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The Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee is dedicated to enhancing the substantive knowledge of its members about a wide range of Pretrial Practice & Discovery issues, including legislative proposals, rule changes, and recent court decisions. The committee operates through its subcommittees, each of which focuses on a particular substantive or procedural topic, or which keeps the membership informed about recent developments in the law. The committee also provides members with the opportunity to network with some of the country’s best and brightest litigators.

Message from the Chairs

The Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee is committed to providing its members practical tips and current and informative content in various areas involving pretrial practice and discovery. We recognize that our members need to keep updated on rule changes, preserving and discovering electronically stored information, objections to discovery, depositions, and motion practice. As such, we continue to add Practice Points, Sound Advice podcasts, newsletters, and other valuable content on our committee’s website.

Additionally, we plan and sponsor various CLE programs at ABA events, roundtables, and webinars that are specific to the area of pretrial practice and discovery. We encourage our members to check our website for these upcoming programs.

We offer many ways that our members can also be involved with the Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee. Members may offer practical advice and tips to other members by contacting Jessica Barnes, Monette Davis, or James Gilbert about writing a Practice Point, which are short blog-like, 100–750 word practical pieces of advice or tips. If you are interested in writing a longer-form article for our newsletter, please reach out to Joseph Schaeffer or David Moore. If you have practical advice and tips but you are not interested in writing, you can submit a Sound Advice podcast by contacting Jarvarus Gresham or Andrew Toft or propose a Roundtable program by contacting Laura Readinger or Clayton Romero.

We welcome our members to participate in our monthly telephone conferences. The call is held the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm Eastern/12:30pm Pacific and can be accessed at:

Join Zoom Meeting

Phone one-tap: US: +13052241968,,87695977433# or +13092053325,,87695977433#

Meeting URL:

Meeting ID: 876 9597 7433

You can also contact any one of the co-chairs using the contact information provided below to be added to the monthly calendar invitation.

David Moore
Genevieve Sauter
Joseph Schaeffer

Cochairs, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Membership and Diversity
  • Newsletter and Website
  • Social Media
  • Distance Learning
  • Programming