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This is a Fantastic Session covering the Ethics on what an attorney needs to know regarding the future of technology.
Corporate counsel and law firms are under significant pressure to deliver services more cost-effectively and efficiently. Cost and service value chain alignment between the corporate buyer, their law firm and their ancillary vendors have not always produced the high value. The process, technology and business model innovation need to change to meet the needs of all the parties that deliver these services. This session you will learn from experts on both sides about how this change is happening. You will learn what steps need to be taken to improve this process. The buying and vendor management process is changing. Are you sitting back watching this change or part of the movement? Watch this session to learn more.
This panel will discuss forces that are changing how corporations and law firms approach ediscovery. Learn how to become a master of your data with practical ways to leverage technology so that you can focus on what’s most essential to accomplish your goals. The panelists will cover the best strategies and techniques to help you improve your processes.
With more corporations making vendor choices, more data moving to the cloud, and rising security issues and concerns, this will be a lively and informative conversation. Add to that the good and the bad that comes with artificial intelligence, and you’ll walk away ready to tackle your biggest ediscovery challenges.
1. Cloud trends
How corporations are using cloud and making important decisions regarding its use
Services moving to the cloud
Microsoft Office 365
What trends are emerging? Are you taking cloud data on-premises or trying to use cloud more?
Concerns about the cloud
Law firm perspective - distinguish yourself with great security
Developing processes that will be followed
Client data and best practices
Cloud vendor components -- what’s the weakest link? How to vet vendors?
Working with IT and legal
Certifications, audits, penetration tests, different rules in different geographies
How do law firms manage data, especially in-house
3. Artificial intelligence
The fifty-thousand foot view
Ethical issues - attorney’s duties, how do you supervise a machine?
How’s AI disrupting legal - what’s the future look like?
Human expertise combined with AI in legal
Should law firms and vendors consider using AI as a matter of course
The technology has arrived. Machine Learning and how it will impact your case. Within the field of data analytics, machine learning is a method used to devise sophisticated models and algorithms that lend themselves to prediction; for legal use, this is known as predictive analytics. These analytical models allow researchers, data scientists, engineers, and attorneys to "produce reliable, repeatable decisions and results" and uncover "hidden insights" through learning from historical relationships and trends in the data. This panel will discuss the future of the legal community and Machine Learning. Are we going to see a minority report type of impact in the legal community? Predicting the outcome of the case before the matter starts? The size of data that most counsel works with is reaching an extreme level, and the need for predictive analytics is at hand. Where will the robot lawyer start or stop? Learn more about Predictive Analytics in our community covering the pros and cons of the intersection of law and technology.
In an age when the Chief Of Staff’s personal cell phone can be compromised, data privacy and cyber security could not be more critical. How sensitive data and personal identifiable information (PII) is handled and stored has become of growing concern in the shadow of OPM breaches in 2015 to more recent data breaches by Equifax. Our panel will examine from several perspectives the impact that data privacy and cyber security are having on the Federal Government and what the future may hold.
Best practices sound great, but what’s the best way to implement them so these ideal models become your standard procedure – case in and case out? Even as the eDiscovery industry matures, we are constantly faced with new challenges from technologies that didn’t exist even a few years ago. These technologies result in new forms of communication, which means new types of ESI – including texts, chat messages and emojis – and an ever increasing data volume. The panelists will explore how cooperation and transparency between clients, firms, providers and yes, even opposing counsel, allows you to develop standards. We will also explore analytics and whether their day has actually arrived – or if these will continue to be a much-heralded best practice but little-used standard. Finally, we’ll discuss building your eDiscovery dream team – filled with rock stars offering a diverse skill set from all sides – client, law firm and eDiscovery provider.
Mark Smolik is VP, General Counsel, at DHL Supply Chain Americas where he leads the legal, commercial contracts management, compliance, and economic development teams. More on Smolik below.
I’ve learned through experience that it can be hard to let go of a cherished initiative or goal. Lawyers are typically conservative by nature. I’m no exception. As in-house counsel, we learn to be vigilant stewards and protectors of the companies that employ us. For most of my in-house career, practicing law was the most important aspect of my job. No longer is that the case for me or for my team. When recruiting lawyers, I look for people who bring an entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law…business people who happen to have a law degree. People whose attitudes and demeanor are aligned with the businesses they will serve.
Admittedly, this is a vast change from the talent I recruited years ago. Back then, I looked for lawyers. Now, I want people who deeply understand that we are an organization run by entrepreneurs who put customer service at the forefront of all that we do as an organization, and we expect to be held accountable for our performance.
It is incumbent on today’s GCs, and those aspiring to be such, to communicate the value their teams deliver to the businesses they serve. Business leaders typically report on key metrics that seek to measure the success of their operations: P&L results, gross and net revenue, EBIT, units sold/installed, customer service feedback, among others. It should be no different with the legal department. Most everything we do as in-house counsel helps drives sales, support or enhance customer service and protect the bottom line. Beyond the lawsuits fought, cases won or settled, deals closed and counsel offered, today’s GC should evaluate what performance standards or metrics will help communicate that value. It’s an entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law, fueled by the role of the GC as a business leader, not just a lawyer. I’ve implemented successfully a number of such metrics since becoming a GC, some of which are mentioned later in this article.
