By Tim Rollins
With Thanksgiving week almost here, the e-discovery team at Exterro and our partners at ACEDS, EDRM, and eDiscovery Today all start thinking more seriously about E-Discovery Day. This December 7th, the ninth annual celebration of this day to recognize these unsung heroes of the litigation process, is almost here, and everyone who’s participating needs to start making concrete plans.
What webinars will I attend? Is there a happy hour or lunch and learn in my city? The best way to think about your E-Discovery Day goals is to attend or watch on-demand our career development webinar. But if that doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to wonder any longer, as this blog post will help you figure out what works best for you.
My personal recommendation: register for a couple webinars, even if you can’t make both. That way you’ll have an on-demand webinar to watch at your convenience on a slow work day during the holidays. Then make sure, if you live in one of the cities where we’re hosting events, RSVP and join in the in-person fun and enjoy a holiday season drink and bite with colleagues and friends old and new.
Without further ado, here are this year’s E-Discovery Day activities and links so you can sign up!
Advancing Your E-Discovery Career: How to Leverage E-Discovery Day to its Fullest
November 16, 1 pm ET/10 am PT
Careers in e-discovery are in uncertain times. With the growing interest around AI, an unstable economy, and converging e-discovery, data governance, privacy practices, it's more important than ever that e-discovery professionals think strategically about their careers. In this upcoming webcast, hear from e-discovery leaders on how best to navigate your e-discovery career and learn how E-Discovery Day can be leveraged to it's fullest to advance your e-discovery career in 2024. Listen in as Mike Quartararo, President of ACEDS, Mary Mack, CEO and Chief Legal Technologist at EDRM, and E-Discovery Recruiters Khrys McKinney and Michael Potters offer up tips for professionals.
The Expanding World of E-Discovery: A Look at the Convergence of E-Discovery, Privacy, and Forensics
December 7th, 9 am ET/6 am PT
Corporate counsel and legal professionals face unique and growing data-related challenges in this ever-changing threat landscape. The risk of litigation continues to rise as data requirements grow more complex and data volumes soar. This session will analyze the key areas of data-related risks and provide tools/tips to establish defensible practices for protecting your organization in the event of a cyber breach, internal investigation, or litigation.
ESI Protocols: To Be or Not To Be and What to Include
December 7th, 10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT
The debate rages on about the value of ESI Protocols, whether to have one, or how complicated they really need to be to meet the parties’ needs, as well as how courts are viewing them. Join us for a lively discussion on real-world examples of when to use (and not use) a protocol, and the key elements to incorporate to benefit the parties and keep discovery moving forward (and off the judge’s calendar). We’ll discuss language issues in drafting and what the courts want to see from parties.
Where is Waldo Generative AI on E-Discovery Day?
December 7, 12 pm ET/9 am PT
Generative AI has dominated the news cycle in 2023: from breathless claims about everything it can and will do, to fears it will annihilate humanity. We’ve seen colossal blunders on the part of attorneys who used GenAI to prepare court submissions and misguided responses from some courts. As we draft this description in the early Fall, it is almost impossible to predict where we will be on December 7. This panel will address both current technical and legal developments and challenges of GenAI from the perspective of computer scientists, lawyers, and judges.
The 5 Most Important E-Discovery Cases of 2023
December 7, 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT
On E-Discovery Day 2023, it's only fitting that we look back over the year that's coming to an end and review the most important e-discovery case law rulings of the year. Join Doug Austin, Mary Mack, Tom O’Connor, and Judge Andrew Peck for a lively discussion that will cover the key lessons you need to know for your e-discovery cases in 2024.
Gayle O'Connor Spirit Awards
December 7, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT
Join us this eDiscovery Day as we honor the legacy of the late Gayle O'Connor (1956-2020) and celebrate the trailblazers of our community with the Gayle O'Connor Spirit Award.
This award pays homage to Gayle's indomitable spirit, unique energy, and drive to bring people together, even in the face of adversity. It recognizes professionals in the legal realm who, through their outstanding contributions to e-discovery, legal technology, and more, inspire, educate, and foster unity in our community. Our nominees, nominated by their esteemed peers, shine brightly in the legal industry, and serve as beacons of inspiration for all.
Please celebrate with us as we announce the 2023 recipient and laud the nominees for their exemplary work and dedication. Register now and be part of this momentous occasion!
In-Person E-Discovery Day Events
Make sure you connect with peers and new and old friends at one of these in-person events. For all these events, the location address is available when you click to register, but we’ve included the time in this list.
Atlanta Lunch and Learn
Co-sponsored by Exterro, ACEDS, and Women in eDiscovery
Smith Gambrell Russell Law, December 7th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm ET
Houston Happy Hour
Co-sponsored by Exterro, ACEDS, and Women in eDiscovery
I bet Doug Austin will be in attendance… hint hint!
Upper Kirby Ice House, December 7th, 5 pm – 8 pm CT
Los Angeles Happy Hour
Co-sponsored by Exterro and PAR
The Cal Edison DTLA, December 7th, 5 pm – 8 pm PT
Pittsburgh E-Discovery Day Networking Event
Hosted by Exterro and Reed Smith
I’m willing to bet a round of mini golf that you can meet up with David Cohen at this event… but I can’t vouch for his putting skills.
Puttshack Pittsburgh, December 7th, 5 pm – 8 pm ET
Chicago Happy Hour
Hosted by Exterro and Archive 360
Old Town Pour House, December 7th, 6 pm – 9 pm ET
Remember to stay tuned and visit the E-Discovery Day website as events get added to the calendar!