P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795
(757) 221-2494 • Fax: (757) 221-3708
Ph: (757) 221-2494
Fax: (757) 221-3708
firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MICHAEL ARKFELD, ESQ. TO TEACH ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY AND
EVIDENCE DURING COURTROOM 21 SUMMER CLE TRAINING
May 20, 2004, Williamsburg, VA – Practicing Attorney, Author and Electronic Discovery & Evidence Expert
Michael R. Arkfeld, Esq. will instruct two courses with Courtroom 21 lawyers during the Courtroom 21 Project’s
Summer Legal CLE Training scheduled July 12-16, 2004 at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The first course, held on July 12, 2004, is “Electronic Discovery and Evidence”. This course will investigate one of
the most rapidly evolving procedural areas of litigation in modern history. Electronic Discovery touches practically
all areas of litigation. Coordination between the trial lawyer, corporate counsel, and the client's IT/MIS department
is imperative to deal with preservation, privilege, and production issues, to avoid sanctions from the judge or
special master. All parties must understand the strategies and tactics involved in this very new, fruitful, sometimes
invasive, potentially disruptive and often expensive form of discovery. The course is designed to take the
participant through the subject matter and into the technology itself, including service companies, computer
forensic experts, and software applications used for searching and document management. Discovery strategies
will be discussed as well as evidentiary issues at trial. Finally, practical issues will include studies relating to
corporate planning, costs, and document retention policies.
The second one-day course with participation by Michael Arkfeld is “Deposition of the Technology Witness: A
Course for Litigators, Systems Administrators and Forensic Experts” held on Friday, July 16, 2004. With over
93% of information stored electronically, systems administrators and computer forensic experts are extremely
useful to the discovery, admissibility, and persuasive weight of electronic evidence. Discovering where the
electronic evidence may be located within an organization, as well as backup and archival policies, document
retention policies and procedures, is a key to success. Systems Administrators testify about the computer system
set-up, computer platforms, and policies. Effectively finding the relevant evidence is only the first step. Expert
testimony is a key tool for convincing the judge that the production and extraction of the electronic data is
complete and accurate. Ensuring that your expert witness is the most credible and persuasive is the goal.
Participants will learn through lectures and demonstrations how to prepare, present, and question forensic expert
witnesses at deposition and trial.
In addition to the topics instructed by Arkfeld, Courtroom 21 Summer Training will offer courses in Courtroom
Technology, Persuasive Courtroom Presentation Technology, and Electronic Discovery of E-mail. Continuing
legal education credit is available for most states, including Virginia and New York. Detailed information on the
Summer Legal Training Courses can be found on the Courtroom 21 website at
www.courtroom21.net/summer_training. Please contact Mollie Nichols for additional information and
government/group discount information at (757) 221-3941 or email@example.com.
About Michael R. Arkfeld, Esq.
Michael R. Arkfeld is a practicing attorney specializing in civil tort litigation. He has appeared before both federal
and state appellate courts and has tried over 30 cases to a jury. In 1996-1997 he assisted in the information
technology planning and implementation in the Winstar litigation that involved over 100 Department of Justice
attorneys, 400 plaintiffs and over 60 of the major law firms in the country with potential liability of twenty billion
dollars. He also provided litigation technology planning assistance in the A12 stealth fighter case involving a
breach of contract action against the federal government. He lectures frequently throughout North America and
internationally on the impact of technology to the practice of law, and on discovery and admission of electronic
evidence. Arkfeld is also the author of The DIGITAL PRACTICE OF LAW (5th Ed.): A PRACTICAL REFERENCE FOR
APPLYING TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW and most recently ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY AND
EVIDENCE (Law Partner Publishing 2003).
About Courtroom 21
The Courtroom 21 Project is an ongoing international demonstration and experimental effort that seeks to
determine how technology can best improve all components of the legal system. It includes, in the College of
William & Mary Law School’s McGlothlin Courtroom, the world's most technologically advanced trial and appellate
courtroom. A joint project of the Law School and the National Center for State Courts, the Courtroom 21 Project,
“The Courtroom of the 21st Century Today,” is a 1997 recipient of a Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award
for its efforts to improve the administration of justice through technology. The Project includes two Courtroom 21
Portable Courtrooms, full-size traveling high technology courtrooms now in great demand for professional
conferences. The Courtroom 21 Project provides education and training for judges and lawyers, consulting
services, and the Courtroom 21 Select Panel of Special Masters for Electronic Discovery Disputes. The Project is
also the hub of the Courtroom 21 Court Affiliates a growing network of state, federal, non-United States courts,
and federal agencies, currently in excess of 2000 judges and 2,500 courtrooms, interested in the efficient use of
courtroom and related technologies.