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

As I discussed last week (and have discussed all this week as well), the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) annual conference has gone virtual this year and ILTA>ON has been running throughout the week.  Let’s see what’s happening today, the last day of the conference!  And, I want your feedback on the conference and will publish that feedback next week!

Each day, eDiscovery Today has been highlighting notable sessions for the day – in most days, those sessions have related (at least somewhat) to eDiscovery, cybersecurity, data privacy, information governance or artificial intelligence.  In a regular in-person conference, today would be “getaway day” and most of you would be preparing to fly back to your respective homes.  But, guess what?  You’re already home!  So, there’s no excuse for missing any sessions right up to the end.  ;o)

Today’s tracks relate to #CreatingTheFuture Together (2 tracks), Business & Legal Process Improvements.  Here are notable sessions you may want to check out (all times CT):



Legal’s Next Disruptor? Demystifying the Big 4

Corporate legal departments and their internal business partners are driving innovative legal sourcing models to deliver legal service, drive business value, and protect the company. Their options have expanded beyond the use of in-house and law firm talent to re-source legal work from professional service firms, managed service providers, corporate global business service centers (GBS), and technology-enabled self-service.

  • What do these models look like?
  • How do these new models impact technology strategies?
  • What are the technology-related opportunities and challenges?
  • What are the opportunities for these providers to collaborate?
  • Has COVID accelerated or otherwise impacted these developments?

Speakers: Gina Buser, CEO of Traveling Coaches; Peter Krakaur, Managing Director of EY Law; Mark Ross, Principal, Deloitte; Juan Crosby, PWC, NewLaw Services Leader.



Can You Weather the Economic Uncertainty of 2020/2021?

This session will focus on key performance indicators that should be considered in measuring your firm’s readiness to be successful in the midst of a crisis and/or economic uncertainty. You will hear which firms are doing well and what they have done to shift their strategies to not only react to the current economic environment, but to plan for the future. Attendees will be provided with key takeaways to consider when revisiting their firm’s strategic plan and to guide discussions to shift priorities.

Speakers: Kent Zimmermann, The Zeughauser Group.


Legal Project Management Quick Wins

There are many legal project management solutions that firms can implement without having to dedicate significant resources in software personnel and time. This session will explore what law firms and corporate law departments have done to implement successful Legal Project Management initiatives without breaking the bank.

Speakers: Aileen Leventon, LegalShift, LLC & IILPM; Catherine McPherson, Bartlit Beck LLP; Mike Russell, Trane Technologies (f/k/a/Ingersoll Rand).


How E-Trials Are Changing the Practice of Law

This session will discuss how e-trials are changing the practice of law for the judiciary, practitioners and all participants. Changes such as cost reduction and time efficiencies will be investigated. It will explore the latest developments in how each of the four components to an e-trial (virtual attendance, services, management of oral evidence and management of evidence) are evolving due to the global pandemic.

Speakers: The Honourable Justice Colin Campbell, Amicus Chambers; Marcel Duhamel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Sandra Potter, Indicium Legal Consulting Pty Ltd.; Judge Lisa Rau, Resonate Mediation and Arbitration, LLC.

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

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

Post Mortem Time!  Now, it’s time to let me know what you thought of this year’s first ever virtual ILTA>ON conference!  What did you like about the virtual conference format?  What did you miss from previous in-person conferences?  How well do you think the conference went overall?  What suggestions, if any, do you have for improvement?

If you would like for your thoughts about the conference to be published in a blog post in eDiscovery Today next week, here’s what you do:

  • Provide your name, company and title
  • Give me three to five sentences regarding your thoughts and observations regarding the conference.  If I get more than that, I may or may not be able to use it all if I get a lot of responses.  So, please keep it brief.
  • Email that information to me at

I will take any observations I receive and will publish them in one or more posts as is (assuming no inappropriate content, of course) and abbreviated for brevity if it exceeds five sentences.

Also, just a reminder that, next Wednesday, September 2nd, at noon ET (11:00am CT, 9:00am PT) our EDRM September monthly webinar of cases covered by the eDiscovery Today blog will discuss cases related to cooperation disputes, including disputes related to in camera review, boilerplate objections, forensic analysis and search terms and more!  And, it includes Tom O’Connor (Director of the Gulf Legal Technology Center), Mary Mack (CEO and Chief Legal Technologist of EDRM) and Craig Ball, President of Craig D. Ball, P.C.!  Click here to register – don’t miss it!

So, what do you think?  Did you attend this year’s virtual ILTA<ON?  Then, please send me your feedback about the conference!  Otherwise, 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 “-“.

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