Washington DC October 23-24

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

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.

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 preserve-collect-process-repeat. 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 - 10:45AM
Track 2

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 1

The rise of cloud computing has been one of the most impactful technology disruptors the legal sector has faced since the introduction of the online legal research. Within the next year, 80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions needed to support business growth, reduce costs, and improve efficiency, agility, and ultimately the customer experience. The next chapter in legal technology is how to use the cloud. Learn in this session best practices for embracing the cloud and modern technology while exploring techniques that will graduate your law department to a high level of efficiency.

11:00AM - 12:00AM
Track 2

The reasonable anticipation or filing of a litigation case is only one event that can trigger a need for eDiscovery. These days, eDiscovery also plays an important part in conducting investigations to meet compliance, due diligence or regulatory enforcement requirements. In this session, the panelists will share experiences and provide examples of the use of eDiscovery technology and best practices to meet investigative objectives. Topics include: · Common Types of Investigations Involving eDiscovery · Similarities and Differences from eDiscovery in Litigations · Data Discovery, Data Privacy and Cross-Border Implications · Common Mistakes to Avoid · Dealing with Phones/BYOD Issues During Investigations · Best Practices for Managing eDiscovery in Investigations

12:15PM - 1:35PM

Artificial intelligence is poised to have a transformational impact on our world; it is already affecting how we do business and live our lives today. Its effects magnify as virtually every industry begins to transform their core processes and business models to take advantage of artificial intelligence. Because of this level of influence and impact artificial intelligence will have in our world, it is essential that we keep it pure, balanced and unbiased in the tasks and processes it performs; however, are we? Of late, we see a trend of bias making its way into artificial intelligence systems that pose a threat to artificial intelligence becoming a positive impact on our world.  The bias found in the data and even the models themselves can cause subtle unexpected outcomes.  Join me as we discuss what this bias is, how it might be (accidentally or perhaps deliberately) included into data and models, and how we can detect and remove bias from our artificial intelligence systems.

1:45PM - 2:45PM
Track 1

By 2020 it is estimated that over 100,000 legal roles have a high chance of being automated as a result of the quickening pace of technology, shifting workforce demographics, and the need to offer more value for money causing a tipping point for talent strategies among law firms and corporations. Automation and artificial intelligence tools have become sophisticated enough and cost effective to replace many repetitive tasks essential in the practice of law. Slack space is the new legal efficiency opportunities. During this session learn how to automate the “slack space” that you deal with everyday to improve efficiency within your legal department. By embracing Artificial Intelligence, you will become more successful in your legal career. This CLE session will discuss what legal professionals should know or start thinking about artificial intelligence to succeed in the evolving legal sector, your firm, department, and career.

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 1

With GDPR looming, Cybersecurity a daily worry and eDiscovery a perennial challenge, mapping and inventorying an organization’s data is the lynchpin to driving successful compliance and risk mitigation initiatives. This session will explore operational challenges, real world examples and general best practices around the intersection of privacy, security and information governance.

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 2

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.

4:15PM - 5:15PM
Track 1

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.


5:30PM - 7:00PM

Happy Hour @ LINCOLN Restaurant In DC

Blog, Happy Hour, The Bar @ LINCOLN 

Here at LINCOLN Restaurant, we’re serving up quality handcrafted Happy Hour specials 4-7pm daily. Conveniently located near K Street and the DC Convention Center, LINCOLN Restaurant is something to behold. Our fresh bar program sources local ingredients and uses modern gastronomy techniques to deliver superior cocktails inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln.

According to an article in CityEats, once bartenders infuse their own, they rarely turn back because the quality is so much better. The mixologists at LINCOLN are working tirelessly in our Infusion Room to create the best tasting spirits in town. Just ask our satisfied patrons: the seasonal cocktails at LINCOLN just taste better! Check our our Happy Hour Menu for the full rundown of what’s fresh and on tap now.

Won’t you come taste for yourself? Check out our famous blackboard for specials. Our Happy Hour is running daily from 4-7pm. Join us tonight!

And of course enjoy happy hour on LINCOLN’s stylish outdoor patio – profiled in BYT’s DC Outdoor Drinking Guide under “Great Happy Hour”!

Join us for the best, most-talked-about happy hour in DC. Our unique space featuring original art by local artist Maggie O’Neill will get you talking. Our fresh bar program features the best in fresh local produce, house and locally crafted spirits. Won’t you join us for happy hour at LINCOLN Restaurant in DC’s Penn Quarter today?

1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-386-9200

Day 2

8:00AM - 9:00AM
8:45AM - 9:45AM
Track 1

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.

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Track 1

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. But 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 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.

11:15AM - 12:15PM
Track 1

The acceleration of data creation in today's business world coupled with the requirement to understand, manage, and act on information throughout its lifecycle presents a challenge to information governance and legal discovery professionals seeking to balance process, products, and outcomes. This panel and presentation led by eDiscovery Daily Blog author and eDiscovery expert Doug Austin will provide attendees with an overview of data discovery and legal discovery and help them frame the lifecycle of data through the lens of data and legal discovery objectives, tasks, and tools.

12:15PM - 1:30PM