Conference: Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case

edisc-conf-ad11Conferences 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.


About Bob Ambrogi

A lawyer and veteran legal journalist, Bob advises Catalyst on strategic communications and marketing matters. He is also a practicing lawyer in Massachusetts and is the former editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal, Lawyers USA and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. A fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, he also writes the blog LawSites.

4 thoughts on “Conference: Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case

  1. Lee Watson

    Already registered for web program and agree the subject is rare, if not unheard of as a seminar. But for most of us its more germane than the 1 mm + docs cases grabbing headlines. Problem is, the “small” cases have morphed in average from 2-3 GB to over 75GB and still on the rise. This quandary for the “small” case (under $500k in value) and its counsel seeking production, is worsening as opposing counsel use not only the usual mantra in objecting to discovery, but are soon to be aided by proposed changes to Rule 26 establishing the concept of “relative relevance”, eliminating from the discovery lexicon the concept of the diligent finding the “Smoking Gun.” There are obvious alternatives to this new concept introduced by the proposed amendment. Hopefully they will be discussed at this seminar. And Mr. Tredennick is as much a Marquee attraction as anyone, providing sage advice since the days of Ecco Pro, long time ago.

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