Weekly Trends Report – 5/15/2019 Insights

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Insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading – who is doing what now or in the future, what works and what doesn’t, and what people wish they could do but can’t – gleaned from recent publications

NELTP Connect 2019 – Please join us on 5/30 at The State Room (60 State Street – Boston) for the New England Litigation Technology Professionals’ NELTP Connect 2019: Luncheon keynote by the Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV, future lawyering, e-discovery, data privacy, anti-money laundering, and more.

Building Tomorrow’s Business: What does digital transformation mean for middle-market companies in 2019? – Please join Gary Bie of Stony Brook Medicine and Malcolm Cohron of BDO on 6/19 at noon ET for a webinar examining the results of BDO’s inaugural Digital Transformation Services survey.


TAR v. keywords – Bill Dimm of Clustify posted the sixth installment in his series on TAR versus keywords. To get a good understanding of his efforts their results, read the full series: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, and Round 6. As Bill notes, in this round “[a] total of 1,924 queries were submitted by 42 participants (an average of 45.8 queries per person) and higher recall levels were achieved than in any prior version of the challenge, but the audience still couldn’t beat TAR.”

Survey of corporate legal practitioners – The Blickstein Group and Exterro published results of their survey of corporate legal professionals, the 3rd Annual Study of Effective Legal Spend Management. The extreme summary: law departments want to reduce e-discovery spend and they have gotten pretty good at doing that.


US privacy laws and bills overview – Robert McKenna, Erica Sechrist, and Ian Adams of Orrick offer an overview of consumer privacy protection efforts. In addition to discussing Federal legislation, Federal Trade Commission activities, and the CCPA, they offer a map of states with comprehensive privacy laws and bills and a corresponding list (links added):

State Statute/Bill
CA Ca. Civ. Code §§ 1798.100 – .199, “California Consumer Privacy Act” (passed)
CT Substitute Senate Bill No. 1108, “An Act Establishing a Task Force Concerning Consumer Privacy”
HI SB418, “A Bill for an Act Relating to Privacy”
IL HB3358, “Data Transparency and Privacy Act”
MA SD 341/S 120, “An Act Relative to Consumer Data Privacy”
MD SB 613, “Online Consumer Protection Act”
ME LD 946, “An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information”
ND HB 1485, “AN ACT to provide for a legislative management study of consumer personal data disclosures”
NE Chapter 603A, “Security and Privacy of Personal Information” (passed)
NJ S2834, “AN ACT concerning commercial Internet websites…”
NM SB 176, “Consumer Information Privacy Act”
NV SB220, “AN ACT relating to Internet privacy…”
NY S224, “Right to Know Act of 2018”
NY SB S8641, “Relates to creating a private right of action for the breach of a consumer’s identifying information”
RI S0234, “Consumer Privacy Protection Act”
TX HB 4518, “Relating to the privacy of a consumer’s personal information collected by certain businesses…”
TX HB 4390, “Relating to the privacy of personal identifying information and the creation of the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council”
WA SB 5376, “Washington privacy act”

CCPA checklist – Odia Kagan of Fox Rothschild has put together a California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) checklist of steps for companies to take to get ready for the CCPA.

Will CCPA deliver? – Brandon Graves and Svetlana McManus of Davis Wright Tremaine caution that the “reasonable security” language in the CCPA may not provide consumers with as much protection as anticipated. The difficultly stems from the ambiguity of the term, something regulators and courts alike might find challenging.

Texas consumer privacy laws less likely – Eric Levy, David Stauss, and Ephraim Hintz of Husch Blackwell report that Texas appears unlikely to pass CCPA-like consumer privacy legislation before its session ends on May 27. For an overview of the Texas, legislation, go to the post by Rachel Ehlers of Jackson Lewis, Will Texas Soon Join the Ranks of States Enacting Privacy Legislation?

Washington main consumer privacy legislation stalled – John Tomaszewski & Edward “Ted” Murphree of Seyfarth Shaw comment that Washington state consumer privacy legislation, SB 5376, has stalled in committee and the bill in Mississippi was dead on arrival.

Washington state bolsters data breach notification law – As Colleen Theresa Brown and Elizabeth MacGill of Sidley note, the Washington state legislature passed HB 1071, adding protection for more types of consumer information, shortening the notification timeframe, and requiring that affected residents be instructed to change passwords or take other appropriate steps.

