Legal Education

By Liz Skoczylas

MAYVILLE – Gaining an education doesn’t stop when schooling ends, not even for attorneys.

Roughly a dozen area attorneys were in Mayville on Monday for a Robert H. Jackson Inns of Court luncheon continuing legal education seminar. The topic of the seminar was digital forensics and electronic data discovery.

According to a document from the Inns of Court, courts have become very unforgiving towards lawyers for not knowing about broad document preservation, litigation-held duties and letters. The program explained evidence-handling procedures, document recovery, file copies and more.

Speaking at the seminar were Kyle Cavalieri, director of computer forensics and investigation for Digits LLC, and Jason Schroeder, vice president of legal technology for Avalon. The men discussed what each of their respective companies does, how they work together and why their services are valuable to attorneys. They also took questions from the attorneys present.

According to Lori Thierfeldt, attorney for Burgett and Robbins and secretary and treasurer for the American Inns of Court, the program was the second in a series of continuing legal education programs. She said Judge Joseph Gerace came up with the idea for the programs with Art Bailey, attorney.

“Art Bailey does a lot of mass litigation,” Thierfeldt said. “It was a topic they came up with that you don’t see as much in communities like Chautauqua County; you see it in bigger cities in larger litigation.”

Continuing legal education credit is given to attorneys who attend seminars such as the one Monday.

“The CLE gives attorneys credit,” Thierfeldt said. “It is required by the state of New York and also Pennsylvania and other states. It’s obviously to give you information and data.”

The American Inns of Court is also looking to draw more members into the organization.

“We try to do this Mondays at noontime, because the attorneys are already up here for court,” Thierfeldt said.

In the past, the Inns of Court has met in the evening. However, according to Thierfeldt, evenings were less convenient, which is why the time was changed.

“A lot of times, we are interactive with our judges,” she said. “We pick a program, and we put it on here.”

Attorneys have the option to become a member of the Inns of Court for a fee. Otherwise, attorneys wishing to attend programs but not become a member are charged a continuing legal education credit fee.