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Time for Another Relativity Fest? Giddyup!: eDiscovery Trends

We’re about three weeks out from the 2018 Relativity Fest conference, conducted every year by Relativity, which is three weeks earlier than last year!  I guess they couldn’t wait!  Anyway, Relativity Fest is an annual conference designed to educate and connect the eDiscovery community and features panel discussions, hands-on labs, breakout sessions, and insights from Relativity staff, Relativity users, and industry leaders.  It’s a big show with over 1,800 attendees and a lot going on.

This year, Relativity Fest is September 30 through October 3 in Chicago at The Hilton Chicago (which was the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1927 and cost ten times more to build than the original Yankee Stadium).  As a development partner in the Relativity ecosystem, CloudNine will once again be the conference and will be there to provide demonstrations of our Outpost for Relativity capability that automatically ingests and loads data into Relativity based on your specified criteria.

Also, I will be covering the show for eDiscovery Daily, and I’m delighted to say that I will also once again be speaking at a session at the conference.  My session is Social Media Law and Practice, on Tuesday, October 2 at 3:40 pm, with Phil Favro, Consultant with Driven, Amy Sellars, Associate General Counsel with Wal-Mart and Gareth Evans, Partner with Redgrave LLP.

In addition to that session, there are several other interesting looking sessions at the conference.  No “yada, yada, yada” here.  Here are a few of them:

  • Beer and Basics: e-Discovery 101 and Relativity Fundamentals, Sunday (9/30) at 5:30pm with Constantine Pappas of Relativity, Peggy Gianuca of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Quartararo of eDPM Advisory Services, Tessa Jacob of Husch Blackwell and my colleague Tom O’Connor of Gulf Coast Legal Tech Company. Starting an eDiscovery than beer and wine?  That’s mighty fine!
  • The Internet of Things from a Legal and Regulatory Perspective, Monday (10/1) at 11:00am, a panel led by the ubiquitous David Horrigan (who once again seems to be leading almost every educational panel) that includes Gail Gottehrer of Akerman, Ed McAndrew of Ballard Spahr LLP and noted eDiscovery thought leader Craig Ball. Get Out!
  • The Judicial Panel, Monday (10/1) at 1:00pm, with David moderating discussions with Judge Nora Barry Fischer, Judge Xavier Rodriguez, New York Supreme Court Justice Tanya Kennedy and retired Judge Andrew Peck (now Senior Counsel at DLA Piper) – none of whom is a close talker or a low talker – to discuss the latest legal developments in eDiscovery.
  • International e-Discovery and Data Protection, Tuesday (10/2) at 8:30am. Chris Dale of the eDisclosure Information Project leads the discussion on a hot topic this year with GDPR.  Serenity now!
  • ILTA and Relativity Fest Present Finding the Fun in Writing Fundamentals, Tuesday (10/2) at 11:10am, with David moderating a panel that includes Judge Peck and Gary Kinder of WordRake. Hey, after 2,000 or so blog posts, maybe I can finally learn how to do it right!
  • e-Discovery Law and Practice: Case Studies in Cooperation, Wednesday (10/3) at 9:00am, David leads a panel with Chad Roberts and Suzanne Clark of PLLC, Kelly Twigger of ESI Attorneys and Kathleen Porter Kristiansen of Advanced Discovery.

To register to attend Relativity Fest, click here.  It’s not too late!  And, the Cubbies appear headed for the baseball playoffs again – though the Astros are going to win it all again this year.  Hey, I was right when I predicted it last year!

BTW, the Seinfeld references are at the request of David Horrigan, who appreciated my Festivus reference last year.  Cosmo Kramer would be proud.  Though Relativity will be skipping the “airing of grievances” this year (I think)… :o)

So, what do you think?  Are you attending Relativity Fest this year?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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