iDiscovery Solutions’ Director Jennifer Brennan, Hon. John Facciola (RET.) And Orrick Counsel Wendy Butler Curtis to Speak on E-Discovery Strategy Surrounding FRCP Amendments

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:20

iDiscovery Solutions, Inc. (iDS), an award-winning, legal technology and information governance expert services firm, announced today that Director Jennifer Brennan will be a featured panelist on The Knowledge Group’s live webcast, “Update Your e-Discovery Strategy: Practical Guidance to Incorporate the FRCP Amendments into Your Day-to-Day Practice,” on February 16 at 2:00 pm (ET).  Ms. Brennan will be joined by Hon. John M. Facciola (Ret.) and Wendy Butler Curtis, eDiscovery of Counsel at Orrick.

In this two-hour, live webinar, Ms. Brennan, Judge Facciola and Ms. Curtis will discuss the substance and impact of the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which took effect on December 1, 2015.

The amendments directly impact all aspects of e-Discovery.  The changes influence the fundamentals of litigation, such as the scope of discovery itself and the specificity required in objections to discovery requests.  Additionally, the Rules now provide a uniform national framework for evaluating whether spoliation exists and the sanctions available to remedy the loss of electronically stored information. 

Are you prepared for the new FRCP amendments and how your e-Discovery strategy should change?  Can you explain the new Rules to your client and offer sound advice on steps to take to prepare for litigation? If you are in-house, do you understand how the amendments might impact decisions about records retention or litigation budgets? 

Ms. Brennan, Judge Facciola and Ms. Curtis will provide practical guidance about the FRCP amendments and their impact on e-Discovery. This session will include:

  • Overview of the changes to Rules 26, 34 and 37
  • Anticipated points of contention under the new Rules
  • Tips to comply with the heightened requirements for discovery objections and prepare for “early” discovery
  • Live interactive Q&A

“Chief Justice Roberts highlighted the FRCP amendments in his Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, noting that lawyers and the court have an affirmative duty to work cooperatively to achieve prompt and efficient resolution of disputes,” said Ms. Brennan. “Not only are courts applying the FRCP amendments, but they are engaging in active judicial management to encourage greater cooperation and proportionate discovery.”

iDS Director Jennifer Brennan is an expert in managing projects throughout the EDRM lifecycle. She has more than 20 years of law firm and consulting experience overseeing all aspects of complex, multiparty settlement negotiations, arbitrations and litigation. Ms. Brennan provides subject matter expertise to corporate and law firm clients on topics related to the intersection of law and technology and aims to align litigation goals with discovery obligations. A former DC law firm partner, she holds a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University and is a member of the ABA and Women in e-Discovery (WiE).  

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to discuss the updated FRCP with my highly esteemed colleagues. The webinar will give attendees insight into the rationale behind the revisions and provide guidance on how to update your e-Discovery strategy,” said Ms. Brennan.

In July 2015, Ms. Brennan was joined by Judge Facciola and Judge Mary Rowland for a preview of the FRCP amendments. The in-depth Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (MCC) interview gave readers their take on the revisions and included a one-page guide, “FRCP Amendments at a Glance,” which provided a high-level summary of the changes.