2020 UF Law E-Discovery Conference

AGENDA

Here is a general overview of the conference schedule and offerings (note: all times are Eastern Standard Time). The agenda is subject to change. Check back often to review changes including new speaker announcements.

8:30 – 8:40 AM
Conference Opening and Welcome

 

William Hamilton, Senior Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law
George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal
Laura Rosenbury, Dean and Levin, Mabie, and Levin Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law

 

8:40 – 9:00 AM

Keynote Presentation: The New ESI Paradigm: What’s Required in 2021

 

 

The Honorable William Matthewman, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Florida

 

9:00 – 9:50 AM
The 2021 Judicial Panel: Perspectives on the Core Components of E-Discovery

 

 

In his 2020 Florida Law Review Article, Towards a New Paradigm for E-Discovery in Civil Litigation: A Judicial Perspective, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman proposed 10 “Core Components” to help legal teams cope with the challenges presented by rapidly changing technologies and occasionally abusive discovery tactics. The 2021 Judicial Panel of distinguished Florida federal judges will examine some of these components and offer perspectives on important issues affecting you and your clients in e-discovery, including the role of judges and how active they should be in policing the e-discovery process, the technical competence of legal teams, just how much discovery there really needs to be, and more.

David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity

The Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale, United States Magistrate Judge, Middle District of Florida

The Honorable Gary R. Jones, United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Florida

The Honorable William Matthewman, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Florida

The Honorable Mac R. McCoy, United States Magistrate Judge, Middle District of Florida

The Honorable Julie Sneed, United States Magistrate Judge, Middle District of Florida

 

10:00 – 10:50 AM
What the Courts Told Us: An eDiscovery Case Law Chat

 

On issues from the legal ethics of data self-collection to how email threads should be included on privilege logs, Florida federal courts have had a big impact on e-discovery law over the past year.  Join us for a fireside chat as the bench and bar review significant e-discovery case law decisions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Jones (N.D. Fla.) provides a Florida perspective and U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez (W.D. Tex.) joins us for analysis from beyond the Sunshine State. David Horrigan of Relativity and Kelly Twigger of ESI Attorneys and eDiscovery Assistant will bring the lawyers’ perspective, teeing up cases for the judges’ analysis.

Moderator:

David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity

Panel:

The Honorable Gary R. Jones, United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Florida

The Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, United States District Court Judge, Western District Texas

Kelly Twigger, Principal of ESI Attorneys and Founder and CEO of eDiscovery Assistant

 

11:00 – 11:50 AM
Effective Search from Keywords to AI

 

With no “one size fits all” solution, throughout the life of your case your search strategy should be guided by your overall goals and requirements, available data. This panel will discuss strategic and tactical capabilities of searching across various technologies throughout the life of your case.

Moderator:

Rose Hunter Jones: Partner, King & Spalding

Panel:

Joy Murao, Founder and CEO of Practice Aligned Resources

Tom O’Connor, Director at Gulf Coast Legal

Christine Payne, Partner at Redgrave LLP

George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal

  

12:00 – 12:50 PM
E-Discovery Nuts & Bolts

 

Our well-received short e-discovery presentations returns again this year. Our faculty will keep you riveted.

 

 
Five Life Lessons I’ve Learned from E-Discovery

 

Craig Ball, President of Craig D. Ball, P.C.

 

 
Legal Tech Jobs: Before and After the Pandemic

 

Jared Coseglia, Founder and CEO of Tru Staff Partners

Founder and CEO of TRU Staffing Partners, the world’s only fully dedicated data privacy, cybersecurity, and eDiscovery staffing agency, will take students and attendees on a whirlwind tour of the legal technology job market pre- and post- Covid pandemic. This presentation will speak not only to the evolving ecosystem of employment opportunities within legal technology, but also to how the community’s approach to interviewing and staff selection has adapted and changed because of the pandemic. Expect a full explanation of how remote and contract hiring modalities have shaped the current landscape and why now is the right time for talent to matriculate between legal disciplines.

 

 
Eight E-Discovery Trends in 10 Slides

 

Doug Austin, President of  E-Discovery Today,

Doug Austin, Editor of eDiscovery Today, will discuss findings from eDiscovery Today’s 2021 State of the Industry Report (sponsored by EDRM).  The 2021 SOTIR report includes survey results regarding key trends of 183 legal industry professionals (with breakouts by law firm, service/software provider and consultancy respondents) and observations from 20 industry thought leaders regarding these trends.  Doug will discuss findings from the report and what they could mean for your eDiscovery practice.

