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American University Washington College of Law    
 
    
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

LAW - 994 eDiscovery


(2 hrs.)

 

The ubiquitous use of computers, the Internet and Internet-related technology has dramatically changed the litigation landscape.  Information sources are growing rapidly, including social media, voicemail, instant messaging, removable media, blogs, smart phones, etc.  The courts have focused responsibility for solving the problems, and complying with the requirements of discovery (“eDiscovery”), squarely on the shoulders of litigation counsel.  This course provides a basic understanding of the legal and practical parameters of eDiscovery and electronic case management.  This skills-based course examines the legal and technological issues surrounding the use of electronically stored information during the litigation process.  Students conduct mock interviews of company CIOs and brief and argue motions involving eDiscovery issues.  Students also review and evaluate efforts made by professional groups and the courts to create reasonable parameters allowing parties to comply with their discovery obligations and ethical responsibilities while implementing a fundamental change in the adversary system from one of confrontation to one of cooperation.