The quotation in my heading just came in from Gregory Bufithis of The Posse List. The reference is to the judicial panel yesterday at IQPC in London comprising (alphabetically) His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC, US Magistrate Judge John Facciola, Chief Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm, Lord Justice Jackson, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth LaPorte and Senior Master Whitaker. Patrick Burke of Guidance Software moderated and I opened the batting with a short introduction on the importance of international debate and discussion about electronic disclosure / discovery.
We got good feedback at the time, but if the word out there is that the panel “blew the doors off” then that is as good as an endorsement as we could want.
My own account of the event, including that panel, is proceeding slowly, not much aided by all the other things to be crammed into the two days which elapse between that conference and leaving for CEIC in Las Vegas on Saturday, nor by the eight hours I clocked up sitting (or standing) on panels, 4.5 of them yesterday. I stupidly forgot to pass my camera to anyone, so I have no photographs of that panel. Here in the interim is one from the Mock Disclosure Applications which we did at the end (thanks to Nick Pollard of Legal Inc for taking these for me).
The picture shows Judges LaPorte, Facciola and Grimm playing a composite judge called Fluffy, me as narrator, Steven Whitaker and Simon Brown as solicitors involved in e-disclosure applications, and Patrick Burke, in this scene as a salesman from The EDD Coalition explaining how two suppliers who hate each other have joined forces, looking and sounding the same in order to get more than 50% of the market – it works for politics, he is saying. Fluffy, the solicitors realise too late, is not a soft touch but a three-headed monster, as they would have realised if they had read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
That was the fun bit at the end of an intensive and extremely interesting three-day conference. My account will appear shortly, and others, I hope, will be covering the sessions (most of which, as usual, I either failed to record because I was in them or missed because I was engaged in useful conversation outside).