New course in E-Discovery at Santa Clara University School of Law
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the proliferation of e-mail and other electronic forms of communication, being up-to-date on techniques, trends, and case law in e-discovery —the process of obtaining electronic evidence in litigation—has become increasingly important for lawyers. From May 29 through June 16 2007, Santa Clara University School of Law will offer a course entitled E-discovery, believed to be one of the first in the country offered on the topic for academic credit. It will consider the legal and operational issues associated with the collection, production, management and analysis of massive amounts of electronic data.
“How are documents stored on e-mail servers? What’s the deletion program for e-mail? How are documents backed up? Where are all the databases and how are they maintained? Understanding the IT infrastructure is an entirely new skill set that litigators must master”
“If you don’t understand the technology and where data might reside, you might not be obtaining the right data, or you might not be providing the things that you’re legally obligated to provide,” notes Eric Goldman, assistant professor of law and academic director of the High Tech Law Institute at the law school. The class is just the latest example in the law school’s long tradition of providing its students with a cutting edge curriculum. “We’re keeping up with legal trends and providing students with the tools they need to add value in the real world.”
Gone are the days of litigation involving dozens of boxes of documents obtained during the discovery phase. Nowadays, e-discovery might garner millions of e-mail messages, spreadsheets, power point presentations, and other data in electronic format. The fast pace of litigation, particularly in intellectual property cases, necessitates lawyers quickly get a handle on that vast reservoir of electronic evidence, says David Dolkas, a partner with the Silicon Valley office of McDermott, Will, & Emery, LLP and the adjunct lecturer who will be teaching the class.
“How are documents stored on e-mail servers? What’s the deletion program for e-mail? How are documents backed up? Where are all the databases and how are they maintained? Understanding the IT infrastructure is an entirely new skill set that litigators must master,” Dolkas says.
The course will delve into how discovery in complex cases has changed with the onslaught of e-information; a review of the key cases relating to e-Discovery—from Enron to the Zubulake decisions; the new e-discovery Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the companion state procedures; what e-information is and how it is stored by most companies; how to create an e-discovery plan and coordinate e-discovery collection; as well as e-discovery ethical considerations.
For more information, visit www.scu.edu/law/hightech/high_tech_law_institute.html
About the SCU School of Law
The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Many of its 974 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law, or public interest law. Law degrees may be combined with MBA or master’s in taxation degrees, and the law school offers lawyers master’s degrees in international law and intellectual property law.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.