Correction: The session "Real Life Legal Tech" is Wednesday at 11 a.m., not Tuesday as originally published.
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From network security to e-discovery statistical sampling, there are plenty of compelling sessions to attend at LegalTech New York, Jan. 29-31 at the Hilton New York on the west side of Manhattan. Several sessions are appealing not only because of the topic but due to who's talking.
Smart lawyers may want to start their show planning by blocking time in their iPhone calendars for all three keynotes, along with the three plenary addresses.
1. The show opens with a keynote address from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Theodore Olson, who will discuss "Recent and Upcoming Supreme Court Cases." Olson, a former Solicitor General of the United States, is a member of his firm's executive committee, co-chair of the appellate and constitutional law practice groups, and serves on the firm's crisis management team. Expect the talk to cover copyright law, immigration, and health care. Sponsors: Content Analyst (booth #314), KPMG (#2101). (Tues., 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.)
2. The second-day keynote, "The Judicial Perspective Managing Big Data, Proportionality, Data Security, and Privacy," packs in five speakers who are entrenched in the nitty-gritty of electronic data discovery: Andrew Peck, magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Michael Baylson, senior judge for the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania; LexisNexis' Matthew Gillis, vice president and managing director, litigation solutions and professional services; and moderator Patrick Oot, special counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission and co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Institute. Sponsor: LexisNexis (#100-108; 200-209). (Wed., 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.)
3. Day three features Charles Duhigg, a reporter at The New York Times and author of bestseller book The Power of Habit, that analyzes how individuals, companies, and countries can understand and capitalize on the individual and social habits to effect change, be it profound (Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King battle racism; Alcoa changes its safety culture) or ordinary (weight loss). Duhigg will target our profession with his lecture on "The Power of a Crisis: Remaking the Habits of Lawyers." Sponsor: DiscoverReady (#134-136). (Thurs., 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.)
4. A midday plenary session is "Facing the Cliff: Can Proportionality Avert the E-Discovery Crisis?," moderated by Symantec discovery counsel Philip Favro, with panelists Shawn Cheadle, general counsel, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Wendy Butler Curtis, of counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Frank Maas, magistrate judge in the southern district of New York; and Ariana Tadler, partner at Milberg. Sponsor: Symantec (#2003-2009, 2300-2306). (Tues., 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
5. The second-day plenary, Case Studies and Lessons Learned from the Practical Use of Technology-Assisted Review, offers insight from Deborah Baron, vice president of legal and compliance at Autonomy, and from Thomas Lidbury, partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath; Alan Winchester, partner, Harris Beach; Maura Grossman, counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and Jennifer Keadle Mason, managing partner, Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers. Sponsor: Autonomy (#110-116, 211-217). (Wed., 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
6. The closing-day plenary will feature Raymond Kelly, New York City's Police Commissioner. Details of Kelly's presentation were still under wraps, but if you're thinking of being someplace else during this session, then as we say here in New York, "Fuggedaboutit!" (Thurs., 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)