I have the pleasure of joining the faculty this year for the 2017 University of Florida eDiscovery Conference coming up on March 30, 2017. This is your personal invitation to join us for what will be a fantastic day of amazing content delivered in a non-stuffy style. Bill Hamilton and the entire UF Law School, together with their partners, are putting on a great show.

Now, before you say I’m not in Florida — hold on. The entire event is live streamed, so you can participate in person or via the web.  And you’ll want to, because the content that we are putting together for you will let you leave the event (or turn off your livestream) and implement it right away on the cases you have on your desk now.

Is this an event for you?  Let’s find out:

  • Are you a litigator that has to pick up electronic discovery when  you need it and don’t have time to stay on top of all the developments in the rules and case law?
  • Do you want to engage more in electronic discovery but don’t know where to start?
  • Do you dismiss ediscovery as being too expensive?
  • Do you struggle with keeping on top of the latest technology your clients are using and what it means for you as their advisor?  For example, are your clients switching to Office 365 and do you know or understand the implications and how you need to advise them?
  • Are you a legal support professional tasked with managing ediscovery or getting your lawyers ready for meet and confer sessions with opposing counsel?
  • Are you struggling to find the most effective process for dealing with heaps of ESI in a review platform?
  • Are you worried your clients aren’t doing enough with being prepared for ediscovery, but are uncertain of how to engage with them about it?

If any one of those questions had you nodding your head, go ahead and register right now. (Sidebar — this is not an event that the faculty is paid to speak at and we do not receive proceeds from your registrations. I just really think you should attend.)

The cost is a de minimus (yes, I just did that) $199 for in-person or $99 to live stream the day long event. The event is approved for 6 hours of General CLE in Florida, 6 hours of Technology (Florida has that requirement, but it’s the same 6 hours, not 12 total) and 1 hour of ethics. Bargain. Both of the states I practice in allow me to get credit for CLE approved in other states, so see if that works for you.

As a faculty member, I get to offer you a discount of 10%, so when you register, be sure to use the code: http://tinyurl.com/UFLaw-ESIAttys.

Here’s a quick rundown of the agenda. I’ll be participating in the Preservation and Meet and Confer panels in the morning, and around all day for discussions if you attend in person — just drop me a line and let’s make a plan to meet up.

  • Cloud, Social Media, Mobile Devices Preservation — Moderated by Craig Ball
    E-Discovery must follow the data revolution. Now — more than ever –important email and documentary evidence is located in cloud locations such as Dropbox, Office 365, Gmail and Slack. Social media platforms and applications also contain important evidence that must be preserved when litigation is reasonably anticipated. And this data is most often stored on mobile devices. In short, data is no longer confined to the world of “on premise” storage. This panel will discuss and unpack the nuisances and tricks regarding the preservation of digital age data.
  • Collections on a Budget — Moderated by Anthony Porcelli
    Targeted collection is the new mantra. But how do you do it? This panel will explore how to develop a collection strategy that meets the needs of the case as the case develops. Just as every shred of data cannot be preserved, every shred of preserved data cannot be collected and analyzed. Data should only be collected to meet the needs of the case: early assessment, motion practice, meet and confer obligations, deposition preparation, and final full production. This panel will tackle the obstacles and help you plan and execute defensible collections.
  • The Early E-Discovery Meet and Confer — Moderated by David Horrigan
    Perhaps the most important e-discovery event in any case is the early negotiations with the opposition. This panel will lay out exactly how to structure this “strategic engagement” with the opposition, and demonstrate the mistakes (and recoveries) often made at these early meetings. The panel will explore the early meet and confer checklist so you can avoid e-Discovery crashes.
  • Defending Your Keyword Search
    Keyword search continues to be the bread and butter of e-discovery document search and retrieval. This panel will explore how to make sure your keyword search locates the responsive documents and how you can defend the keyword search when ultimately that document appears that eluded your search. This panel will provide your roadmap to keyword success and defense.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Document Review: Using “Watson” to Assist in Your Next Complex Electronic Document Review Project — Moderated by Ralph Losey
    This panel will explore the use of technology-assisted review in today’s litigation environment. Learn the benefits of TAR and which cases are suitable for TAR treatment. TAR is a process that you don’t want to undertake without guidance. Our distinguished experts will help you explore the necessary steps to deploy TAR in your cases.
  • Document Review: How to Achieve Efficiency and Reliability Using Contemporary Review Tools — Moderated by Suzanne Clark
    All the hubbub about search seems to forgotten that documents need to be reviewed before production and that this human review is the most expensive part of e-discovery. Planning and executing your review is critical. This panel will reveal the secrets of organizing a defensible and cost-effective review using motivational techniques, quality controls, and modern team communications. See what the latest review platforms have to offer!
  • Judicial Panel: What Judges Expect — Moderated by Mary Mack
    Our traditional judicial panel explore what federal and state judges now expect from clients and attorneys. The key to the future is the informed advocate. See what the judiciary now demands to avoid fatal steps that can damage your clients case and your professional reputation.

The faculty for this  year is a list of who’s who in ediscovery with lawyers from both sides of the v. to small, medium and large firm lawyers that handle a range of complexity in ediscovery and know how to help  you make smart decisions. You can check out the entire list of the presenters here. This event is designed for you to interact with the faculty — so it’s not just us talking and you listening.

We want your questions — and we want to help you improve what you’re doing with ESI and to help you learn some new techniques to do things more efficiently and effectively for your clients.

I’ve got to get back to preparing for my presentations, so hop on and register and I look forward to “seeing” you there!