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Big Ideas to Rethink and Improve E-Discovery

Georgetown Law CLE and Exterro are proud to bring you edTalks, a series of short presentations by legal & IT thought leaders on cutting edge e-discovery ideas, concepts, and best practices. 

A Healthy Competition for Competence

Susan Hammond, Esq., Sr. litigation Counsel, USAA

Collegial competitive disconnects between information security, data protection, e-discovery, supervising litigation and outside merits counsel can negatively impact the adoption of innovation and risks reputational damage to our profession... +

Collegial competitive disconnects between information security, data protection, e-discovery, supervising litigation and outside merits counsel can negatively impact the adoption of innovation and risks reputational damage to our profession. Learn how recognizing, leveraging and learning from the strengths of our colleagues can turn a hostile heat into a healthy competition for technical competence.  -

Admissibility of ESI

Hon. Ronald Hedges, Former US Magistrate Judge & Sr. Counsel, Dentons US LLP

Do you know how to successfully authenticate ESI (e.g. social, mobile content)? In today’s digital age it’s a must. Learn how to successfully authenticate ESI along with the hurdles... +

Do you know how to successfully authenticate ESI (e.g. social, mobile content)? In today’s digital age it’s a must. Learn how to successfully authenticate ESI along with the hurdles a proponent of admissibility will have to surmount, and arguments which can be made against admissibility of ESI. -

Can Lawyers Be Saved?

Craig Ball, Esq., ESI Special Master, Craig D. Ball, P.C.

A hard look at the challenge of lawyer competence in information technology and e-discovery, addressing the question, "Must the paper chasers die off, or can trial lawyers learn to... +

A hard look at the challenge of lawyer competence in information technology and e-discovery, addressing the question, "Must the paper chasers die off, or can trial lawyers learn to thrive in a digital world?" -

Digital Leviathan

Aaron Crews, Esq., Sr. Associate General Counsel, Walmart

Like life in the real world, life in the digital world is likely to be nasty, brutish, and short without governance. Learn how "Programatic Information Governance," while complex and... +

Like life in the real world, life in the digital world is likely to be nasty, brutish, and short without governance. Learn how "Programatic Information Governance," while complex and difficult to achieve, is the key to escaping the digital "state of nature" and moving organizations of all sizes toward greater security and prosperity.  -

Predictive Coding: Why Am I Not Getting Better Results?

Robert Keeling, Esq., Partner & Co-Chair – E-Discovery Group, Sidley Austin

As compared to manual human review, predictive coding potentially can do the same work in less time, at lower cost, and with equal or better quality. But not all... +

As compared to manual human review, predictive coding potentially can do the same work in less time, at lower cost, and with equal or better quality. But not all machine learning algorithms are the same. And not all approaches to using predictive coding will lead to similar results. Learn how practitioners can improve their approach to predictive coding and make their reviews more efficient with better outcomes. -

The Power of ESI to Tell a Story

Kelly Twigger, Esq., Principal – ESI Attorneys, Creator – eDiscovery Assistant

The availability of ESI makes it easier than ever to tell a story and to piece together the facts. Rather than getting lost in your data, imagine the landscape... +

The availability of ESI makes it easier than ever to tell a story and to piece together the facts. Rather than getting lost in your data, imagine the landscape of available data as a series of puzzle pieces that may or may not be for the puzzle you are building. Learn how to find the right puzzle pieces and put them together — and why the notion of thinking that way will help refine your discovery efforts and make them much more productive and valuable.  -

Don’t Stand Still When Employees Move

Ross Dubinsky, Director, Legal Management Consulting, Stout

Employee changes at any organization are common and unavoidable; in this session learn about the types of employee movement you should worry about, why they are important, and what... +

Employee changes at any organization are common and unavoidable; in this session learn about the types of employee movement you should worry about, why they are important, and what can be done to keep your data safe. -

Evolutionary, Revolutionary, or Bust? Out of the Box E-Discovery in Office 365

John Collins, Director, Information Governance Solutions, DTI

Office 365, Microsoft’s market-leading email, collaboration, and file storage platform is one of—perhaps the most—significant technologies to impact the legal and information governance professions over the past 20 years... +

Office 365, Microsoft’s market-leading email, collaboration, and file storage platform is one of—perhaps the most—significant technologies to impact the legal and information governance professions over the past 20 years. Why? First, it is becoming one of the primary locations where organizations store their corporate data. Second, built into Office 365 are tools that enable an organization to perform discovery tasks such as identification, preservation, collection, and even predictive coding. Third, Office 365 includes retention and disposition features which support implementing an information governance framework. -

Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos

Heidi Gardner, PH.D, Lecturer of Law, Harvard Law School

Clients need their lawyers to help them address increasingly complex problems-the kinds that only teams of multidisciplinary experts can tackle. Yet, even the best-intentioned lawyers often confront barriers to... +

