Maine Law hosts national symposium, “The Challenges of Electronic Evidence”
April 5, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine – On April 4, the University of Maine School of Law hosted the annual Symposium of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence.
The symposium, titled “The Challenges of Electronic Evidence,” drew scholars, practitioners, and judges from around the country. They engaged in discussions on a range of emerging issues concerning the admissibility, presentation, and use of electronic evidence. They also considered whether the Federal Rules of Evidence need to be amended to account for the unique challenges presented by such evidence.
The Federal Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence makes recommendations to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Federal Rules of Evidence. Hon. John Woodcock (Maine Law ’76), Chief Judge for the District of Maine, serves as a member. Woodcock spoke about how judges deal with arguments about the authenticity of digitally altered images.
David Shonka (Maine Law ’72), Principal Deputy General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission, was also a speaker at the event, as was Maine Law Professor Deirdre Smith, Director of the Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. Several Maine Law students attended the symposium, and an afternoon business meeting of the Commission, to observe the rule-making process in action.