The new Federal Rule of Evidence 502 is aimed at reducing the cost of discovery — e-discovery in particular — by clarifying the rules applicable to disclosures of information covered by the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine. On this week’s episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, J. Craig Williams and I discuss the purpose and impact of the new rule with Robert D. Owen, litigation partner in the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski and co-head of the firm’s E-Discovery and Information Management practice group. Owen also shares findings from Fulbright’s just-released 2008 Litigation Trends Survey.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.