Thursday’s ILTACON 2017 Sessions: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine

As noted Monday, Tuesday and yesterday, the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual educational conference of 2017 (otherwise known as ILTACON) is happening this week and eDiscovery Daily will be reporting this week about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show.  Today is the last day to check out the show at the Mandalay Bay if you’re in the Las Vegas area with a number of sessions available and as many as 215(!) exhibitors providing information on their products and services.

Sessions of interest in the main conference tracks include (all times PT):

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM:

O365 and Exchange Ediscovery Capabilities: While Office 365 and Exchange ediscovery capabilities can make our jobs easier, they can also be subject to problems. What can you expect from these products? In this live demo, you’ll get an interactive tutorial of the features these platforms offer – from the glitz to the glitches.


  • Understand what the different software offerings are and are not good at
  • Identify gotchas for each product

Speakers include: John Collins, Director of Information Governance & Office 365 Consulting DTI.

Your Perimeter Will Be Breached: Your law firm will be hacked. What do you do when that happens? How do you mitigate the damage done? Join us for a technical discussion on what you can put in place that will help you identify where you have been hacked and how to get rid of the threat.


  • Determine a list of things to check when you’re back in the office
  • Identify ways to find intruders in your perimeter and mitigate risk

Speakers include: Brian Johnson, Sr. Security Engineer Emergent Networks.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM:

New Microsoft Features That Will Affect Ediscovery in the Future: Microsoft continues to add features to its products that could make preservation, collection, review and production easier in the future. More and more corporations are using those products. Is it time for law firms to follow suit? Come hear a panel discuss how Microsoft’s legal hold and ediscovery compliance features could change how we deal with ediscovery now and in the future. Will you be prepared to take advantage of these changes?


  • Learn how Microsoft’s legal hold and ediscovery compliance features are making it easier to deal with ediscovery challenges
  • See how these new features could affect how we deal with edIscovery
  • Discover how to take advantage of these features to further your career

Speakers include: Scott M. Cohen, Managing Director Winston & Strawn LLP; Jake Frazier, Information Governance & Compliance Practice Leader FTI Consulting; EJ Bastien, Lead eDiscovery Program Manager Microsoft Corporation – Legal and Corporate Affairs; Troy Dunham, eDiscovery Program Manager Adobe Systems Legal Department.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM:

Data Analytics for Information Governance: Whether you’re in a law firm or corporate environment, using data and key metrics can improve your information governance (IG) and system performance. What types of data should you be evaluating, and how to do find the value of it? How can you create the ideal information governance framework by distilling data into building blocks that tie together? We’ll examine case studies to demonstrate data-driven decisions made throughout the building and remodeling of successful IG programs.

Speakers include: Gillian Glass, Director of Practice Support, Paralegals and Records Farella Braun + Martel LLP; Megan Beauchemin, Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics InOutsource; Daniel Holohan, Chief Information Officer The Advisory Board Company.

What’s in YOUR Ediscovery/Litigation Support Strategic Plan?!: Looking into the future, what is the focus of your strategic plan? What are your staff needs and technology needs? Is there company growth? Creating and managing a strategic plan can be difficult, especially as emerging needs fight for resources and attention. This presentation will give ediscovery and litigation support professionals tips on updating, revamping and revisioning their strategic plan. We will also discuss various approaches and timetables for the strategic planning process.


  • Cultivate ideas on how to develop a strategic plan
  • Identify who needs to be involved
  • Determine factors to consider in your strategic plan

This session will NOT be recorded.

Speakers include: Mary Pat Poteet, Managing Consultant; David Bryant Isbell, Director, Global Practice Support Baker & McKenzie; Ashley Smith, Managing Director Deloitte.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM:

Preserving, Collecting and Producing Databases for Ediscovery: An industry expert will share how they deal with, manage and produce structured data and databases during litigation and government investigations. Attendees will hear about common challenges and solutions to help deal with these challenging sources of data, and they will learn about techniques to preserve, collect, review and produce structured data and databases.


  • Learn how to preserve, collect and produce databases
  • Understand common challenges and pitfalls to avoid when dealing with databases
  • Establish a list of questions to ask when dealing with databases

Speakers include: Jim Vint, Managing Director, Practice Lead Global Legal Technology Solutions Navigant.

So, what do you think?  Did you attend ILTACON this year?  If so, what did you think? 

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