Kenneth J. Withers


PROFESSIONAL ADDRESS

Federal Judicial Center
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Building
One Columbus Circle NE
Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: 202.502.4065
Fax: 202.502.4299
Email: kwithers@fjc.gov

HOME ADDRESS

1014 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: 202.675.6982
Mobile: 202.441.2505
Email: ken@kenwithers.com
Web site: http://www.kenwithers.com


EDUCATION

Simmons College/Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA
Cumulative Grade Point Average: 4.0
M.L.S., 1998

Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL
Recipient, Wigmore Key
J.D., 1984

Northeastern University, Boston, MA
President, Liberal Arts College Honor Society
B.A., 1979


BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1985)
  • Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1985)
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals (1985)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Federal Judicial Center, Washington DC
2004 -
Senior Judicial Education Attorney
Responsible for developing educational programs for federal judges and attorneys employed by the United States Courts, concentrating on Internet-based distance learning and information resources. Programs include electronic discovery, technology in the criminal justice system, and advanced uses of technology in the administration of justice.

1999 - 2003
Associate, Research Division
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. Activities also included preparation and presentation of materials for judicial conferences, bar associations, and records management professionals.
Social Law Library, Boston MA
1998-1999
Director of Education
Responsible for developing educational programs, including legal research training classes, continuing legal education seminars, and professional symposia for law library members, state judiciary, and professional law librarians in Massachusetts. Initiated popular series of evening "Advanced Legal Research" seminars and weekly Internet legal research basic training classes. Activities also included developing in-house CLE for private law firms and lecturing at federal, state, and county bar association and judicial conferences.
1997 - 1998
Co-ordinator, Web Consultation, Design and Hosting Services
Developed and hosted Web-based information technology applications for one of the oldest and largest private subscription law libraries in North America. Clients included member law firms, individual attorneys, practice support enterprises, and professional organizations. Services included Web sites, online databases, e-commerce, and Intranets. Responsibilities also included organizing seminars and training on legal technology, representing the Library at conventions and symposia, and authoring articles on legal technology on behalf of the Library.
Conley & Hodge Associates, Inc., Boston MA 
1986 - 1997
Supervising Attorney
Managed document production, screening, and indexing in complex business litigation. Hired, trained, and supervised case-specific teams of up to 12 attorneys and paralegals each. Worked with trial and corporate counsel on discovery management and strategy. Presented approximately 30 seminars annually on litigation, document management, and technology-related topics to law firms, corporate legal departments, bar associations, and continuing legal education audiences. Wrote and edited firm newsletter, print publications, and web site.
Bingham, Dana & Gould, Boston MA
1985 - 1986
Litigation Associate
Assisted three partners in complex, document-intensive business and employment litigation. Counsel of record in approximately 20 maritime claims suits under the supervision of a partner and senior associate.
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago IL
1983 - 1984
Assistant to Professor Clinton W. Francis
Research Assistant to professor of legal history. Promoted to Research Associate after law school graduation. Specialized in 18th century English civil litigation. Conducted two-year study at the British Library and the Public Records Office in London compiling information on 8,000 Georgian and early Victorian civil jury trials from original documents.
Consumer Services Organization, Chicago IL 
1978 - 1981
Assistant to the President for Marketing and Advertising
Managed $1 million annual advertising budget for consortium of Chicago-area law firms. Produced the first television advertising for legal services in the Midwest.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS AND ARTICLES

  • "Electronic Discovery: The Challenges and Opportunities of Electronic Evidence," Workshop for United States Magistrate Judges, San Diego CA, 24 July 2001
  • "Advanced Discovery Issues: The Retrieval and Protection of Electronic Evidence," ALI-ABA Environmental Law Course, Boulder CO, 28 June 2001
  • "Electronic Discovery: The Challenges and Opportunities of Electronic Evidence," Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Conference, Mackinac, MI, 25 June 2001
  • "Research on Electronic Discovery at the Federal Judicial Center," Defense Research Institute Conference on Electronic Discovery, Chicago IL, 22 June 2001
  • "Electronic Discovery: Who Pays?" 2001 BNA Litigation Forum: Electronic Discovery, Washington DC,11 June 2001
  • "Electronic Discovery," United States Merit Systems Protection Board, Solomons MD, 22 May 2001
  • "Electronic Discovery: The Challenges and Opportunities of Electronic Evidence," Nevada Federal District Court Conference, Las Vegas NV, 18 May 2001
  • "Computer-Based Disclosure and Discovery in Civil Litigation," British Irish Legal Education and Technology Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK, 10 April 2001
  • "Managing Electronic Mail: The Legal Case," Baltimore Technologies Webinar, 14 March 2001
  • "Electronic Discovery and the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Glasser LegalWorks Fourth Annual Conference on Electronic Discovery, Chicago IL, 4 December 2001
  • "Computer-Based Disclosure and Discovery in Civil Litigation," 2001 Journal of Information, Law & Technology, Issue 1 <http://elj.warwick.ac.uk/jilt/01-1/withers.html>
  • "Computer-Based Discovery in Federal Civil Litigation," 2000 Federal Courts Law Review 2 <http://www.fclr.org/2000fedctslrev2.htm>
  • "Self-Deleting E-mail: A Self-Delusion?" Discovery Edge, Fall 2000

AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • British Irish Legal Education Technology Association, Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize for Best Postgraduate Essay in Information Technology and Law (1999)
  • American Association of Law Librarians, Best Library Association Web Site for www.abll.org (1998)
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance, First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award (1998)

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS

  • Bicycle touring and advocacy
  • Rodeo and cowboy arts
  • Cemeteries, burying grounds and gravestone iconography
  • Biblical archaeology