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Welcome to LegalTech West Coast 2016!: eDiscovery Trends

Today is the start of LegalTech® West Coast 2016 (LTWC) in San Francisco –and eDiscovery Daily is reporting about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show.  Today and tomorrow, we will provide a description of some of the sessions related to eDiscovery to give you a sense of the topics being covered.  If you’re in the San Francisco area, come check out the show – there are a number of sessions (both paid and free) available and at least 56 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 31 hits.  Sessions in the main conference tracks include:

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM:

The Evolving Forensic Technology Landscape

In this program, experienced technologists will discuss current issues in forensics and collections, including:

  • What are the latest challenges around collection of ESI?
  • How are technology advances in computers, systems, and mobile devices changing forensics?
  • What lessons about collections and forensics can we learn from recent high-profile cases?
  • How are organizations facing the newest challenge: Data collection from Internet of Things (IoT) devices?

Speakers are: Bryon Bratcher, Director of Practice Support, Reed Smith LLP; Benjamin Robbins, eDiscovery and Information Governance, LinkedIn; Christopher Sitter, EnCE, eDiscovery & Digital Forensics Senior Manager, Juniper Networks.  Discussion Leader: Daniel Blair, Vice President for Innovative Strategies, DiscoverReady.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM:

Moving Beyond E-Discovery Review: TAR for Smart People

Once controversial, technology assisted review (TAR) has gained judicial acceptance and is increasingly used for production reviews. Today, the challenge is to take TAR to the next level, using it for a variety of purposes including investigations, early case assessment, criminal matters, inbound productions, privilege protection and more.

Smart legal professionals are using a new TAR protocol called continuous active learning (CAL), which has proven more effective because the system gets smarter as a review progresses. Now you find can relevant documents faster—at lower cost. CAL also handles rolling deliveries and works with low-richness collections.

Join our panel of e-discovery veterans for an informative look at how corporations and their law firms are moving beyond simple e-discovery review with the power of TAR and CAL. Our panelists will discuss:

  • How CAL works and why it matters
  • A trial lawyer’s perspective on using TAR within a law firm
  • An in-house counsel’s view of TAR for corporate litigation
  • Using TAR for criminal matters and for civil investigations

In this hour, we’ll take a hard look at the future of TAR for 2016 and beyond. Attendees will receive a free copy of the newly released second edition of Catalyst’s popular book, “TAR for Smart People: How Technology Assisted Review Works and Why It Matters for Legal Professionals.”

Speakers to include: Russell M. Aoki, Partner, Aoki Law PLLC; Dera J. Nevin, Director, eDiscovery Services, Proskauer Rose LLP; Daniel J. Polatsek, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Sharyn M. Procaccio, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Hunt Companies Inc.  Discussion Leader: John Tredennick, CEO and Founder, Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM:

The Latest US-EU Cross-Border Privacy Issues

In the wake of the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement, this panel of experts will explore the current state of affairs for cross-border data transfers and discovery, including:

  • Viable alternatives for transferring data from the EU
  • Ethical and legal considerations in the new EU-US Privacy Shield
  • The new EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement
  • The new EU General Data Protection Regulation and the “Right to be Forgotten”
  • Effective strategies for cross-border discovery
  • Effective strategies and ethical obligations for cross-border discovery
  • Updates on recent high-profile cases

Speakers to include are: David R. Cohen, Partner and Practice Group Leader Records & E-Discovery , Reed Smith LLP; Sylvie Stulic, Manager, Legal Operations and Litigation, Electronic Arts, Inc.; Brock A. Wanless, Assistant General Counsel – Government, Regulatory, and Privacy, Groupon.  Discussion Leader: Jeanne Somma, Discovery Practice Director, DiscoverReady.

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM:

Judicial Perspective: Six Months In, Are the New Federal Rules Having the Intended Effects?

In what promises to be one of most informative sessions at Legaltech, a panel of the most well-respected and experienced judges in legal technology will examine the impact of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including:

  • What themes are emerging in judicial decisions under the new Rules?
  • How has the emphasis on proportionality changed discovery?
  • Has amended Rule 34 really changed the way parties respond to discovery requests?
  • Are proportionality motions the new Daubert?
  • What issues do judges think will impact discovery in the next year?

Speakers to include are: Hon. Mitchell D. Dembin, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of California; Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California; Hon. Andrew J. Peck, United States Magistrate Judge , United States District Court, Southern District of New York.  Discussion Leader: Maureen O’Neill, Senior Vice President, DiscoverReady.

In addition to these, there are other sessions today that might be of interest.  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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