Wetzler

New York, NY