Rounding out the program, BCLC presented on Friday afternoon “Law & Order: Discovery Victims Unit,” a two-hour dramatization and interactive program presenting a simulated discovery dispute that included points of view from attorneys and clients as well as rulings from judges. The first hour focused on graduated levels of conduct warranting sanctions from the Rule 26(f) conference through the discovery motions practice, seeking to educate the audience as to what conduct is sanctionable versus conduct that may be obnoxious but falls short of being sanctionable. The second hour focused on how sanctionable discovery conduct concerning ESI is addressed under the current version of Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(e)(1)-(2) in the pretrial sanctions hearing and during the mock sidebar at trial. Robert Witte of Strasburger Price in Dallas and Judge Christopher Wilkes of the West Virginia 23rd Circuit Court co-chaired the program. Robert Witte moderated. The panelists included business court judges from all over the country: Judge James Gale of the North Carolina Business Court; Judge Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis; Judge Louis Bledsoe of the North Carolina Business Court; Judge Christopher Yates of Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Judge Nancy Allf of the 8th Judicial District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada; Judge Joseph C. Iannazzone of Gwinnet County Superior Court in Lawrenceville, Georgia; Judge Stephen Schuster of Cobb County Superior Court in Marietta, Georgia; Judge Randa Trapp of California Superior Court in San Diego; and Justice Timothy Driscoll of New York Supreme Court in Mineola, New York.
BCLC also cosponsored three programs that other committees are presenting. “Drafting ADR Clauses for Financial M&A and Joint Venture Disputes” was presented by the Dispute Resolution Committee on Thursday. “Advising Boards & management: Ethical Rules & Professional Liability Risks of Corporate Counsel” was presented by the Director & Officer Liability Committee, also on Thursday. On Thursday afternoon the Young Lawyers Committee presented “Tips from the Trial Bench.” The Sports Law Committee also presented “Sexual Abuse and Bullying In Sport: Balancing The Rights Of Accused And Accusers” on Saturday morning.