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The Qualcomm Nightmare: Lawyers' Responsibilities in the Digital Age


May 10, 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 190

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
12:50 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 190, Stanford Law School
Lunch will be served.

Stanford Law School's Center on the Legal Profession presents a program on a recent case starkly demonstrating the difficulties of being a lawyer in the digital age. In Broadcom v. Qualcomm, litigation counsel failed to discover until the middle of trial that their client had failed to produce important documents that the client had managed in discovery. When the Court investigated the extent of the lawyers' fault, the client blamed counsel, and disclose privileged communications, to allow the lawyers to defend themselves. The nightmare went on for two years before the lawyers were relieved of the threat of multimillion-dollar sanctions and professional discipline.

Bernie Burk, Academic Fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, moderates a panel discussion with the lawyers who defended the lawyers: Joel Zeldin of Shartsis Friese and Sean SeLegue of Howard Rice. The panel will explore what went wrong, why it took so long to resolve, and what lessons can be learned.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please click here to register.