Clients need their lawyers to help them address increasingly complex problems-the kinds that only teams of multidisciplinary experts can tackle. Yet, even the best-intentioned lawyers often confront barriers to collaboration: working together often seems messy, risky, and expensive.  Dr. Gardner's research shows that firms earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, attract and retain the best talent, and gain a competitive edge when specialists collaborate across functional boundaries. Learn how to foster smart collaboration to reap benefits for you, your clients and GT. -

Unlocking the Proportionality Puzzle

Hon. David Waxse, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Kansas

For decades legal teams have struggled with properly leveraging proportionality in regards to discovery. Learn how proportionality should be applied in today's courts and walk away being able to... +

For decades legal teams have struggled with properly leveraging proportionality in regards to discovery. Learn how proportionality should be applied in today's courts and walk away being able to answer questions like: When is it required to be considered? What should counsel do to prepare for and to properly present the issues regarding proportionality? How should the court decide what is proportional? -

Did E-Discovery Ruin the Civil Courts?

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas

Discovery costs associated with retention, review and production have been blamed for why litigants do not seek relief or why some parties settle non-meritorious claims. Are these true statements... +

Discovery costs associated with retention, review and production have been blamed for why litigants do not seek relief or why some parties settle non-meritorious claims.  Are these true statements?  Can the civil justice system be saved? -

Is it Malpractice Not to Get a FRE 502(d) Order?

Hon. Andrew Peck, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York

With so few cases going to trial, lawyers may be unaware of provisions in the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) that protect privilege during discovery. In this edTalk, Judge... +

With so few cases going to trial, lawyers may be unaware of provisions in the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) that protect privilege during discovery. In this edTalk, Judge Peck will discuss why every lawyer should use FRE 502(d) in every case to prevent waiver of privilege. -

Paralegals - The Future E-Discovery Leader

Tara Jones, MBA, Lead Paralegal - E-Discovery, Oath

Learn how paralegals can take advantage of opportunities to become e-discovery leaders in their organizations. +

Learn how paralegals can take advantage of opportunities to become e-discovery leaders in their organizations. -

Simplifying the Tar Discussion with Clients

Susan Wortzman, Esq., Founder and President, Wortzmans

TAR can be confusing, especially for less tech savvy people. Learn ways you can clearly present the defensibility and benefits of TAR to both lawyers and clients. +

TAR can be confusing, especially for less tech savvy people. Learn ways you can clearly present the defensibility and benefits of TAR to both lawyers and clients. -

David v. Goliath - Successfully Negotiating E-Discovery Parameters in Asymmetrical Litigation

Daniel Stromberg, Esq., E-Discovery Counsel, Outten & Golden, LLP

Get the tools and tips that smaller firms can use to level the playing field when engaging in e-discovery proceedings with larger opposing parties. +

Get the tools and tips that smaller firms can use to level the playing field when engaging in e-discovery proceedings with larger opposing parties. -

Attorney Algorithm Aversion and Infatuation

Maura R. Grossman, Esq., eDiscovery Consultant / Expert / Mediator / Special Master; Maura Grossman Law

In the legal industry, we have observed two conflicting reactions to artificial intelligence: both resistance to using algorithms that have been shown to be effective and efficient, and over... +

In the legal industry, we have observed two conflicting reactions to artificial intelligence: both resistance to using algorithms that have been shown to be effective and efficient, and over reliance on algorithms that are unproven and dangerous. This edTalk will address these opposing tendencies from psychosocial, economic, and scientific perspectives. -

Proportional Document Review under the New Rules and the Art of Cost Estimation

Ralph Losey, Esq., National E-Discovery Counsel, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Controlling doc review costs and making proportionality objections under revised Rule 34(b)(2) is tricky, especially if your main complaint is overburdensomeness. The metrics you need for a good review... +

Controlling doc review costs and making proportionality objections under revised Rule 34(b)(2) is tricky, especially if your main complaint is overburdensomeness. The metrics you need for a good review plan and valid objection both depend on being able to estimate the time and costs of review. This talk will give you a quick peek on how to do that. -

Technology and Trust

Geoffrey Klingsporn, Esq., Senior Assistant City Attorney, City and County of Denver

E-Discovery is typically conceived as a question of technology: How can we use electronic tools to solve the problems of electronic information? But this conception risks abandoning or devaluing... +

E-Discovery is typically conceived as a question of technology: How can we use electronic tools to solve the problems of electronic information? But this conception risks abandoning or devaluing necessarily human aspects of e-discovery—especially relationships of trust. Focusing particularly on e-discovery for in-house legal teams and large organizations, this talk addresses the continuing need to integrate trust as part of the e-discovery process.  -