Special-Focus Meeting in Dallas, Bench-Bar Experiences with the 2015 Discovery Proportionality Amendments

May 5, 2017
Dallas, TX


The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies is holding a special-focus meeting on Bench-Bar Experiences with the 2015 Discovery Proportionality Amendments in Dallas on Friday, May 5, 2017. This meeting is the first of three regional special-focus meetings addressing the 2015 amendments. The meeting is limited to the first 50 practitioners registering.

The purpose of the May 5 meeting is to collect information evaluating the 2015 discovery proportionality amendments.  The information from this meeting as well as the two other regional meetings will be considered, along with results of separate empirical studies and surveys of major bar and legal organizations at a major bench-bar conference in 2018-2019.  All that work will lay the groundwork for the revision of the Duke Guidelines and Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality posted at https://law.duke.edu/judicialstudies/conferences/publications/

At the May 5 Dallas meeting, the following judges will attend:  Judges Robert Dow, David Godbey, David Horan, Marvin Isgur, Kimberly Priest Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Amos Mazzant, Dena Hanovice Palermo, Lee Rosenthal, and Renee Toliver.  Chief Justice Nathan Hecht (Texas Supreme Court) also will attend. 

The meeting will focus on responses to a survey on the 2015 amendments, which will be circulated before the meeting to all participants.  Teams of judges and participants will be designated to start discussion on the survey responses grouped under five general topics, reporting on their experiences, identifying problems, and suggesting alternatives when appropriate.  Professor Elizabeth Thornburg, will moderate the discussions. A summary of the meeting will be presented at the major conference in 2018-2019.    

This is an opportunity for counsel experienced in discovery practice to work with judges and help shape the future of ediscovery procedure. Active interaction among judges, practitioners, and law professors in an intimate environment is a hallmark of every Duke Law’s Distinguished Lawyers Conference.  All participants are expected to participate in the discussion. 

To encourage frank discussions, the conference is held under the Chatham House Rule: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

Registration Fee.  The “early–bird” special registration fee is $549.00 for registrations submitted no later than March 31, 2017.  The registration fee increases to $595.00 for all registrations submitted after March 31.