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If you missed it last week, Rachi and I were delighted to speak with one of our favorite people in the legal profession, the one and only Maribel Rivera! Maribel told us how she was introduced to the world of marketing, her first job in the legal profession and dealing with resistance to her being a female with no degree in marketing. She goes on to explain how that experience led her to begin helping women in todays market to overcome the same obstacles both in an institutional manner as a member of numerous organizations such as Women in…
The 8th Annual University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery Conference is less than a month away and the full-day conference is completely online and free for all attendees. This year they are various topics including:            The initial assessment process            Collaboration and negotiation strategies            Collection challenges from new devices & data sources            Basic and advanced search techniques            Maximizing document review speeds and accuracy. In addition the renowned judicial panel will be joined by an eDiscovery case law panel, and a panel analyzing the eDiscovery impact of rapidly expanding national and international privacy regulations. I’ll be speaking along with, among others, Mary…
Missed eavesdropping on the random conversations that should have been taking place at LTNY? Missed Rachi’s post on this conversation? Well, here ya go. Last week we had the pleasure of having Vincent Catanzaro join us talking about everything from #eDiscovery to being a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe! Vinnie told us how he started in the profession from a small Plaintiffs firm to the DuPont Legal Department to large corporate defense. large corporate defense firms and now back to the corporate world as the EDiscovery counsel at FedEx. But more important, how he became a member of the…
Last week on EDiscovery day, the EDRM honored Gayle O’Connor as the first recipient of the annual Spirit Award named in her honor. Many thanks to the folks at the EDRM and especially the Spirit Committee who I specifically name in the video. Her entire family, especially Seamus and myself, are touched by the tribute to her memory. See you in my dreams baby.…
Rachi and Tom have been on hiatus for a few weeks and Tom gets back into action by talking with Sheila Grela of Procopio in San Diego. Sheila is a seasoned litigation paralegal with over two decades of experience. She is an Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in eDiscovery. Her paralegal certificate, with honors, was from the ABA-approved USD Paralegal program. She has advanced her paralegal experience by becoming both a Relativity Certified User (RCU) and a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS). Recently, her eDiscovery achievement was acknowledged when she was appointed to be a Global Advisory Council participant for EDRM. In…
Rachi and Tom talk with Julie Brown, the Director of Practice Technology at the Columbus Ohio office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Julie was co-chair of this years ILTA-ON conference and talks about the immense challenge of switching that event from live to virtual with 2 months advance warning!! We also talk about her career transition from cosmetology to legal practice support, the growth of ILTA, legal education and much, much more.…
Rachi is on a sabbatical this week so we combed thru the archives of our old interviews to find a substitute for our regular post. Since so many of the people we interviewed over the past five months said the person they would most like to spend a day with was Browning Marean, we thought this interview with Browning would be insightful.  It was recorded in July 2014 and the subject matter is typical Browning: wide ranging over the topics of the duty of technical competence, CLE’s, conferences and yes, getting old.  As always, it has the Browning combination of…
“Be careful what you ask for- you just might get it.” EDiscovery isn’t just for complex civil cases anymore. The New Orleans Bar Association presents local litigator and experienced criminal law practitioner Brian Capitelli of Capitelli & Wicker and eDiscovery expert Tom O’Connor, also of New Orleans, who will discuss how to selectively target your discovery requests in criminal cases and then how to mine the data you receive for electronic treasure Wednesday Oct.21st at 2PM Central Click here to register…
Rachi and Tom have a great discussion this week with Herb Roitblat, chief data scientist at Mimecast. Herb discusses how he went from being a professor working with dolphins at the University of Hawaii to the eDiscovery profession. He shares his thoughts on teaching, machine learning and AI as well as offering his take on where we are headed next in the fields of computer learning and searching ESI.…
Tom chats with one of his favorite people in the eDiscovery space, his younger sister Gayle. She gives some tips on flourishing in today’s work at home environment along with some specific tips on using social media for marketing and client development, especially with Zoom. She discusses Ari Kaplan’s Virtual Lunch and how it has brought a sense of “normalcy” into her day and finally, both Gayle and Tom turn to a discussion of wellness in these tough times.…
It’s Friday Aug. 28 and the fifth and final day of ILTA>ON is coming to a close. It was a wonderful event and, as always, featured outstanding educational content and robust, albeit virtual, social interaction. In 2014 at this time I was at ILTA and sending emails to my dear friend Browning Marean who was hospitalized in Texas fighting cancer. Earlier in the week I had gathered a number of his friends and colleagues for a group photo which we sent him and posted on social media. I also took a photo of him, had it signed by everyone I…
Today is the last day of ILTA>ON and the high caliber educational sessions don’t let up a bit. The keynote address today is Legal’s Next Disruptor? Demystifying the Big 4 and the discussion about the changes caused by corporate legal departments working in new ways to handle eDiscovery, including the use of external resources beyond their outside counsel. One of the speakers is Peter Krakaur, Managing Director of EY Law. I’ve known Peter since his days at FindLaw and as a leader in the KM movement thru engagements at Brobeck, Heller Ehrman & Orrick. The term “thought leader” is overused…
Day 4 and the sessions are continuing with their high quality and levels of attendance. The Litigation Roundtable yesterday had over 150 people and broke out into smaller groups for focused chats ….something you can’t do in a large room at a live conference. And the first time Marketing track had over 120 people in both of the sessions I attended. Todays keynote speaker is Haley Altman, Global Director of Business Development & Strategy at Litera Microsystems, an ILTAMax Sponsor of the conference, talking about Bold Moves and Big Opportunities in our current environment. Featured tracks today are  Tech Adoption/Artificial…
It’s Wednesday and day three of ILTA>ON. Todays keynote speaker is Richard Punt, Managing Director of Legal Strategy & Market Development at Thomson Reuters and his topic is AFTER THE QUAKE: PREDICTIONS FOR AN UNCERTAIN LEGAL FUTURE. The other tracks for today include Litigation Support, IT Operations, Office 365 and Marketing. As always, Doug Austin of eDiscovery today gives a good synopsis of the days events which you can see on his blog at https://ediscoverytoday.com/2020/08/26/wednesday-happenings-at-the-ilta-on-virtual-conference-ediscovery-trends/ and Doug himself will be speaking on a session about clawbacks and redactions at 12:45 PM CST which is moderated by ILTA stalwart Cindy MacBean…
ILTA>ON is underway. It began yesterday with some great sessions including my personal favorite, a sneak peek at the forthcoming ILTA technology survey. For a great recap of that session see the summary by David Horrigan Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director of Relativity at https://twitter.com/i/events/1297958325821243392. David also had a great interview later in the day with Doug Austin of eDiscovery Today which you can see at https://www.linkedin.com/video/live/urn:li:ugcPost:6703770787574267904 Attendance is high with over 2395 attendees reported on line Monday and over 90 vendors in the Solutions Center, all featuring live Zoom chat capability form 8AM to 5PM every day.…