Conferences / Symposia

It has been almost six years since the ESI parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective on December 1, 2006. In this new age of technology, judges have a lot to say about the level of technical competence of the lawyers appearing before them.

The Legal Technology Leadership Summit at Amelia Island, Florida, from September 6 – 8, will feature a panel of distinguished judges who will offer thoughts on what steps can be taken to have technology-assisted review be deemed defensible. If you attend, you’ll have the chance to hear from these panelists:

  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia, D. New Mexico
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison, E.D. California
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith, M.D. Georgia
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse, D. Kansas

You can take a look at the full agenda here. Feedback from federal judges isn’t all that you will receive if you attend the Legal Technology Leadership Summit. We have been approved for CLE credits in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania

Accreditation requests are pending in the following jurisdictions:

  • California
  • Florida

Please sign up to attend. We hope to see you there!

If you think lawyers can only risk sanctions for legal or ethical mistakes, think again. Judges can impose sanctions on clients and their lawyers simply for e-discovery breakdowns, even when the cause is not (yet) known. Just ask the former lawyers for Qualcomm.

The Legal Technology Leadership Summit at Amelia Island, Florida, from September 6 – 8, will feature a panel that reconsiders the sanctioning of Qualcomm and six of its attorneys, and the ensuing two-plus-year legal battle to have the sanctions order vacated, as it ultimately was. The panel will feature Adam Bier, one of the “Qualcomm Six,” and Frank Cialone, a lawyer who represented two other former lawyers for Qualcomm.

You can check out the full agenda here. Learning how to survive e-discovery nightmares isn’t all you’ll be getting when you come to the Legal Tech Leadership Summit. We’ve also applied for CLE in a number of states. Here are the states where we’ve been approved:

  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

And accreditation is still pending in the following jurisdictions:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Sign up here to attend. We hope to see you there.

So we’ve put together quite a group of people for the Legal Technology Leadership Summit. These speakers have already said they’ll be coming to Amelia Island, Florida, from September 6 – 8 — and more are on the way.

With all of these interesting people gathered together, we’re hoping that practicing attorneys will come join us and have a field day. Do you want to make partner at your law firm? Make rain. Do you want your small practice to survive and thrive through a challenging economy? Make rain. Two days at a resort in Florida jam-packed with potential clients is how you put fish in a barrel without angering PETA.

If you want to attend the Legal Technology Leadership Summit, you can sign up here. We’ve applied for CLE, so you’ll hopefully be able to pick up a few credits while you are meeting people and making connections.

For more information about the Summit, click here. We hope to see you there.

A couple of days ago, we invited in-house counsel to join this group of interesting speakers at the Legal Technology Leadership Summit, taking place on September 6 -8 in Amelia Island, Florida.

We received a bunch of responses from people who work with in-house counsel, which is nice. But that still leaves us looking for a few more attorneys who actually work in-house. We want to hear the thoughts, concerns, hopes, and demands of in-house counsel, directly from their mouths.

So, if you are working in-house and you have something to say, please take this opportunity to tell people how you prefer to be served. For free, at the Ritz, right after Labor Day.

If you would like to participate, submit a speaker proposal via email, to speakers@abovethelaw.com (subject: “Summit Speaking Proposal”). Let us know the company where you work, your title, and the subject on which you would like to speak, picked from the Summit agenda located here. Speakers will attend the event for free. Travel scholarships are available for qualified corporate counsel, and applications for CLE credits have been submitted. But obviously space is limited.

And if you don’t work in-house but want to hear what these in-house lawyers have to say (as well as network with them), you should sign up to attend the conference, over here.

Are you looking for an opportunity to present information about legal technology to your colleagues? Would like to join this illustrious group of speakers? Then look no further, because a handful of speaking opportunities are still available at the 2011 Legal Technology Leadership Summit.

If you would like to submit a speaker proposal, please email speakers@abovethelaw.com (subject: “Summit Speaking Proposal”). Let us know the company where you work, your title, and the subject on which you would like to speak, picked from the Summit agenda located here.

Those whose speaker proposals are accepted will receive a free pass to the event, and speakers will be able to attend all portions of the Summit. Please hurry, as we have only a handful of opportunities left. Travel scholarships are available for qualified corporate counsel, and applications for CLE credits have been submitted.

The Summit will take place on September 6 – 8, in Amelia Island, Florida. If you are interested in attending the Summit, please sign up here to join us. You can also take a look at the full agenda for the event here.

As we learned in Qualcomm v. Broadcom, e-discovery can be tricky. While there is an ethical rule against disclosing client confidences, there is an exception to that rule. In order to properly invoke that exception, certain procedural and ethical steps must be taken.

A special ethics and e-discovery panel at the Legal Technology Leadership Summit will reexamine the Qualcomm e-discovery sanctions opinions, particularly as they affected six of the attorneys representing Qualcomm.

On January 7, 2008, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major of the Southern District of California imposed sanctions on those attorneys for Qualcomm’s failure to produce certain electronic discovery (2008 WL 66932). Just under two months later that part of the opinion was vacated and remanded by U.S. District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster (March 5, 2008, 2008 WL 638108). A little over two years after remand, Judge Major ultimately declined to impose sanctions and dissolved the order to show cause (April 2, 2010, 2010 WL 1336937).

