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Ronald J. Hedges – Confidentiality and Privacy in the Information Age: How the Courts Reconcile Public Access with these Concepts

Thursday, November 11, 2010
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Food and discussion begins at 12:30 pm. Everyone invited.

As a society, we place great value on confidentiality and privacy while, at the same time, availing ourselves of the Internet to communicate and share information. Are these the core values of the 21st Century? Are the values in conflict? How are these values weighed against the right of access to information exchanged or presented in litigation? Join Ron Hedges, a former federal judge and Visiting Research Collaborator at CITP, as he explores these questions through the lens of The Sedona Conference’s Best Practices on confidentiality and public access in litigation.

Recommended Reading:

Fordham Law Review, Vol. 79, No. 1 (October 2010) (Ron Hedges contributed to Panel 1)


Ronald J. Hedges LLP
Hackensack, New Jersey

Judge Ronald J. Hedges is the principal in Ronald J. Hedges LLC. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in management of complex civil litigation.

Mr. Hedges serves as a special master, arbitrator, mediator and consults on e-discovery and records management. He served from 1986 to 2007 as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, where he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program and both a member and reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges. Mr. Hedges has been an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law (1993-2007) and at Georgetown University Law Center since 2006. He co-chaired the Planning Committee of Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced E-Discovery Institute in November 2007 and serves on the planning committees for the Institute, the Corporate Counsel Institute, and the E-Discovery Academy.

Publications Include:

Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007); Managing Discovery of Electronic Information; A Pocket Guide for Judges (co-author) (FJC: 2007); “Virtual Jurisdiction: Does International Shoe Fit in the Age of the Internet?” (co-author), Digital Discovery & E-Evidence (Feb. 2009); “The ‘Top 10’ E-Discovery Decisions?” Digital Discovery & e-Evidence (Jan. 2009); “E-Discovery in Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Litigation: What’s Ahead for ESI, PHI and EHR,” (co-author); The Sedona Conference Journal 167 (fall 2008) (co-author); “Access or Confidentiality: The Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2008,” LexisNexis Expert Commentaries (May 2008); “Hedges on Proposed Rule of Evidence 502”, LexisNexis Expert Commentaries (March 2008); “The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases” (co-author), The Sedona Conference Journal 189 (fall 2007); “Juries and Punitive Damage Awards,” BNA Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 48 (Nov. 2006); “A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 227 F.R.D. 123, 2005. Proposed Rule 37(f); “Safe Harbor or Uncharted Minefield?” Digital Discovery & e-Evidence (July 2005); “A Critical Appraisal of Proposed Amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B);” Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, (March 2005); “Striving for Judicial Balance During the War on Terrorism,” New Jersey Reporter, (Dec. 2002–Jan. 2003).

Memberships Include:

American Law Institute; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Board of Directors of the Historical Society and Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; The Sedona Conference Advisory Board; The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access, and The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production; Law Alumni Board of Georgetown University Law Center; Chair of the Advisory Board of Digital Discovery and e-Evidence; ARMA Records Destruction Task Force.