11 - 13
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 08:30 to Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 01:00

2024 Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop

Seattle, WA
Registration Closed

Knowing how to search, review, and analyze electronic discovery is a critical skill for federal criminal defense attorneys. In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, the Defender Services Office and the Department of Justice reflects this trend in the law: “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.” Office of the U.S. Courts Joint Working Grp. on Elec. Tech. in the Criminal Justice Sys., Recommendations for Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery Production in Federal Criminal Cases Recommendations 2 (2012). The ABA has adopted this position. See Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1.  The Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop is an attorney focused program that exposes defense counsel to legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved in cases with electronic discovery. This two-and-a-half-day program uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction.

Designed specifically for CJA panel attorneys who work on their own, most of the participants’ time will be in small groups doing hands-on, interactive exercises that demonstrate strategies for solving e-discovery challenges facing federal criminal defense practitioners. Besides gaining an understanding of the legal, practical, and technological issues involved with managing electronic discovery common in federal criminal cases, participants will learn basic and advanced features of four litigation support software programs (Adobe Acrobat Pro, dtSearch, Cellebrite Reader, and CaseMap/TimeMap suite) that they can immediately incorporate into their daily practice. Attorneys will better understand how litigation support programs work, how they can use these tools while working on their own, and how they can leverage the knowledge and skills gained from this workshop to collaborate with co-counsel, paralegals, investigators, and experts in the future.