Tuesday Happenings at the ILTA-ON* Virtual Conference: eDiscovery Trends

As I discussed last week, the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) annual conference has gone virtual this year!  ILTA>ON runs throughout the week, with five full days of legal technology and professional education sessions, with several virtual social outings as well.  Yesterday, we saw a great keynote from Stephen Carver, with several other great sessions (with around 500 attendees in each that I attended)!  Even a widespread Zoom outage didn’t derail the first day! Let’s see what’s happening today!

Each day, eDiscovery Today will highlight notable sessions for the day – in most days, those sessions will relate to eDiscovery, cybersecurity, data privacy, information governance or artificial intelligence.  Today’s tracks relate to Training/User Support, Data Science Track/ILTA, Knowledge Management and Legal Service Delivery and Law Firm/Client Relations.  Here are notable sessions you may want to check out (all times CT):

9:00am-10:00am:

Keynote: The Power of Rejection

The fear of rejection can hold you back. Our natural tendency is to avoid it at all costs which can be detrimental to our businesses, careers, and lives. In 2012, to overcome his own fear of rejection, entrepreneur Jia Jiang started an experiment to be rejected every day for 100 days. In this engaging presentation, Jia shares stories from his rejection experiment to teach you the importance of becoming rejection-proof, the basic principles of turning a NO into YES, as well as how to get more YESes.

Speakers: Jia Jiang is a top resilience keynote speaker with the most viewed TED Talk of 2017 and the bestselling author of Rejection Proof.

10:30am-11:15am:

Help Me Help You! Getting Attorneys to Participate

Sometimes the hardest part of a successful implementation is getting attorneys to do what we need them to do. In this virtual solution room, learn the tricks of the trade from firms who have successfully found ways to cajole attorneys to participate. Examples include creative ways to get attorneys to fill out post-matter forms, judge feedback, close matters on time, enter billing time, provide budget post-mortems, and more!

Speakers: Michael Ertel, Paul Hastings LLP.

Roundtable: Can’t We (Corporate, Law Firms, Vendors) All Just Get Along?

Corporate/Law Firm/Vendor collaboration.  Topics Include:

  • Implementing billing/outside counsel guidelines
  • Security reviews
  • Corp/law firm intranets
  • Communication (formats, reporting)

Speakers: Joey Seeber, Level 2 Legal Solutions; Heidi Steinberg, EY Law.

11:30am-12:15pm:

Building Your Legal Operations Roadmap

Whether your organization is just getting started with legal operations or has had the function for some time, join us to learn from industry experts on how to use the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) industry maturity model to build your firm’s road map. Learn recommendations for implementing ACC Model Controls to plan and prioritize your firm’s security policies and make the most impact in your organization.

Speakers: Kelly Griswold, Onna.

12:45pm-1:30pm:

Case Studies: Law Firm – Client Collaboration – a Tech-Driven Approach

Hear from the firms and their clients as they share successful case stories where they were able to shift collaboration out-of-the mailbox and into innovative collaboration platforms. Both sides of the relationship benefit from this collaboration effort to yield stronger ties, better service, and increased stickiness with the clients.

Speakers: Michael Gallop, Fliplet; Catherine Goodman, Paul Hastings; Dan Hauck, NetDocuments.

2:30pm-3:15pm:

Best Practices for Managing Outside Counsel

Explore how the most advanced legal operations departments are managing their use of outside counsel.

  • Convergence/RFPs
  • Alternative pricing
  • Data Analytics plus Benchmarking
  • Rate Increase Requests
  • Qualitative Feedback Loops
  • Diversity/Pro Bono
  • Training

Speakers: Lauren Chung, HBR Consulting.

Member day passes for specific tracks are just $99 with full-week passes for only $350! ($199 and $599 for non-members.)  So, that’s one good thing – a lot less expensive than an in-person conference for plenty of activities and education!  Click here to get tickets.

Also, as you may have noted by the graphic above, Mike Quartararo and ACEDS is conducting an interview with me today at 1:30pm CT!  I’m sure that will be fun and entertaining as Mike and I discuss the conference as well as various industry trends (and probably some other stuff as well).  Mike is also interviewing Hal Brooks, CEO of HaystackID at 10am CT today, so that will be interesting to hear his take on the merger with NightOwl Global announced earlier this month, among other topics.

In addition to the ACEDS interview, I’ll also be speaking at one session in the Litigation Support track on Wednesday.  Clawbacks, Redactions, and Formats…Oh My! on Wednesday (August 26 at 12:45pm CT): I’ll be participating with Rachel McAdams, eDiscovery Technical Specialist with A&L Goodbody; Cristin Traylor, Discovery Counsel with McGuire Woods LLP and Cindy MacBean, Litigation Support Manager with Honigman LLP (who will be moderating).  We’ll be discussing latest trends and best practices with regard to “clawbacks” of ESI and redactions of privileged and sensitive information.  Hope you can tune in for that one!

Here is a detailed schedule of the sessions for the week.

So, what do you think?  Are you planning to attend this year’s virtual ILTA<ON?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

*Apparently, WordPress doesn’t like “>” characters in blog post titles; hence the substitution to “-“.

Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by my employer, my partners or my clients. eDiscovery Today is made available solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Today should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

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