Lessons from the QUALCOMM E-Discovery Sanctions Order: Best Practices for Managing E-Discovery.
At our April 16th meeting Jennifer Brannen and Julie Grantham will make a presentation on best practices for managing E-Discovery. The presentation will provide strategies for managing E-Discovery for client companies and agencies, including tips on 1) implementing a litigation hold after suit has been filed, 2) how to achieve productive communication between in-house counsel and outside counsel and vendors, 3) issues that should be negotiated with opposing counsel, 4) lessons learned from the QUALCOMM E-Discovery sanctions order, and 5) consequences of failing to follow an appropriate E-Discovery plan.
Jennifer Brannen is a senior counsel with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Legal Research Board and The Review of Litigation, serving as an associate editor from 1997 – 1998. Jennifer’s practice focuses on securities litigation in both federal and state courts, representing public companies, officers, directors and securities underwriters in class actions and derivative lawsuits.
Julie Grantham serves as General Counsel for Scarab Consulting. She is a 1999 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Julie also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law teaching E-Discovery and technology law. She is a National Board Member of Women in E-Discovery organization and is the founding member of the Central Texas Chapter.
In today’s internet entwined business environment, E-Discovery touches us all sooner or later. Join us in April to get the latest “best practices” tips and avoid the pitfalls that lead to sanctions. TCWLA has applied for 1.0 credit hours for this CLE event.
￼￼￼FROM THE PRESIDENT
Most of you know by now that I practice with my husband, Jamal Alsaffar. I think I manage to mention that one way or another in every column. Many people shake their heads at the prospect of working with their spouse day in, and day out, and I understand it may not be for everyone. But it’s the only thing that keeps me sane between my busy practice and our busy young family. I’m not sure I’d ever see him if I didn’t work with him.
As I’m writing this newsletter, we’re sitting together at our dining room table close to midnight, typing away on our respective laptops, an appellate record spread out around the coffee pot and cups strewn about the table. We’re working on an appellate brief that’s due tomorrow (my part’s finished for now, he’s the ultimate procrastinator and I’m waiting on him to finish so I can do the table of authorities, but that’s neither here nor there…)
We really enjoy these late night work moments—although we could use a little less working together and a lot more playing together these days. Working late alone can be so, well, lonely. It’s nice to divide and conquer, to bounce ideas off each other, and fun to share the latest (respectfully) poisonous sentence we’re throwing at the bad guys. After reading my draft of an issue today, Jamal said, “It looks like you had a little fun writing that section, didn’t you?” I did—and I had more fun waiting for his reaction to my legal repartee.
We can’t help it. When we watch the HBO series based on the book by David McCulloch on John Adams (which is great,bytheway,ifyouhaven’tcaughtityet),wefancyourselvesamodern-dayJohnandAbigail. AdmittedlyIhave the tendency to self-project us onto any great love story, from Memoirs of a Geisha to The Other Boelyn Girl, or whateverIhappentobereading,regardlessoftheperiodorcontext. TheAdams’arearguablylittleclosertohome; at least one of them was a trial lawyer.
We carpool to work on most days, and I was bemoaning our great need for a vacation on the ride home today. And we do really need one, with two young kids and having worked over Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and yes, Easter. But as John Adams observed, he and Abigail weren’t meant “to sit in the shade of life.” I’m afraid neither were we.
So shake your head if you will, roll your eyes in disgust if you must. We genuinely love our 360 degree partnership in life. And our clients benefit from the pillow talk for certain.
Laurie M. Higginbotham
Calendar of Events
Advanced Court Appointed Advocate Training
General Membership Meeting
Take Your Daughter to Work Day TCWLA/TCWLF Charity Awards Luncheon General Membership Meeting
Advanced Court Appointed Advocate Training – Friday, April 4, 2008
TCWLA will host a full day advanced training course for court appointed advocates on Friday, April 4, 2008, at the offices of Winstead PC, located at 401 Congress Avenue, Suite 2100. The cost will be $80 for TCWLA members and $100 for non-members. The panel at this year’s lunch will feature Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, Fourth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Alma Lopez, and the Hon. Darlene Byrne (126th Judicial Civil District Court (Travis County)). The panel will again be moderated by TCWLA board member, the Hon. Orlinda Naranjo (419th Judicial Civil District Court (Travis County)). Registration is now available on our website at www.tcwla.org. If you have any questions, please contact Paige Castañeda at firstname.lastname@example.org, Cameron Vann at email@example.com, or Rande K. Herrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
￼2008 TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK DAY
We need you to volunteer on Travis County Woman Lawyers Association’s award winning program by serving as a mentor, even if it’s only for one day. TCWLA has scheduled its premier program, “Take Your Daughters to Work Day”, on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This program reaches out to 20 young girls in the fifth grade at Norman Elementary School located in East Austin. This will be our 2nd year to have a mock trial where the State seeks a protective order on dating violence allegations.
