NYC Agenda

All times below for the listed sessions are Eastern Time.

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Day 1

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Registration will be open. Please bring your registration form. 

8:30AM - 9:30AM
Track 1

Technology is changing our lives in countless ways, from smart thermostats and smart watches to smart cities and energy grids. A wide variety of use cases are being enabled through smart devices called IoT or Internet of Things.  As companies unlock the potential of IoT, the number of IoT devices is expected to exponentially grow to 20 billion by 2020. Managing data from IoT is a looming challenge for legal professionals. We will discuss these challenges both how they affect the practice of law and the operational challenges surrounding data governance.

9:30AM - 9:45AM
Break Provided by Blank Rome LLP
9:45AM - 10:45AM
Track 1

The practice of law is a rich tapestry woven from argument, stories and the presentation of evidence. eDiscovery, however, is often considered to be part of the “nuts and bolts” of a matter – a means to an end, where practitioners can get lost in a loop of information being managed, preserved, collected, and produced. But what if there was a way to use one to support the other?
This talk is designed to flush out the best ways to make strategic data decisions at the outset of a matter to allow you to better utilize that data during the investigation, planning, and argument stages of your case. While poor eDiscovery planning can lead to expensive and distracting disputes, refined Strategy and Advocacy when dealing with large volumes of data can lead to not only efficiency and expediency, but more important - victory.

9:45AM - 10:45PM
Track 2

Gone are the days when companies could pass the headaches of cyber security to the IT department.  It is everyone’s problem now.  It is no longer just an IT problem.  It has become a business issue effecting the entire organization.  Join our panelists for a conversation that takes a realistic approach to protecting your data, both proactive and reactive, debunking many common myths along the way.

10:45AM - 11:00AM
Break Provided by Blank Rome LLP
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Track 1

A document is “anything on which information of any kind is recorded”. That used to mean paper, then electronic documents - emails, Word files and the like - which were recognisable as documents. Now we have messages exchanged via WhatsApp, Snap, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and others. We create data which does not have any obvious text - photographs, videos, audio files - and send that to each other. Our devices may track our every move and some apps, and websites store that data. Beyond that we have data being created about us by others or by semi-autonomous machines; some of that sits in our homes and offices; some is captured by CCTV or telephone recordings.

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Track 2

Blockchain technologies provide the opportunity to transform major industries as well as the the practice of law.  We’ve already seen tremendous change across a wide variety of industries including healthcare, retail, finance, agriculture, phramaeudical and entertainment.  We are now seeing how blockchain can transform the legal practice – in litigation, social justice and in many other areas.  Both US regulators as well as lawmakers across the world are grappling with how to address the quick spread of this emerging technology.  Lawyers are trying to figure out how to apply old law to a new medium.  Hear from blockchain experts about how this nascent technology will change the world as you know it. 

12:00PM - 12:30PM
Lunch - Provided by Blank Rome

Dana Post

Thomson Reuters
Senior Legal Editor, Privacy & Data Security
I advise clients on their e-discovery obligations including the collection, preservation, processing, review and production of electronic information. Along the same lines, I also counsel clients on data protection issues arising in cross-border litigation as well as litigations involving data breaches. In addition, I handle complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts as well...

Tanya Holcomb

Honeywell International Inc.
Vice President & General Counsel, Global Litigation
Tanya Holcomb is Vice President and General Counsel, Global Litigation for Honeywell InternationalInc., a $35 billion global, Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutionsincluding aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; andperformance materials. With operations in 70 countries and approximately 110,000 employees and 970sites worldwide,...
12:30PM - 1:30PM
1:45PM - 2:45PM
Track 1

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the legal profession as it has done in finance, entertainment, healthcare, and manufacturing and this has some lawyers and technologists worried. There is an emerging approach to machine learning and AI  that focused on augmenting and amplifying human intelligence rather than replacing it.   Leveraging an augmented intelligence model powered by things like advanced analytics, continual active learning (CAL) and machine translation, lawyers can supercharge their decision making and reduce time to insight.   Today's AI technology is perfect for repetitive tasks that require human intelligence where an increase in productivity and decrease in errors and cost are the goals, document review is an ideal candidate for the application of AI technology and its benefits. Leveraging augmented intelligence in ediscovery can find evidence faster, increase efficiency, and decrease errors while reducing the overall cost exponentially.

1:45PM - 2:45PM
Track 2

Compliance with GDPR has dominated the focus of privacy and legal professionals around the globe as they worked around the clock to achieve compliance with this landmark information law. However, is achieving GSPR compliance the end of something or really just the beginning of something? Although the GDPR is impactful, it appears like there will be several laws that follow it around the world, and it is impossible for organizations to chase compliance With each of these as if it were a firefight. The only way forward is for organizations to build an information governance program that prepares it for whatever comes next. Hear from our expert panel the ways they have tackled this at their organizations and the benefits they have seen.

2:45PM - 3:00PM
Break Provided by Blank Rome LLP
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 1

"Big data" is a term for the collection of large and complex data sets and the analysis of these data sets for relationships. Big data has only become possible in recent years with advances in technology and understanging the possibilities of the use of data. While there are many benefits to the growth of big data analytics, traditional methods of privacy protections often fail. Many notions of privacy rely on informed consent for the disclosure and use of an individual's private data. However, big data means that data is a resource that can be used and reused, often in ways that were inconceivable at the time the data was collected. 

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 2

Corporate counsel and law firms are under significant pressure to deliver services more cost-effectively and efficiently. The alignment of the legal services value chain is very important to achieve success. Process, technology and business model innovation changes need to evolve to meet the needs of all the parties that consume and deliver these services. How do we identify, evaluate, implement and measure internal and external improvements? In this session you will learn from expert practitioners from corporations, law firms and 3rd party vendors on what they currently do and what kind of process, technology or business model improvements will help going forward.

4:00PM - 4:15PM
Break Provided by Blank Rome LLP
4:15PM - 5:15PM

The potential discoverable data sources in today's mobile device and technology-enabled world have expanded to mountainous proportions. Identifying and preserving this relevant data, as well as presenting it in a usable and persuasive format is paramount to gaining the upper hand in any electronic discovery related investigation. Our panelists will discuss the various types of emerging data sources not to be overlooked as well as identify how each can be connected to tell a better story.

Presented by ESI Analyst

5:30PM - 7:00PM
Happy Hour

Neil Etheridge

Chief Marketing Officer
A 17-year veteran of the legal tech industry, Neil combines a deep understanding of law firms, legal departments, and the legal tech industry with a passion for delivering revolutionary legal technology. Before joining DISCO, Neil was vice president of product marketing for Recommind, where he was responsible for product marketing, strategy, and competitive intelligence across all of Recommind’s...

Mike Cousino

Regional Sales Director
Mike Cousino is a software sales leader who works with sales professionals and clients to create winning partnerships.  After spending nearly 20 years both selling directly to clients as well as leading sales teams, Mike knows what truly drives effective and sustainable outcomes for clients - and its not by giving them the lowest price.  Its truly listening to clients and then directing them...

Andrew Shimek

CS Disco
Andrew has a proven track record for building out high performing teams and driving significant growth in emerging and mature markets. With more than 20 plus years experience in legal technology, Andrew has served in a broad array of leadership roles including COO of an AI leader in legal affairs to serving as President of EPIQ DTI’s $500M+ global ediscovery division. A former practicing attorney,...