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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 and News

Fall 2018 E-Discovery Distinguished Speaker: Professor Emeritus Jay Grenig

The UF Law E-Discovery Project’s Fall 2018 E-Discovery Distinguished Speaker is Professor Emeritus Jay Grenig of Marquette University. Professor Grenig will be speaking on “ADR Meets ESI” and the impact of electronically stored information on the arbitral and mediation processes. Professor Grenig’s presentation will be a livestream broadcast (and also streamed on the UF Law […]

E-Discovery Project Executive Director William Hamilton to Speak at RelativityFest

E-Discovery Project Executive Director William Hamilton heads to Chicago this month for much heralded e-discovery conference RelativityFest.

UF Law E-Discovery Project Courses and Programs Lauded by Social Evidence Blog

UF Law E-Discovery project was lauded for its electronic discovery courses and programs by Social Evidence blog.

Read the blog post here.

E-Discovery Courses and Program Recently Featured in The Florida Bar News

The University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery courses and program were recently featured in The Florida Bar News article by Christine Bilbrey of the Bar’s Practice Resource Institute (PRI)

Read the article here.

Project’s Executive Director’s popular PRI podcast with Christine Bilbrey on e-Discovery is also available here.

The UF Law E-Discovery Project Goes to Southwest Florida!

Legal Skills Professor William Hamilton will be presenting at the Southwest Florida Federal Court Bar Association’s program “E-Discovery Decoded: A Practical Workshop.” Hamilton will join U.S. Magistrate Judges Mac McCoy and Amanda Sansone, with attorneys Woody Pollock and Carlos Baradat on August 22nd in Ft. Myers, Florida.

View the program’s introductory PowerPoint here.

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Publications

“Trial Practice: Analyze This!”

American Bar Association: Litigation, Fall 2016

Read the article here.

“League of Women Voters of Fla. v. Detzner: The Florida Supreme Court’s Hidden Pre-Litigation E-Discovery Preservation Mandate”

Florida Bar Journal, November 2016

Read the article here.

“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

Computer Basics for Lawyers Webinar March 8

UF Law E-Discovery Project Director Bill Hamilton and Advanced Discovery Senior E-Discovery Consultant Tom O’Connor teamed up on March 8 for a webinar discussion on computer basics for lawyers. The program gave lawyers an overview of basic network and computer operations. Click here to read more about this webinar.

E-Discovery Training for 2017

E-discovery legal experts, including UF Law E-Discovery Executive Director William Hamilton, provided insight on what you need to know to expand your e-discovery skill set and how you can get involved in e-discovery groups. Watch the webinar here.

E-Discovery Executive Director Bill Hamilton on the Florida Supreme Court’s New Court Directive

On Nov. 15, UF Law E-Discovery Project Executive Director William Hamilton and retired circuit court judge, Ralph Artigliere, presented a webinar on the Florida Supreme Court’s court directive on the pre-litigation duty to preserve evidence. Click here to view the webinar.

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.

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