Thursday 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 several great sessions for Litigation Support 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 Tech Adoption/Artificial Intelligence, Applications and Finance (AM)/Info Governance (PM).  Here are notable sessions you may want to check out (all times CT):


Bold Moves, Big Opportunities

We face unprecedented times in legal: a remote workforce, clients with slashed budgets, an unlikely return to what was once normal, and changing dynamic in legal services with ALSPs and the Big 4. How do we make bold moves in the legal industry? Does this require major change or incremental improvements?

Speakers: Haley Altman, Litera.



The Accidental Project Manager: Tools & Methodologies to Help You Succeed

Learn about project methodologies and how today’s tools can help you plan and execute your projects. This session invites both project managers as well as technologists who are not project managers but who are asked to sometimes wear a project manager hat to manage an applications rollout or upgrade. In addition to a survey of today’s tools, takeaways include a sample project plan or template. In addition, the session can cover what applications firms are using such as MS Project, Smartsheet, Planview PPM, Monday, Trello, Asana. Also, governance, reporting, integrations, and API’s, could be covered.

Speakers: Scott David, Vorys; Tracy Friedenberg, Day Pitney LLP.


Setting the Groundwork for Matter Life-cycle Management

Join us as we discuss best practices for setting the groundwork and structure for incoming and/or out-going client matter information. How do decisions at the intake of the matter affect your ability to manage the matter throughout the lifecycle? We will also discuss what should be done for your legacy matters which need to be managed midway through the life-cycle to get them back on track.

Speakers: Leigh Isaacs, Proskauer Rose LLP.


Case Studies in Modern Information Governance

Join us at this exciting spark talk session as our most innovative peers in the business share how they are leveraging technology in exciting ways to tackle their Information Governance challenges and initiatives.

Speakers: Nancy Beauchemin, InOutsource; Julie Heller, AIG; Ricelle San Juan, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC.


Retention: Getting from a Policy to a Program

Putting retention policies in place can be challenging and there are a lot of moving parts to consider. From getting your firm management to agree and promote the importance of destruction of client files to the actual work of destroying what could potentially be historical in nature. In this session, the panelists will discuss their successes and failures in trying to implement and stick to a retention policy that involves destroying both physical and electronic records.

Speakers: Karen Allen, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Brianne Aul, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP; Joseph Bartolo, Knovos.

Why Your AI Project Will Fail Without Clean Data and What to Do About It

In this session, we will present an in-depth “here’s how you do it” session with cleaning up their data. What’s important about your data and Why? This is a step-by-step evaluation of several datasets along with conversations around best practices you should consider as you prepare to launch an artificial intelligence initiative.

Speakers: Bryan Bach, iManage; Steve MacLauchlan, UDig; Ryan Nichols, ayfie; Jacqueline Schafer,

In addition, Ipro has an “Ask the Experts” education session at 1:30pm titled 3 Ways to Create a Stronger eDiscovery Partnership.  Law Firms face the same pressures as their clients: growing data, compliance and privacy requirements, and security breaches. By more closely aligning with their Corporate clients and connecting directly to their data, Law Firms can gain critical efficiencies. By impacting lower overhead around operations, Law Firms are now enabled to focus more on the complexities of legal work while earning a higher percentage of outside legal spend. 

In this Ask the Expert session, Ipro discusses: 1. The impact of increased digital data, further compounded by collaboration applications, and the effect on locating responsive data; 2. How multiple copies of potentially sensitive and unresponsive data add risk to Compliance and Security; 3. How technology can help Law Firms efficiently deliver key services, resulting in a larger percentage of their clients’ business.  To register, click here.

Member day passes for specific tracks are just $99! ($199 for non-members).  Click here to get tickets.

Also, I want to thank Rachel McAdams, Cristin Traylor, Cindy MacBean and Gordon Moffatt for a great session yesterday discussing “Clawbacks, Redactions, and Formats…Oh My!”.  It was a fun session with some great discussion about the trends and experiences we’ve all had with in these areas of discovery.

And, I want to thank Bob Ambrogi and Litera for a fun interview talking trends yesterday as well!

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

So, what do you think?  Have you been attending 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.

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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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  1. […] Todays keynote speaker is Haley Altman, Global Director of Business Development & Strategy at Litera Microsystems, an ILTAMax Sponsor of the conference, talking about Bold Moves and Big Opportunities in our current environment. Featured tracks today are  Tech Adoption/Artificial Intelligence, Applications and Finance (AM)/Info Governance (PM) and, as always, Doug Austin of eDiscovery Today, provides a good overview of the sessions at;. […]

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