eDiscovery Institute Announces Legal Technology Leadership Summit

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Leading jurists, lawyers and technical experts will convene on Amelia Island, Florida, September 6-8, 2011, to analyze legal issues related to advances in the use of technology and digital information. Presented by Above the Law, the Electronic Discovery Institute’s Legal Technology Leadership Summit will involve thought leaders from leading corporations and other organizations.

"The key focus of the Summit is to provide a setting where thought leaders from large organizations and corporate legal departments can collaborate on the current state of the law pertaining to various uses of digital information"

Patrick Oot, General Counsel and Co-Founder of the Electronic Discovery Institute (“EDI”) announced today that EDI will host the Legal Technology Leadership Summit (http://www.legaltechnology2011.com) at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida from September 6 to 8, 2011.

According to Oot, “The key focus of the Summit is to provide a setting where thought leaders from large organizations and corporate legal departments can collaborate on the current state of the law pertaining to various uses of digital information. The Summit will include panel and roundtable discussions, breakout sessions and social events intended to facilitate a meaningful dialog about current and future policy pertaining to electronic discovery, digital information privacy, social media and other technology-related matters.”

Oot continued, “The Summit panels will reflect EDI’s strong ties to the corporate litigation community. We will present ambassadors from every major business sector in panels which will be dominated by judges, in-house corporate lawyers, and IT professionals. We want participants to learn and share what is actually happening in major organizations, what’s worked, what hasn’t and what’s next. Further, we hope to raise the diversity bar by including panels with executive leadership from as broad a pool as possible.”

Another key focus of the Summit will be to clarify or make suggestions regarding a company’s obligations to preserve electronic evidence in anticipation of litigation. According to EDI President and Co-Founder Anne Kershaw, “A ’save everything‘ approach is no longer an effective method for preserving information relevant to legal matters; indeed, it interferes with preservation and drives up litigation costs for all parties, yet companies continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to retain useless and unnecessary data. Clearly, the over-preservation of data is a practice that must be corrected through education and changes in legal requirements and this Summit represents a meaningful step in that process. ”

The event will be co-presented by Above the Law, whose website (http://www.AboveTheLaw.com) is a prominent source of legal-related news and information. With over 700,000 unique visitors per month, Above the Law’s participation in presenting the Summit will drive delegate attendance to include diverse practice areas with fresh perspectives as well as ensure that the sessions receive full recognition after the fact.

A special track dealing with digital forensics will be managed by the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery.

About the Electronic Discovery Institute
The Electronic Discovery Institute (http://www.ediscoveryinstitute.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization that identifies and promote technologies and processes that can lower the cost or improve the quality of handling electronic discovery. The EDI website, has reports and articles available at no cost relating to its prior work in evaluating document categorization and conducting industry surveys on duplicate consolidation, email threading, and predictive coding.

About Above the Law
Above the Law is the biggest and best site for original legal news, counting among its readers everyone from general counsels and senior partners at the nation’s biggest firms to the ranks of first-year law students. Written by lawyers for lawyers, Above the Law’s staff blankets institutions like the Supreme Court, law schools, life at firms both big and small, and the impact technology has on the practice of law. It’s the first with salary and bonus information and is a hub of professional advice for legal professionals at all career stages.

About the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery
The American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (http://www.asdfed.com) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association serving attorneys, compliance professionals, digital forensics examiners, litigation support professionals, paralegals and technologists.

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