Cite Early! Cite Often! The 2019-2020 Cases That Every Practitioner Should Know

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Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: February 06, 2020
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  • Cases on Data Privacy
  • Discussion on Spoliaition
  • Cases involving Social Media Discovery
  • Privilege Disputes

Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Recorded: February 6, 2020


Join us for ALM’s open-to-all legendary Judicial Keynote Session as the panel discusses the cases that made (or missed) the ALM headlines in 2019-2020. Caselaw discussions will focus on the ever changing landscape of data and biometric privacy, privilege disputes, spoliation, recent news in iPhone forensics and social media discovery in litigation.

This program was recorded as part of's Legalweek Conference on February 6th, 2020.

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Hon. Willie J Epps, Jr.

United States Magistrate Judge
United States Western District of Missouri

The Honorable Willie J. Epps, Jr. is a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri. Judge Epps was born in Mississippi and raised in Missouri. He is a graduate of St. Louis Country Day School, Amherst College, and Harvard Law School. He began his legal career in service to our country as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Assistant Special Counsel for The Waco Investigation. Later, he was named chief compliance officer for a Fortune 500 company, partner at two law firms, and head of litigation for a financial services company.

Judge Epps is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges. He teaches annually at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. Prior to being appointed a federal judge, Judge Epps was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.

Hon. Timothy Driscoll

Justice of the Supreme Court
State of New York

Justice Timothy S. Driscoll is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and has been assigned to the Nassau County Commercial Division since May 2009. From January 2008 through April 2009, Judge Driscoll sat in the Nassau County Matrimonial Center. Judge Driscoll is also an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and has served as a teaching team member at the Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Prior to beginning his judicial service on January 1, 2008, Judge Driscoll held a number of posts in the public and private sector. He served as Deputy Nassau County Executive for Law Enforcement and Public Safety from July 2004 to December 2007. In that position, he oversaw all of the public safety and law enforcement agencies in the County, including the Police, Fire Marshal, Probation, Sheriff, Office of Consumer Affairs, Traffic and Parking Violations Agency, Medical Examiner, and Office of Emergency Management.

Judge Driscoll was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from November 2000 to July 2004. His case load included violent crime matters including racketeering, murder, gun possession and trafficking, and narcotics distribution, as well as white collar matters including mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud. His work as a federal prosecutor was recognized by the FBI, Nassau County Police Department, Old Brookville Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Patrick Oot

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Patrick Oot is a Chambers-ranked global practice leader in e-discovery and government investigations. Patrick is recognized in Who’s Who Legal for his expertise in electronic discovery and data privacy. He is one of the few e-discovery and compliance attorneys in the nation that possesses the tripartite experience of an in-house corporate counsel from a Fortune 16 organization; a senior attorney at a federal regulatory agency; and a partner in a global firm.

Patrick works towards merits-based case strategy to avoid litigation issues that arise from electronic discovery. He has negotiated favorable scope and terms in both government investigations and civil litigation for his clients. He has both prepared 30(b)(6) deponents for electronic discovery issues and testified regarding highly technical issues on behalf of organizational clients in federal litigation. Patrick has also directed counter-discovery strategy against legal adversaries using computer forensics and digital investigations techniques. He has successfully defended against “discovery-on-discovery” in motion practice.

Before joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Patrick served as Senior Special Counsel for Electronic Discovery in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). During his tenure at SEC, Patrick co-chaired the agency’s cross-divisional Electronic Discovery Action Team and co-authored The SEC Electronic Discovery and Litigation Response Manual. He counseled SEC senior leadership and agency staff on best practices and guidance for discovery and litigation strategy and privilege protections and on strategically significant matters involving forensics, technology and Electronic Communications Privacy Act interpretation for subpoena enforcement. Patrick appeared twice as SEC’s 30(b)(6) deponent to defend the agency’s discovery practices with favorable outcomes to the agency. He successfully designed and implemented SEC’s preservation process as well as a federal government-wide educational program that includes participation of the federal judiciary.

Prior to serving at SEC, Patrick was an experienced in-house counsel leading Verizon’s electronic discovery practice as Director of Electronic Discovery and Senior Litigation Counsel. Patrick was one of the nation’s first in-house attorneys charged to create and deploy defensible policies, guidelines and procedures for litigation response. While at Verizon, Patrick testified as the company’s Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) witness, defending the same policies and guidelines that he helped design and implement. In 2006, he was nominated for the Verizon Excellence Award after playing a key role in the successful completion of Verizon’s response to the Department of Justice’s Second Request for Documents in its acquisition of MCI. As a result of his work, Inside Counsel magazine named Verizon’s e-discovery team as one of the ten most innovative legal groups of 2007, the group’s second year winning the title. In 2007, Patrick appeared with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at Georgetown University Law Center’s H5 Summit on Electronic Discovery. He has testified before the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence where he presented his position on Proposed Rule of Evidence 502. The committee included language incorporating his suggestions in its draft to the Judicial Conference.

Outside of work, Patrick volunteers his time as a co-founder of The Electronic Discovery Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts studies of litigation processes and produced education programs for the benefit of the federal and state judiciary. Patrick lectures regularly at educational events and legal conferences internationally. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and was interviewed for the August 2008 edition of The Economist.

Honorable J. Michelle Childs

U.S. District Judge
United States District Court, District of South Carolina

Julianna Michelle Childs is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. She joined the court in 2010 after a nomination from President Barack Obama.

Childs was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 22, 2009, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina vacated by George Anderson. The American Bar Association rated Anderson Unanimously Well Qualified for the nomination. Hearings on Childs' nomination were held before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 16, 2010, and her nomination was reported by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on May 6, 2010. Childs was confirmed on a voice vote of the U.S. Senate on August 5, 2010, and she received her commission on August 20, 2010.

Childs earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in 1988, her master's degree from the University of South Carolina School of Business in 1991, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law with her J.D. in 1991.

Hon. Andrew J. Peck

United States Magistrate Judge
Southern District of New York

Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York on February 27, 1995, and served as Chief Magistrate Judge in 2004-2005. He graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1974 and from Duke University School of Law in 1977, where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Judge Peck is a member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors (2012- ).

Judge Peck served as law clerk to Judge Paul Roney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh (then the Fifth) Circuit, during the 1977-1978 term. Judge Peck was an associate and then Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison,from 1978-1995.

Judge Peck is a frequent lecturer on issues relating to electronic discovery and is a member of the Sedona Conference and the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board. He was awarded the Champion of Technology Award for 2011 by Law Technology News.

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