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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Development Series

These programs aim to assist you in planning your career from making long term plans to how to adapt and behave in a professional setting. Receive advice from successful young lawyers and seasoned practitoners that will set the building blocks to a fulfilling career. If you are interested in contributing content, contact Chris Fortier at


eDiscovery II


With the emerging technology comes new challenges for lawyers as our clients communicate through new means including email, social media, and cloud storage systems. Similarly, new hardware such as smartphones and tablets allow more data to transfer on a regular basis. What complications do these technologies create for lawyers and how are they able to ethically work with these platforms to properly represent their clients? Join this distinguished panel as they discuss the issue.





Honorable Michael Urbanski, District Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, Roanoke


Honorable Pamela Sargent, Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, Big Stone Gap


Honorable C. Randall Lowe, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge, Washington County Circuit Court, Abingdon


John Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Fairfax


Moderated by Thomas Bagby, Esq., Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke




1:00 - View from the Bench/Tips and Questions for Small Cases in Rule 26 Conferences


6:10 - Dispensing Additional Disclosures?


7:53 - Interrogatories and Requests for Production with eDiscovery


9:00 - Exposing Malpractice Issues with eDiscovery and Metadata?


11:53 - Duty of Commonwealth to Investigate Social Media on Witness


13:38 - eDiscovery Accessibility/Costs


17:05 - Effectiveness of Data Erasing Programs


21:23 - Understanding and Searching for Social Media


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