ILTA>ON for eDiscovery Professionals

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What? ILTA>ON – The premiere conference for legal technology professionals.
When? August 24-28, 2020
Where? Your home or office

This year ILTA>ON is more accessible and affordable for everyone! The conference will be virtual and will run from August 24 through the 28. Each day begins with a keynote from 9-10 a.m. CT with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT. You can go here for more details and to download the session grid. NOTE: Times are listed in central time.

Feel free to go to the site and check everything out, but I thought it might be helpful to share my top picks for eDiscovery professionals here:

The Conference Kick-Off

Don’t miss the conference kick-off on Monday, August 24 for “A Taste of ILTA” which is FREE for ILTA members! The conference will kick off at 9:00 a.m. CT with an inspirational keynote by Steven Carver. Steven will expose NASA’s shortcomings in planning, procurement, leadership, and change management – and connect these failures and innovations to legal technology projects. In addition to the keynote, there will be a full day of events including professional development sessions.

The professional development sessions on Monday include topics around leading in times of crisis, emotional intelligence, and creating a culture of inclusion. There is also a public speaking session, so if you cringe each time you have to speak publicly, or if you would just like to fine tune your speaking skills…this session is for you!  

The Transformative Project of the Year Sessions

In addition to the professional development sessions, Monday attendees can attend “The Transformative Project of the Year” sessions where award nominees present their projects. Attend this session to see some of the innovative projects your peers have implemented over the last 12 months. There will also be a session to present the results of the ILTA Technology Survey. This free day of Education will include access to the Exhibit Hall, where you can meet and interact virtually with ILTA’s business partners. Visit to register for this FREE day of exceptional content!

Litigation Support Track

There are sessions throughout the entire week that eDiscovery professionals may find of interest but first, let me jump to Wednesday, August 26, for an overview of the Litigation Support track. The day opens with a keynote sponsored by Thomson Reuters at 9:00 a.m. CT. The keynote will be followed by the track’s kick-off session titled “Litigation Support Roundtable: Today’s Challenges.” This will be an informative and interactive session with our exceptional moderators, David Horrigan of Relativity and Mike Quartararo of ACEDS. This is a great opportunity for attendees to interact with each other and discuss the challenges eDiscovery professionals face in our world today.

After the roundtable is a session titled “The Show Must Go On? Trials, Mediations, Arbitrations and Depositions – The Art & Science of Remote Presentation.” Join Shannon Bale (Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP) and Alicia Aquino (Aquino Trial Services) in this interactive discussion about options, methodology, and tools to assist attorneys attending and participating in virtual hearings, trials, and depositions.

Next up is our session titled “Clawbacks, Redactions and Formats…Oh my!” This panel of experts moderated by Doug Austin (author of eDiscovery Today) will discuss these perennial issues in ediscovery which are as pertinent today as ever. Join Cindy MacBean (Honigman LLP), Rachel McAdams (A&L Goodbody) and Cristin Traylor (McGuireWoods LLP) for this timely and relevant discussion.

Following this session there will be a one-hour break allowing attendees to catch up on email, network with friends, or visit the exhibit hall. In the exhibit hall you will have the opportunity to meet with your current vendors or see what new products and services are being offered in the eDiscovery space.

After the one-hour break, the litigation support track will continue with “O365 Security and Compliance Center for eDiscovery.” In this session, expert John Collins from Lighthouse will take a deep dive into the functions and features of this tool.

The litigation support track will wrap up Wednesday with the session “Disruption in Ediscovery.” In this session David Greetham from Ricoh USA will walk through some of the root causes for past disruption and discuss what eDiscovery professionals can do to prepare for the future. A must see for those wanting to stay on top of our ever changing industry.

The day will end with a variety of networking opportunities and socials. Plan on spending your evening catching up with peers and participating in social events.

So, what else might you be interested in throughout the week?

Law Department Track, Data Science Track and an ILTA General Track 

On Tuesday, we have the Law Department track, Data Science track and an ILTA general track. The Law Department track is always a favorite for eDiscovery professionals who work in corporate law departments, but also for those who work in firms and want to stay on top of clients’ needs and requirements. It is important to note that the final law department roundtable, from 3:45-4:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, is limited to corporate law department members only. This is a great opportunity for the corporate members to discuss topics amongst their peers. Data Science is an emerging field and a natural next step for many eDiscovery professionals. ILTA general sessions on Tuesday afternoon will include topics on security and Women who lead.

Technology Adoption and Artificial Intelligence Tracks

On Thursday, we have the Technology Adoption and Artificial Intelligence tracks. Do your attorneys and paralegals utilize technology offerings to the highest degree? If not, the Technology Adoption track may provide useful tips and information on how to increase and improve technology adoption in your organization. Artificial intelligence tools are prominently used by eDiscovery professionals in technology assisted review and continuous active learning. Attend the AI track to learn more about AI and the various use cases in legal technology.

#CreatingTheFutureTogether and the Business and Legal Process Improvement Track 

Finally, to wrap up the conference on Friday, we have a dual track on #CreatingTheFutureTogether as well as the Business and Legal Process Improvement track. A variety of sessions are offered on this final day that will appeal to eDiscovery professionals. Don’t miss Joe Raczinski’s spark talk on “Back to the Future!” There will also be a session titled “How E-trials are Changing the Practice of Law.” This panel will include The Honorable Justice Colin Campbell, Marcel Duhamel (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease) and Sandra Potter (Indicium Legal Consulting).

The #CreatingTheFutureTogether track will focus on solving problems legal technology professionals will face in the next three to six months. These sessions are for managers, directors, and C-level executives who need to plan and prepare for the not too distant future. This includes a session titled “Rethinking the Business of Law” with our own Ari Kaplan of Ari Kaplan Advisors and Meredith Williams-Range with Shearman & Sterling.

I hope this article proves useful to all my eDiscovery friends, and that it helps you navigate the ILTA>ON conference this year. The conference is being delivered to your living room or office for the first time ever, so it is not only convenient, but also affordable. Please go to to see more details and to register.

I look forward to seeing you and catching up at the conference!

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Julie Brown
Julie Brown is the director of practice technology at Vorys. She has worked in legal technology for more than 30 years. She has a paralegal degree and has worked in law firms and a corporate litigation department. Her experience includes managing large discovery matters, records management, project management and process improvement. She manages Vorys' practice technology department, which provides data analytics and electronic discovery services. Julie is active in coordinating litigation technology education opportunities for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and serves as the Conference Co-Chair for ILTACon 2019-2020. In 2011 Julie received ILTA’s Distinguished Peer Award for Litigation and Practice Support. She is a certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) and is certified in ViewPoint, Sanction, Law 5.0, Prosci Change Management, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Lean Six Sigma.

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