The Masters Conference – Day 1

The Masters Conference LogoThe first day of The Masters Conference was enjoyable and satisfying. The executive director of the conference, Lindsay Couch, and her team have done a fantastic job of bringing together an interesting crew of folks together to talk about e-discovery issues, and they are pulling it off in a classy fashion here in Washington, D.C.

My day started off with an excellent overview of the Sedona Conference by Jim Daley. Jim described the current and future projects of the Sedona Conference.

Next came the unstoppable energy of Ralph Losey who authors the excellent e-Discovery Team blog. Ralph shared some excellent insights on the e-discovery industry and described his “team approach” to tackling e-discovery projects. He stated that it has to be a team effort between IT and legal professionals which he admitted is almost impossible to accomplish.

Next I attended David Turner’s presentation that focused on accessing information in databases. This is a critical topic that does not get enough attention in the industry. So much information is stored in complex databases these days such as sales figures, financial tables, payroll, etc. Getting information out of these databases is not an easy task because a simple report could be pulling slivers of information from many different tables in the database. You can’t throw simple keyword searches at databases, you may need financial professionals, for example, to synthesize the data to get you the information you need.

The day ended with a fabulous panel of ladies sponsored by the fairly new Women in eDiscovery organization. The fab Monica Bay (Editor-in-Chief of Law Technology News) moderated the panel that included several attorneys and paralegals from corporations such as Georgia Pacific and US Bank. All of the panelists graciously shared some of their war stories from the trenches and answered questions such as how they deal with outside counsel and vendors.