Takeaways from ILTACON 2022

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The annual ILTA conference is back with a vengeance! At least, that is the word we hear on the street and throughout the industry. For the uninformed, the International Legal Technology Association Conference (ILTACON) is the annual gathering of legal professionals. It focuses on all aspects of legal technology, from its use to implementation and the myriad processes surrounding legal operations.

Everyone we talked to at the conference this year was pleased with the turnout at clearly the largest in-person gathering of legal technology professionals in recent memory. We’ve heard the rumor that more than 3000 people were in attendance. Indeed, the exhibit hall was full of software and service providers. And the evening parties were in full swing. 

As is usually the case, we did not get to attend as many educational sessions as we would have liked. Still, those sessions I was able to make were full of great content and well-attended.

Mike’s Conference Highlights

My highlights were the two sessions in which I played a role. First, we held a session on Monday to preview the preliminary output from ILTA’s Litigation/Practice Support Survey in collaboration with ACEDS. It’s always interesting to hear from the community on trends across the industry. The survey is still open, by the way, and anyone who would like to complete it may go here:

The second session I participated in was a project management workshop. Danielle Davidson from Ropes & Gray and I joined forces to interact with attendees on questions about what makes a good project manager and some of the challenges facing project managers. We also presented several scenarios and asked attendees to brainstorm solutions we would discuss within the group.

And I was thrilled to see so many people in person that I had not seen in several years. The value of networking and just catching up with old friends made this the most valuable event I’ve attended in some time.

Maribel’s Conference Highlights

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the ACEDS and ILTACON Community Cocktail sponsored by Everlaw was not my favorite highlight of the conference. Getting to see members from across the globe and enjoying time together was a top goal. ACEDS Global Advisory Board Member Tom O’Connor even shared a few words in honor of Browning Marean, whom we lost on August 22, 2014. 

The Wednesday keynote address by the Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy also tops my list of highlights from ILTACON. Judge Kennedy spoke about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the barriers women face in the workplace. She shared, “What people consider normal and ordinary reinforces prejudicial attitudes, and there are a range of double standards that women confront on a daily basis.” She touched on several areas, including privilege and allyship. If Judge Kennedy’s keynote is available to the public, I highly recommend watching it.

I have two final highlights. The first would be the session led by Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius Partner Scott Milner, featuring Deanna Fleener of Integreon, Rebecca Morrison of Untangle Happiness, Michael Kearney of Redgrave Data, and Vivian Liu-Somers of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The quintet spoke about their e-discovery careers and how they took the skills, experience, and knowledge they gained into new roles. 

Of course, there was also my appearance on the Technocat Livestream hosted by Cat Casey of Reveal from ILTACON. 

These are just some highlights. There were many other memorable sessions and moments from the conference; it would take a much longer post to include them all. Kudos to Joy Heath Rush and the entire team at ILTA for a great show.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Orlando for the 43rd Annual ILTACON.

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Mike Quartararo
Mike Quartararo is the President of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading organization providing training and certification in e-discovery to law firms, corporate legal departments and the broader the legal community. He is also the author of the 2016 book Project Management in Electronic Discovery and has been successfully consulting in information governance, e-discovery, project management and legal technology for two decades, including 10-year stints at both Skadden Arps and Stroock. A graduate of the State University of New York, he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS). He frequently writes and speaks on e-discovery, legal operations, project management and technology topics. Reach him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @mikequartararo.
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Maribel Rivera
VP, Strategy and Client Engagement at ACEDS
As Vice President of Strategy and Client Engagement at ACEDS, Maribel is responsible for local chapter, membership, event management, and strategic partner engagement. A seasoned professional who has helped brands and businesses connect with their audiences and achieve their goals, her breadth of experience, strategic and creative abilities unlock innovation and bring business ideas to life. Prior to ACEDS, she consulted for a variety of private clients in technology, education, and recruiting, crafting and leading marketing and operations solutions for small and mid-sized companies. She also worked as director of sales operations for Fronteo USA Inc. An active member of Women in eDiscovery and ARMA Metro NYC, she also devotes time to charitable work. She speaks regularly on marketing and diversity and inclusion. When she isn’t working, Maribel enjoys traveling, reading, education and working out. Reach her at [email protected].

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