I have written already about those sessions at LegalTech 2011 in New York which have a UK element in them (see Strong UK presence at LegalTech 2011). As I said in that article, it is impossible to list, let alone expand on, every session which is likely to be interesting or which involves someone I know.
As always, I marked down the sessions I wanted to attend but have gradually had to concede them as the time needed for meetings, and for the two sessions which I am moderating (Monday at 14.00 and Wednesday at 12.15 since you ask), began to exceed the total time available. I have managed to cling on to the Tuesday morning sessions.
Last year at LegalTech I was involved in two panels on multinational and cross-border disputes, a subject of inexhaustible importance to US lawyers. With a bit of rushing about, I should be able to attend at least parts of the three overlapping sessions which cover cross-border matters this year on LegalTech Day 2.
I have already mentioned the two sessions run by Epiq Systems, Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Border Regulatory Investigations at 9.00am on Tuesday, and Managing a Global Review while Minimising Risk at 10:45am. Between them, they include three UK people with whom I speak regularly at conferences, Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy, Professor Dominic Regan and Senior Master Steven Whitaker as well as other people worth hearing.
Overlapping them, however, is a session run by FTI called Multinational Discovery: Privacy and Process. Joe Looby, Senior Managing Director at FTI, is the US lead on FTI Investigate , which pulls together the human and technology elements needed for rapid investigations across national boundaries. The thorny problem there, apart from the logistical one, is often the conflict between the need to extract as much information as quickly as possible and the restrictions of local data privacy laws. I interviewed Craig Earnshaw, FTI Managing Director – Technology in London, about this recently and am looking forward to this session to round out a paper which want to write on the broad issues as well as on FTI’s specific service.
The FTI Investigate web page has some case studies which I commend to anyone who is interested in this area. I have mentioned before the RAND Europe Two-Part Report: E-Discovery and Legal Frameworks Governing Privacy and Data Protection in European Countries which came out in October and which gives a good overview of the issues arising in the EU. That can be found here on FTI’s website.
The other main draw for this session is Amor Esteban of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP. I did a panel with him at the Georgetown Advanced Ediscovery Institute (see International discovery, sanctions, ethics and US-UK comparisons at Georgetown and will be glad to hear him again.