December 10, 2015

Georgetown’s Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute Recap

Rounding out the very busy fall conference schedule was Georgetown Law’s 12th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute in Washington, D.C. The room was filled with the weary travelers of the circuit, but one couldn’t tell after Christopher Surdak, author of Data Crush, delivered a powerful keynote on consumer predictive technology. The tone was set: Technology is quickly influencing our private lives with predictive consumer products and services, and our legal world needs to be leveraging the same technology for better case intelligence.

The keynote speech was immediately followed by eDiscovery 2020 and the next five years of our growing technology. “TAR: just do it” (not an exact quote) appeared to be the sentiment to drive home. Our industry with responsible legal leaders NEEDS to be using available technology without the now canned excuses. This was the first time I have found stated so overtly our need to adopt technology in this manner, but it is right on. The time for shirking acceptance of TAR and its workflows is over, and the judges in the audience certainly didn’t protest, though I am not putting words in their mouths.

The remainder of the conference provided organized panels digging deeper into particular discussion points that encouraged cooperation, defined issues, focused on the new rules and offered ideas we should focus on over the coming years. The only challenge I faced when attending the sessions was wanting to be in two places at once. Now, to “relax,” enjoy the holiday season with little travel and prepare for Legaltech New York!

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