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Online E-Discovery Skills Course at UC Hastings College of the Law Available Spring Semester 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robert Hilson
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OJAI, CA, December 1, 2014 — Innovative Legal Studies (ILS) is pleased to announce that it will be presenting its newly developed eDiscovery Skills course online through the University of California Hastings College of the Law during the Spring Semester of 2015. Adjunct Assistant Professors Allison Jane Walton, Esq. and Michael P. Carbone, Esq., who are the founders of ILS, have developed and will co-teach the course.

Understanding the mechanics of electronic discovery is a core competency for twenty-first century litigators. This course will arm students with a competitive technological edge in today‘s challenging legal marketplace. Students will learn: foundational IT concepts for lawyers; basic principles of information governance; how to participate in a meet and confer conference to resolve eDiscovery issues with an adverse party; technological solutions to common discovery issues; the different eDiscovery perspectives of the lawyer, client and vendor; and how to leverage these resources upon graduation for client success.

This innovative, one unit (13 hour) course is offered on a pass/fail basis and will be available only to students who are currently enrolled in or have taken Civil Procedure and the two-unit eDiscovery doctrinal course. Students will log on to the Innovative Legal Studies website to access the Course, which they can do at any time during their enrollment.

Each one-hour class includes a brief lecture on a particular aspect of information governance and/or eDiscovery, an interview with a nationally recognized thought leader or other highly experienced practitioner, an interactive practice exercise, and a multiple-choice test at the end. In order to complete the full Course, students must pass each one of these tests.

Innovative Legal Studies is a partnership eRisk, Inc. and The Hidden City Trust. Adjunct Assistant Professors Allison Jane Walton, Esq. and Michael P. Carbone, Esq., are the founders of ILS.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Allison Jane Walton has been in the legal technology field since 2006. Her expertise covers the entirety of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, with special emphasis on information governance and eDiscovery policy, process and technology. As founder of Fortis Quay, Inc., a global eRisk consultancy firm, she is inspired in both business and academia by solving the complex problems the digital age presents in a legal context. Her classes typically cover the management of Electronically Stored Information (ESI), legal hold approaches, social media governance, the use of technology-assisted review and predictive coding. She is the creator of the Quay eLearning Modules that marry corporate compliance training, legal best practices and technological demonstrations to enable efficiency and defensibility in the discovery phase of litigation in the modern age. Her courses focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice, arming students with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective in the marketplace.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Michael P. Carbone is a dispute resolution specialist who mediates, arbitrates and serves as a court-appointed referee. He resolves commercial, employment, construction, real estate, personal injury, estate and trust, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, and corporate and partnership disputes. As a lawyer for more than 45 years he handled a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters. He is a frequent author and lecturer on dispute resolution and eDiscovery issues. In 2013 he co-organized with Allison J. Walton an eDiscovery symposium for the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Hastings College of the Law. He also founded the Bay Area eDiscovery Forum and serves as its chair.

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Allison J. Walton
Innovative Legal Studies
530 W. Ojai Avenue, Suite 208
Ojai, CA 93023

Michael P. Carbone
Innovative Legal Studies
1201 Brickyard Way, No. 201
Point Richmond, CA 94801

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