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E-Discovery Documentary Film Debut

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by Angel Falconer

The Decade of Discovery is a documentary film “about a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House e-mail, and a teacher who takes a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier.”  It features e-discovery pioneer judges like Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, the founder of The Sedona Conference®, Richard G. Braman, and others who have helped shape the search for justice and freedom in the digital age.

The film will debut at the Hoboken International Film Festival on May 31st and at the Manhattan Film Festival on June 21st.

Watch the trailer here.

SC Lawyer Suspended for Not Having an Email Address

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Angel Falconer

In a 2011 Order, the South Carolina Supreme Court required all lawyers admitted to practice in the state to update their contact information in the state’s Attorney Information System.  The Order provides that all attorneys “admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina shall have a continuing duty to verify and update their information in the AIS, and must ensure that the AIS information is current and accurate at all times.  At a minimum, the contact information must include a mailing address, an e-mail address and a telephone number. (Rule 410(e), SCACR.)  After years of refusing to comply with orders, directives and rules requiring her to maintain an email address, Cynthia E. Collie (aka Cynthia Homes), a regular member of the South Carolina Bar, has had her license suspended for posing “a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice.”

Rule 1.11 of The Oregon State Bar Rules of Procedure (Revised 11/1/2013) requires that:

(b) All attorneys must also designate an e-mail address for receipt of bar notices and correspondence except attorneys who are over the age of 65 and fully retired from the practice of law and attorneys for whom reasonable accommodation is required by applicable law. For purposes of this rule an attorney is “fully retired from the practice of law” if the attorney does not engage at any time in any activity that constitutes the practice of law including, without limitation, activities described in OSB bylaws 6.100 and 20.0.

(c) An attorney seeking an exemption from the e-mail address requirement for the reasons stated in paragraph (b) must submit a written request to the Executive Director, whose decision on the request will be final.

Changes to FINRA Discovery Guide in Customer Arbitrations Effective on December 2, 2013

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by Josh Ross

In October I wrote about the SEC’s approval of changes to the FINRA discovery guide ”the rules that govern discovery in FINRA cases” that are likely to change the way litigants relate to and manage e-discovery.  Today, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 13-40 announcing that those amendments will become effective on December 2, 2013 and apply to all customer cases filed on or after that date.  The Notice can be read here.

Online Tool Will Test Tech Skills

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by Angel Falconer

Kia Motors America’s corporate counsel, D. Casey Flaherty, and Capensys, a firm that specializes in training services for law firms, will create an online version of Flaherty’s test that he uses to audit outside lawyers’ tech skills.  Flaherty is allowed to be critical of law firms’ widespread technical incompetency as he began his career at a big law firm.  And when he’s not scrutinizing Kia’s outside counsel, you can find him writing (here and here) or speaking on the topic (here).  The online tool is due out next year.

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The goal of this blog is to provide a forum for discussing issues related to technology used in law firm and case management, and share information about CLEs, legal opinions, articles and products that may interest Oregon practitioners in the area of e-discovery.

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  • Angel Falconer

  • Angel Falconer
  • Angel Falconer is Stoll Berne's Litigation Support Manager. She supports attorneys and clients through the entire litigation process and has worked on cases involving the securities laws, complex commercial disputes, class actions, unfair competition and trade secrets. Angel has expertise directing large-scale discovery projects and helps manage Stoll Berne's in-house e-discovery systems. Angel supervises electronic evidentiary presentations in arbitration hearings and in state and federal trial courts.
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