Attorney Adam Arthur Bier, the junior-most attorney identified in the Qualcomm case, plans to discuss the impact of ethical sanctions and will offer some thoughts on ways to avoid such situations. Attorney Frank Cialone, who defended several of the six attorneys involved in the case, will discuss the self-defense exception to the ethical rule against disclosing client confidences and will describe what has to be done procedurally and ethically to invoke the exception. Cialone will also suggest the ways in which law firms and clients can work together to avoid such circumstances.

The Summit will take place on September 6 – 8, in Amelia Island, Florida. If you are interested in attending the Summit, please sign up here to join us. You can also take a look at the full agenda for the event here.

When they asked me “Do you golf,” I naturally responded with “You know I’m not bad, and I love the FaceGen technology, but my swing seems to have a natural fade that I can’t correct for unless I line up the controller exactly right, and that’s frustrating.”

Much to my surprise, they weren’t asking me about Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. They were talking about real golf. Played outdoors. I don’t even know where they set up the Kinect, but apparently we have the technology to do this now.

And we will be golfing at the Legal Technology Leadership Summit on Amelia Island from September 6 – 8. Click here to attend the conference, and here for more information on the golf outing. Here’s how the festivities were explained to me:

Don’t worry if you’re not a good golfer, or even if you’ve never played before. Each foursome will be comprised of 3 actual golfers (an A, B and C player) and a fourth player whose sole duties will be to drive a golf cart and putt. This will let those non-golfers who don’t want to miss out on the fun a chance to participate without embarrassment (and without the expense of golf shoes!).

The first group will go off shortly after noon on Tuesday, September 6.

Well, my sole duty will be to end up with the coolest foursome at the event. It’s not illegal to drink while driving a golf cart, right?

Legal Technology Leadership Summit [Above the Law]

One of the primary themes of the Legal Technology Leadership Summit is to identify the enormous costs associated with the over-preservation of electronic data by corporations and other organizations and to suggest rules, legislation, or other processes or technologies to reduce those costs and risks. One of the many serious risks associated with the unnecessary over-retention of data is the risk that the data will be hacked or stolen.

Keynote speakers Tom Dawson, a former U.S. prosecutor, and Alan Lange, a political blogger, will address such issues as they relate to the Dickie Scruggs scandal. Dawson was personally involved in the six-month investigation and the three-month trial of Dickie Scruggs and other prominent plaintiffs tort lawyers. Scruggs collaborated with corporate employees in their unauthorized disclosure of paper and electronic records of their employer, a claims processing company that was involved in evaluating and processing Katrina insurance claims.

The data security issues that are central to the Scruggs saga dovetail with one of the recurring themes of the Summit. The presentation by Dawson and Lange is sure to trigger a lively discussion on what, if anything, could have been done to prevent or detect the theft of sensitive information.

The Summit will take place on September 6 – 8, in Amelia Island, Florida. If you are interested attending the Summit, please sign up here to join us. You can also take a look at the full agenda for the event here.

The current lack of uniformity in state legislation dealing with a company’s obligations in the event of data breaches affecting personal data has made it more burdensome and more expensive for companies to meet their compliance requirements.

Christina Ayiotis, an e-discovery and data privacy expert who is heading the Data Breaches and Cybersecurity Panel at the Legal Technology Leadership Summit, stated that: “Corporate America would be much better served with a national approach defining when data breach obligations are triggered and setting forth what those obligations are.”

Ms. Ayiotis’s panel at the Summit will explore the events which trigger data breach response obligations under current law, as well as what those obligations are. The panel will demonstrate the value of end-to-end information management that incorporates compliance requirements throughout the lifecycle of relevant information, with particular attention to proactive security architecture that contemplates both global data flows, as well as the consumerization of IT.

Part of the Summit’s mission is to not only examine existing law (and the IT landscape), but to consider what changes ought to be made so that the law and policy can keep pace with ever-changing technological capabilities, challenges, and innovations, as well as changing employee behavior.

The Summit will take place on September 6 – 8, in Amelia Island, Florida. If you are interested in attending the Summit, please sign up here to join us. You can also take a look at the full agenda for the event here.

If you were aware of pending litigation, would you destroy backup tapes if you had no reason to believe that they contained data relevant to case? Would you need to retain such tapes in order to meet your litigation-related preservation obligations as an attorney?

During the Legal Technology Leadership Summit, a mock hearing will be held where a blue-ribbon panel will examine whether sanctions would be appropriate in a case like the one described above. Participants in the mock hearing will play the roles of plaintiffs and defense counsel as well as plaintiffs’ expert. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV (S.D.N.Y.) will preside over the mock hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing, panel members and the audience will vote via cell phone text messages on how they would have decided the case and why. Results will be shown live on screen as a prelude to what is sure to be a spirited discussion of how to meet a company’s preservation obligations without going broke or getting sanctioned in the interim.

The panel is part of an overall theme of the Summit of examining the true costs and risks of over-preservation and considering what the options are for resolving those issues.

The Summit will take place on September 6 – 8, in Amelia Island, Florida. If you are interested in being a part of the mock hearing, please sign up to attend the conference. You can also take a look at the full agenda for the event here.

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