The Sedona Conference Institute eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies


March 1, 2016 - March 2, 2016
Offices of Sidley Austin, Washington, DC

The Sedona Conference Institute presents:

eDiscovery Negotiation Training:
Practical Cooperative Strategies

This program is now completely full.

Though we were able to invite more participants to the program than initially intended, we cannot currently issue further invitations due to the need to preserve the high faculty-instructor ratio and space limitations.

Should you wish to be considered for the waiting list in the event of any last minute cancellations, please submit an application for an invitation ASAP. We will respond in a timely manner to let you know whether or not you have been added to the waiting list.

Please indicate how much advance notice you will need if ultimately invited to participate.

Please also indicate if - in the event you are added to the waiting list and we are unable to offer you a spot in this year’s program - you wish to be considered for next year’s program. We will contact you when we begin accepting applications for next year’s program in order to reconfirm your interest, and will give you priority status in the selection process for next year’s program.

Thank you for your understanding, and your interest in this critical program.

Join leading jurists, practitioners and eDiscovery experts at the offices of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., for this unique training program on March 1-2, 2016.

In this pre-trial legal skills program, participants are trained to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel, in order to ensure efficient, cost-effective fact-finding, and avoid unnecessary disputes, consistent with Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the ethical obligations of attorneys as officers of the court.

The program features a heavily participatory format. Through use of a litigation hypothetical and mock exercises, participants will explore practical cooperative strategies to avoid or resolve conflicts that commonly occur in the preservation, collection, production, and use of electronically stored information. The faculty of veteran trial lawyers, eDiscovery experts, and judges provide valuable critique of the attendees’ performance in the exercises.

"If we’d had this training before the Enron litigation,
we could have saved millions."

Jerri Hardaway, Houston attorney who participated in the inaugural program

Under the supervision of the experienced faculty, participants will take part in four mock Rule 26(f) conferences focusing on scope of discovery, form of production, privilege, and social media, in both breakout sessions and plenary sessions.

Some participants will also have an opportunity to participate in a mock Rule 16(b) case management conference during a plenary session, with one of our judicial faculty members presiding. All participants will have the opportunity (and are strongly encouraged) to participate in the dialogue (with fellow participants and faculty members alike) that follows the Rule 16(b) mock exercise, as well as all other exercises.

"I learned more in that seminar
than any others that I’ve attended, or taught."

Michael Gifford of Howard & Howard; participant
in the Chicago program, 7th Circuit eDiscovery Pilot Program
member, and practitioner with 30+ years of litigation experience

Participation in this program is significantly limited to ensure a high instructor-attendee ratio and a strong participatory experience. Participants will receive personalized feedback and critique from faculty members, and in many cases, have the opportunity for a one-on-one dialogue with faculty members. For this reason, it is necessary to limit the number of participants.

The program is “invitation only” to ensure a proper balance of participants. In order to submit an application for an invitation, please follow the instructions on the right-hand side of this program webpage.

Participants that complete the program will receive a Sedona Conference Certificate of Completion.

For program participants in need of a hotel, below is a list of hotels that are all within walking distance of the offices of Sidley Austin:




March 1, 2016
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast and Sign-In
8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome & Overview
8:30 am - 9:30 am Individual Team Meetings: Concurrent Preparation Sessions
9:30 am - 10:45 am Scope of Discovery: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:45 am - 11:00 am Morning Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Scope of Discovery: Plenary Session
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Perspectives on Cooperation and Rule 1 from the Bench

Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Form of Production: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Form of Production: Plenary Session
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception
March 2, 2016
Time Session Panelists
8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Sign-In
9:00 am - 10:15 am Privilege: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:15 am - 10:30 am Morning Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Privilege: Plenary Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Social Media: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Social Media: Plenary Session
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Rule 16(b) Case Management Conference: Plenary Session

Refund Policy

January 11, 2016 - February 21, 2016

  • Credit for another TSCI Program (Credit expires after 3 years).

February 22, 2016 - March 1, 2016

  • No Refund, No Credit.