The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Training Program


February 21, 2013 - February 22, 2013
The Wigwam Resort, Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, February 21, 7:30AM - Sign in and continental breakfast
Friday, February 22, 1:00PM - Grab-and-go lunch

This program is now completly full. Should you wish to be added to the waiting list in case of any last minute cancellations, please submit your application.

In the "Reasons for attending" box please indicate how much advance notice you will need if accepted.

The Sedona Conference® Institute launches its First-Ever Cooperation Training program.

We are pleased to invite you to apply to participate in our first ever eDiscovery Cooperation Training Program. By participating in this one-of-a-kind program, you will be the first group of attorneys to receive a Certificate of Completion of Cooperation Training from The Sedona Conference®!

The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation was issued in October, 2008, and is endorsed by close to 150 members of the Bench, state and federal, coast to coast. Release of the Proclamation spawned a plethora of law review and legal media articles, scores of court decisions citing it, and revision of local rules and court standing orders nationwide that explicitly reference it. Until now there has been no practical training on how to implement cooperation in an adversarial civil justice system.

The Sedona Conference® has now developed a two-day, practical training program to take the Cooperation Proclamation out of the realm of policy and into practice. In this unique, pre-trial legal skills program, attorneys will be trained to work cooperatively with opposing counsel in pretrial discovery efforts to help ensure efficient, cost-effective, fact-finding, consistent with Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the ethical obligations of attorneys as officers of the court.

  • Using real world litigation hypotheticals, judges and litigators will work through stages of the pre-trial process together.
  • Participants will be required to prepare individually and in small teams BEFORE arriving at the program.
  • Scenarios and mock exercises will explore practical cooperation strategies to avoid or resolve conflicts that commonly occur in the preservation, collection, production, and use of ESI. Training will also cover how to effectively carry cooperation through from engagement with clients, negotiations with opposing counsel, conferences with the judge, and even motion argument.
  • The faculty of 13 veteran trial lawyers and judges will both participate in the scenarios and provide valuable critique of the registrants’ participation.

The registration for this program is limited to 50 to ensure a strong participatory experience. It is “invitation only” to maintain a balance of plaintiffs and defense lawyers, in-house counsel and judges. Texts will include The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation, The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Guidance for Litigators & In-House Counsel, and The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary.

Registration is $1195.00. Members of The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series are eligible for a $100 discount, and full-time government employees are eligible for a $250 discount. Discounts, however, cannot be combined. If your application is accepted and you qualify for a discount, please contact our office at [email protected] to receive a discount code to use when you register.

We will apply in advance for 11 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit.


February 21, 2013
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome & Overview
9:00 am - 10:30 am Pre-filing Preservation
10:30 am - 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Scope of Discovery
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Cooperation and Professional Responsibility
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Form of Production
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Spoliation
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception
February 22, 2013
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am - 10:00 am Privilege
10:00 am - 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am - 11:45 am Presentation to Prospective Client (“Beauty Contest”)
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Final Pretrial Conference
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Grab and Go Lunch (provided)
The Sedona Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Craig D. Ball P.C., Austin, TX
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK
Deere & Company, Moline, IL
Consultant, Richmond, VA
AIG, New York, NY
Minami Tanaki LLP, San Francisco, CA
Jessen and Associates, Inc., Hunts Point, WA
Of Counsel, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York, NY, New York, NY
Akerman LLP, Chicago, IL
Susman Godfrey L.L.P., Houston, TX

Refund Policy

Prior to January 8, 2013

  • Full Refund, less a $75 administration fee.

January 9, 2013 - February 14, 2013

  • Credit for another TSCI Program (Credit expires after 3 years). No Refunds.

February 15, 2013 - February 21, 2013

  • No Refund, No Credit.