Masters Conference Announces Jason R. Baron, as Day 1 Keynote Speaker

Aug 20th, 2012

The Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, an advanced legal educational experience, today announced that Jason R. Baron, Director of Litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration will deliver the keynote address on the first day of the annual conference, which is being held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. on October 8-10, 2012. Baron's speech will be on the topic of "Zen and the Art of E-Discovery: Is It Now Time to Converge on Quality Standards?"

The keynote presentation will cover whether e-Discovery is now a mature enough discipline to support the development of "standards" constituting a code of best practices for e-Discovery service providers and practitioners to follow. A particular focus of the presentation will be on current issues arising out of the da Silva Moore case, and more recent decisions on predictive coding, and the debate over the efficacy of software- or computer-assisted review methods. The speaker will also provide an update on recent initiatives in support of auditing and/or self-certification by e-Discovery service providers, in line with well-known ISO 9001 compliant processes.

Jason R. Baron serves as Director of Litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration, and is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the subject of the preservation of electronic records. He is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Emmett Leahy Award, recognizing his career contributions in the field of records and information management. Baron previously was a trial attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he acted as lead counsel in landmark litigation involving the preservation of White House email. Baron is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, where he has taught e-Discovery in the graduate College of Information Studies. He is an outside director on the board of directors of ARMA International, immediate past Co-Chair of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and co-founder of the TREC Legal Track. Among his publications is "Law in the Age of Exabytes: Some Further Thoughts on 'Information Inflation' and Current Issues in E-Discovery Search," published in the Richmond J. of Law and Technology (2011), and available online. He received his degrees from Wesleyan University and the Boston University School of Law.

"We are very pleased to have Jason Baron as our keynote speaker on the first day of the conference," said Lisa Lehman, Director of the Masters Conference. "When he spoke at the Philadelphia Masters Series event, we knew his grasp of relevant issues and his dynamic delivery were what we wanted for the Masters Conference keynote address. Attendees will not want to miss his presentation on Monday, October 8th."

The theme of Masters Conference 2012 on October 8-10 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. is Information Convergence: Creating Synergy Between Compliance, Discovery and Security. Experts will explore and share what leading corporations and law firms are doing today to remain compliant to government regulations. Sessions will cover the complexities and risks of information security and offer methodologies of protection and proper protocol. The conference will feature thought-leader discussions on what the future holds for discovery and will also offer management strategies that will focus on information convergence, technology and integration, financial planning, adherence to FRCP.

The Masters Conference provides practical CLE education that is delivered by experts with front-line experience for lawyers and litigation support professionals. Attendees will gain practical knowledge, presented by peers, on current issues that can be applied immediately to everyday practice.

The Masters Conference has "all-inclusive" packages available until September 4, 2012 that include three days of CLE education and three hotel nights at the Grand Hyatt for $1,599. To register online for the Masters Conference, visit www.themastersconference.com. For sponsorship information, contact llehman@themastersconference.com.