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April Chapter Meeting

April 17, 2019
11:30 AM PDT - 1:30 PM PDT
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Jurupa Community Services District
11201 Harrel Street
Jurupa Valley, CA 91752
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Join the SCIE ARMA Chapter for its April meeting.

Our speaker will be Christine N. Wood from Best Best & Krieger.

Ms. Wood will be speaking on Public Records Act requests, document retention policies and e-Discovery.

Christine N. Wood is the Director of PRA Services and e-Discovery Counsel at Best Best & Krieger LLP and supervises a team that provides PRA processing and records policy development for municipalities and special districts throughout the State. Her unique approach to PRA processing and records policies is grounded in a passion for e-discovery, the process of identifying, collecting, and producing electronically stored information. Often, e-Discovery is used in litigation to respond to discovery requests. However, Christine utilizes e-Discovery principles to help public agencies manage their obligations under the California Public Records Act ("PRA").

The PRA is one of California's sunshine laws, guaranteeing transparency in government activities and communication. In recent years, public agencies have faced the unexpected burden of having to produce electronic records (egs. emails, text messages, voicemail messages, surveillance video, and body cam footage) to requesters under quick deadlines and with a level of risk that does not exist in typical discovery requests. Christine advocates for the use of e-Discovery as a way to mitigate these risks.

Christine was first introduced to the field of e-Discovery while working as an Assistant General Counsel at Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country. She worked at LAUSD—both as a paralegal and a lawyer—from 2009 to 2018. Once Christine was asked to improve the way the District processed PRA requests, she discovered e-Discovery, became a certified e-Discovery specialist, and began to build a bridge between the District's legal and IT departments. Her success was directly related to her embrace of e-Discovery.

Before joining the legal field, Christine had a career in strategic marketing where she helped newspaper companies monetize their diverse readership. In that role, she became uniquely aware of the importance of sunshine laws in allowing the public to monitor governmental entities and elected officials. e-Discovery is an amazing tool to help public agencies fulfill this responsibility, and she remains firmly committed to increasing access to and understanding of e-Discovery throughout the public sector.

Christine  attended Southwestern Law School and completed a two-year JD program with honors in 2013. She was on Southwestern’s Law Review and was in the Trial Advocacy Honors Program, where she won a regional mock trial competition and placed third in the national competition. Christine earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills in 1995 and a Masters in Public Administration, with distinction, from CSU Northridge in 2011.


$20.00 SCIE ARMA Member

$30.00 Non-SCIE ARMA Member/Guest