Sarena Regazzoni, Hanzo: Women at the Forefront: Shaping the Future of eDiscovery with AI and Leadership


Extract from Sarena Regazzoni’s article “Women at the Forefront: Shaping the Future of eDiscovery with AI and Leadership”

In an illuminating panel discussion, I had the honor of moderating, titled “Navigating the Future of eDiscovery – Insights from Women Leaders,” we delved into how the landscape of eDiscovery is being reshaped by the influence of artificial intelligence (AI) and the pivotal role of women leaders. Held in the spirit of Women’s History Month, this event brought together visionaries like Maribel Rivera, Vice President of Strategy and Engagement at The Association of Certified Ediscovery Specialists (ACEDS), Joy Heath Rush, CEO of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA); and Sheila Grela, a seasoned litigation paralegal at Buchalter, with a rich background in eDiscovery, who shared their invaluable insights on the evolution of eDiscovery and the integration of AI technologies.

Empowering eDiscovery with AI and Women’s Leadership

The conversation began with a focus on AI’s transformative potential in eDiscovery, underscoring women leaders’ critical role in this evolution. Maribel highlighted that AI is an excellent opportunity for women to help champion diversity, for example, how women in leadership positions could help mitigate bias in AI systems, fostering a more equitable legal technology landscape. Joy added that for all the focus on AI now, the journey isn’t new. Conversations about technology-aided review and predictive coding have evolved for over a decade. She shed light on the importance of adopting technology and truly understanding and applying its value. Highlighting today’s landscape, Joy also pointed to the significant opportunities in harnessing the collective insights and experiences of eDiscovery professionals, including paralegals—predominantly women. She commented that the pros who’ve been on this journey with TAR have tremendous relevant experience and are secret weapons for the effective deployment of AI in organizations today.

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