The Sedona Conference Institute 2018 eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies


February 22, 2018 - February 23, 2018
Offices of Sidley Austin LLP, New York, NY

The Sedona Conference Institute presents:

eDiscovery Negotiation Training:
Practical Cooperative Strategies

This program is now completely full.

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, in-house counsel, outside counsel, and eDiscovery experts at the offices of Sidley Austin in New York, NY, on February 22-23, 2018, for this unique program which develops practical skills in eDiscovery negotiation.

In the 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, faculty demonstrations, and mock negotiation and hearing 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.

"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 three mock Rule 26(f) conferences focusing on scope of discovery, preservation, 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. The faculty of veteran trial lawyers, eDiscovery experts, and judges provide opportunity for dialogue, demonstrations, and valuable critique of the attendees' performance in the 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

Application for an Invitation

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.

Additionally, 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.

eDiscovery Negotiation Training Certificate of Completion

Participants that complete the full 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 close to the offices of Sidley Austin:




February 22, 2018
Time Session Panelists
8:00 am - 9:00 am Sign-In and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome & Overview
9:30 am - 11:00 am Individual Plaintiff Team Meetings
9:30 am - 11:00 am Defense Attorney-Client Meeting Demonstration
11:00 am - 11:15 am Morning Break
11:15 am - 12:45 pm Individual Defense Team Meetings
11:15 am - 12:45 pm Plaintiff’s Attorney-Client Meeting Demonstration
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Scope, Form and Preservation: Breakout Session
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Scope, Form, and Preservation: Plenary Session
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception
February 23, 2018
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:30 am Sign-In and Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:45 am Privilege: Breakout Session
9:45 am - 10:00 am Morning Break
10:00 am - 11:30 am Privilege: Plenary Session
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Social Media: Breakout Session
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Social Media: Plenary Session
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Rule 16(b) Case Management Conference: Plenary Session
Registration Open

Refund Policy

Before December 22, 2017

  • Full Refund less $75 Administration Fee.

December 23, 2017 - January 22, 2018

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

January 23, 2018 - February 22, 2018

  • No Refund, No Credit.