Retired magistrate receives distinguished lecturer award
Public Relations - Published: January 5, 2010
The Corporate Counsel Technology Institute at Widener University School of Law has given its annual distinguished lecturer award to retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald J. Hedges.

Hedges, who served in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, received the honor Monday, Jan. 4 before delivering the keynote address during a two-day, intensive course on Technology and the Law at the school. Hedges has extensive experience in electronic discovery matters and management of complex civil litigation. He is a member of the Sedona Conference Advisory Board, the premier think tank on the principles of electronic discovery.

He is also a member of the E-Discovery Advisory Board at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has served as an adjunct law professor since 2006. Hedges has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Seton Hall University School of Law since 1993.

Wilmington attorney Richard K. Herrmann presented Hedges with an engraved crystal obelisk and honorarium. Herrmann is Visiting Professor and co-chair of the Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute at Widener. He is also co-director of the
Corporate Counsel Technology Institute, which was established to become the major legal technology resource for the corporate law community. Its mission is to provide the corporate law community with the tools necessary to efficiently manage complex litigation through smart use of technology, assist in litigation costs and help create a knowledge management culture. It provides education and consulting services to the law school faculty and corporate counsel and develops law curricula with an increased focus on the technology needs of corporate counsel.

Corporate Counsel Technology Institute gave the first distinguished lecturer award in 2005. The honor is intended to recognize in-house counsel attorneys, jurists or other legal professionals who have been exemplary in their efforts to teach others about technology and the business of law.

“Judge Hedges is well known to Widener University because of the extremely important decisions he published during his tenure as a magistrate judge,” Herrmann said. “His professional contributions have also furthered the legal community’s understanding of complex issues related to technology. It is our pleasure to honor his work with this award.”

Hedges has written or coauthored several articles and books on electronic discovery, including Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges.