I have just booked my flight for Legal IQ’s 2013 Information Governance and eDiscovery Strategy Exchange, to be held in San Diego between 5 and 7 May 2013. This is produced by the same UK-based team as ran the Washington Exchange last September which drew no fewer than three complimentary articles from me here, here and here – the latter drawing attention to a series of video clips in which the Washington participants, including sponsors, spoke very highly of the event which they had just attended.
I am involved in three panels, all on subjects dear to my heart. The first is billed as a Fireside chat: Metrics and is a discussion between me and Marla Bergman, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Proceedings at Goldman Sachs. The idea for this originated from a panel which I moderated last year at which Marla Bergman described how she keeps metrics of every aspect of every case. That this gives her the ability to assess and control the budgets of future cases is reasonably obvious; what it adds, she says, is the tactical and strategic benefits vis-à-vis opponents and the court which come from being so obviously on top of the numbers. If you want to argue about proportionality, you must do so from a position which clearly sets cost against benefit.
Proportionality comes up again in my second session, a Judicial panel on eDiscovery, predictive coding and the relationship between proportionality, preservation and spoliation. The panel members are US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck and US Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin – one of those panels, I anticipate, at which my primary role as moderator will be to stem the flow of interesting comment from the speakers by closing time.
My last involvement is in a roundtable discussion called Remaining compliant on a global scale: mastering global data privacy regulations and avoiding breaching foreign and local laws. I am doing this in the company of Gautam Sachdev, SVP and Head of Strategy and Implementation – America’s Compliance at HSBC, which goes to show that one can be fortunate both in your co-presenters and in your subjects.
There is plenty else happening over the two days, and every prospect that this event will be as good as the last one – this is the same team as organises Legal IQ’s Munich event, another high point in the calendar. Legal IQ is developing a useful Resource Library, full of good material on a wide range of subjects which you can access from the event web site.
Attendance at this event is by invitation. You can apply for one here.