LegalTech, the annual gathering of legal technology enthusiasts, will take place in New York City this year between February 3rd and 5th. Susan Wortzman and Kate Manning from our office will be attending, meeting technology vendors and attending some of the more interesting seminars and presentations.
Based on the presentations listed on the LegalTech website, it looks like interest in e-discovery is taking a backseat to Information Governance which is the hot topic of the year. Only two of the eight seminar tracks address eDiscovery, down from four last year.
A trend we’ve seen for the past several years is continuing. The number of vendors exhibiting this year appears to be lower than last year. Some new faces are on the exhibitors list, as are some notable absences. Mergers in the e-discovery and information governance arena over the past year are certainly reflected in the vendor list.
There has been minimal innovation in the e-discovery arena over the past year. We don’t expect to see much more than maturing of existing e-discovery technologies demonstrated at the show. However, we do look forward to seeing some innovation in the IG sphere.
For those of you who aren’t planning on braving the New York weather and traffic, Wortzman and Manning will provide daily updates on this blog during the show.
In February 2015, the Second Edition of the Sedona Canada Principles Addressing Electronic Discovery was released for public comment.
Please join us on April 21st, 2015 for a webinar with Susan Wortzman and Jim Swanson, two of the five members of the WG7 Steering Committee who led the extensive drafting effort for this comprehensive update to The Sedona Canada Principles. Susan and Jim will be presenting their key updated recommendations, including:
Read what Kathryn Manning has to say about proportionality in the article “Let’s be reasonable – proportionality may be part of most rules of civil procedure now but courts are still seeing the concept being often ignored” in the January 2015 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Manning says that proportionality is “all about being reasonable” and planning ahead. “You need to talk to your client early on and really learn more about your case sooner than you might have before,” she says. Communication with the other side needs to be more than just at an initial meet and confer session. Manning says that “you don’t just talk about these issues at the beginning of litigation and never talk about them again.” To see the full article, pick up the latest edition of the magazine.