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Welcome to LegalTech West Coast 2014! – eDiscovery Trends


Today is the start of LegalTech® West Coast 2014 (LTWC) and eDiscoveryDaily is reporting about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show.  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 Los Angeles area, come check out the show – there are a number of sessions (both paid and free) available and at least 50 exhibitors providing information on their products and services.

Perform a “find” on today’s LTNY conference schedule for “discovery” or “information governance” and you’ll get 12 hits.  Sessions in the main conference tracks include:

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM:

Using Mobile Technology in Electronic Data Discovery

  • Examining the benefits of mobile e-discovery
  • Addressing security challenges in conducting EDD from mobile devices
  • Combatting issues and concerns posed by BYOD practices
  • Complying with court orders and avoiding sanctions International Privacy and its Impact on e-Discovery

Speakers are: Ronie M. Schmelz, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP; Dionne Rainey, Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP; Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility; Petra K. LaFountain, Sr.eDiscovery Advisor, Baker & McKenzie, LLP.  Moderator: Hunter W. McMahon, JD, Director of Discovery & Technology, Driven Inc.

Leveraging Data and Analytics to Optimize Information Governance

  • Exploring  how analytical technologies and TAR tools improve efficiency and compliance
  • Using predictive coding for records retention and classifying unstructured data
  • Applying best practices from using predictive coding in e-Discovery to your IG initiatives

Speakers are: David Cohen, Partner and Practice Group Leader, Global Records & E-Discovery Group, Reed Smith LLP; Gordon J. Calhoun, Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.  Moderator: Bennett B. Borden, Partner and Chair, Information Governance and eDiscovery Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM:

Beyond Predictive Coding: Incorporating New Technologies into Your E-Discovery Program

  • Computational linguistics
  • Data mining
  • Language translation
  • Other “future” techniques

Speakers are: Bennett B. Borden, Partner and Chair, Information Governance and eDiscovery Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Jeffrey Fowler, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers; Thomas Barnett, Special Counsel, eDiscovery and Data Science, Paul Hastings.  Moderator: Amy Jane Longo, Senior Trial Counsel, Division of Enforcement U.S. Securities & Exchange.

The Convergence of Data Privacy, Data Security, E-Discovery and Information Governance for Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Exploring the business, regulatory and legal risks associated with poor Data Privacy, Data Security, E-Discovery and Information Governance practices in the context of business deals including:

  • Data Privacy: data transfer, anonymization, tokenization and aggregation concerns
  • Data Security: access rights, transfer restrictions, tokenization and BYOD
  • E-Discovery: legal holds, reasonable anticipation of litigation and deal-related issues
  • Information Governance: policy and schedule harmonization, “dark and dusty” data and documents and information of inherent value

Examining high-level due diligence “best practices” in these areas which address the issues and also provide:

  • Appropriate strategic plans to support these practices
  • Specific costs associated with those plans, in turn supported by vendor and service provider bids for related services

Speakers are: James Sherer, Counsel, Baker & Hostetler LLP; Eugenio Ortiz, Quantitative Financial Analyst, GMO; James Wolf, Senior Technical Director, H5.

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM:

Innovative Solutions that Facilitate Discovery in Government Investigations

  • Understanding the role of electronic evidence in government investigations
  • Tackling the challenges presented by data generated via social media, instant messaging and other emerging digital channels
  • Analyzing the key success factors for using predictive coding in government investigations.

Speakers are: John E. Davis, Executive Director and Counsel, Global eDiscovery, UBS AG; Casey Flaherty, Corporate Counsel, Kia Motors; Alex Ponce de Leon, Sr. Counsel, Litigation Group, Intel Corporation.  Speaker and Moderator: Patrick L. Oot, Co-Founder, Electronic Discovery Institute, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P..

In addition to these, there are other eDiscovery-related sessions today.  For a complete description for all sessions today, click here.

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

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