Under the leadership of Chief Judge James F. Holderman, Nolan has helped launch a pilot program to address electronic discovery issues: 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program. Taking their cues from, among other sources, the Sedona Conference Cooperation Proclamation, the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Committee is attempting to fix some of the most intractable discovery problems in litigation.

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure put in place at the end of 2006 were supposed to force lawyers to meet and hash out discovery issues early. However, Nolan, Holderman and other judges are frustrated that despite the rule changes, electronic discovery continues to be an expensive and inefficient process in need of reform. “The central premise of the 2006 amendments is to meet and confer with the other side and settle issues early,” says Magistrate Judge John Facciola of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia. “The fact that this project exists suggests that the hopes have not been fully realized.”

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