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ACEDS Webinar Wrap-Up: April 2021

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Every year, ACEDS hosts more than 100 webinars on dozens of topics related to e-discovery and broader issues related to legal technology. In this new monthly addition to the ACEDS blog, we welcome ACEDS’ marketing specialist Kelly Bauer, who summarizes the previous month’s webcasts. There’s no shortage of educational content – tune in live or on-demand.

April marked a full year since offices transitioned to a work from home structure and companies quickly adapted to new technology. For e-discovery professionals this shift meant not only changing their discovery process to a remote system, but also accounting for the drastic increase of data and ESI in workplaces. 

The ACEDS webinar channel keeps up with the expanding e-discovery industry by providing the latest insights and education to our community. April’s webinars featured guests who shared their invaluable knowledge of e-discovery and how the industry is changing.

All live webinars are recorded and made available on-demand for ACEDS members. Read highlights from these events below and watch on-demand for more information. Join us for live events hosted each month on the ACEDS webinar channel.

April 6: #Networked: The Story of 20 Women Lawyers Who Bonded & Triumphantly Pivoted During the COVD-19 Pandemic

Webinar guests:
Patricia Baxter, Esq., Managing Partner, Morgan & Akins, Philadelphia
Shari Belitz, Esq.
, CEO, Shari Belitz Communications LLC
Teresa Milano, Esq.
, VP of Management Liability, Woodruff Sawyer
Colleen Freeman, Esq.
, Senior Director, BIA

Last year, Patricia Baxter was looking for LinkedIn connections with a specific goal in mind: women in the legal industry who were creating their own content. This search formed an online group of women who shared knowledge, engaged with one another’s original content, and provided a support system. Inspired to pivot during the pandemic, 20 of these lawyers teamed up to write a book focused on this community. Each chapter features “career-driven, business-minded women… showing up authentically to have difficult conversations” about their experiences.

Online networking can be overwhelming, but Shari Belitz calls it “the great equalizer.” Content can be created and connections formed at any time, with no need to compromise family dinners and personal time with networking events. This panel agrees: creating unique, original content is the best way to stand out. “Online networking relies on what you have to say and how well you say it,” says Belitz. Find where you bring value, and create an Instragram, blog, video, podcast – anything that showcases your strengths.

Networking is a journey that starts with determining your goal. Baxter offers advice she wishes she knew before the pandemic: start things earlier and ask for help. In any unchartered territory, the path has been paved before. Find the people who can help, ask questions, and show interest early.

Pivoting and finding new opportunities can be challenging, but it is not about being perfect. Embrace the journey of online networking. This webinar is full of fascinating advice and is now available on-demand.

April 14: The Lawyer’s Guide to Discovery and Investigations in Slack

Webinar Guests:
Cindy Lagenbeck, Product Manager, Logikcull
Casey Sullivan, Head of Content, Logikcull

When workplaces moved remote last year, Slack numbers skyrocketed to over 12 million daily users. Known to most as a chat platform, this Searchable Log of All Content and Knowledge is being utilized for much more below the surface. While billions of messages are being sent daily, Slack is also used for file sharing, as a collaboration tool, and general workplace hub.

This wealth of data can be daunting for an e-discovery professional. When gathering data in Slack, it is important to consider the full spectrum of insight. One message sent contains 8 lines of code, containing a wealth of information that includes message text, attachments, links, time stamps, edits, and more. What is considered significant in informal chats? One message does not cover an investigation – but should it be 5 messages? An entire day’s worth of messages? While these questions help find clarity, there is no standard treatment to e-discovery in Slack.

In this webinar, Logikcull representatives Cindy Lagenbeck and Casey Sullivanbreak down not only how to access data, but how to make sense of it. Slack is unique in its informal nature and personalized retention rates. Logikcull’s guide and platform make data easily searchable and simplifies review.

