Discovery Symposium 5.0

It’s Discovery Symposium week here at Counsel On Call, which is one of our favorite times of the year. We invite many of our clients and e-discovery managers to Nashville for 24 hours of high-level programming, with plenty of fun mixed in.

It’s hard to believe this is our fifth year hosting the event. The symposium has grown from a dedicated group of 40 clients in 2009, who wanted to speak candidly about discovery issues to a larger event capped at 75 people this year. The goal has always been to foster open dialogue about practical issues and to identify best practices. We’ve found throughout the years that to accomplish this we couldn’t allow the group to get too large.

You’d be hard-pressed to top our lineup of panelists this year. It includes general counsel, heads of litigation and e-discovery managers (attorneys, paralegals and IT) from the following corporations:

  • Fidelity Investments
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Walmart
  • Cox Communications
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Regions Financial
  • Bank of America
  • JC Penney
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • FedEx
  • HCA
  • Raymond James
  • Caterpillar

It truly is an ‘all-star’ cast of attorneys and process managers who are leading the e-discovery field.

As you might expect, predictive coding and technology-assisted review (TAR) are hot topics, and we’ve assembled some of the brightest minds in the industry to discuss them from multiple angles; from developing seed sets to new 26B rules and everything in between. While it seems the public perception is that computer-learning tools are the ‘must-have’ applications today, in reality what our clients are telling us is that TAR platforms are simply another arrow in the quiver, so to speak. In-house counsel has experienced a wide range of results, and the issue of when to best use TAR platforms is still very much in question. There’s still plenty of confusion in the marketplace, and we aim to get to the heart of the issues.

Another theme with DS5.0 is process. While we’ve certainly had this on the agenda since DS1.0, there has been a noticeable movement during the past 12-15 months to design and implement detailed processes, bringing more work in-house. It’s not just talk anymore, and the sophistication level of many of our attendees will bring a lot of value to those attendees who aren’t as far along in the implementation of their processes. This broad umbrella of a subject encompasses review protocols, partnering with vendors and outside counsel, quality control, metrics tracking and a host of other issues that go into the development of a defensible, efficient and cost-saving discovery model. It’s what our team at Counsel On Call works on 365 days a year, and it’s always great to get everyone in a room talking about what works well and what needs improvement.

We’ll post recaps of the panel sessions here in the coming days, so please check back. If you’d like to suggest some questions for our group, please feel free to put them in the comments below, and we’ll post the answers next week.

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