‘Cooperation proclamation’ calls to litigation experts, too

BVWireIssue #86-1
November 4, 2009

It’s been one year since the Sedona Conference® issued its Cooperation Proclamation, calling on trial attorneys, financial experts, and other dispute professionals to “stem the rising tide of cost and burden threatening to undermine the civil justice system.” (For more on the current “explosion” of electronically stored information (ESI), see BVWire#77-1.)

So far, the Proclamation has attracted over 100 signed endorsements from state and federal judges and appeared in a least a dozen reported court decisions. Press coverage includes last week’s article in the New York Law Journal and at least one humorous take by an e-discovery blogger, touting the “great social benefits to this ESI ‘conflicts-gone-wild.’” On a more serious note, a federal judge recently called the Proclamation “the most important legal tech trend.” To mark the first anniversary, the drafters have issued a special Supplement to the Sedona Conference Journal (Vol. 10) devoted to the theme of “cooperation,” and are airing a webinar today on the Proclamation’s impact after one year. New free resource for experts: Are you prepared for the current information proliferation in litigation? If not, read the new article, “Explosion of Electronic Evidence Creates New Challenges for Experts,” now available as a free download from BVResources.

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