Everlaw Summit

Everlaw Summit Begins Today!: eDiscovery Conferences

Everlaw Summit, Everlaw’s first-ever in-person conference, begins today in San Francisco! Here are some of the highlights to expect this week!

Everlaw Summit features three days of connection, education, and transformation focused on leading through change at San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel. Over the next three days, there will be over 26 sessions, four keynote presentations, and six official networking events.

I am here in San Francisco this week and I’m looking forward to several sessions and events this week. Here are a few of the highlights:


Wednesday, November 2 at 9:15 AM-10:15 AM PT

Bad Blood: Exposing Theranos

From exposing long-secret Medicare abuses to revealing the billion-dollar deception behind Theranos, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Carreyrou shares how he turns the burden of information into narratives that change the world. Reed Kathrein, a Partner at Hagens Berman, will join the discussion to cover specifics of the Theranos civil litigation.

Wednesday, November 2 at 10:15 AM-11:15 AM PT

eDiscovery Assistant

Seeking Truth and Healing in our Nation’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdoses have killed more than 841,000 people since 1999, setting off one of the biggest public-health crises the US has faced in the 21st century. In this session, UCSF archivist Rachel Taketa will take us behind the scenes on the challenges faced by public archives in collecting and preparing millions of documents from opioid-litigation defendants on how they aimed to increase sales of drugs they knew to be addictive and deadly.

While the decades-long Truth in Tobacco campaign provided context, the scale and speed of the opioid crisis posed unprecedented challenges to archivists that only modern ediscovery could tackle. Please join this fireside chat hosted by Everlaw Chief Legal Officer Shana Simmons to hear more about the critical role that archives play as a source of truth, public-health reform, and healing.

Wednesday, November 2 at 1:45 PM-2:35 PM PT

Process Transformation: How Two of America’s Top Firms Are Reimagining Ediscovery

In ediscovery today, process change is usually driven by necessity; new data types to ingest, ever-increasing data sets, and client demands all factor into the evolution of your ediscovery process. Everlaw clients Barnes & Thornburg and Orrick are as susceptible to these mitigating circumstances as any other firm.

In this session, Eric Beard, with Barnes & Thornburg, and Jeremiah Weasenforth, with Orrick, will reflect on their overarching approach to ediscovery and how both firms have transformed their discovery processes to better handle more work in-house, increase attorney engagement, and get closer to client data than ever before. Everlaw’s Director of Legal, Catherine Choe, will moderate.

Thursday, November 3 at 9:00 AM-9:45 AM PT

Everlaw Vision

AJ Shankar, Everlaw Chief Executive Officer, will discuss Everlaw’s vision for the future of ediscovery and legal technology.

Thursday, November 3 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM PT

Peer Into the Future of Ediscovery

What challenges do we share, and how will we overcome them going into 2023 and beyond? In this session, we peer into the future of law, technology, and economics.

Dr. Maura Grossman shares insights about the intersection of AI and law, particularly on future developments and challenges in technology.

David Cohen looks ahead to new approaches in the economics of discovery in litigation and how we can best serve the needs of our clients.

The Hon. Xavier Rodriguez weighs in on the growing volume of ediscovery disputes and how courts can encourage speed, transparency, and economy.

Thursday, November 3 at 3:35 PM-4:20 PM PT

Changing the Face of Law and Technology: A Career Workshop Hosted by Women in Ediscovery

We’ve witnessed tremendous growth and an increase in opportunities for women in ediscovery over the last few years. This panel will explore how that field has been changing as more women have made significant inroads into the industry.

Come join Everlaw’s own Angela Kovach as she dives into these changes with three female thought leaders (Kelley A. Hempson, Senior Solution Delivery Manager, Deloitte; Lana Pellegrino, Managing Director, Deloitte; Joy Tranel, Manager, Ediscovery Project Management, Perkins Coie LLP) in our industry. Specifically, we’ll be tackling:

  • How they distinguished themselves by focusing on technical and other subject matter proficiencies.
  • How changes in the industry specifically affect women in ediscovery and how they adjusted and even embraced change when possible.
  • How they have learned to navigate and excel in a field where they find themselves undervalued and underrepresented.

Friday, November 4 at 11:30 AM-12:00 PM PT

How to Configure Your Case for Maximum Efficiency Using AI

Work together to determine how best to configure a case and incorporate AI tools on Everlaw to handle a large incoming data set and meet an upcoming deadline. Users will have the chance to share insights into how they would approach setting up the environment and will receive input and guidance from Everlaw’s User Education team on best practices.

Those are just a few of the interesting sessions this week. If you’re in the San Francisco area, it’s not too late to register! The full Everlaw Summit site is here, with the Agenda available here! Come join us!

So, what do you think? Are you attending Everlaw Summit this week? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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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