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

May 30, 2018 – UF Law E-Discovery Project Heads to Orlando

UF Law E-Discovery Project Executive Director William Hamilton heads to Orlando, Florida on Thursday and Friday, May 30 and 31st, to join all day sessions focusing on all aspects of social media and the courts in this age of the digital citizen.

April 13, 2018 – E-Discovery Project is Featured at the ABA Business Law Section

The E-Discovery Project went to the ABA Business Law Section this April 13th where Professor Hamilton joined a distinguished panel of judicial officials and ABA stars to speak on “Effective Mediation of E-Discovery in a Post-M & Acquisition and Distressed Company Disputes.”  You can view the presentation slide deck here.

March 30, 2018 – Law School E-Discovery Core Curriculum Consortium

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Faculty Lounge
More information and registration can be found here.
The Law School E-Discovery Core Curriculum Consortium is composed of law professors teaching electronic discovery courses at their respective law schools.
The Consortium’s mission is to advance the teaching of electronic discovery to law students by developing pedagogic tools and methods including lecture content, exercises, hands-on e-discovery software activities, and formative assessments. The Consortium’s goals include the development of a model curriculum that articulates core learning objectives and methods for an initial law school e-discovery course. The Consortium meets regularly to advance its goals.
On March 30, 2018, the Consortium will hold an in person workshop focusing on curriculum development at the University of Florida Levin College of Law from 9:00 AM to noon. The Consortium’s meeting is open to all person interested in advancing law school e-discovery pedagogy.

March 29, 2018 – 6th Annual UF Law E-Discovery Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: UF Law Campus, HOL 180
View the conference website here. 

The University of Florida E-Discovery Conference moves into its 6th electrifying year. Our focus this year is effectively managing the everyday case. E-discovery and data analytics loom large in all cases as the data explosion expands from office documents to smartphones and cloud storage for everyone. The average smartphone –your portable computer — contains hundreds of gigabytes of rich and novel data and information there for the taking. E-Discovery in this decade is no longer your grandfather’s e-discovery. However, these exciting new e-discovery tools, new offerings and  new challenges and opportunities are accompanied by increasing demands for e-discovery competence by judicial officials.

March 28, 2018 – E-Discovery CareerFest

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: UF Law Courtyard
As a prelude to the 6th Annual E-Discovery Conference, the University of Florida Levin College of Law is again sponsoring E-Discovery CareerFest. Our second annual CareerFest responds to the growing interest of law students in exploring career paths that involve electronic discovery and data analytic skills.
View more information about CareerFest 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 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.

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.

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