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Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.), a JAMS Neutral and Master, to Speak at TKG's The Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502, eDiscovery and Attorney-Client Privilege Event

Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.), a JAMS Neutral and Master, to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís The Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502, eDiscovery and Attorney-Client Privilege: What Litigants Miss

New York, NY, March 10, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.), a JAMS neutral and master, will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “The Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502, eDiscovery and Attorney-Client Privilege: What Litigants Miss.” This event is scheduled for June 16, 2016 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (ET).

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About Judge Thomas McPhee

Thomas McPhee is a retired judge with JAMS in Seattle, where he serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master. He brings a wealth of experience to ESI disputes, as judge and special master in discovery litigation and public records cases. He is a member of the Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 on ESI, a Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, and has lectured on various topics related to ESI and ER 502 since 2012. He co-authored protocols for state agency privilege logging and in camera production of ESI records.

Judge McPhee has more than 45 years of civil litigation experience, including 22 years as trial judge in Superior Court. Judge McPhee was honored as Judge of the Year for 2013 by the Washington State Association for Justice.

About JAMS

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services. With Resolution Centers worldwide, JAMS and its more than 300 full-time, exclusive mediators and arbitrators, are responsible for resolving the world’s most important cases. JAMS panelists resolve multi-party, complex cases in virtually all areas of the law. JAMS handles an average of 10,000 to 12,000 cases per year in hearing locations throughout the world. Based on past results, JAMS takes pride that almost all of its cases, even the most complex ones, are successfully resolved.

Event Synopsis:

In today's era of high volume ESI discovery litigation, disclosure of privileged or work product protected material may cause substantial financial and reputational damage to litigants. Federal Rule of Evidence 502 protects litigants from those damages. The rule allows litigants and courts to protect against waiver for both inadvertent and knowing disclosure of privileged or protected information. FRE 502 provides for a protection order that extends to both document and subject matter waiver and extends that protection to other litigation in other courts! It also provides opportunities for litigants to significantly reduce the cost of responding to ESI discovery. In practice, the rule, and similar state court rules, are under utilized and not well understood.

In a two-hour Live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer the audience with an in-depth discussion of the fundamental aspects of FRE 502. The panel will present their expert thoughts and opinions on how to maximize the opportunities and minimize risks offered by FRE 502.

Key topics include:

- Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502(d) - An Overview
- Purpose of 502(d)
- Expanding Waiver Protections
- Opportunities and Pitfalls in Rule 502(d)
- Scope and Limitations
- Requirements of Rule 502

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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