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ILTACON 2018 Preview Edition: eDiscovery Trends

Believe it or not, it’s almost time for another ILTACON!  ILTACON is the annual conference for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).  This year, it’s the 41st annual conference and it’s being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center at National Harbor, MD from August 19 to August 23.  eDiscovery Daily will once again be covering the show and CloudNine will exhibiting at the show and participating in a major way.   If you’re going to be in the Washington DC/National Harbor area, you may want to check out a few of these sessions regarding eDiscovery and Information Governance.

In addition to exhibiting at the show in booth 936, CloudNine will also host a happy hour on Tuesday, August 21 from 4:30 to 6:30pm ET at the National Harbor’s Public House (click here to register).  Come and get to know CloudNine, your provider for LAW PreDiscovery®, Concordance® and the CloudNine™ SaaS platform!  We’re also going to be the sunglass sponsor for the ACEDS Monumental Sunset Cruise on Wednesday, August 22 from 7:00 to 10:00pm ET! (online registration is closed, but you can still join the waiting list)…

Here are a few sessions to check out (including one that I’m speaking on at 1pm on Monday, just sayin’):

Monday, 08/20/2018:

The Future of eDiscovery: A Discussion Amongst Industry Leaders (11:00AM to Noon): What does the future of eDiscovery hold? Hear from industry leaders as they discuss their predictions of both the short and long-term future of the eDiscovery market. They’ll analyze anticipated disrupters and how their organizations are planning for change. Additionally, they’ll share practical steps for law firms to begin preparing themselves today.


  • Hear from industry vision leaders on what they see as our future in the eDiscovery space will be and how they are planning for any change within their organization.
  • Learn about the market disruptors?
  • What should law departments or law firms be thinking and preparing for?

eDiscovery Training Roadmap (1:00PM to 2:00PM): In this interactive and informative session, we will walk through how to train and develop your eDiscovery staff. The discussion will help you determine who the stakeholders are and what skills do they need to succeed. We will also discuss eDiscovery best practices, training strategies, and defining work processes. The discussion will include types of training that won’t work and war stories from our veteran eDiscovery experts.

eDiscovery and Litigation Support for Small Firms: Which Hat Should I Wear Today? (1:00PM to 2:00PM): eDiscovery is a critical component of litigation these days. Learn how small firms can effectively manage eDiscovery and litigation support without a dedicated department and while juggling multiple tasks.  I’m honored to be speaking at this session, along with Dana Wesley Sarti  and Sherry Rather of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, with Brett Burney of Burney Consultants moderating.

Managing Out-of-the-Ordinary Projects in eDiscovery (2:30PM to 3:30PM): How does your firm approach out-of-the-ordinary projects?  This session will provide hands on practical information on how to approach non-ordinary projects.  Every project should be approached in the same manner, using fundamental project management steps.  We will review these steps and provide insight on how some special projects were successful using these fundamentals.

And, of course, you don’t want to miss the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET, where “there’s an open world of video games at ILTA’s Partner Video Game HQ” where attendees can play lots of video games while enjoying food and drink.

Tuesday, 08/21/2018:

O365 and eDiscovery: What’s New? (1:30PM to 2:30PM): Office 365, Microsoft’s current software suite, is often a “go-to” tool in e-Discovery. We’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of each applications and get up to speed with all of the newest features. Additionally, we’ll examine the future of e-Discovery and what to expect from Microsoft as its products evolve.

EDiscovery Directors’ Roundtable: What Keeps You Up at Night? (3:30PM to 5:00PM): Litigation Support and eDiscovery Directors are tasked with running a business within a business.  The challenges you face go beyond the case specific:  From expanding services to other practice areas, how to best present your team’s value to clients and firm stakeholders, understanding your staffing and staff development needs and forecasting technology trends, to addressing evolving, complex data privacy and security concerns.  Your job is to keep your business model relevant and profitable in an increasingly competitive and consolidated industry.  This session will provide a forum for directors to share and learn from each other in a “safe” environment.  The session is for law firm professionals at the director level only.


  • Gather, share, and identify growth opportunities for your department within your firm.
  • Learn what’s worked for others in gathering metrics and presenting those to firm management.
  • Compare and strategize how to overcome challenges and pain points unique to this role.

Information Governance Roundtable (3:30PM to 5:00PM): Come and enjoy a rich and detailed discussion among law firm information governance professionals. They will dive deep into current issues and future risks and issues of note.

Wednesday, 08/22/2018:

Litigation Support & Legal Operations: Ideas and Innovation Workshop (3:30PM to 5:00PM): Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and actively participate in this interactive session!  This will be a combination of a lightning-round expert panel, a town hall, and a peer-to-peer tabletop workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate and solve some of the real world problems we face in litigation support and legal operations, today.  A recap of challenges and solutions will be provided to attendees at the end of the session.


  • The opportunity to participate in collaborative problem solving.
  • Exposure to issues attendees may or may not be aware of.
  • List of collaborative solutions developed during the session for each of the scenarios identified.

Thursday, 08/23/2018:

Design Thinking in Litigation Support (9:00AM to 10:00AM): A practical workshop on how design thinking can be leveraged in litigation support to develop a solution that works for the legal teams. Hear real world examples of how design thinking improved customer service and deliveries, and improved processes and policies.


  • Learn about the basic fundamental steps to design thinking
  • Hear about examples of how law firms have used design thinking to improve their legal services to clients.

Transforming Records Managers: Assessing and Adapting to the Changing Skill Needs for Information Governance (11:15AM to 12:15PM): Records management is a critical component of Information Governance (IG) but it is only part of the solution. IG is a multi-discipline, organization-wide strategy requiring collaboration and records managers are best positioned to lead the way. Learn how to assess and adapt your records team to the new, more broad skills needed to address information governance.


  • Understand the key skills for Information Governance Program Managers vs. traditional Records Managers and how to assess current skills to identify gaps in skills needed to transition
  • Matrix of essential skills and relevant certifications
  • An action plan to develop the skills of your team

So, what do you think?  Are you going to ILTACON next month?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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