» E-Discovery Ethics: Emerging Standards of Technological Competence
ECBA Seminars
From 11:45 am until 1:15 pm

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - box lunch / 12:15-1:15 p.m. - seminar

Cost: $45 (ECBA member/non-attorney staff) / $58 (non-member) / $30 (member judge not needing CLE)

This seminar has been approved by the PA CLE Board for 1 hour ethics CLE credit

Reservations due by Friday, March 25, 2016

This hour-long seminar will address e-discovery ethics and the standards of technological competence that have emerged. Starting with a brief presentation outlining the ABA Model Rule 1.1 and all the areas of legal ethics impacted by technology, the presentation then focuses on the e-discovery element, by reviewing the 9 e-discovery skills recently articulated by the California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct to define e-discovery competence. A practical discussion of each skill follows, with specific references to e-discovery local rules and practices in U.S. Court, Western District of PA. Throughout the focus is on e-discovery skills required for ethical competence and how these skills can be developed and/or acquired.

The Honorable Joy Flowers Conti, Chief Judge, United States District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA

Bio: Judge Conti began her legal career as a law clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Louis Manderino in 1973.  The following year she became the first woman attorney hired by Kirkpatrick, Lockhart.  In 1976 she accepted a position as member of the faculty of Duquesne Law School.  In 1982, Judge Conti returned to private practice with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, becoming a partner in 1983.  In 1996, she joined Buchanan Ingersoll and concentrated her practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, healthcare, general corporate and nonprofit corporation law.

Judge Conti was sworn in as judge in August 2002 and has served as Chief Judge since 2013.


Richard N. Lettieri, Esquire,  Lettieri Law Firm, LLC., Pittsburgh, PA

Bio: As an attorney admitted to the bar since 1983, Attorney Lettieri has provided legal advice in complex litigation for over two decades, and has provided electronic evidence and e-discovery legal advice since 2004. In 2009, he founded Lettieri Law Firm, LLC.  His practice is now limited to the evolving law related to electronic evidence and e-discovery. In this capacity, he advises counsel and their clients on the current law and procedures required to resolve ESI issues early, or address them later in litigation, if necessary.




Location: Federal Court House (17 South Park Row, Erie, PA 16501)
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