Where Law, Information, and Technology Meet

 “I think it’s fantastic that there is a university program in Canada dealing with E-Discovery, as education in this area is severely lacking. It’s a difficult area to come to grips with. The Osgoode program covers more than just E-Discovery, it also delves into the areas of information governance and privacy which are very important in every E-Discovery matter.”

Ann Halkett CEDS, Manager, eDiscovery Services, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver

We live in an information age, and the practice of law is built on information. Rapid advances in technology means that the volume of data being generated is immense and growing exponentially. All of this information can potentially be discoverable and part of the legal process. It can seem difficult, if not impossible, to keep up.

It is no longer feasible nor desirable to view E-Discovery as a “magic box” that someone else has the key to. Rather, it is necessary to think of E-Discovery for what it is – a collection of tools and methodologies that need to be harnessed and used correctly to achieve optimal results when preserving, collecting, reviewing and exchanging information. It is where technology meets the law.

The Osgoode Certificate in E-Discovery, Information Governance and Privacy was developed as a guide to this crossroads of law, information, and technology. It’s a unique program designed to help professionals navigate and organize the increasingly complex and sophisticated world of legal information management, while addressing the challenge of developing a technological skill set that reflects the ongoing transformation of law and practice.

Whether your work involves litigation, legal transactions, support, analytics, records management, or legal support, you need to know the latest tools, procedures, and protocols. This intensive program will provide the opportunity for hands-on learning along with interactive sessions and discussions that focus on the practical.

You will learn the key knowledge and competencies you need when working in E-Discovery, records management, information governance, privacy, confidentiality, cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the legal context.

Offered in an online, interactive format, the Certificate will run September 20 – 24, 2021.

Led by Program Director Susan Wortzman of MT>3 and an Advisory Board consisting of Lisa Alleyne, Senior Legal Counsel, Information Governance and eDiscovery, Scotiabank; Rachael E. Chadwick, Head of E-Discovery and Information Governance, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; and Kevin Lo, Managing Director, Froese Forensic Partners, a multi-disciplinary faculty will review the fundamentals and address key topics, including:

  • Strategies and requirements for preserving, collecting and storing evidence
  • Understanding the new world of technology and social media
  • Processing and early case analysis – strategies for culling, analysis and processing
  • Best practices and procedures in different types of action, e.g. class actions
  • How to outsource review projects, including the evolution of outsourcing
  • Common privilege issues encountered in E-Discovery
  • Ethics of E-Discovery and the areas of E-Discovery negligence (and how to avoid them)
  • Cloud collection
  • Effective information governance strategies
  • Privacy, confidentiality, cybersecurity, and AI issues in legal information
  • The struggle between privacy and data retention
  • Electronic advocacy in courts and tribunals
  • Important developments in case law and legislation
  • Impact of COVID-19 on E-Discovery

Plus, you will participate in hands-on demonstrations of the latest forensics and analytics tools.

Register now for this comprehensive program to get the technical competence and confidence you need in the legal sphere. If you are a newly licensed (2018 to present), you will receive 50% off the registration fee. We also have special Government rates. Financial assistance is also available. For more information, please contact financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

To register or learn more about the program, please visit the program website.

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