Thursday Relativity Fest Sessions

Thursday Relativity Fest Sessions: eDiscovery Trends

Relativity Fest 2022 is being held this week and today is the first full day! Check out the Thursday Relativity Fest sessions here!

Pricing is available here for either in-person or digital pass, with registration links for each option as well. The high-level agenda for the week is here and the complete detailed list of sessions is available here. Here are the notable Thursday Relativity Fest sessions:

8:00 AM-8:30 AM


Coffee Break: Red Carpet Relativity Fest Kick-off Presented by EDRM

I’ll be joining Mary Mack, CEO and Chief Legal Technologist at EDRM and Kaylee Walstad, Chief Strategy Officer at EDRM, Craig Ball, TX Trial Attorney, Forensics Expert, Special Master, Patricia Diaz Rodriguez of Ankura, David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity and Monica Harris, Product Business Manager, Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions. We will be kicking off the first full day of Relativity Fest discussing favorite Fest memories and what we are most looking forward to doing at Fest. Come and share, wear your favorite Fest swag and join us for a lively conversation!

9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Normalizing Modern Data from Preservation to Production


As emerging data types becomes more prevalent in discovery, litigation technologists and legal professionals need a way to standardize the preservation, collection, processing, review, and production of data from workplace apps and mobile sources. During this session you’ll hear from eDiscovery thought leaders on modern data normalization trends and approaches on how the industry can tackle this challenge.

Speakers: Susan Stone, Director Discovery Technology, AT&T; Monica Harris, Product Business Manager, Cellebrite; Jerry Bui, Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Nikolai Pozdniakov, EDD Manager, vdiscovery.

1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Navigating the Complexity of Information and Public Record Requests with Relativity

Please note, this session is only for public sector attendees.

More and more federal and state agencies are using Relativity to organize their data, apply analytics and automation to increase their disclosure request efficiency reducing the risk of backlogs and inaccurate results. Join this candid discussion on leveraging the flexibility and customizable features within Relativity to improve your workflow, prevent backlogs, and reduce your time and costs associated with information and public record requests.

Speakers: Ed Biggam, Relativity; Meredith Perry, Senior Sales Engineer – Public Sector, Relativity; Brian McNamara, Vice President, Deloitte; Amber Taylor, Operations Manager, California Department of Justice – eDiscovery & Litigation Services; Mark Stilp, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

The e-Discovery State of the Union

This annual gathering of leading lawyers, journalists, and industry analysts will have panelists facing off in a contest format to benefit charitable organizations as we examine the vital issues of the day in the world of e-discovery. With the contest’s presiding judge, the Honorable James Francis IV, and Relativity’s David Horrigan moderating, the State of the Union will provide entertaining legal education as Judge Francis considers the arguments from the two sides on legal and technology topics. It’s a session where the Relativity community gathers to give back.This session has been submitted for CLE accreditation.

Speakers: Kenya Parrish-Dixon, General Counsel, Empire Technologies Risk Management Group; Kelly Twigger, Principal, ESI Attorneys LLC; Ryan O’Leary, David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director, Relativity; Hon. James C. Francis IV, Arbitrator/Mediator/Special Master, JAMS; Zach Warren, Manager, Enterprise Content – Technology and Innovation, Thomson Reuters Institute; Bob Ambrogi, Publisher, LawSites/LawNext; Stephanie Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Legaltech News, ALM.

2:15 PM-3:00 PM

Data Mining in Cyber Incident Response: Managing Risk and Spend through An Evidence-Based Approach

Organizations today need to have a balanced, evidence-based approach to successfully navigate a cyber incident, investigation, and subsequent responses. Led by a team of distinguished industry cyber discovery specialists, this session will highlight critical concerns and considerations for cyber, data, and legal discovery professionals through the lens of practices and protocols that cover the complete lifecycle of a cyber incident. Underscored themes to be covered in this expert panel include: 1) Key elements organizations should keep in mind during a cyber investigation to properly contain and manage outcomes early and often throughout the lifecycle of a cyber incident. 2) Fundamental checkpoints in the investigation process used to inform downstream data mining work, including establishing data subject notifications on the tail of a cyber incident. 3) Data breach notification requirements from a legal, regulatory, and jurisdictional perspective considering whose and what data is at issue, where the data is located, and how (and to what degree) the data may be compromised.

Speakers: Scott Milner, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Anya Korolyov, Vice President of Cyber Incident Response and Custom Solutions, HaystackID; Kelly Atherton, Senior Manager Cyber Incident Response, Norton Rose Fulbright; Susana Medeiros, John Wilson, Chief Information Security Officer and President of Forensics, HaystackID.

Innovator Developer Panel

During this session, Mike Obregon, Senior Sales Engineer at Relativity, will host partners and customers developing on the platform to continue to push innovation outside of the e-discovery practice. This panel discussion will share experiences and ideas as we highlight the Developer Experience at Relativity.

Speakers: Daniel Gold, Managing Director, BDO USA, LLP; Michael Obregon, Senior Sales Engineer, Relativity; Chris Haley, Director of Legal Technology, Troutman Pepper eMerge; Elizabeth Wade, Master Business Analyst, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP.

2:15 PM-3:15 PM

The Changing Way We Work: AI Application Beyond TAR

The pace of AI adoption is accelerating to the point its use is nearly ubiquitous. But how is AI being used in the legal profession? Today’s AI has gone far beyond the early days of TAR. Join leading legal practitioners as we explore using AI to solve problems that go beyond traditional e-discovery. In this session, we’ll look at relevant case law, the ethical considerations raised by the use of artificial intelligence, and practical challenges with AI adoption in a risk-averse industry. This session has been submitted for CLE accreditation.

Speakers: Omar Haroun, Josh Kreamer, Director of eDiscovery, AstraZeneca; Laura Kibbe, Assistant General Counsel, IQVIA; Bobby Malhotra, Of Counsel & Co-Leader: eDiscovery & Info Gov Practice, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.

3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Making a Difference in the Law and in Your Career through Service

From helping school kids in Chicago to sending aid to the people of Ukraine, public service has always been an important part of what we do at Relativity. Whether you’re with a law firm, service provider, government agency, or corporation, public service is more important than ever as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations become a key factor in evaluating the success of any organization. More importantly, helping the less fortunate is the right thing to do. How can you get involved in public service to make a difference? In this important program, we’ll discuss public service opportunities and how pro bono programs and volunteer projects are a vital part of the legal system. This session has been submitted for CLE accreditation.

Speakers: David Horrigan; Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director, Relativity; Michelle Broxman, Director of Project Management, Cimplifi; Johnathan Hill, Community Engagement Lead, Relativity; Matt Holbrook, Operations Director, Georgia Innocence Project; Tanya Thomas, Research & Instructional Technology Librarian, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law.

Those are some of the highlights of the Thursday Relativity Fest sessions. I’ll also be previewing notable educational sessions and networking events each of the three days, so look for that! My third in-person conference in three weeks! If that’s not a sign that in-person conferences are back, I’m not sure what is!

So, what do you think? Are you attending any of the Thursday Relativity Fest sessions? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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