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UF Law E-Discovery Project

The UF Law E-Discovery Project is supported by generous contributions from The International Center for Automated Research at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

William Hamilton
Executive Director

Welcome to the UF Law E-Discovery Project

The UF Law E-Discovery Project is a multidisciplinary endeavor enhancing litigation competence through electronic discovery law courses, research, the development of information retrieval method and tools, and offering electronic discovery skills training for practicing attorneys and litigation support professionals through public conferences and continuing legal educational offerings.

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Courses

Electronic Discovery

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Explores how the current information explosion is transforming the civil litigation process and the critical issues which arise in managing data in the civil litigation process. The course will examine developing case law and address the practical problems and issues which arise in the preservation, collection, searching, processing, and production of electronic data.

Electronic Discovery Data Analysis and Review

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will explore “search” or information retrieval: the central issue in e-discovery and legal defensibility of the discovery process. The course will explore the varieties of search methodology applied to e-discovery including manual search, key word search, conceptual and cluster search, revolutionary predictive coding and machine learning, and the strengths and weakness of each approach and focus on developing an intermodal legally defensible approach.

UF law E-Discovery Internships and Externships

E-Discovery Externships

The E-Discovery project facilitates e-discovery externship courses where students during the summer between their first and second law school years take credit courses working on-site with e-discovery legal service providers. In past years, UF law students have been interns with such firms as Advanced Discovery, in Washington DC and Inspired Review, in Sunrise, Florida. Danielle Kaboudi completed an internship with Inspired Review. Watch an interview of Danielle speaking about her experience here.

UF Law student Carey Taylor completed a UF E-Discovery Externship with Advanced Discovery. Watch an interview of her talking about the externship experience here.

Read more about UF Law Externships.

E-Discovery Internships

The E-Discovery Project facilitates paid e-discovery internships with major e-discovery service providers that are career pathways for students seeking opportunities working in the electronic discovery industry.

UF Law student Stephanie McNeff completed a UF E-Discovery Internship with Advanced Discovery in Detroit. Watch an interview of her talking about the internship experience here.

UF Law student Shalyn Doskoez completed a UF E-Discovery Internship with Inspired Review in Sunrise, Florida. Watch an interview of her talking about the internship experience here.

Read more about UF Law Internships.

E-Discovery Events

Computer Scientist to explain Information Retrieval Basics in Electronic Discovery

An e-discovery expert will discuss the future of information retrieval in electronic discovery.

Professor Douglas W. Oard, of the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, will visit the UF Law e-discovery class at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 in Holland 270. The talk is open to all UF students, faculty and staff.

Oard has played an important role in bringing advanced information retrieval practices into electronic discovery. His contribution is memorialized in the hit documentary “ The Decade of Discovery.”

Fall 2016 Distinguish E-Discovery Speaker Professor Steven Gensler

The Fall 2016 Distinguish E-Discovery Speaker is Professor Steven Gensler from Oklahoma University College of Law. Professor Gensler topic is “How E-Discovery Brought All Discovery Back to Its Senses.” Professor Gensler’s presentation will take place on October 10, 2016 at the Chesterfield Smith Memorial Classroom on the law school campus. The presentation will also […]

5th Annual E-Discovery Conference

The 5th Annual E-Discovery Conference will be held on March 30, 2017 on the law school campus and streamed live. Mark your calendar and reserve the data. The Conference will continue its focus on the utilization of readily available e-discovery software tools to enhance attorney and litigation support competence in handling the mid-sized and small […]

4TH ANNUAL E-DISCOVERY CONFERENCE

The 2016 Conference focused on “Curing Your Data Demons with Simple and Handy Analytical Tools” featured our faculty of national experts and, as always, live software demonstrations that will elevate legal practice. Craig Ball kicked off the conference speaking on the nine basic e-discovery skills every attorney must have. The conference also featured a judicial […]

Law Enforcement Access to Your Data: Cellphone, Computers, the Internet and the Fourth Amendment

Distinguished Speaker Series presents “Law Enforcement Access to Your Data: Cellphone, Computers, the Internet and the Fourth Amendment” featuring the Honorable James C. Francis We are very pleased to announce that United States Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV will be our E-Discovery Distinguished Speaker on November 2, 2015. Magistrate Judge Francis’ presentation will be […]

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Publications

“Streamlining and Modernizing Florida’s Pre-litigation Preservation Standard: Modern Technology Demands a Modern Solution”

Florida Bar Journal, May 2014

Read the article here.

“SMART Electronic Legal Discovery Via Topic Modeling” White Paper

AAAI Publications, Presented at The Twenty-Seventh International Flairs Conference

Read the white paper here.

“Semantic Edge Labeling Over Legal Citation Graphs”

Presented at the Legal Text, Document and Corpus Analysis meeting

University of San Diego Law School

June 17, 2016

Read the proceedings here.

Random Sampler Application

The University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery Project and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are pleased to announce the availability of the Random Sampler application for e-discovery. This application has been collaboratively developed and is freely available under an open source license.

Click here for more information and to download the Random Sampler Application.

Webinars and Podcasts

E-Discovery Executive Director Bill Hamilton featured in Exterro’s Spring 2016 E-Discovery Case Law Update

E-Discovery Executive Director Bill Hamilton featured in Exterro’s Spring 2016 E-Discovery Case Law Update Webcast. Watch here.

E-Discovery Executive Director Bill Hamilton Interviews Ian Campbell of iConect

E-Discovery Executive Director Bill Hamilton Interviews Ian Campbell of iConect managing video ESI in the UF E-Discovery Tech Features Series.

Watch here.

E-Discovery Project Executive Director Bill Hamilton is interviewed on Legal Talk Network on what makes a good law school e-discovery course

Bill Hamilton was interviewed on Legal Talk Network about the pedagogical strategies we are deploying in the electronic discovery course and the use of the Catalyst Secure e-discovery software and related exercises, videos, and assessments.

Listen to the interview here.

E-Discovery Project Executive Director Bill Hamilton interviews UF Law student Danielle Kaboudi about her E-Discovery Internship

See the interview here.

The New Federal E-Discovery Rules Amendments: Counsel’s New Duties and Ethical Responsibilities

This one-hour webinar took place on September 15th. Presenters and panel guests discussed new practice imperatives, duties and obligations under the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure including discovery proportionality requirements and the degree of culpability required to impose sanctions. The webinar panel featured Gary Jones, U.S. Magistrate Judge, the Honorable Ralph […]

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