US Magistrates, renowned experts to headline eDiscovery, digital evidence conference


February 18, 2013

The practical and cutting-edge issues affecting the discovery and admission of electronic information in litigation is the focus of the Second Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, March 13-15, at the  Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

The conference will bring together leading jurists, attorneys and other legal professionals on a wide array of eDiscovery issues including legal hold analysis, computer-assisted search, predictive coding, project management, competency, and proportionality, among others. Download Full Image

“eDiscovery – The present and the future,” hosted by the College of Law’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, in collaboration with Michael Arkfeld, Director of the ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery Program, is open for registration at law.asu.edu/ediscovery. Up to 15 hours of CLE, including three ethics credits, will be available to attendees.

An early-bird registration fee, until Feb. 28, is available for $549, and the first 80 registrants will receive a free copy of either Arkfeld’s Best Practices Guide: Information Primer for Legal Professionals or Arkfelds’ Best Practices Guide for ESI Pretrial Discovery – Strategy and Tactics. Other tuition rates: $599 (after Feb. 28), $499 (ASU law school alumni), $349 (government employees), $299 (non-attorneys), and $69 (current students).

“I think one of the most egregious competency issues for lawyers is their lack of understanding of how to discover and admit electronic evidence in their cases,” Arkfeld said. “I think 99 percent of lawyers don’t understand the basic legal and technological issues affecting digital information and how it applies to their cases.”

The American Bar Association expects all lawyers to understand the benefits and risks associated with technology, he noted.

“The fact that the College of Law at ASU is hosting the conference emphasizes their recognition of the importance of electronic evidence, which not all law schools do,” Arkfeld said.

“The list of speakers is quite impressive,” he said. “More than 30 of the top eDiscovery experts in the world will be here.”

The keynote speakers are the Hon. John Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Columbia, who is one of the nation's most prominent jurists and educators on eDiscovery, and the Hon. Craig Shaffer, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Colorado.

In his keynote address, titled “Halls of Justice: Only Rich and Poor Need Apply,” Judge Facciola will discuss ways to maximize the value and minimize the costs of eDiscovery. Many experts, including Judge Facciola, are concerned that new eDiscovery tools are available only to the wealthy.

“It’s impossible to exaggerate the importance of electronic evidence in courts,” said Judge Facciola, who headlined last year’s inaugural eDiscovery conference at the College of Law. “Ninety-eight percent of all communications in the world today are electronic.”

Trying to bring costs of technology down, and educating current students on how to properly use and stay up-to-date on digital information, should be a priority at any law school, he said.

“As a younger generation enters the workforce, the legal system needs to change to cope with these new digital forms of evidence,” Judge Facciola said.

He said the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, together with the ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery Program, are among the leaders in the field, adding that the College of Law is at the forefront in thinking about eDiscovery issues.

Judge Shaffer, a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars on electronic discovery, will lecture on “Where, oh where, have the trials gone?”

Other presenters at the conference include noted eDiscovery thought leaders Scott Kane, Maura Grossman, Browning Marean, Robert Singleton, Cecil Lynn and many others. They have a wealth of practical and legal expertise to share about effective best practices to competently handle electronic discovery within corporate, government and nonprofit environments, said Josh Abbott, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation.

“With so many eDiscovery experts, students and professionals gathered in one place, this annual conference creates a learning environment with tremendous energy,” Abbott said. “Opportunities to learn and network abound for anyone dealing with electronically stored information in a legal setting.”

The conference is being sponsored by Document Control Group, LexisNexis Litigation Solutions, TERIS, VeDiscovery, Kroll Ontrack, eLit, Legal Hold Pro and Catalyst.

For more information about the conference, visit law.asu.edu/ediscovery or email lsi@asu.edu.

New West campus fitness complex supports ASU's health mission


February 18, 2013

The public is invited to join the students of ASU’s West campus as they celebrate the opening of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFC). A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m., Friday, March 1, on the new Quad lawn space to the north of the facility at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. ASU President Michael M. Crow will attend. Attendees may park free of charge in Lot 2 on the south side of campus.

The opening of SDFC-West completes a major expansion project on the West campus. A new residence hall and dining facility opened last August. Student working out Download Full Image

“As the final addition to the three new facilities opening this academic year, the Sun Devil Fitness Complex enhances the student experience,” said Mistalene Calleroz White, dean of students on the West campus. “It reflects exactly what students conceptualized nearly two years ago, and the result today is a renewed energy and an outstanding campus experience. The students have much of which to be proud.”

The SDFC features amenities such as state-of-the-art weight and fitness equipment, a running track, fitness studios, an outdoor pool, two competition play fields with softball and rugby field overlays, outdoor basketball courts and sand volleyball courts, indoor racquetball courts, a two-court gymnasium accommodating basketball, volleyball and badminton, and wellness service space including a demonstration kitchen for healthy food preparation.

The inclusion of wellness space is consistent with ASU’s focus on being one of the healthiest universities in the nation. The university is committed to promoting a well mind, body and community to help students achieve their academic, personal and professional potential.

Student feedback was solicited and incorporated throughout the design and construction process for the three-story building. Students representing the Well Devil Council and a committee promoting wellness in the recreation centers on all four ASU campuses played a key role in that process.

“We anticipated a great, new addition to our campus facilities,” said Elizabeth Langland, ASU vice provost and dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the core college on the West campus. “But the reality has exceeded even our high expectations. The SDFC makes adopting a healthy lifestyle a pleasure rather than a duty.”

The new SDFC replaces a much smaller recreation facility that was located in the basement of the University Center Building. “The more prominent location on campus reflects the importance of health, wellness and engagement in students’ lives and encourages all of us to maintain healthy, active lifestyles,” Calleroz White said.

The SDFC joins the 365-bed Casa de Oro residence hall, designed specifically to meet the needs of freshman and sophomore students, and the Verde Dining Pavilion in significantly expanding facilities and amenities on the West campus. All three projects were constructed without state dollars or tuition revenues being expended. The SDFC is funded by a student government-endorsed facility fee. The housing and dining projects were built by American Campus Communities, with ARAMARK, the dining service provider, contributing to the dining project.

Students on the West campus pursue degrees offered by ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and W. P. Carey School of Business. Barrett, the Honors College also maintains an active presence on the campus, with students in all majors eligible to participate in Barrett programming.

For more information about the new West campus buildings or the March 1 ribbon-cutting event for the SDFC, call the Dean of Students Office at 602-543-8147.