Friday, April 16, 2004

Withers wins excellence in legal technology award

Kenneth J. Withers, Senior Judicial Education Attorney of the Federal Judicial Center, was awarded the 2004 Third Annual Award for Excellence in Legal Technology, sponsored by Kroll Ontrack at a recent luncheon held at the Daily Journal Legal Works Technology show in San Francisco.

“We are very pleased to recognize the significant contributions Ken has made to the evolving area of electronic evidence,” said Kristin Nimsger, Director of Electronic Evidence Product Line at Kroll Ontrack. “His dedication to educating attorneys and the bench alike in the critical differences between paper and electronic documents has helped develop the world of e-discovery into what it is today.”

The selection by a committee of technology experts recognizes Withers’ leadership and work to promote a better understanding of electronic discovery. He provides advice and consultation on technical, practical and legal matters. His work has influenced recent federal policy decisions and federal legal rules on electronic discovery.

He is currently playing an important role in shaping upcoming changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to more directly address electronic discovery.

From 1999 until 2003, he was an associate in the Research Division of the FJC. During that time, he was responsible for developing and conducting policy-oriented research on the discovery of electronic evidence in civil litigation, supporting the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Research projects included professional and popular literature analysis, collection and analysis of relevant case law, collection of judicial management tools and protocols, and surveys of federal district court judges, magistrate judges, and practicing attorneys.

His website, http://www.kenwithers.com, was one of the earliest websites to focus on electronic discovery and is widely viewed as one of the most important sites to go to for electronic discovery issues.

For eight years, Glasser LegalWorks (www.glasserlegalworks.com) and Daily Journal have hosted the Legal Works educational conference and trade show which brings together 1,500 lawyers, executives and IT experts to discuss the latest trends in legal technology and view new product offerings.Kroll Ontrack (www.krollontrack.com) provides electronic evidence and data recovery solutions to help individuals, companies, law firms and federal agencies quickly and cost-effectively recover electronic information. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroll Inc. (Nasdaq: KROL), the world's leading risk consulting company.