The Masters Conference yesterday published the list of those in its Cabinet. New members include Shawnna Childress of LECG and me – if one is going to join a committee, then one which includes the co-founder of Women in eDiscovery and joint author of eDiscovery Plain and Simple is the one to be on.
Conference organisers are increasingly involving their participants and others in shaping the strategy and agenda for forthcoming events – I am spending a lot of of my time doing this, formally or informally and, whilst it can be hard work, I prefer this to simply poling up and speaking. At a simple level, this does at least ensure that I don’t find my subject overlapping with the one which the audience has just heard, as happened to me once.
There is no fear of that happening at the Masters Conference anyway, but the combination of a professional organising team and a strategic panel is undoubtedly part of the explanation for the continuing success of this event.
One of my own ambitions for the Masters Conference is to attract more delegates from the UK. Whilst it is inevitably a US-centric event, it always brings a level of thoughtfulness about principles which transcend jurisdictional differences. Many of this year’s subjects, whether to do with technology, practice, competence or ethics had much to give to those in the UK who face the same issues as their US counterparts.