MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — August 4, 2010 — The Charleston School of Law has appointed Brandon D’Agostino, an e-discovery solutions consultant at Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in intelligent e-discovery, as an adjunct professor. D’Agostino, a 10-year veteran of the IT field and a JD graduate from the Charleston School of Law, will partner with associate professor Allyson Haynes, a member of the Sedona Conference, to offer a course on the legal, technological and ethical issues surrounding e-discovery.
Electronic discovery (e-discovery) has traditionally been a topic overlooked by many law schools, even as it has grown steadily in importance and now impacts the careers of most attorneys. In adding e-discovery to its curriculum, the Charleston School of Law furthers its commitment to providing its students with expert legal training and education. Industry experts D’Agostino and Haynes will discuss the federal rules that apply to e-discovery and the growing body of case law focusing on document retention, cost allocation, spoliation, computer forensics and other discovery issues as they apply in the electronic context. Through hands-on, practice-based training, the course will familiarize students with the e-discovery lexicon and inform on legal implications around the growing body of electronically stored information (ESI), such as specifying form of production, negotiating search terms, maintaining regular information management systems, ordering litigation holds, navigating metadata and avoiding judicial sanctions.
At Clearwell Systems, D’Agostino serves as a consultant, advising AMLAW 100 and Fortune 1000 legal professionals on e-discovery topics such as data collection and preparation, dataset cull-down, data processing and analytics, early case assessment, and search query execution and refinement. Prior to Clearwell, D’Agostino was ESI Counselor for a large health insurer, where he acted as the in-house e-discovery counsel and created policies and workflow for e-discovery and information management. He performed ESI collections across multiple data sources using forensically sound methodologies and managed the daily operational tasks related to e-discovery such as ESI preservation, litigation hold management, ESI collection, processing, analysis, and review.
“The Charleston School of Law takes a unique approach to teaching students, emphasizing the importance of public service, pro bono work and technology acumen for success in the ever-changing legal industry,” D’Agostino said. “The school is one of an emergent group of law programs to proactively address e-discovery as a critical factor in litigation. As a graduate of the school, and a supporter of its pro bono projects, I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with the school in the capacity of adjunct professor.”
About Clearwell Systems
Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises and law firms perform electronic discovery (e-discovery) in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations. The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform automates the processing, analysis, review, and production phases of e-discovery via a single, integrated product. Leading organizations such as Clear Channel Communications, Constellation Energy, DLA Piper, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Toyota, and the Department of Health and Human Services / Office of Inspector General are using Clearwell to accelerate early case assessments, intelligently cull-down data, increase reviewer productivity, and ensure the defensibility of their e-discovery process. Consistently ranked as a leader in independent e-discovery industry surveys and reports, Clearwell Systems is an active participant in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project and The Sedona Conference. For more information, visit www.clearwellsystems.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/clearwell, or subscribe to the E-Discovery 2.0 blog at http://www.clearwellsystems.com/e-discovery-blog/.