Thursday Legalweek 2023

Thursday Legalweek 2023 Sessions and Events: Legal Technology Trends

Legalweek 2023 continued yesterday with the last full day of events! Here are the notable Thursday Legalweek 2023 sessions and events!

Legalweek 2023 has been conducted Monday through Thursday as a fully in-person event again this year. Here’s the detailed agenda for the conference (on which I generated a word cloud of topics two weeks ago). And here is what eDiscovery Today partners have been doing this week!

Each day, I’ve been covering what’s going on at the conference in terms of sessions related to eDiscovery, information governance, cybersecurity, data privacy and artificial intelligence – so much so, I’d have to clone myself to catch them all!



With that in mind, here’s a list of the Thursday Legalweek 2023 sessions of note you may want to check out, along with the location (all times ET):

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AI for Litigation – Ethical and Practical Considerations (Beekman)

Evidence Optix

In this session, participants will learn about how AI is being used in litigation by in-house counsel and law firms, and the ethics of leveraging AI, including GPT3, for litigation tasks. The course will also discuss the state of how AI is being used in the legal profession, and share real-world examples of how tech  products can incorporate ethical design elements to ensure human decision-making remains paramount.

Speakers: Jacqueline Schafer, Founder & CEO, Clearbrief; Wendy Butler Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick; Peter Geovanes, Head of Data Strategy, AI & Analytics, Winston & Strawn.

The New Era of Cybersecurity: New Threats & How to Stop Them (Sutton Center)

Join Protected Harbor CEO, Richard Luna, to learn about the latest cybersecurity threats, how they are caused, and how they can be prevented. The panel will discuss real-life lessons from a cyber-attack incident response, how to maximize the protection of client data and privileged client communications, and how to keep a firm running through any attack.

In this talk, you’ll learn:

  • A non-technical walkthrough of the steps you can take today to protect your client’s confidentiality and stay compliant.
  • How to create and manage an effective incident response plan and protect against reputation damage.
  • How to embrace evolving client expectations and get the most out of cloud migrations while protecting attorney-client privilege.

Speakers: Richard Luna, CEO, PROTECTED HARBOR INC; Joshua Prager, General Counsel and CCO, Villafranco Wealth Management.

A Legal Worriers Guide to AI Chat (Regent)

11:00am -11.30am

AI has remained stubbornly at the top of the market hype curve with users often tumbling into the trough of disillusionment when Legal applications did not live up to expectations. Join a Practitioner, an Expert, and an Entrepreneur as they explore the realities of data sharing and transparency that will challenge the value proposition for Generative AI and learn what should be in each of your engagement letters before jumping into this next wave of Legal innovation.

11.30am – 12:00pm

Topic: Taking the Worry Out of Modern Data Collection, Culling and Review

Slack, Teams, WhatsApp, text, etc., are modern data types that are becoming more prominent but require a different collection, culling and review workflow to identify strictly personal info, identify the specific channels/teams that may be responsive, and to review data in segments that enable us to see the full scope of the conversations across tools. Integreon has built partnerships with several technology providers and designed a workflow to cull data before it hits a traditional review tool allowing for time and cost efficiencies as well as eliminating embarrassing data from a more formal review process. In our session, we’ll talk about the nuances of collecting chat data and various options to help our clients quickly and easily cull this data.

Speakers: Diane Homolak, Vice President Technology Solutions, Integreon; Deeanna Fleener, SVP, Strategic Solutions, Disputes & Investigations, Integreon; Richard Clark, Sr. Director, CloudNine; Jim Wagner, Founder and Managing Principal, Lean Law Labs; Jeff Ward, Director, Duke Center on Law & Tech, Duke School of Law; Andreas Mueller, CEO, Downstreem LLC.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Compliance: Is Artificial Intelligence the Answer? The Experts Debate. (Sutton Center)

Government agencies, corporations, and their counsel are creating and implementing compliance programs that can track a wide range of corporate conduct. This developing area of the law lends itself naturally to AI-based technology solutions that are guided by legal counsel.  Yet, we must ask: will AI become a reality given the fact that general counsel are still not using those tools broadly?

Our panel of industry and legal experts will debate the issues that surround this emerging technology, and whether AI will be a solution that can address compliance issues.  

Three takeaways from this discussion:

  • How AI is being deployed by companies to address their compliance needs, and the future state of play.
  • How lawyers get comfortable with this technology, and the type of training they need.
  • The larger implications for companies using AI to track behavior.

Speakers: Ilan Sherr, Executive Director, Aiscension, Legal Director, DLA Piper; Laura Kibbe, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Operations, Unisys; Allison Dunham, Director, Advanced Analytics, Epiq; Erin Toomey, Vice-President and Managing Director, Epiq (Moderator); Mark Noel, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Redgrave Data.

The strategic use of legal tech in 2023 (Sutton South)

Deploying the right technology has become critical to delivering outcomes to your clients and internal stakeholders. It can help control costs, increase efficiency, extract data insights, and improve both client and employee satisfaction. As legal tech offerings have matured and consolidated, we have seen more and more organizations undertake the seemingly herculean task of modernizing their tech stacks.

This panel will cover how top law firms and law departments are already using technology to differentiate themselves, and where they plan to go in 2023. They will discuss important considerations for identifying and rolling out the right technology, including ways to align legal tech with overall strategy, factors to consider in adopting new legal tech, laying the right groundwork for implementation, and change management best practices.

Speakers: Katie DeBord, Vice President, DISCO; Nicole Bradick, Founder and CEO, Theory and Principle; Wendy Butler Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick; Kimberly Bell, Director, Technology & Innovation, American Express; Matt Sunderman, Chief Executive Officer, HBR Consulting.

Security at the Forefront: Future Proofing Your Discovery Processes and Investments (Regent)

The data and discovery landscape is evolving with new content types and apps, putting pressure on organizations to build processes that can adapt at an accelerated pace. Join this session to learn about the approach Microsoft is taking to support organizations and their eDiscovery needs, and hear firsthand from a large Financial Services company the challenges they are seeing, lessons learned, and their hope for the future.

  • Learn about the new content types and apps that are impacting eDiscovery and the importance of aligning with use cases.
  • Hear from a large Financial Services Discovery expert on the common challenges for Discovery, lessons learned and the critical connection between Security and Discovery teams.
  • Understand the importance of technology partnerships to future proof your investments.

Speakers: Iram Arras, Principal Product Manager, Microsoft; Jason Pickens, VP CyberSecurity, JP Morgan Chase.

In addition to today’s Legalweek 2023 sessions, there will be one last night of happy hours and events. Just kidding – there will be no more happy hours and events (at least not officially).

So, what do you think? Did you attend Legalweek 2023 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 authors and speakers themselves, 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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