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The Constitution Meets Electronic Information in Criminal Matters

Speaker(s): Hon. Cathy L. Waldor, Hon. Christopher P. Yates, Hon. Sohail Mohammed, Ronald J. Hedges
Recorded on: Oct. 8, 2021
PLI Program #: 327434

Ronald is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).


In the Media

  • Quoted, "Confusion Lingers Around Preservation and FRCP Changes for Corporate Counsel," Corporate Counsel, September 13, 2016


  • Co-author, "Rules of Professional Conduct Enter Era of Electronically Stored Information," Law Week Colorado, p. 16, September 2016
  • Author, "Confidentiality Order Standards," Federal Magistrate Judges Association Bulletin, September 2016
  • Co-Author, “Competence with Electronically Stored Information: What Does It Mean in the Context of Litigation and How Can Attorneys Achieve it,” 15 DDEE 135 (2015)
  • International Extradition: A Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2014)
  • Co-Senior Editor, The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary (The Sedona Conference®: 2014, 2012 & 2011)
  • Co-Author, Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2012 & 2007)
  • Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007)
  • Editing Team Member, The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases (The Sedona Conference®: 2007)
  • “Case Management and E-Discovery: Perfect Together,” 9 DDEE 220 (2009)
  • “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule,” New Jersey L. J. (May 18, 2009)
  • “A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 227 F.R.D. 123 (2005)

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Historical Society
  • Member, Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior and Present Employment

Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.

Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Areas of focus

Digital Media
Energy Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Health Care
Information Governance
Life Sciences
Life Sciences and Health Care
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Media Regulation
Privacy and Cybersecurity


Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, JD

Admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York

Judge Waldor was appointed to the bench on July 25, 2011 as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey. Prior to that appointment Judge Waldor practiced law for 35 years, specializing in Federal and State criminal trial litigation before being appointed to the bench in July 2011. Her practice encompassed a balance between white collar and violent crimes including trial of several death penalty cases. She was also involved in various complex civil cases.

Judge Waldor is a past president of the NJ Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, past chair of the Women’s Section of the State Bar; and served on the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Ethics for many years. She has been recognized by the State Bar Foundation with the Award for Professionalism; Best Lawyers in America; and Best Lawyers in New Jersey.

Her bar associations have included the Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association of which she is a fellow; New Jersey State Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and local county bar associations.

Judge Yates took the bench on April 22, 2008.  He received his BA from Kalamazoo College and his JD and MBA from the University of Illinois.  Before taking the bench, Judge Yates served as a law clerk to a federal trial judge and a federal court of appeals judge, then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, then in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the Chief Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan.  Most recently, he worked in private practice as a partner in two Grand Rapids law firms, Willey, Chamberlain & Yates and then Yates, LaGrand & Denenfeld.  Judge Yates is assigned to the Court’s Specialized Business Docket.