Authoritative, Meaningful, and Balanced Commentary. The Sedona Conference Working Group Series was launched in 2002 and represents the evolution of The Sedona Conference from a forum for advanced dialogue to an open think-tank confronting some of the most challenging issues faced by our legal system today. The first Working Group (WG1) met on October 17-18, 2002, and was dedicated to the development of guidelines for electronic document retention and production. The impact of its first publication - The Sedona Principles Best Practices Recommendations and Principles Addressing Electronic Document Production - was immediate and substantial. The Principles was cited in the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules Discovery Subcommittee Report on Electronic Discovery less than a month after publication of the first draft, and was cited in a seminal e-discovery decision in the Southern District of New York less than a month after that. As noted in the June 2003 issue of Pike & Fischer’s Digital Discovery and E-Evidence, “The Principles…influence is already becoming evident.” The rest, including enactment of the federal rules on e-discovery in 2006, is, as they say, history. We now have twelve Working Groups, described below.
How the Working Groups work
Working Groups begin with the same high caliber of participants as our Regular Season conferences, but are limited to approximately 35 core participants for the initial meeting and drafting efforts. Further, in lieu of finished papers being posted on the website in advance of a conference, thought pieces and other ideas are exchanged and the Working Group itself becomes the opportunity to create a set of recommendations, principles or other educational guidance. Working Group output is then put through a broad peer review process involving members of the entire Working Group Series and, where possible, critique at one of our Regular Season conferences, resulting in an authoritative, meaningful, and balanced final commentary for publication and distribution. The Sedona Conference Working Group Series Membership Program offers a vehicle for those who wish to support our mission and interact with others interested in tipping point issues in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation, and intellectual property rights. Membership in the Working Group Series allows any interested jurist, attorney, academic, consultant, or expert to participate in Working Group activities, including drafting team projects, Working Group meetings, and dialogue on current works-in-progress. As a Member of The Sedona Conference Working Group Series you will have access to the Working Group Members Only areas of this web site, where draft works in progress are posted for comment by others in the Working Group, references and discussion forums are available, and, if you “opt in” to the roster for a specific Working Group, you will receive announcements about that particular Working Group’s events, notices seeking applications for drafting teams and brainstorming groups, and notices of the posting of draft works-in-progress for comment. Join The Sedona Conference Working Group Series. Once you join the Working Group Series, the title of each Working Group will become a link and you will be able to access each Working Group’s online activities. The current Working Groups are: