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We live in interesting times. Even though some say that the wish for “interesting times” is a curse in Chinese, our time— like many other times—contains much promise in the midst of much uncertainty. The economy continues its downward spiral.

At Sidebar: Cooperation, Discovery, and Translucency

Last summer, The Sedona Conference® and its first working group—the Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production—issued a short document entitled “The Sedona Conference Proclamation.” The three-page document calls on all participants in the civil discovery process in the United States to come to discovery with a mind-set that is far removed from the scorchedearth discovery tactics portrayed in movies and is referenced in judicial decisions far too often. The text of the document concludes as follows:

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