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Beginning in the Fall of 2020, I have been appointed to the position of Professor of the Practice in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, in College Park (the iSchool).  Immediately prior to this appointment, I held the position as Of Counsel at Faegre Drinker LLP, in the firm’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice group.

I previously spent 33 years in public service, including serving for 13 years as the first appointed Director of Litigation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and as a trial attorney and senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.  I also have served on the adjunct faculty of American University’s Washington College of Law, and as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Maryland’s iSchool, where I taught the first graduate level seminar on e-discovery in the U.S. to PhD and Masters degree candidates in information science.

As part of The Sedona Conference, I have served as Co-Chair of the Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1), and as an Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on the Use of Search and Information Retrieval Practices in E-Discovery (2007 & 2013 eds.)The Sedona Conference Commentary on Achieving Quality in the E-Discovery Process (2009 & 2013 eds.).  I was a founding coordinator of the TREC Legal Track, an international research project evaluating search and retrieval methods used in ediscovery sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and served as coordinator of the Track between 2006 and 2009.   I also helped found the international “DESI Workshop” series, a unique forum for academics and lawyers to discuss issues of mutual interest involving e-discovery, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence.  I currently serve on the advisory boards of the Georgetown Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute and the Cardozo Data Law Initiative.  I have also served on the Board of Directors of ARMA International, on the Legaltech Educational Advisory Board, and as Chair of the D.C. Bar Litigation Section’s E-discovery & Information Governance Committee.  I frequently write and speak in the U.S. and internationally on subjects involving preservation of and access to electronic records.  I edited a book titled: Perspectives on Predictive Coding And Other Advanced Search Methods for the Legal Practitioner, published by the American Bar Association in 2016.   See my CV for additional details.

I also have set up a nonprofit foundation to provide educational assistance to children in Cambodia.  See http://www.thechellyfoundation.org and http://www.facebook.com/ thechellyfoundation for more information.

My current email address: jrbaron@umd.edu