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New Differences in E-Discovery Between Georgia, Federal and State Courts

February 23, 2016

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were revised in December 2015 in a number of important ways relating to e-Discovery. These changes, however, have not been adopted for the Georgia Code of Civil Procedure. As a result, the e-Discovery rules now differ between federal and state courts in Georgia in several critical areas that may significantly affect the scope of e-Discovery, the costs of e-Discovery, and possibly the outcome at trial. The revisions include changes to the proportionality on the scope of electronic discovery; the burden of collecting, reviewing and producing electronic discovery; and an adverse interest if electronic discovery is lost or deleted. Practitioners in both federal and state courts should understand these new changes regardless of the size or type of case. The webinar will explore both the legal aspects of these differences in the rules, as well as the practical and technical impacts on e-Discovery strategies and tools.

The program will feature:

Scott Hilsen is a Managing Director in the Atlanta office of KPMG's Forensic Advisory Services practice and has over 22 years of investigatory and legal experience. He is a lawyer and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and he focuses on fraud and corruption investigations, FCPA and regulatory compliance, fraud risk management, and e-discovery. Prior to joining KPMG, Scott was a partner in an AmLaw Top 50 Law Firm where he specialized in performing financial, accounting, and regulatory investigations.

Rachael Zichella practices both commercial litigation and labor and employment law at Taylor English. She is a partner with more than 11 years of experience representing corporations, boards of directors, and individuals in federal and state courts in all phases of trial practice, and in arbitrations and mediations. Her experience as a commercial litigator includes a wide range of complex matters. Ms. Zichella also is skilled in the use of computer forensics evidence, and she regularly litigates cases requiring the collection, processing, review and production of large amounts of electronic data culled from various sources.


This program will provide 1 CLE Hour and 1 Trial Practice Hour.  Once you have registered for the program, you will receive a link with instructions to access the program.



In 2013, Georgia adopted its new evidence code, patterned after the federal rules of evidence. Almost immediately, there was a divide among legal observers. Many remained fixated on pre-2013 Georgia evidence authority. Others, like ICLE's Carlson on Evidence, provided readers with expansive federal authority to apply to Georgia's new evidence code.

In a series of dramatic 2015 decisions, the Georgia Supreme Court resolved the issue. Federal case law - the Eleventh Circuit's in particular - should be used to interpret Georgia's new and federalized evidence provisions. Notable Georgia Court of Appeals decisions have aligned with this approach.

Since its first edition, Carlson on Evidence has focused on comprehensive, rule-by-rule, comparative examination of Georgia's new evidence code and its federal counterpart. In its fourth edition, Carlson on Evidence has expanded its unparalleled content even further with a wide array of 2015 Georgia and Federal evidence authority and analysis.

Make sure your law library, trial notebook, and appellate binder have the latest edition of ICLE's Carlson on Evidence.

price:  $225.00




AtlAS Book


About this Manual
This manual is a joint effort by the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation.  It is intended as a consolidated resource and drafting guide for lawyers engaged in the preparation of dispute resolution clauses in connection with international transactional documents.

The manual includes information about Atlanta and its legal infrastructure and the significant advantages it offers as a location or seat for international arbitration and mediation. The manual includes information about the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation.

Relevant treaty and statutory materials are reproduced in the manual along with model clauses and rules in use by UNCITRAL and 11 of the world's leading dispute resolution institutions. Lastly, the manual contains drafting guides provided by the International Bar Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service.

price:  $85.00



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