This webinar concluded with a helpful Q&A about Logikcull’s resources, including their case study on Slack. Now on-demand, ACEDS members can watch this insightful webinar at any time.

April 15: Tackling Remote Investigations – How Has Work From Home Impacted Corporate Information Requests

Webinar Guests:
Joy Murao, Founder and CEO, Practice Aligned Resources (PAR)
Jeffrey Wolff, CEDS
, Director of Legal Technology Solutions, ZyLAB

This webinar explores the challenges and considerations that come with conducting e-discovery investigations remotely, tackling everything from limited bandwidth to security issues. Joy Murao shares the statistic of how the pandemic has accelerated workplace technology strategy forward three to five years. Adapting fast is the key, which is a big task for e-discovery when there is more shared data than ever.

Murao and Jeffrey Wolff discuss how a remote setting impacts corporate data and information governance. Collaborating with a team to handle sensitive information brings unanticipated challenges. An example presented up is the idea of joining a work meeting on a private mobile phone rather than a corporate computer. People are now able to join meetings on the go – how does this impact the collection of ESI? Joining meetings from a personal device, private chat transcripts, using more than one platform for day-to-day work – everything must be considered carefully.

Work/life balance is changing as everyone’s remote schedules look different. Murao actually calls this a work/life integration and believes it may allow more opportunities for employee training and education.

Learn about the e-discovery challenges brought on by remote working in this webinar, now available on-demand.

April 22: CEDS Q&A

Webinar Guests:
Mike Quartararo, CEDS, President, ACEDS
Veronica MacInnis, CEDS, eDiscovery Case Manager, Stikeman Elliott
Jennifer Bantelman, CEDS, Senior Director, Solutions Engineering, Zapproved
Chris Coots, MBA, MS, CEDS, Project Manager, Litigation Support, Baron Budd PC

The Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) Certification is the only credential that covers the full spectrum of e-discovery training and education. Every professional who earns the CEDS Certification stands out, and this webinar answers your questions about the program by hearing from four unique perspectives.

This credential validates and expands your e-discovery knowledge. Veronica MacInnis explains that to her, CEDS “showcases not just to your employer but also your peers how serious you are about e-discovery.”

The launch of the CEDS Canada Certification was announced during this webinar. The CEDS program was adapted for Canadian law and practice, and the beta exam is now available at a discounted rate. Join us on May 25 for a CEDS Canada Q&A.

Learn more about these guests and their CEDS experiences in the April Q&A, now on-demand.

April 29: What a Truly Defensible E-Discovery Process Is and How It’s Changed

Webinar guests:
Jennifer Feldman, Co-Chair, eDiscovery & Info Management Practice, DLA Piper
Matthew Miller, VP, Global Information Governance Advisory Services, Consilio LLC
Mike Hamilton, J.D., Director of E-Discovery Programs, Exterro

Constantly evolving applications and new technology leads to changes in how data is collected and retained. The list of considerations and risks for e-discovery is always growing – and the shift to remote working has greatly accelerated this growth. Over the last year, there has been a 400% increase in complaints of cybersecurity attacks in the United States. The process of e-discovery has changed, starting with the volume of data and risks to consider.

In the discussion of advancements in e-discovery, Jennifer Feldman states that ad-hoc solutions are no longer adequate for most teams. Changing regulations and the high volume of data is pushing companies to automate e-discovery processes. If companies resist enforcing new policies and streamlining technology, it would be detrimental to e-discovery efficiency. Efficiency and a good defense go hand-in-hand; companies can no longer afford not to automate processes. 

How these trends impact e-discovery can be broken down into four categories: preservation harmonization, data integrity threats, rising volume of investigations, and more places where responsive data may hide. Our guests walk through recommendations to enhance your e-discovery process. 

Explore these conversations in this webinar sponsored by Exterro, now available on-demand.  

Learn more about ACEDS e-discovery training and certification, and subscribe to the ACEDS blog for weekly updates.

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