Judge Sankovitz was one of the principal authors of Wisconsin’s rules of civil procedure and rules of evidence concerning electronically stored information, electronic discovery and inadvertent disclosure of privileged communications.
He was a member of the ad hoc subcommittee of the Wisconsin Judicial Council that drafted and proposed these rules to the Supreme Court, along with the interpretive notes that are published with the rules. See Wis. Stat. §§ 802.10(3)(jm), 804.01(2)(e), 804.01(7), 804.09(2), 905.03(5).
He teaches judges and lawyers about managing electronic discovery and discovery disputes. Among his presentations are “Electronic Discovery: New Wine in Old Bottles,” “Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery: Minimizing Costs for the Parties and the Court,” and “What’s on the Judge’s Mind? Anticipating a Judge’s Concerns about Managing Electronic Discovery and Minimizing Costs for the Parties and the Court.”
He was a member of the CCAP Steering Committee, the group of judges, lawyers, clerks of court and court administrators that supervises the development, implementation and management of the state courts’ information technology, case management and data science operations. He frequently taught these operations to fellow judges and other system users.