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Special-Focus Meeting in San Francisco

Bench-Bar Experiences with the 2015 Discovery Proportionality Amendments

December 8, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies is holding a special-focus meeting on Bench-Bar Experiences with the 2015 Discovery Proportionality Amendments in San Francisco at the UC Hastings Law School on Friday, December 8, 2017. This meeting is the second of three regional special-focus meetings addressing the 2015 amendments. The meeting is limited to the first 50 practitioners registering.

The purpose of the December 8 meeting is to collect information evaluating the 2015 discovery proportionality amendments.  The information from this meeting as well as the two other regional meetings will be considered, along with results of separate empirical studies and surveys of major bar and legal organizations at a major bench-bar conference in 2019.  All that work will lay the groundwork for the revision of the Duke Guidelines and Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality posted at

At the December 8 UC Hastings Law School meeting, eight federal judges have agreed to attend (Judges Jan Adler, Deborah Barnes, Stanley Boone, Jacqueline Scott Corley, Nathanael Cousins, Elizabeth Laporte, Peggy Leen, and Kandis Westmore).  Professors Brian Ray, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Rick Marcus and Scott Dodson, UC Hastings College of Law, will moderate.  The meeting will focus on responses to a survey on the 2015 amendments, which will be circulated before the meeting to all participants.  Teams of judges and participants will be designated to start discussion on the survey responses grouped under five general topics, reporting on their experiences, identifying problems, and suggesting alternatives when appropriate.  A summary of the meeting will be presented at the major conference in 2019.

This is an opportunity for counsel experienced in discovery practice to work with judges and help shape the future of ediscovery procedure. Active interaction among judges, practitioners, and law professors in an intimate environment is a hallmark of every Duke Law’s Distinguished Lawyers Conference.  All participants are expected to participate in the discussion.

To encourage frank discussions, the conference is held under the Chatham House Rule: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Registration Fee.  The Center is not independently funded, and we need to assess a registration fee to defray costs. The “early–bird” special registration fee is $549 for registrations submitted no later than November 3, 2017.  The registration fee increases to $595 for all registrations submitted after November 3.  A limited number of partial and full scholarships will be offered on request.