Year-End Countdown: The Best of eDiscovery (Part 1/4)

RVM’s Managing Director of Professional Services Laura Kibbe shares her thoughts on the changes and challenges that have impacted the eDiscovery industry this year, and what we should expect from the fast approaching year 2016.

Hi Laura, thank you for taking the time to jump on a quick interview for us. You’ve been working in the eDiscovery industry for twenty-five years. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge of eDiscovery today, compared to ten years ago?

Thank you for having me! The biggest challenges are volume and globalization. Data volumes are growing exponentially and data is stored literally everywhere on the globe. Knowing what a client has and where it is can be one of the most significant challenges when facing a litigation or investigation. While technology is constantly evolving and new technologies are being introduced (e.g., new social media tools here today that weren’t here yesterday), the volume is still there, and finding relevant data challenges the day to day operations.

When it comes to eDiscovery, lawyers have traditionally been a bit resistant to becoming more tech savvy. The Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute (AEDI) has been educating law professionals for years about the latest eDiscovery developments. Could you tell us a bit about the eDiscovery institute?

The Georgetown AEDI is a program put together by the Georgetown Law Continuing Legal Education Center. It is one of the oldest ediscovery CLE programs in the country, and is most well-known for its judges’ panel that attracts the most notable and influential judges in the area.

Do you feel today the barrier between the legal and tech fields is less insurmountable, thanks to programs such as Georgetown Law’s CLEs at the AEDI?

Definitely. What the AEDI has done is bring technologists, information scientists, lawyers and judges together in a forum to discuss all the current issues and challenges, and work through them hearing from all voices. It is a forum where there are no wrong or right answers but a place to raise all sides of the argument. When the attendees go back to the real world, they can better understand the facets of the different issues they will face as they litigate/handle an investigation, etc.

You serve as an advisory board member for the AEDI. How long have you been involved and what are your responsibilities?

I’ve been with the AEDI since its inception. I am a member of the Advisory Board which meets 1-2 times a year to help influence program content and speakers. I have also been part of the planning committee for specific programs on several occasions and am privileged to be Co-Chair for the 2015 and 2016 programs.

The AEDI organized a program this past November 19-20 which you co-chaired. Could you tell us a little more about your experience at the conference?

As co-chair this year, I was admittedly a little crazed trying to assist the top notch Georgetown staff in assuring everything went off without a hitch, and making sure all speakers had materials, and judges had what they needed, etc. This year was the first time the conference moved back to DC proper since leaving the law school grounds. The conference started at the law school and quickly gained in popularity such that we had to move to larger venues outside the city. We moved back this year to the JW Marriot with a record breaking attendance and the most breakout sessions we have ever had. We had multiple breakout racks so that attendees could take deeper dives into any number of subject areas after getting higher level overviews at the plenaries.

To be continued…