August 15 – 17, 2017 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $799 | Conference Fee $219 What’s this?

Electronically stored information (ESI) raises new evidentiary questions for the judge, in addition to presenting twists on existing evidence rules. In this 2 1/2-day course, you will review procedural rules and substantive law addressing the litigants’ obligations in handling ESI evidence; analyze issues regarding the discovery, proffer, and admission of such evidence; discuss ethical dilemmas for both lawyers and judges when confronted with ESI evidence; and address concerns emanating from the “dark web,” especially regarding personal privacy and security.


Why should I take this course?

As technology rapidly advances, judges must be able to quickly and confidently rule on tech-based evidence. Understanding the language, ways to identify and preserve ESI, and the evidentiary rules that come into play when addressing ESI are critical for contemporary judging.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Develop an understanding of the nature, extent and location of ESI in litigation
  • Study procedural rules and substantive law regarding the litigants’’ obligations regarding ESI
  • Learn about procedural and substantive rules regarding introduction of ESI
  • Investigate ethical lawyer and judicial issues concerning ESI and use of technology
  • Consider developing ESI concerns from “the dark web” and the lack of personal privacy and security

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for all judges who hear cases involving the introduction of electronically stored information as evidence.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are a judge who has researched and taught on ESI for several years, a lawyer, and a forensic technologist.

How is this course taught?

The course will include traditional lecture, question and answer, hypothetical situations and case law review. Visual aids will include PowerPoint slides, papers displayed using the Elmo and audio and video clips.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This course, developed collaboratively with the judiciary and forensic experts, provides a well-rounded approach to discovery issues, evidentiary issues, and ethical issues around electronically stored information – a type of evidence that will become more prevalent in the courtroom . In addition to the structured, interactive presentations by faculty, participants will have several

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or