My head is still spinning from the recent Georgetown eDiscovery conference held in DC. So many panels, so little time.
While impossible to summarize the entire conference, here are some highlights: Although I'm biased as a member of the State Bar's eDiscovery Committee, my colleagues on the Committee, not unexpectedly, led the way. Our esteemed Co-Chair, Steve Bennett, moderated a stellar panel on "eDiscovery Dispute Resolution," and, our prior esteemed Co-Chair, Adam Cohen, moderated an all-star panel on "eDiscovery and Data Breaches."
Regarding TAR, Committee Member Maura Grossman shared her vast knowledge in the field, as did David Cohen, of Reed Smith (the moderator). This was a not-to-be-missed session in this vital area.
Member Laura Kibbe moderated the inaugural panel on "eDiscovery 2020," during which the panelists discussed just how far eDiscovery has come and what to look forward to in the future. Offering great insight from this panel from the corporate client's perspective was Wayne Matus, a seasoned trial attorney who is Managing Director with UBS. And, Marc Teerlink, of IBM Watson, and Christopher Surdak (who also was the keynote speaker) explained (a) how privacy is a thing of the past, with our emails being analyzed already to sell us products, and (b) how data analysis in the future will focus not on the words themselves, but on their context and sentient analysis.
Another exceptional panel dealt with "Effective Project Management." Here, we heard about streamlining discovery from both a law firm's and corporation's perspective. Dawson Horn, AGC with AIG, offered great insight from the corporate client's side, whereas Karin Scholz Jenson and Lea Malani Bays gave the view from outside counsel.
Of course, many eDiscovery leaders who are members of the eDiscovery Committee attended this event, all of whom could well have been moderators or panelists themselves. I ran across our esteemed Co-Chair Sandra Rampersaud, of Cravath Swaine & Moore; Christopher Costello, of Winston and Strawn; Phil Cohen of Greenberg Traurig; Michael Parker, of Herrick Feinstein; and James Zucker, of Patterson Belknap. Sightings were also made of Jessica Perazzelli Ross of Deutche Bank; and James Sherer, of Baker & Hostetler.
All in all, an entertaining and substantive conference.
This entry was made by Craig Brown. Mr. Brown is President of the Legal Staffing Division of OmniVere LLC, an international eDiscovery company. He is a former Litigation and Antitrust Associate with Kaye Scholer and Litigation Partner with McLaughlin & Stern.