Conferences and training programs about e-discovery tend to focus on big cases, big firms and big enterprise clients. This is understandable, given that the more electronically stored information there is at issue in a case, the more challenging are the discovery issues and the greater is the need for sophisticated technology to help tackle them. But lawyers in small and medium firms are no less likely to face e-discovery challenges — and for them the costs and learning curve associated with e-discovery can be an even greater hurdle.
Given this, it is noteworthy that the University of Florida Levin College of Law and The Electronic Discovery Reference Model are cosponsoring a first-of-its-kind conference, Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case, April 4-5 in Gainesville, Fla. Here is the summary from the conference website:
The Conference will focus on solutions to the difficulties, issues, and decisions that attorneys face in competently and cost-effectively handling e-discovery in small and medium cases. The Conference will feature demonstrations of a new generation of right-sized e-discovery software and tools for each phase of the e-discovery process and include starter e-discovery toolkits for each in-person attendee.
Notably, the entire conference will be streamed online in real time. You can either attend live for a registration fee of $199 or attend via the stream for $99.
The co-chairs of the conference — Quarles & Brady partner William Hamilton and EDRM c0-founder George Socha — have put together a great program and roster of speakers (including Catalyst’s CEO John Tredennick).
In addition to presenting this conference, the University of Florida also recently launched The UF Law E-Discovery Project. The project is a multidisciplinary endeavor to support the civil litigation process through e-discovery law courses, research, the development of information retrieval method and tools, and offering e-discovery skills training for practicing attorneys and litigation support professionals. Bill Hamilton has been named the project’s executive director.