The scene: a dark cobbled lane, with dim lamps redolent of Dickens’ London, by an arch leading to a small alley. I am on the phone to my wife. Todd Horst, the US-based marketing director of eDiscovery / eDisclosure provider Consilio walks by. He has no reason to expect to find me there; I have even less reason to expect to see him. We greet each other, shake hands; he goes on, and I continue my call.
The theme behind this article’s title is the breadth of subjects swept up under the broad heading of eDiscovery / eDisclosure. My impromptu meeting shows how small the eDiscovery world is. There aren’t many of us in in it, pro rata to its size, value and importance. We need more.
If the title of this post looks like a ragbag of barely-related concepts, that is because the only obvious link between them is that they reflect the events I attended on three consecutive days last week. The thematic link here is not just my diary, which interests no one, but the range of opportunities open to those with their careers in front of them.
When I was young, the dull brochures, tedious summaries and photocopied job descriptions in the university careers office fell into a relatively closed list of options; the general expectation was that once you had picked a doorway, that more or less defined your life until retirement. There are plenty of drawbacks to being young today, but the range of career opportunities is infinite, flexible, and full of opportunities, many of which we don’t yet know about.
The events were an energy risk discussion convened by Recommind, ILTA Insight in London, with a panel on eDisclosure from the viewpoint of the younger players and one on costs budgets, and an eDiscovery Conference in Dublin at which I moderated the judicial panel comprising US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck and Mr Justice Frank Clarke.
The “opportunities” theme is a tenuous justification for putting them all in one long article covering several subjects, so I have broken them up into separate posts. This introduction will be followed in due course by the others.