Washington, D.C. and Durham, N.C. November 17, 2017
The Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI) and Duke University School of Law announce today a partnership to offer an online distance learning program on e-discovery, the EDI/Duke Law Advanced E-Discovery Course.
Designed for legal and other professionals seeking deep mastery of discovery strategy and best practices in litigation, the program offers an EDI and Duke Law Advanced E-Discovery Certificate to participants who successfully complete the ten online courses and participate in an on-site workshop.
“One of EDI’s primary goals is to increase the availability of comprehensive education on law and technology topics,” says Ashish Prasad, a member of EDI’s Board of Directors. “We are delighted to partner with the highly esteemed Duke School of Law to help accomplish that goal.”
The program expands on the foundation created by EDI’s groundbreaking Distance Learning Initiative, which launched in April 2017 under the leadership of Patrick Oot, co-founder of EDI and a Partner and a Discovery and Data Strategies Chair at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. The EDI Distance Learning Initiative features 40 e-discovery related courses taught by prominent jurists, attorneys and discovery professionals. In the first seven months of deployment, the EDI initiative has garnered more than 1,500 registered users who have participated in nearly 25,000 unique learning sessions.
The new program starts with the suggested pre-requisite EDI Distance Learning Initiative to introduce students to the basic principles of discovery practice. The advanced EDI-Duke Law curriculum will include ten new online courses jointly produced by Duke Law and EDI, covering advanced defendant and plaintiff litigation strategy and practices. Upon completion of the ten-module program, course participants will convene for a workshop at Duke Law School in Durham, N.C., for a deep-dive into the practical challenges faced by today’s practitioners.
“I am thrilled to partner with Patrick Oot and EDI on this exciting educational program,” said John Rabiej, Director of the Duke Center for Judicial Studies. “Electronic discovery has become a mainstay in litigation practice. It constantly evolves, and the bench and bar need continual guidance and education. The Center looks forward to deploying its EDRM expertise and resources in developing with EDI an outstanding discovery curriculum that both new and experienced lawyers will find valuable.”
With a release date currently scheduled in 2018, EDI and Duke Law have started development the curriculum for this program. Courses will be taught by prominent law school faculty, leading Discovery practitioners, and industry thought leaders.
Duke Law and EDI are seeking volunteers from their diverse communities to serve as content contributors and assist in shaping the program. Those interested in participating should volunteer at https://www.ediscoveryinstitute.org/dukelawprogram.
Founded in November of 2006, The Electronic Discovery Institute (“EDI”) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education, leadership, service, advocacy and research at the intersection of law and technology. The EDI community comprises corporate counsel, private practitioners, judges, professors of law and science, consultants, technologists and experts. Each year our members gather at the EDI Leadership Summit to learn, teach and collaborate on emerging issues in law and technology – with a focus on discovery, information governance, cybersecurity, litigation and big data management. For more information visit ediscoveryinstitute.org
About Duke University School of Law
Duke Law School was established as a graduate and professional school in 1930. Its mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession. As a community of scholars, the Law School also provides leadership at the national and international levels in efforts to improve the law and legal institutions through teaching, research, and other forms of public service. Although Duke University is young by comparison to other major American universities, its academic programs and professional schools together have attained an international stature and a reputation for quality and innovation that few universities can match. Among the Law School's unique strengths are an extensive network of interdisciplinary collaboration across the Duke campus and an emphasis in teaching and research initiatives addressing global and international issues.
About Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies
The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies works to advance the study of the judiciary through interdisciplinary scholarship and cooperative thinking from multiple perspectives. By bringing together judges, researchers, teachers, and theorists, the Center for Judicial Studies fosters an interdisciplinary exploration of the judicial process in order to help both judges and scholars better understand the judicial process and to generate ideas for how it might be improved.
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