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Welcome to Legaltech New York 2020!: eDiscovery Trends

Today is the start of Legaltech® New York (LTNY), and, for the tenth(!) year in a row, eDiscovery Daily is here to report about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show.  Over the next three 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 New York area, I encourage you to check out the show – there are a number of sessions available and over 158 exhibitors providing information on their products and services, including our company, CloudNine at booth #3000 in America’s Hall 2.

In addition to that, today and tomorrow, CloudNine will conduct its second annual NineForum Discovery Education Series where prominent and highly respected eDiscovery and litigation support experts will deliver 9 TED-style talks, 20 minutes each, covering important topics impacting the legal community.  We’ve got a great list of eDiscovery thought leaders lined up for NineForum again this year, so if you are at the show, come check it out.  The schedule for the topics and speakers, along with everything else CloudNine at Legaltech is available here.

Not only that, but tomorrow from 4pm to 6pm is the 4th annual Drinks with Doug (as in me!) and Mary (as in Mary Mack!), sponsored by EDRM, CloudNine and Compliance Discovery Solutions.  Believe it or not, you can still register here.  Once again, we have a ton of people who have already registered and, trust me, you don’t want to be left out.  We’re going to take over Ruth’s Chris Steak house.  Again.

There are several interesting sessions today related to eDiscovery, Information Governance, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy.  Side note: ALM has set up the Legaltech site this year where you have to click “Learn More” for each session to get the full description of it – very annoying!  I’ve opened them all up, so you don’t have to.  :o)  Sessions in the main conference tracks include:

11:30am – 12:30pm:

Getting Into the BlockTech Game

You’ve probably been inundated with BlockTech hype and chatter for the past couple years, but now is the time to cut through all the noise.  In this eye-opening session, we’ll cut through the hype to underscore legal DApps that are actually within use, with a glimpse into the very bright future of this technology.

Key takeaways:

  • Getting knowledgeable about smart contracts
  • Priming up the DApp solution landscape
  • Case studies where DApps have been successfully deployed
  • The future of BlockTech in law
  • Business of law implications

Speakers: Joe Dewey – Holland & Knight; Moshe Malina – Citi; Jeffrey Neuburger – Proskauer; Judith Rinearson – K&L Gates.

Tech Matters: Managing Legal and Ethical Issues at the Cutting Edge of eDiscovery

In just 10 years the case law around eDiscovery AI & Analytics has exploded. Over 100 published opinions specifically address TAR and Predictive Coding–evaluating complex and nuanced issues like defensibility, workflow design, protocol negotiation, and transparency obligations. In the meantime, dozens of state bar associations have imposed ethical obligations for lawyers to maintain technical competency, including within eDiscovery. Thomas C. Gricks III will lead an educational panel of experts covering the key legal issues around eDiscovery and technology.

Key takeaways:

  • Review the jurisprudence around technological competency obligations
  • Survey the key case law governing the application of machine learning to eDiscovery
  • Understand the potential ethical issues around technology

Speakers: Tom Gricks III – OpenText; Judge Andrew Peck – DLA Piper; David Stanton – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Andrea D’Ambra – Norton Rose Fulbright

GDPR & CCPA are Fueling High Demand for On-Point RegTech Solutions Presented by Thomson Reuters

In this session, we’ll explore the State of RegTech solutions and how they’re being leveraged to automate compliance with key parts of the GDPR & CCPA.  In addition, we’ll examine how ALSPs are using these new technologies for large scale compliance projects. We’ll also provide a readout on the state of developments in global data privacy and protection law matters.

Key takeaways:

  • Key updates on GDPR & CCPA
  • Case studies where RegTech has been successfully deployed
  • Priming up on the solution landscape in data privacy & security
  • How ALSPs are leveraging these new technologies for large-scale compliance projects
  • Business of law implications

Speakers: Tess Blair – Morgan Lewis; Anju Khurana – BNY Mellon; Kenneth Rashbaum – Barton LLP; Courtney Stout – S&P Global; Sulina Gabale – Orrick.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Are you TAR? Who Cares. How to Focus on what a System Does Rather Than on What it is Called

There is no question that machine learning is a key piece of the eDiscovery solution. Join this session to cut through the noise of terminology and learn the different functionalities, use cases, and methodologies necessary to evaluate the right tool for your needs. Jeremy Pickens, Ph.D. will lead an educational lecture to demystify the nomenclature, explain eDiscovery machine learning in plain language, and help attendees understand strengths and weaknesses along with workflow best practices. With nearly 50% of corporate legal teams having reported using some form of TAR already and another 80% expecting to increase spending on machine learning tools, now is the time to bring yourself up to speed.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to evaluate and compare different approaches and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the terms and definitions of eDiscovery machine learning tools: TAR, Predictive Coding, CAL, Clustering & Concept Browsing
  • Review actual case metrics and statistical breakdowns of different workflows and their impact on the review process

Speakers: Ethan Ackerman – Morgan Lewis; Emily Cobb – Ropes & Gray; Jeremy Pickens – OpenText; Robert Keeling – Sidley Austin.

3:30pm – 4:30pm:

With Over $1B in Venture Backed Capital, Could We be on the Verge of Another Tech Bubble?

If you’re head’s spinning while trying to keep up with the recent explosion of legal AI companies & capraise pressers of the past couple years, this session will slow things down for you.  We’ll map out the new LegalTech landscape, key innovations, trendlines, and of course all the expectations that come with that hype. We’ll also profile the biggest players in the VC space and how they’re reshaping our profession.

Key takeaways:

  • Solution landscape of LegalTech startups per area of focus
  • Heatmapping the hottest growth areas of legal innovation
  • Profiling VCs funds that are investing most heavily in legal AI companies, and why
  • Business of law implications

Speakers: Tess Blair – Morgan Lewis; Brad Blickstein – Blickstein Group; James Goodnow – Fennemore Craig; Alex Nwaka – Touchdown Ventures; Wade Peterson – Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; Christine Chalstrom – Sadie Blue Software.

Corporate Legal in Control: eDiscovery Benchmarks

Rapid developments in legal technology, a continuing focus on process excellence, and an emphasis on holistic innovation continue to fuel transformation in corporate legal departments. For the past four years, OpenText has partnered with Ari Kaplan Advisors to identify the key forces driving change in corporate LegalOps and this year’s results include some surprising trends. Join Ari and corporate legal professionals as we unveil this year’s survey results and discuss the highlights including:

Key takeaways:

  • eDiscovery program design: building the team, identifying processes to own & integration points
  • eDiscovery operations: tracking, measuring & managing projects
  • Vendor and firm management: provider ecosystems, consolidation & technology platform ecosystems
  • eDiscovery technology: AI adoption, cloud vs on premise mix & analytics in use
  • Future: pain points on the horizon, technology investment & evolving culture

Speakers: Ari Kaplan – Ari Kaplan Advisors; Adam Kuhn – OpenText; Sharika de Freitas – ViacomCBS; Sam Castor – Switch; Laura Roman – New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

In addition to these, there are other sessions today that may interest you.  For a complete description for all sessions today – and for the entire show, since they’re all on one page (even if you do have to click “Learn More” on each one to see them), click here.

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

Sponsor: This blog is sponsored by CloudNine, which is a data and legal discovery technology company with proven expertise in simplifying and automating the discovery of data for audits, investigations, and litigation. Used by legal and business customers worldwide including more than 50 of the top 250 Am Law firms and many of the world’s leading corporations, CloudNine’s eDiscovery automation software and services help customers gain insight and intelligence on electronic data.

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