Changing Dynamics of the Legal Industry
Corporate law departments of decades past primarily acted as liaisons between their organizations and the company’s outside counsel. Legal work was almost entirely outsourced, and the vast majority of legal spend was devoted to outside counsel. With growing sophistication, greater business savvy and new budget models, legal departments today insource the majority of their work.
The practice of law is poised for radical change. The use of machine learning algorithms in discovery is only the beginning of how artificial intelligence could possibly impact the legal industry in years to come. This session will take a deeper dive into advanced issues with today’s predictive coding technology and how it could morph into “super information intelligence” in the future.
Practice Management has evolved from simply aggregating the documents surrounding discovery to a collection of actionable intelligence in the business of litigation. Complex legal environments with vast amounts of data are no longer large company problems, whether it is thousands of cases or a few large multi-district matters, capturing and repurposing work product is as important as the documents that are used to try a case. The evolution has occurred using visual analytics to gain control and begin to understand the business of litigation. From jurisdictional settlement analysis to product/drug/ip specific business intelligence, case documents now serve the corporations business decisions.
Today, when consumers are considering their eDiscovery technology choices, there are more factors to consider than ever. In addition to considering the functionality of the software application, you now also have to consider whether to buy or “rent” the application, how the software is delivered to you and whether it’s required to be within your firewall or can be an off-premises solution. This session will discuss on-premise and off-premise eDiscovery solutions and considerations for each. Key topics include:
+ Drivers for eDiscovery Technology Solution Decisions Today
+ eDiscovery Industry Market Trends and Their Relation to General Industry Trends
+ What Law Firms are Saying about the Technology
+ What Industry Analysts are Saying about the Technology
+ The Cloud vs. No Cloud Debate
+ Why Not All Cloud Solutions Are the Same
+ Putting a Face on Solutions and Risks
+ A Comparative Approach to eDiscovery Technology
+ Key Components of an eDiscovery Technology Solution
This panel will discuss the chaning world of Cybersecuity and how it is impact the legal community.
The blockchain is an undeniably ingenious invention – the brainchild of a person or group of people known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. But since then, it has evolved into something greater.
Blockchain technologies provide the opportunity to transform major industries, particularly through the intersection of blockchain, big data, and IOT. Blockchain will soon transform diverse sectors including: finance, energy, health/pharma, agriculture, food/chemicals, transportation, autonomous systems, sharing economies, artificial intelligence, robotics etc. Several states have started using-or exploring how they can use-blockchain to manage critical records, ensure data integrity, and provide more transparent access to and management of company information. And the Federal Government recently launched an initiative (https://www.gsa.gov/technology/government-it-initiatives/emerging-citize...), focused on exploring distributed ledger technologies (like blockchain) that use encryption and coding to improve transparency, efficiency, and trust in information sharing for a variety of potential use cases. Join this panel to learn more about blockchain and how it's about to change the world.
There is a lot of discussion in the news recently - “artificial intelligence” and “cognitive technologies” have begun to proliferate in the legal community. Fears are rising that AI will take over our jobs. The goal of this panel will be to get beyond the hype and answer some key questions regarding AI and cognative technologis, that are appearing with more and more frequency in the legal space.
Are you a Vendor looking for the right client? Are you a buyer looking for the right supplier? Has the RFP process become an animal too hard to tame? Practical technology evaluations can be divided many different ways. This panel will cover the framework for vendors, law firms, and corporations on how to adhere to the right process for a successful evaluation. You can accomplish this with technology or a hybrid approach using technology and processes to achieve a positive result. We always want the best price, best service, and top of the line solutions. With this panel, you will learn lessons on how to develop the right strategies to help your client and firm. Join this session today to learn more.
Two topics that are often overlooked in discussions of eDiscovery are strategy and advocacy. Too often practitioners get caught up in the nuts and bolts of eDiscovery, discovering only in retrospect that much of the effort was wasted given the case’s final result. And have you ever read a brief or heard oral argument about an eDiscovery issue? They are generally more boring and less persuasive than when the same lawyer argues on other topics. So, what strategic choices should be made to best set up clients not only for streamlined case management but also to win the case (or get great settlement leverage)? How can we be persuasive to a judge or jury when talking about complicated electronic data? The panel will discuss ways in which you can tie eDiscovery strategy to trial strategy and also how to be a compelling advocate in the eDiscovery space.
New Technology, Social media, BYOD and IOT have definitely created a series of risk factors that companies didn’t have to deal with previously, and which require some level of policy surrounding use inside corporations. Same thing with personal accounts in the cloud. No corporation wants their corporate data posted in a personal cloud account, which is why companies will set up exfiltration controls to screen for that kind of risk. This panel is discussing the current factors that are impacting the attorney today and how the eDiscovery landscape is changing. You will learn how to handle the current forces that are impacting you today and prepare for the road ahead. Join Lockheed Martin, Department of Education, MorrisJames and Everlaw.