It’s hard to believe that our annual Discovery Symposium is here already. This is now our sixth year of hosting a select group of clients and Fortune 500 legal departments in Nashville for two days of programming from their in-house discovery professional peers.
As always, this is an event we plan in close consultation with leaders from both large and small legal departments, those who have a large volume of litigation to those who might only have one big case every few years. There are no law firms or vendors in attendance, which is a great aid in generating open and honest dialogue among the 75 or so attendees and getting to the heart of best practices.
Much of the interest in this year’s event revolves around information governance, the reuse of data and how the e-discovery team can provide additional benefits to the corporation. But one issue that I believe will receive a lot of discussion is the use of TAR/predictive technologies now that so many more of our attendees have experience with different tools and platforms. Last year, the attendees and panelists who had extensive TAR experience were very optimistic about utilizing the tools more and further reducing the costs of attorney review; based on pre-Symposium planning calls with the panelists, it’s clear that many see predictive tools as a complement to attorney review, not as a replacement.
We have a great line-up of panelists this year from companies such as Fidelity Investments, Southwest Airlines, Regions Financial, Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar, OppenheimerFunds, FedEx, International Paper, Nissan, Community Health Systems, and many more.