Friday Relativity Fest Sessions

Friday Relativity Fest Sessions: eDiscovery Trends

Relativity Fest 2022 is being held this week and today is the last day! Check out the Friday Relativity Fest sessions here!

The high-level agenda for the week is here and the complete detailed list of sessions is available here. Here are the notable Friday Relativity Fest sessions:

8:00 AM-8:30 AM


Coffee Break: ACEDS and Relativity Present Fun Fact Friday

The word of e-discovery knowledge and pop culture prowess collide as we start the Friday of Fest with Fun Fact Friday.  Grab your coffee and phone and join ACEDS and Relativity for a fun gathering where you can test your knowledge on everything from fun facts from e-discovery case law to important factoids on your favorite celebrities and crazy current events.  Play anonymously from your phone or under your real name to win cool swag.

8:45 AM-9:30 AM

Feeling Crispy? You May be Burned Out


The legal technology industry is an industry that follows the sun. The problem? That sun never seems to set. Between unspoken expectations of working around the clock, through multiple time zones, and always being available, high rates of burnout are inevitable. Hear from speakers from across different segments, leaderships, and cultures as we dive into burnout – how they identified what burnout looked like for them, how they managed it, and how you can empower yourself and your team to create practices that mitigate the high rate of burnout in our industry.

Speakers: Lauren Roso, Engagement Director, ProSearch; Garima Gupta, Global HR partnerships and Inclusion, Relativity; Danny Frank, Sales Engineer, Relativity; Sue-Deelia Tang, Client Solutions Director, CDS; Chris Egan, President, Celeritas Recruiting.

The Evolving Role of the Investigator

Global investigations are on the rise. Data knows no boundaries, privacy regulations need to be followed, data streams keep changing, and custodians are getting more savvy with their communications. Come hear how top investigators go beyond the status quo to keep up with trends on some of the largest investigations.

Speakers: Kassi Burns, Senior Attorney, King & Spalding; Damon Goduto, Partner, Lineal; Rose Jones, Partner / Dir. E-Discovery PM & Tech, King & Spalding; Jeanne Somma, CCO and GC.

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

The Judicial Panel

The Ninth Annual Relativity Fest Judicial Panel will examine the law of e-discovery and related disciplines in 2022. With a theme of Confidentiality v. Transparency in the Legal System, we’ll cover topics from the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion in Dobbs to the preservation of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine. Join us for this Relativity Fest tradition as judges from state, federal, and overseas courts discuss the dilemmas they face in protecting confidentiality while maintaining the necessary transparency of the judicial system. This session has been submitted for CLE accreditation.

Speakers: David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director, Relativity; Hon. Nora Barry Fischer, Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Hon. William Matthewman, Master Victoria McCloud, Hon. Xavier Rodriguez.

11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Extend, Integrate, and Automate: Microsoft Purview eDiscovery Solution

Microsoft Purview eDiscovery enables efficient response to legal matters or internal investigations with capabilities that reduce data to only what’s relevant. Join this session to learn how Microsoft Purview eDiscovery leverages Microsoft Graph APIs to enable large collections from multiple apps and users, collection of Teams conversations and cloud attachments, and automated workflows for the repeatable and predictable management of complex and time-sensitive processes. You’ll learn how to leverage existing investments, including RelativityOne, for cost savings, a stronger security footprint, and added efficiencies in e-discovery.

Speakers: Caitlin Fitzgerald, Chris Izsak, Manager, GTM – Strategic Partnerships, Relativity; Nick Robinson.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

The International Panel

This annual look at international legal issues will examine topics including cross-border e-discovery, choice of law issues among various countries, and legal issues in nations across the world. We’ll discuss the current state of data law in Europe in the fourth year of enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the post-Brexit legal relationships between the United Kingdom and the European Union, legal issues around the world resulting from the pandemic, and legal developments in Australia, the rest of APAC, and South America. This session has been submitted for CLE accreditation.

Speakers: David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director, Relativity; Meribeth Banaschik, Europe West Chief Innovation Officer – Partner Forensics, Ernst & Young GmbH; Jonathan Armstrong, Cordery; Paula Fearon, Head of Project Services, McCann FitzGerald; Jackie Orchard; Kimlynne Olivier, Control Risks SA.

12:45 PM-1:30 PM

Unlocking the Potential of AI

Please note, this session is only for service provider partners.

Artificial intelligence is currently in use across ninety percent of the Fortune 500, but most organizations are only tapping into a small fraction of the power of AI. Innovative partners can leverage AI to differentiate themselves by providing a better end-to-end customer experience, new and innovative use cases, and valuable strategic insights. Join us for a can’t miss discussion on how turning an investment in AI to reduce risk, provide strategic recommendations on complex matters, and shorter lead times can turn into stronger relationships and deeper partnerships with clients.

Speakers: Natalie Franke, Account Executive – Strategic Partnerships for Relativity/Text IQ, Relativity / Text IQ; Jonathan Foster, Managing Director, Deloitte; Jenya Moshkovich, Global eDiscovery Counsel, Genentech; Jessica Maurer, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP.

1:45 PM-2:30 PM

Ethical AI: A Masterclass by Dr. Timnit Gebru

A highly regarded voice on ethical AI and one of the most prominent researchers of algorithmic bias, Dr. Timnit Gebru has published groundbreaking research and spoken to packed audiences around the world. Until late 2020, Timnit was the co-leader of the ethical AI team at one of the world’s largest technology companies before she was famously fired over a paper that highlighted bias in AI. In 2022, she was on TIME’s list of the World’s100 Most Influential People. In her closing keynote at Relativity Fest 2022, Dr. Gebru will deconstruct the issue of algorithmic bias, examine its detrimental effects on societies and individuals, and articulate how we can collectively pave the road for ethical AI.

Speaker: Timnit Gebru, Founder and Executive Director of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR).

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 Friday 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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