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Summer 2021

Course Description
This advanced writing course focuses on electronic discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Southern District of Florida. As companies continue to move from relying on paper documents to virtually paperless operations, electronically stored information (ESI) plays an increasingly crucial role in litigation and corporate practice. This course will study a broad range of topics relating to e-discovery. Students will examine significant e-discovery case law and e-discovery civil procedure rules; study the preservation, collection, and production of relevant ESI; participate in mock e-discovery planning with opposing counsel and the court; prepare discovery tailored to uncovering ESI; and work through e-discovery issues such as costs, spoliation, sanctions, and attorney-client privilege. This course will also provide a unique opportunity for students to collaborate with UnitedLex to learn about consulting, operations, strategy, and technology relating to ESI. This course will use reading materials, fact patterns, in-class activities, writing exercises and assignments, oral presentations, and other tools to help students learn. At the conclusion of this course, students should have a solid foundation on how to navigate electronic discovery for contemporary legal practice.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
05-21-2021 - 06-25-2021   F  9:00 AM-1:00 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based on their written submissions, final oral presentation, professionalism, and class participation.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Prior to our first class, please read and be prepared to discuss (1) Zubulake v. UBS Warburg LLC, 220 F.R.D. 212 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (a copy of the case is attached here), and (2) Rule 37 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

    Additional Information:
    This class meets six times via Zoom beginning on Friday May 21st. Because the class is via remote learning, I plan to record at least one or two partial lectures for you to view at your convenience. In addition, you will have conferences with each other, and with me, via Zoom. The Zoom log in information will be posted on Blackboard during the week of May 17th.

    Zubulake IV (220 FRD 212).pdf