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eDiscovery Trends: Welcome to ILTA 2011!


The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual educational conference of 2011 kicked off yesterday with several networking events, and begins in earnest today with the first day of sessions.  eDiscoveryDaily is here to report about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show.  Over the next four days, we will provide a description each day of some of the sessions related to eDiscovery to give you a sense of the topics being covered.

If you’re in the Nashville area, come check out the show – there are a number of sessions available and over 280(!) exhibitors providing information on their products and services, including (shameless plug warning!) my company, CloudNine Discovery, which is previewing the version 10.5 release of our linear review application, OnDemand®, prior to release next month.

Perform a “find” on today’s ILTA conference schedule for “discovery” and you’ll get 7 hits.  So, there is plenty to talk about!  Sessions in the main conference tracks include:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:

Litigation and Practice Support Professional Development

Description: In the world of litigation and practice support, sometimes there are more job opportunities than there are people to fill them. Once you’ve gone through the long process of hiring the perfect candidate(s), how do you develop and retain your litigation and practice support teams? In this session, we will discuss various views, tips and tricks regarding professional development, retention, training, education, certification, rewards and recognition.

Speakers are: Cheryl J. Proctor Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Julie K. Brown Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Ruth Hauswirth Cooley LLP; Randal Girouard Haynes and Boone, LLP

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM:

Offshoring and Outsourcing: What It Means for Your Firm and Your Job

Description: Are you ready for the growing impact on the legal market of outsourcing and offshoring? The forces that are driving legal work towards LPOs seem unstoppable and are already changing the way clients think about legal work and the way law firms carry out that work. This affects lawyers and technologists. How should you and your firm respond and adapt to these changes? As the legal marketplace breaks down along the "cost/value" continuum, where will you and your firm end up on that spectrum?

Speakers are: Toby Brown – Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.; Jordan Furlong – Edge International Consulting; Kevin Colangelo – Pangea3, A Thomson Reuters Business

Controlling Litigation Support Costs

Description: Peer group session leader Scott Cohen will cover common and not-so-common methods of achieving cost control in litigation support effort, including proportionality targeted collection/preservation. We'll also discuss off-shoring and searching/filtering/analytics.

Speakers are: Scott M. Cohen – Winston & Strawn LLP; Kevin Behan – Winston & Strawn LLP; Dan Regard – iDiscovery Solutions, Inc.; Jeff Fehrman – Integreon

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM:

Extending Contentious Matter Extranets to Transactions

Description: Come see how you can use your existing information management skills and procedures to offer collaborative services to your transaction-driven practice teams; extend your extranet infrastructure for use across your entire legal practice and matters; apply security, confidentiality and defensibility expertise to new opportunities; and assess for key functionality needed for providing matter extranets to transactions.

Speakers are: Michelle Mahoney – Mallesons Stephen Jaques; Thomas Barce – Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.; Beth Patterson – Allens Arthur Robinson; John Shaw – IntraLinks

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM:

Applying Litigation Support Tools to the Transactional Practice

Description: Law firms and corporate legal departments are looking for ways to leverage existing technology investments in other practice areas. This session will discuss the application of information management systems, technologies and tools –– traditionally used in litigation support –– to the transactional practices.

Speakers are: Thomas Barce – Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.; Duane Lites – Jackson Walker L.L.P.; Joel Lessem – Firmex Inc.; Danny Thankachan – Thompson & Knight, L.L.P.

For a complete listing of all sessions at the conference, click here.

eDiscoveryDaily will also be “tweeting” periodically throughout ILTA, so feel free to check out our updates at twitter.com/Cloud9Discovery.

So, what do you think?  Are you planning to attend ILTA this year?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.