eDiscovery Institute Announces Second Annual Leadership Summit - October 17-19, 2012 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Leading jurists, lawyers and technical experts will convene in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on October 17-19, 2012, to analyze legal issues related to advances in the use of technology and digital information. The Electronic Discovery Institute’s Leadership Summit is a unique opportunity for thought-leaders and decision-makers from leading corporations and other organizations to interact, collaborate and form relationships in a casual setting.

The co-founders of the non-profit Electronic Discovery Institute (“EDI”) announced today that EDI will host the 2012 Leadership Summit (http://www.EDILeadershipSummit.org) at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from October 17-19, 2012.

According to Kurt Leeth, EDI’s Director of Sponsorship Outreach and Special Events, “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.”

Leeth 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 that will be dominated by judges, in-house corporate lawyers and IT professionals. We want participants to learn and share what is actually happening with technology 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 crystalize best practices 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 effective 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 as to best practices for targeting preservation and this Summit represents a meaningful step in that process. ”

Barbara Hanahan, Director of Programs and Communication for EDI, states “This year’s program will be even better than last year’s. The 2011 Leadership Summit had over 200 participants, most from Fortune 500 companies. This year, we will have even more corporate attendees, as well as sessions targeted to government employees. We also have dozens of sessions focusing on timely topics from ‘Defensible Deletion’ to ‘Dodd Frank, Whistle Blower and The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.’”

Unlike most other conferences, the Summit – hosted by a non-profit – has one true agenda: education,” notes Danielle Nicholson, Director of Event Marketing. “Registration is going very well and we only have close to 100 registrations available before reaching our goal.”

About The Electronic Discovery Institute

The Electronic Discovery Institute (http://www.eDiscoveryInstitute.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization. Focused originally on the electronic discovery process in litigation, the Electronic Discovery Institute has expanded its scope to include all technologies and processes that intersect in some way with law. EDI’s reports and articles are available for download from EDI’s website free of charge.


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