ILTACON 2023 Wednesday Sessions

ILTACON 2023 Wednesday Sessions and Happenings: Legal Tech Trends

More education and fun ahead! 🙂 The International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) annual conference ILTACON 2023 is being conducted this week. And we’ve already had several interesting sessions on Monday and Tuesday! Here are the ILTACON 2023 Wednesday sessions and happenings.

Each day at ILTACON 2023, eDiscovery Today will highlight notable sessions for the day – in most cases, those sessions will relate to eDiscovery, Information Governance, cybersecurity, data privacy, or artificial intelligence (as well as a few other happenings during the week). All times ET.

ILTACON 2023 Wednesday Sessions and Happenings:



Keynote Session: Dr. Rob Archer: Build Resilience, Improve Mental Health and Sustain High Performance (Y&B Convention Center, Grand Harbor Ballroom)

A published researcher, Rob focuses on the importance of developing psychological flexibility, which research data suggests has a major impact on performance, health and resilience. He has just led the largest research trial of its kind in this area and speaks regularly at international conferences on these topics.


Collaboration Tools: Which Ones Solve Which Business Problems (Dolphin CC 5th Floor, Southern Hemisphere II)

Collaboration tools such as Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and others are widely used in our hybrid and remote workplaces. Most organizations will have a standard but will have to support multiple tools. Learn which tools successfully connect firms and legal departments with their clients and staff, the problems they are solving, and the headaches that continue to persist. Bring your challenges, concerns and questions to this session and learn from your peers? success stories of how they are using them in their organizations.

Speakers: Allan Mørch, CEO, AskCody; Tina Rodriguez, Manager – Practice & Client Solutions, Foley & Lardner LLP; Cristin Traylor, Director – Law Firm Strategy Marketing, Relativity.

Revolutionizing e-Discovery Again?: Harnessing the Power of Portable Active Learning Models (Y&B Convention Center, Newport Ballroom West)

Continuous Active Learning (CAL) revolutionized the review of large data sets, but up until now, the benefits were case dependent – once the model was applied to the documents in a case, it was never used again. Newly available portable models allow for the re-use of a CAL model in a different case with a completely different set of records. Initial use cases include quickly identifying privileged records and records involved in investigations (such as those showing insider trading or a toxic workplace). This session will discuss the value of portable models for different types of cases, and whether they can help (or hinder!) adoption of active learning. We’ll also consider practical and ethical issues to bear in mind when developing a portable model of your own.

Speakers: Scott Milner, Partner, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius L.L.P.; James Park, Director – AI Consulting, DISCO; Krysta Slavik, Solutions & Innovation Analyst, K&L Gates; George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness, Reveal.

You have an IG policy in place, now how do you manage compliance? (Y&B Convention Center, Asbury Hall C/D)

Everyone agrees that creating and implementing an effective IG policy is a critical first step an organization must take to secure data, comply with regulations and meet all ethical standards when managing information. What happens next?  There’s more to an IG program than just setting rules and guidelines.  The mature program must be monitored and audited for compliance. How do we do this?  This session, will provide ideas on leveraging internal resources and technology to manage the framework of your Information Governance program and client expectations, which will also be beneficial for client audits.

Speakers: Karen Allen, Information Governance Manager, Wiley Rein LLP; Michele Gossmeyer, Global Director – Information Governance, Risk and Compliance, Dentons; Leigh Isaacs, Senior Director – Information Governance, DLA Piper; Jame Merrifield, Director of Information Governance & Business Intake, Robinson & Cole LLP; Jill Sterbakov, Information Governance Compliance Attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P.


We Don’t Have to Do It Like That Anymore: Tools and Methods for Modern Litigation Case Management (Dolphin CC 5th Floor, Southern Hemisphere I)

In the past, case management was a time-consuming and inefficient process. Case teams relied on word processor tables and charts, spreadsheets, and stacks of PDFs to track case information. The good news is that modern case management tools and methods can help you streamline your workflow and save time. In this session, our experts will share their insights and best practices on:

  • Capturing and organizing work product, such as deposition designations, witness kits, and key facts and evidence
  • Streamlining case management processes, such as scheduling and team coordination
  • Collaborating with your teams while managing work product securely and efficiently

Speakers: Catherine McPherson, Legal Technology Strategist, Bartlit Beck LLP; Michael Quartararo, President, ACEDS; Rachelle Rennagel, Special Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Why the time is now; a Central Repository for all your Firm data! (Y&B Convention Center, Newport Ballroom West)

In this session learn why developing a Data Lake for all of the firm’s data can help to simplify the integration process and create a central data repository, which can be leveraged for firm-wide reporting, data integration, and data backup/archiving. Join us to understand why there is an increasing need across industries for the centralization of data, which serves to improve data integrity and consistency, reduce data loss, security risks, and reputational risks, and eliminate duplicative efforts for data capture and management.

Speakers: Tom Baldwin, CEO, Entegrata; Paul Casey, Data Operations and Analytics Manager, Frost Brown Todd LLP; Reanna Martinez, Solutions Manager, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP; Stacy Rushing, Senior KM and Data Analytics Counsel, Fisher Phillips.


Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, Bias, and Explainability – and Regulatory Responses (Dolphin CC 5th Floor, Southern Hemisphere II)

This session will focus on how AI systems are tested and evaluated for bias and accuracy, and the emerging standards and regulations about the concept of explainability that will govern the use of AI in legal.  Lawyers and judges have to show their work – does AI? How do we know we can trust AI, when we have already seen well-publicized examples of bias and errors? To what extent do providers and users of AI systems need to understand exactly how AI systems arrive at their results?

Speakers: Emili Budell-Rhodes, Lead Evangelist, LexisNexis; Sarah Alt, Chief Business Process Officer, Michael Best; Rachel Dooley, Chief Innovation Officer, Goodwin; Jason Schultz, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Michael Best.

On the Cutting Edge of Short Message Collection, Review, and Production: How Do We Slice and Dice this Challenging Data Source? (Y&B Convention Center, Asbury Hall C/D)

The world of short message communication and collaboration is evolving more rapidly than ever before, and the e-discovery industry is faced with a challenge. What should we be focused on when it comes to short message data (Slack, Teams, WhatsApp, chat, text, emojis, etc.) and how do we collect, review and produce it while maintaining contextual considerations? The panel will discuss these challenges and opportunities to efficiently and effectively manage short message data.

Speakers: Monica Harris, Product Business Manager, Cellebrite; Nordo Nissi, Head of Electronic Discovery and Litigation Technology, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.; Gina Taranto, Director of Applied Sciences, ProSearch Strategies, Inc.; Danielle Davidson, Senior Discovery Analytics Advisor, Ropes & Gray; Michael Deuerling, Senior Product Manager, Relativity ODA LLC.

Here’s a link to the detailed agenda for the week.

So, what do you think?  Are you attending any of the ILTACON 2023 Wednesday sessions?  If you’re here in person, look me up!  And please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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