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JOHN K. RABIEJ Named Executive Director of The Sedona Conference®


SEDONA, Ariz. Jan. 28, 2011—The Sedona Conference® is pleased to announce that John K. Rabiej has been named Executive Director of The Sedona Conference®. He succeeds Richard G. Braman, the founder of The Sedona Conference®, who will serve as the Conference’s Chairman of the Board and Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board.

“John is the right person at the right time to bring The Sedona Conference® to the next level of its mission to move the law forward in a reasoned and just way,” said Mr. Braman. “We are very fortunate to have him on board as our new Executive Director.”

On accepting the position, Mr. Rabiej said: “I am honored to continue the important work started by Richard G. Braman, whose vision and persistence created a nationally recognized and well-respected educational institute, which has succeeded in making huge strides in the improvement of the administration of justice. I hope to carry on the tradition of The Sedona Conference® providing the bench and bar with helpful and practical guidance and best practices on cutting-edge issues in the law.”

Mr. Rabiej has spent more than thirty years in public service, the last 19 years as Chief of the Rules Committees Support Office in Washington, DC. His office staffed the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, and its five Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence Rules. The committees consist of federal judges, state Supreme Court justices, Department of Justice ranking officials, lawyers, and academics appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States. Mr. Rabiej coordinated the work of the rules committees and provided expert advice on rules-related issues to the Judicial Conference, Supreme Court, and the Congress. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on the rulemaking process.

Mr. Rabiej graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University (Chicago) in 1975. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1978 and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1983. Mr. Rabiej has published numerous chapters and articles in Moore’s Federal Practice (Third Edition) and Weinstein’s Federal Evidence treatises on issues about electronic discovery, asset forfeiture, and authentication of electronic evidence. His works on rules-related issues have been published in the Federal Litigation Guide, Practical Litigator, and Matthew Bender’s Forms. Mr. Rabiej writes bi-monthly expert commentaries for LEXIS-NEXIS on electronic discovery issues. He was elected to the American Law Institute in May 2004.

The Sedona Conference® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to the just and reasoned development of the law in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and complex litigation. Through high-level conferences and its Working Group Series of mini-think-tanks, it develops Principles, Commentaries, Guidelines and Best Practices on issues identified as “tipping points” in the law. It is perhaps best known for publishing The Sedona Principles Addressing Electronic Document Production, the first authoritative treatise on the topic of e-discovery in American civil litigation, now in its second edition. In recent years, it has held conferences on a variety of legal topics in Florence, Barcelona, Vancouver, and Toronto as well as in the United States, and has published commentaries on such topics as international data disclosure and data privacy, proportionality in discovery, e-discovery in Canadian litigation, and the interface between intellectual property and antitrust law. All of its publications are available free for individual download from The Sedona Conference® website at along with information on upcoming conferences and webinars.




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