Privacy and employer-issued fitness trackers – Lariza Hebert of Fisher & Phillips points out that organizations providing fitness trackers to employees should keep in mind data privacy issues, and offers tips for how employers can mitigate such risks as inappropriately collecting or using informnatino from fitness trackers.

Meanwhile, non-encrypted USB drive use is commonplace – According to a recent Apricorn report, the 58% of responding employees say they regularly use non-encrypted USB drives even though 91% say that encrypted USB drives should be mandatory.


Four keys to IG success – Aaron Bryan, chief information governance officer at Washington State Department of Health, offers advice on how to make an information governance program succeed: (1) a C-level exec must run the steering committee, (2) steering committee stakeholders must fully embrace their responsibilities; (3) IG must be treated as an essential core business, and (4) the IG function must be aligned with other org-wide strategic initiatives.


Legal tech hits adolescence? – Two articles discuss trends that suggests the legal tech industry/market is maturing:

Law firm AI roundtable – In the second installment of a two-part article, seven panelists discuss the directions they think laws firms will head with artificial intelligence, including the kinds of legal services AI will play a key role in, the influence AI has had on evolving law firm business models, whether AI will revolutionize the legal profession, what the increased adoption of AI means for law students and young lawyers, in what ways AI has made human skills more important than ever, and what legal jobs they expect will be entirely replaced by AI.


Conferences, webinars, and the like can provide insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading

