It is not too late to sign up for the women in e-Discovery session at IQPC’s Information Retention and e-Disclosure Summit on Wednesday 18 May. The conference itself runs from Monday 17 May and the Women in eDiscovery session takes place after lunch on the last day.
The session, which is open only to Women in eDiscovery members and is free of charge, will include talks by English and US judges as well as by solution providers. If you are not a member of Women in eDiscovery, it is not too late to join. Contact Laura Kelly.
It is not too late either to attend the whole conference which, as you can see from the programme, has comprehensive coverage of information management (that is, broadly, the things which clients ought to be doing in anticipation of litigation, regulatory investigations or internal enquiries) and electronic disclosure. My article on the Al-Sweady case gives links to a number of other cases which, taken together, make it clear that no one who purports to give advice on litigation can sensibly remain ignorant both of the obligations as they stand and of pending developments, including the ESI Questionnaire.
Whilst these cases inevitably emphasise the risks of inadequate understanding of the rules, there are also more positive implications for those who are willing to grab them. This conference usually attracts in-house counsel, and the many suppliers of software and services who will be present will be keen to suggest to them that external lawyers are becoming an optional element in the increasingly important search aspects of discovery. The lawyers may find that their principal contribution to a disclosure exercise will be to advise on the rules and procedure, and few lawyers seem to know even that much, judging both by the outcome of the cases and by anecdotal report. A conference like this is a good way to catch up. The conference registration page is here.