Levin College of Law

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

5th Annual E-Discovery Conference on March 30

Rub shoulders with e-discovery’s best practitioners during the 5th Annual E-Discovery Conference. Mark your calendar and reserve the data for this year’s event, which will be held March 30 on the law school campus. The event will also be streamed live. For more information on the conference and to register visit the Annual Electronic Discovery Conference website.

E-Discovery CareerFest: Designing Your Legal Future

As a prelude to the its 5th Annual E-Discovery Conference, the University of Florida Levin College of Law is sponsoring its first E-Discovery CareerFest on March 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Holland 180 and the courtyard. Read more about CareerFest here.

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.

Human Language Technology “Confab” Feb. 20

The University of Florida Levin College of Law partnered with the University of Florida Department of Computer & Information Science and Engineering and the UF Informatics Institute for an all-Florida meeting of Human Language Technology (HLT). Click here to read more about the confab.

Spring 2017 Distinguished Speakers: Professors Maura Grossman and Gordon Cormack on Feb. 20

Maura Grossman and Gordon Cormack presented on Feb. 20 at the University of Florida Levin College of Law as the E-Discovery Project’s spring Distinguished Speakers. Click here to read more about their presentation.

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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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