5/16/2018-6/14/2019 EVENTS

Start End TZ Type Location Host Title
5/16/2019 Meeting Portland, OR ARMA Oregon Chapter 50th Anniversary
5/16/2019 Meeting Boston, MA ARMA ARMA Boston: Homerun Extravaganza
5/16/2019 Meeting Oaks, PA ARMA Liberty Bell Chapter Meeting
5/16/2019 8:00 5/16/2019 17:30 CT Conference Chicago, IL The Masters Conference Chicago Windy City Legal And Data Event
5/16/2019 9:00 5/16/2019 16:00 ET Conference New York, NY Exterro Exterro Regional User Group New York
5/16/2019 11:00 ET Webinar Cellebrite Dealing with the digital deluge in Law Enforcement
5/16/2019 14:00 ET Webinar DATAVERSITY Build an Effective Data Governance Framework
5/16/2019 14:00 5/16/2019 16:30 CT Meeting Minneapolis, MN IAPP The Duty of Data Security and the Practicality of Managing it
5/16/2019 14:00 5/16/2019 15:00 ET Webinar Lexbe eDiscovery Essentials for the Plaintiff Lawyer
5/16/2019 16:30 CT Meeting Minneapolis, MN IAPP IAPP KnowledgeNet Happy Hour
5/17/2019 8:00 5/17/2019 17:00 CT Conference Chicago, IL InfoGov World Data Monetization & Infonomics Summit
5/17/2019 12:00 ET Meeting Fort Lauderdale, FL ACEDS ACEDS South Florida Chapter: Ethics & eDiscovery – Ethics & Technology Practice
5/17/2019 14:00 ET Webinar Hanzo Compliance Investigations: Best Practices and Effectiveness Essentials
5/19/2019 10:00 5/22/2019 16:30 CT Conference Chicago, IL MER MER Conference 2019
5/21/2019 Meeting Atlanta, GA ARMA Atlanta Chapter Meeting
5/21/2019 8:00 5/21/2019 21:00 BST Conference London, UK Relativity Relativity Fest London
5/21/2019 7:30 5/22/2019 15:30 CT Conference Chicago, IL Corporate Counsel SuperConference 2019
5/21/2019 8:00 5/21/2019 17:00 CT Conference Chicago, IL Consero Corporate Litigation & Investigations Executive Roundtable
5/21/2019 8:30 5/24/2019 16:30 ET Conference Toronto, Canada IAPP IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019
5/21/2019 10:00 5/21/2019 11:00 ET Webinar DataGuidance GDPR Essentials: One Year On
5/21/2019 12:00 5/21/2019 13:00 CT Meeting Minneapolis, MN ACEDS ACEDS Twin Cities Chapter: Data Collection: An In-House Perspective
5/21/2019 13:00 ET Webinar ABA Technology-Related Policies for Law Firms
5/22/2019 Meeting Chicago, IL ARMA ARMA Chicago Spring Seminar at MER Conference
5/22/2019 8:00 5/23/2019 16:00 ET Conference Washington, DC Georgetown Law CLE 2019 Cybersecurity Law Institute
5/22/2019 10:00 ET Webinar HaystackID Apple, Oranges, and eDiscovery Pricing 
5/22/2019 12:00 5/22/2019 13:00 ET Webinar ACC GDPR: A Year in Review
5/22/2019 12:00 5/24/2019 16:05 GMT Conference London, UK ACC General Counsel Summit
5/22/2019 13:00 ET Webinar ABA The New Era of Privacy and Cybersecurity for Law Firms
5/22/2019 13:00 ET Webinar CCBJ Preservation and Collection Best Practices for a Global Workforce
5/22/2019 13:00 ET Webinar CCBJ What’s in Your (and Your Employees’) Smartphones?
5/22/2019 13:00 ET Webinar OpenText What’s New and What’s Next for OpenText Security
5/22/2019 14:00 5/23/2019 16:00 CT Conference Chicago, IL IGI 2019 Chief Information Governance Officer Summit
5/22/2019 14:30 5/22/2019 15:30 SAST Webinar ACEDS
ACEDS South Africa Chapter: Webinar Panel “e-Discovery Lessons for Inside Counsel and Law Firms”
5/22/2019 9:00 5/22/2019 17:10 AEST Conference Melbourne, Australia ALTA ALTACON LegalTech Conference
5/23/2019 Conference Sacramento, CA ARMA 2019 Records Knowledge Conference
5/23/2019 14:00 ET Conference DATAVERSITY Master Data Management – Aligning Data, Process, and Governance
5/23/2019 17:30 IST Meeting Dublin, Ireland ACEDS ACEDS Ireland Chapter Launch: Rooftop Networking Event
5/24/2019 13:00 5/24/2019 14:00 CEST Webinar ACEDS Live from the ZyLAB Amsterdam Office: One Year GDPR: What’s Up (Next)?
5/24/2019 16:00 5/24/2019 19:00 CEST Meeting Amsterdam, Netherlands ACEDS ACEDS Benelux Chapter Cocktail Reception
5/28/2019 5/30/2019 Conference London, UK Cosmonauts Future Lawyer Week 2019
5/29/2019 Conference Houston, TX ARMA ARMA Houston Monthly Meeting
5/29/2019 13:00 ET Webinar XDD Everything in Moderation:  Proportionality in eDiscovery
5/29/2019 13:00 ET Webinar CloudNine Keeping Production from Becoming a Big Production
5/29/2019 17:00 5/29/2019 19:00 CT Meeting Dallas, TX ACEDS ACEDS Dallas Chapter: Your Apple Watch is Ruining My Life: An eDiscovery Survival Guide
5/29/2019 13:00 ET Webinar Everlaw Taking Aim at Ediscovery Vendors
5/30/2019 7:00 5/30/2019 18:00 IST Conference Bangalore, India Events 4 Sure GDPR ConfEx & Law Tech Exhibition
5/30/2019 8:30 5/30/2019 17:00 ET Conference Boston, MA NELTP NELTP Connect 2019
6/1/2019 7:30 6/5/2019 15:00 ET Conference Montreal, Canada ARMA Canada ARMA Canada Conference
6/2/2019 6/5/2019 ET Conference Myrtle Beach, SC Comexposium Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference
6/2/2019 12:30 6/7/2019 12:30 ET Conference Washington, DC Georgetown Law CLE 2019 eDiscovery Training Academy
6/3/2019 6/4/2019 Conference Hong Kong The Cowen Group SOLID Hong Kong
6/3/2019 7:30 6/7/2019 16:15 PT Conference San Diego, CA DebTech International Data Governance and Information Quality Conference (DGIQ)
6/3/2019 8:00 6/5/2019 17:00 ET Conference Arlington, VA ILTA LegalSEC Summit 2019
6/4/2019 8:00 6/4/2019 18:00 BST Conference London, UK City & Financial Global Artificial Intelligence in Legal Services Summit
6/4/2019 13:00 6/4/2019 14:00 ET Webinar MER Are You Ready for California Privacy? – An Overview of the ACC Privacy Maturity Model
6/5/2019 13:00 6/5/2019 14:00 ET Webinar Husch Blackwell The California Consumer Privacy Act: Everything We Know With Six Months to Go
6/5/2019 17:00 6/6/2019 17:00 ET Meeting Columbus, OH EDI The 4th Annual EDI Summer Meeting
6/6/2019 13:00 6/6/2019 14:00 ET Webinar ACEDS Your E-Discovery Processes: How Do You Measure Up?
6/6/2019 13:00 6/6/2019 14:00 ET Webinar MER How to Manage Retention Rules and Policies Across Multiple Jurisdictions
6/7/2019 Meeting Tukwila, WA ARMA ARMA Tri-Chapter Seminar
6/9/2019 12:00 6/9/2019 13:30 ET Meeting New York, NY Women in eDiscovery New York City – Save the date
6/10/2019 18:00 6/10/2019 20:00 ET Meeting Detroit, MI ACEDS ACEDS Detroit Chapter 4th Annual Wine and Cheese Social
6/11/2019 8:00 6/13/2019 16:00 CT Conference New Orleans, LA Asure Software C3 User Conference
6/11/2019 8:00 6/11/2019 17:30 MT Conference Denver, CO The Masters Conference Managing Mountains Of Data More Than A Mile High?
6/11/2019 14:00 ET Webinar DATAVERSITY Data Governance Strategies
6/11/2019 17:30 6/11/2019 19:00 CT Meeting New Orleans, LA ACEDS ACEDS Gulf Coast Chapter: Educational Event
6/12/2019 Meeting Tacoma, WA ARMA ARMA Puget Sound Chapter Awards & Installation of Officers
6/12/2019 8:30 6/13/2019 12:00 CT Conference Chicago, IL Today’s General Counsel The Exchange eDiscovery
6/12/2019 11:30 6/12/2019 12:15 ET Webinar Concept Searching We’ve Always Done It This Way – Using Metadata to Achieve Business Results
6/12/2019 14:00 6/12/2019 15:00 ET Webinar CCBJ CHANGE MANAGEMENT: The Future of YOUR Legal Department Is Now
6/13/2019 7:00 6/13/2019 18:00 BST Conference London, UK Events 4 Sure Global Legal ConfEx & Law Tech Exhibition
6/13/2019 14:00 ET Webinar DATAVERSITY The Impact of Machine Learning on the Enterprise Today