 

 
Paths & Ladders: Take Initiative to Move Your eDiscovery Brand Forward

 

Maribel Rivera, Senior Director of Community Relations at ACEDS

With the power of continuous efforts and a good mix of tactics, you can build a brand that will help you move your career forward. In this fast-paced mini-session, we will discuss a few resources and tools you can leverage to help you build a brand and differentiate yourself.

 

1:00 – 1:50 PM
Leveraging Search During Review

 

The process of reviewing your client’s data prior to production or reviewing a production that just came in requires a meaningful approach leveraging search and other technologies to get to the heart of what you need to review faster. This session will build on the strategy outlined in the search session and show you how to use search and other technology to get to what you need faster instead of using traditional linear review.

Moderator:

Canaan Himmelbaum, Global Director at Consilio LLC

Panel:

Ian Campbell, President & Chief Executive Officer of iCONECT Development LLC.

Suzanne Clark, Legal Project Management at Discovery Counsel at eDiscovery CoCounsel, PLLC.

Jessie G. Torres, Discovery Team Manager at Berger Singerman, LLC

Kelly Twigger, Principal of ESI Attorneys and Founder and CEO of eDiscovery Assistant

 

2:00 – 2:50 PM
Proportionality in Practice: Experience from the Trenches

 

The burden and expense of e-discovery can be both a weapon and a shield. Few subjects have engendered more debate than proportionality. Rule 26(b) was amended in 2015 to expressly require consideration of proportionality when assessing the scope of parties’ discovery obligations. But proportionality has been a consideration in discovery for decades.

This panel will address these questions and more, and provide a practical proportionality framework to assess the burden and cost associated with proportionality. Valuable practice pointers related to the “proportional to needs of the case” requirement will also be highlighted.

Moderator:

Mike Quartararo: President of Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

Panel: 

Tessa Jacob, Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP

Scott Milner, Partner and Co-Leader, eData Practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Mandi Ross, Founder and CEO of Prism Litigation Technology

Ariana Tadler, Founding Partner of Tadler Law LLP

 

3:00 – 3:50 PM
Challenges in the Collection and Analysis of Short Messages: From Slack to TEAMS

 

 

Short messages are emerging as the primary communication vehicle in many corporations and businesses. These platforms create immense problems in terms of collection, processing and analysis. How can completeness be assured? What constitutes a “document”? Where does relevance begin and end? Who is the custodian? How can short messages be integrated in a full picture of corporate communications involving short messages, emails, text messages, and document editing? Our Panel will provide practical guidance and real world experience in how to address short messaging in discovery.

Moderator:

Farrah Pepper, Chief Legal Innovation Counsel at Marsh McLellan Companies

Panel: 

Martha Louks, Director of Technology Services at McDermott, Will & Emery

Scott Milner, Partner and Co-Leader at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, eData Practice

Daniel Regard, President and CEO of iDS

Gina M. Sansone, Partner and Manager of Litigation Support at Axinn, Veltrop, and Harkrider LLP

 

4:00 – 4:50 PM
Privacy Pandemic! The Impact of Privacy Law Changes and Global COVID-19 on E-Discovery

 

 

Recent data privacy law changes in the European Union and in the State of California have impacted information governance and e-discovery in many ways.  Our panel of privacy experts will start by explaining some basic principles of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Protection Act.  Next we will discuss the further impact on data privacy and e-discovery during the last year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting cyberattacks and data breaches.

Moderator:

Chris Dix: Shareholder, Smith Hulsey & Busey

Panel:

Brian Corbin, Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, Litigation Department at JPMorgan Chase

Kenya Parrish-Dixon, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Empire Technologies Risk Management Group

Taylor Hoffman, Senior Legal Counsel-Head eDiscovery Management (SVP) at Swiss Re

Debbie Reynolds, Founder, CEO, and Chief Data Privacy Officer of Debbie Reynolds Consulting LLC.

 

5:00 – 5:50 PM
Social Justice: The eDiscovery Community Responds Programs and Opportunities, Paid and Pro Bono

 

 

This panel will discuss existing and proposed programs from the perspective of service organizations, corporations, law firms and service providers.  Opportunities for technical, legal/technical, paralegals and attorneys will be discussed.  Programs open for students, paid and unpaid, will also be highlighted.  We will share resources, challenges and opportunities to connect to make a difference.

Moderator:

Mary Mack, CISSP, CEO and Chief Legal Technologist at Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM)

Panel:

Ian Campbell, President & Chief Executive Officer of iCONECT Development, LLC

Rose Hunter Jones, Partner at King & Spalding

Scott Milner, Partner and Co-Leader of eData Practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Kenya Parrish-Dixon, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Empire Technologies Risk Management Group

 

5:50 – 6:00 PM
Conference Closing and Wrap-up

 

William Hamilton, Senior Legal Skills Professor at University of Florida Levin College of Law