15 - 17
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 08:00 to Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 12:00
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IN-PERSON: Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop

Minneapolis, Minnesota

In the digital era, knowledge about managing, reviewing and analyzing electronic discovery, or voluminous 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 Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM III) Workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff to the legal, strategic and technological considerations involved in cases with electronic and/or voluminous discovery.  This two-and-a-half-day program uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction.  Besides gaining an understanding of the legal, practical, and technological issues in these types of federal criminal cases, participants will learn basic and advanced features of three litigation support software programs (Adobe Acrobat Pro, dtSearch, and CaseMap/TimeMap suite).  Attendees will better understand how litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff, and potential vendors. Also, participants will improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.