Duke Law School
Jim Waldron works with EDRM members, sponsors, and partners to guide and develop EDRM publications, projects, and programs. He joined Duke Law School in 2017 after serving as Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey for more than 30 years. He served on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules from 2010 to 2016. A leader in efforts to modernize the legal system through efficiencies and new technologies, he has served on a wide variety of committees and councils, including the National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks, the Clerks’ Advisory Committee, the National Forms Modernization Committee, the United States Courts’ Information Technology Advisory Committee, the Unified Communication Future Project, and the Director’s Council for Automation Planning for the Judiciary. He also has chaired the BANCAP Users Group, the Bankruptcy Case Management and Statistics Umbrella Group, and the ground-breaking Electronic Self-Representation Initiative, which seeks to provide education and access to the Courts for those unable to afford legal representation.
George Socha is EDRM’s co-founder and the force behind the creation of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework that outlines the standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data, and the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM), a similar framework specific to information management. He is skilled at developing and implementing electronic discovery strategies and managing electronic discovery processes. Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, Socha is now managing director in BDO Consulting’s Forensic Technology Services practice where he assists corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. As a renowned industry thought leader, Socha has authored more than 50 articles, spoken at more than 200 engagements across the world, and provided expert testimony on subjects related to e-discovery. Socha and his EDRM cofounder, Tom Gelbmann, transferred EDRM to Duke Law School in 2016, and Socha continues to provide strategic direction for EDRM.
Director, Center for Judicial Studies
John Rabiej has served as director of the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies since the center launched in 2012. He oversees the Center’s growing portfolio of programs, including the Master of Judicial Studies degree program for judges, the Duke Bench-Bar-Academy Conference Series, EDRM, and Judicature, the scholarly journal for judges. Rabiej served from 1992 to 2010 as the chief of the support office for the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure and the committee’s five advisory committees on appellate, bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and evidence rules. In this role, he coordinated the work of the rules committees, which are composed of federal judges, lawyers, and academics and are charged by Congress with the responsibility of developing the rules and policies used in all federal courts. Rabiej also provided guidance on rules-related issues to the Judicial Conference, the United States Supreme Court, and Congress. From 2010 to 2011, he was executive director of The Sedona Conference.
Publications Manager, Center for Judicial Studies
Melinda Vaughn handles marketing and communications for the Center for Judicial Studies and is managing editor of Judicature. She can respond to questions about EDRM communications and events, including the EDRM website, email communications, newsletters, workshop registration, sponsorship benefits, membership benefits, and payment processes.