If you wish to participate in helping on the date of this event, please contact the Chair, Judge Orlinda Naranjo, at 854-4023 or email her at email@example.com. We always need help with drivers.
￼Court Appointed Advocate CLE – 7.25 Hours Rent this DVD now or watch online (coming soon!)
TCWLAsponsoredandfilmedaCLEtitled“WhatYouNeedtoKnowtobeaCourtAppointedAdvocate”onMay 21, 2007. The CLE covered the nuts and bolts of representing children and parents in CPS cases, as well as teaching the participants about available services for clients with mental illnesses and other disabilities, ethical considerations, mediation of CPS cases, attorney general and DRO cases, and guardianships. The CLE lunch portion featured a judicial panel, in which the following Texas judges and former judges participated: the Hon. Craig Enoch (former Texas Supreme Court Justice), the Hon. Eva Guzman (14th Court of Appeals, Houston), and the Hon. Darlene Byrne (126th Judicial Civil District Court (Travis County)). The panel was moderated by TCWLA board member, the Hon. Orlinda Naranjo (419th Judicial Civil District Court (Travis County)).
Viewing of this DVD qualifies for 7.25 hours of CLE credit with the Texas Bar, including one hour of Ethics, and counts towards the 30 hour training requirement in Travis County.
Rental fee: $100 plus shipping & handling for DVD rentals
For questions concerning the rental of this DVD, please contact Paige Chappell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
￼￼Meet Your Board Member: Brenda Collier
Brenda Collier is a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas law school. She has been in solo practice since 1991. In 2008 Brenda moved her practice from Dallas to Austin, to enjoy the music and ambiance of Austin.
As an attorney Brenda represents entrepreneurs in business transactions and business litigation. She represents employers and employees in discrimination and other employment matters. She is equally comfortable in the boardroom or the courtroom.
Brenda has been active in the volunteer community since attending law school, when she volunteered with the Austin Rape Crisis Center on the hotline and accompanying victims to the hospital.
As one of Governor Ann Richards’ first appointees, while practicing law in Dallas, Texas Ms. Collier served as chair of a state agency for several years.
Over the past 25 years Brenda has served as a Board member for several charities, including those advocating protection for victims of domestic violence, for homeless children, and for pregnant teens. Brenda undertakes several VLS cases per year, providing legal services to those than could not otherwise afford them. She also privately provides legal services to poor and deserving clients that cannot otherwise pay for services.
She is currently the President-Elect of the Austin Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section and Board member of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association Foundation.
Brenda is married to Roger. They have one son, 28 years old who lives in Austin. Brenda and Roger love to listen to live music and watch movies.
Have something you want to share with membership? Let us know!
￼￼￼Need to get some of the required 30 hours in Travis Co.to be a court-appointed special advocate? Contact Paige Chappell at email@example.com for details on how to rent a copy.
$60/hr contract attorney with seven years of experience in general litigation, employment and appellate law available for research, briefing and document review. Contact Elizabeth Branch at (512)565-4464 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to TCWLA.org and renew your membership online today!
Office of Legal Services at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has an opening in the Environmental Law Division, an Attorney II position, the link to this position is at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/ assets/public/admin/jobs/docs/08164.pdf
TCWLA has a new improved webpage. Sign up and pay for luncheons, renew your membership and update your personal information online! You can prepurchase a year’s worth of lunches at a discounted price. Be sure to visit it at www.tcwla.org.
￼Interested in admitance to the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas? Rent the mandatory CLE video from TCWLA. Visit us at www.tcwla.org or email@example.com
The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and Foundation’s Annual Grants and Awards Luncheon
The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and Foundation’s Annual Grants and Awards Luncheon will be held May 15, 2008 at the Hilton Downtown Hotel. Please mark your calendar and join us in celebrating local women lawyers in our community and to help provide financial assistance to area non-profits who help women and children in need. This year the master of ceremonies will be Roxanne Wilson, a local attorney, writer and reality celebrity from the Apprentice.
All proceeds will benefit future grantees of the Foundation.
TRAVIS COUNTY WOMEN LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATION 2008 AWARD WINNERS
The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association is pleased to announce the 2008 Award Recipients. A new category was added this year to honor outstanding women transactional attorneys. We are proud to honor the following 2008 Award Winners:
PublicInterest – Kristine A. Huskey
Contribution to Minority Community – Gloria Leal
Government Service – Alicia G. Key
Pro Bono – Beverly Stringer
Litigation – Beverly Reeves
Transactional Attorney – Karen J. Bartoletti and Christine Sweeny Outstanding Achievement – Nancy Matchus
Outstanding Firm/Organization/Government Entity – Casey, Gentz & Magness, L.L.P.
President’s Award – Liz Branch