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November 08, 2010 09:00 ET

IE Discovery's Electronic Discovery Symposium for Government Agencies Delivers Insight, Information

Keynote Speaker Judge Shira Scheindlin Highlights Faculty From Seven Different Government Agencies

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 8, 2010) -  IE Discovery, a leading provider of comprehensive Discovery Management and litigation support solutions to the legal community, presented its 2010 Electronic Discovery Symposium for Government Agencies on October 20, 2010 at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The third annual symposium was devoted solely to government agencies and departments. In addition to Judge Scheindlin, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, the faculty included The Hon. John M. Facciola, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia and representatives of seven different government agencies. More than 150 government attorneys, paralegals, chief information officers, records managers, information technologists and FOIA professionals were in attendance.

IE Discovery's goal in organizing the one-day event was to bring together representatives from a variety of government agencies -- as both attendees and speakers -- to share experiences and expertise. The program theme was "Forging Ahead" and included sessions on Privilege, Spoliation, the Freedom of Information Act, Project Management, Symbiotic Approaches and Custodian-Based E-Discovery.

The faculty for the one-day event included Judge Scheindlin and Judge Facciola, experts from IE Discovery, as well as:

  • Jason R. Baron, Director of Litigation, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Jodi L. Cramer, General Attorney, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Joan E. Fina, Assistant General Counsel for Information and Litigation Support, Federal Trade Commission
  • David K. Gaston, Attorney Advisor, Department of Agriculture
  • Maura R. Grossman, Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Miriam M. Nisbet, Director, Office of Government Information Systems, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Jonathan M. Redgrave, Partner, Redgrave LLP
  • Frederick J. Sadler, Director, Division of Freedom of Information, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
  • Rachel Spector, Senior Attorney, Division of General Law, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior
  • Leslie Wharton, Senior E-Discovery Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission

In her remarks entitled, "Those who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It," Judge Scheindlin discussed the risks of improper preservation and spoliation and her recent opinion in the Pension Committee case. That opinion gave particular attention to an evaluation of the various degrees of culpable conduct by an alleged spoliating party and a party's burden of proof when asking a jury to determine whether to draw an adverse inference.

Jason Baron of the National Archives and Records Administration and IE Discovery's CEO, Chris May, presented "Rethinking Custodian-Based E-Discovery in a World of Automation," which highlighted the blend of custodian and content-based data collection. "We tried to develop a program that encompassed a wide range of topics and viewpoints from a cross-section of agencies, personnel, the industry, and the bench," said May. "We believe strongly in providing government agencies with the information and tools they need to make it through uncharted territory and reduce their risk." 

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IE Discovery provides comprehensive Litigation Support and Discovery Management services to government agencies, corporate law departments and outside counsel who routinely manage complex, information-intensive litigation. Utilizing technological and legal expertise, IE Discovery helps clients improve their productivity and cost efficiency. IE Discovery is based in Austin, Texas, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. For additional information, visit

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