The Acorn team was delighted to join everyone at this year’s Relativity Fest in-person to reconnect and stay informed of the latest developments and innovations in the industry and RelativityOne.
With informative sessions covering everything from managing and protecting modern data, navigating data privacy risks in the current digital landscape, and using RelativityOne integrations to solve these challenges, this year’s event was filled with pertinent information regarding the current state of the industry and its dynamic changes to come.
1. FTI-Relativity General Counsel Report
Ari Kaplan, Principal, Ari Kaplan Advisors
David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director, Relativity
Wendy King, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Celia Perez, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, FreightCar America
Ari Kaplan discussed that data protection and privacy were the top two concerns of legal risks for business today due to remote work, changes in technology, GDPR requirements, data breaches, and ransomware attacks. Regulatory compliance was also listed as a major concern, “There is a lot of uncertainty since there are so many different avenues in which the regulations can change in fundamental ways, and I think this is amplified from administration changeovers when you have different focuses from presidential administration which impacts the way the FDA will inspect. Overall, this affects the thread of class action litigation which is tied to regulatory lapses based on false advertising or failure to disclose” Kaplan observed.
The report found that legal departments are also being greatly impacted by demands in capacity, resources, and budgets, as many law departments mentioned experiencing some level of strain surrounding growth, talent retention, and inability to hire talent with specialized skillsets. It came as no surprise that 67% of respondents are considering the role of AI to alleviate these capacity demands. With greater concern surrounding data privacy, using high-powered technology and AI can help to relieve the burden on legal teams who are experiencing strains on capacity and resources.
From our point of view, the growing concerns regarding data privacy risks as well as the current lack of eDiscovery talent and expertise all point to a need for corporate teams to more pro-actively partner with providers to manage their data.
2. How Modern Corporations Should Approach Owning Their Data
Michallynn Demiter, eDiscovery Expert, Bayer
Rishi Chhatwal, Director & Associate General Counsel, Coinbase
Kristin Sunderman, Litigation Support Director, Freddie Mac
Eduardo Martinez Jr., Senior Counsel, Litigation & Investigations, UPS
Charles McCloughan, Sales Engineer, Relativity
This session revealed that data volumes are expected to experience significant growth in the next three years. eDiscovery teams can ensure their data is being managed appropriately by completing a full assessment to determine where data is located. Speakers also mentioned the importance of limiting the amount of data that leaves your company, minimizing data transfers, and creating data retention policies for each platform in your organization.
Migrating data into RelativityOne can be an effective solution for data management. Rishi Chhatwal, Director & Associate General Counsel at Coinbase discussed how “technology allows us to consolidate our data. If you pick the right partner for your solution, you can consolidate where your data lives, and how much it costs to host it, which creates lasting efficiencies to pull, collect, search, and view that data.”
As we continue to see the increasing need for data management strategies, this session furthered our view that utilizing highly secure technology can be beneficial for keeping data safe.
3. What to Expect in the New Frontier of Corporate e-Discovery
Jason Pickens, VP Cybersecurity, JP Morgan Chase & Co
Henry Link, Associate General Counsel – eDiscovery & Information Governance, Meta Platforms
Andrew Watts, Chief Customer Officer, Relativity
Nirav Shah, eDiscovery Manager, The Home Depot
Mrs. Jessica Abud, Manager, Legal Operations, Kyndryl
In this session, corporate speakers emphasized the common challenge of collecting and preserving new data types that have emerged in recent years. Collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams have posed many challenges, as Henry Link at Meta discussed, “There is no longer just a communication tool where you can collect linear ESI. The sad thing with Teams and these modern communication platforms is that you can go back and reply to previous messages, which can lead to issues with discovery.”
As modern data becomes more of an interconnected web between different platforms, legal departments are working with eDiscovery partners to understand the scope of these new challenges. Completing discovery for new collaboration software often requires more attention to content sentiment, context, and collection of less structured data. Utilizing AI can solve some of these challenges but can also pose issues around bias and missing the nuances of human thought and communication.
With these upcoming challenges in mind for the future of eDiscovery, our project managers continue to use RelativityOne’s integrations with collaboration platforms to gain an accurate representation of the data collected.
4. Lightning Round: Innovation Award Tech Finalists
Not only did we have a chance to learn more about how to effectively use Relativity technology at Relativity Fest, we were also proud to be nominated in both the Customer Experience and Solution Provider categories of the Innovation Awards this year. Our Director of eDiscovery Tracey Oldenburg presented in the Innovation Award Lightning Round Session with information about Acorn’s eDiscovery BackOffice™ Mass Export Natives application.
We were eager to share our app development within RelativityOne, as well as stay informed of the continual enhancements to RelativityOne technology at this year’s event. Despite the exciting changes and advancements regarding eDiscovery data and technology, we found that law firms and corporations are aware that these developments can also come with risks. This year’s Relativity Fest was an important opportunity for our team to better understand the eDiscovery concerns our clients currently face, and to learn how RelativityOne is working to combat security risks and provide safe data management options.
We are grateful that the information from this year’s Relativity Fest will help us to be a better guide for our clients as we take on the challenges of the dynamic eDiscovery landscape.
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