The Sedona Conference

The Sedona Conference® announces the publication of the second edition of The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary. The Resources are intended to assist state and federal judges with the management of electronically stored information ("ESI") in civil discovery and at trial, focusing on the "stages of litigation from a judge's perspective," beginning with the preservation of ESI and proceeding through the initial case management order, the resolution of discovery disputes, trial issues, and post-judgment awards of ESI-related costs. The Resources also include a library of recommended reading on the discovery and management of electronic evidence.


Two versions of the Resources are available online. A 78-page PDF-format version is available free for individual download from The Sedona Conference ® website. In a special password-protected area of the website, the Resources are broken down chapter-by-chapter. There judges may comment on the advice and recommendations offered, suggest their own strategies for active and cooperative case management, share sample orders or other resources, and ask questions of their colleagues. Only judges will be allowed access to this area of the web site to facilitate free and open communication, without worry that counsel or parties might be eavesdropping. The comments and submissions will be reviewed by an editorial team of experienced judges, and the best will be included in subsequent editions of the publicly-available version of Resources.  Judges who wish access to this password-protected discussion forum may request by email to Ken Withers, Director of Judicial Education, The Sedona Conference®,


The Sedona Conference® is a nationally recognized nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and complex civil litigation. Sedona works for the "just, speedy, and inexpensive" resolution of litigation, a goal espoused by Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, through educational conferences, its Working Group Series, and The Cooperation Proclamation.