Date Focus Organization Title
5/10/2019 ED


Eversheds Sutherland Leading the way forward through Propel
5/10/2019 LT/DT Neota Logic


Neota Logic Announces Integration with LawGeex to Further Enhance the Contract Review and Automation Process
5/13/2019 LT/DT Onit


Onit Acquires SimpleLegal to Modernize Global Legal Operations
5/14/2019 ED Blickstein Group


Study from Blickstein Group and Exterro Shows Reducing E-Discovery Spend Remains Major Priority for Corporate Legal Teams


Date Focus Organization Title
5/7/2019 C/DP Sera-Brynn Data Security under the California Consumer Privacy Act: Instructions Not Included

Colleen H. Johnson

5/8/2019 ED Law.com From Big Law to Legal Tech, Cat Casey Sees E-Discovery Renaissance

Victoria Hudgins

5/9/2019 ED Legaltech News New Redgrave Partner: Technical E-discovery Abilities Just Don’t Cut It Anymore

Frank Ready

5/9/2019 ED Percipient Is That Discovery or ESI You Want Really Lost?

Chad Main

5/10/2019 LT/DT Legaltech News When Should You Rely on Robots for Document Management?

Victoria Hudgins

5/13/2019 LT/DT LawSites LawNext Episode 39: An Exclusive Look at the new LegalZoom-backed Project to Develop Better Contracts for Small Businesses

Bob Ambrogi

5/13/2019 ED


Complex Dliscovery A 2019 Legal Technology Salary Mashup

Rob Robinson

5/13/2019 C/DP Sidley Terms and Conditions: Recent Supreme Court Decisions Highlight There is More to Consider than Just the Privacy Policy

Alexis Miller Buese

5/13/2019 ED JDSupra Planning for a Successful Document Collection – Best Practices

Amy Catton (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP)

5/14/2019 ED eDiscovery Daily Blog Biggest eDiscovery Challenges Facing Plaintiff’s Attorneys (Part 1 of 5)

Tom O’Connor


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George Socha is the Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, where he promotes brand awareness, helps guide development of product roadmap and consults with customers on effective deployment of legal technology.

Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, George has assisted corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. He served clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, energy, retail, banking and technology, among others. As a renowned industry thought leader, he has authored more than 50 articles and spoken at more than 200 engagements across the world on a variety of e-discovery topics. His extensive knowledge has also been utilized more than 20 times to provide expert testimony.

Co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework that outlines the standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data, and the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM), a similar framework specific to information management, George is skilled at developing and implementing electronic discovery strategies and managing electronic discovery processes.