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Relativity Fest 2019: Top Buzzed-About eDiscovery and Legal Trends

This week we attended the tenth annual Relativity Fest – the annual gathering of eDiscovery wonks of all stripes in Chicago – to talk technology, legal services, and all things discovery with clients and colleagues from all over the world.

It’s not often we eDiscovery wonks get to really let our geek flags fly – and as one of the biggest gatherings of eDiscovery experts in North America, Relativity Fest is one of our favorite events for doing exactly that. From the big-production fanfare of the keynote and the real talk of the judicial panel to the down-and-dirty details of the panels and presentations in between, it’s always a great time for learning and celebrating everything we as an eDiscovery community can do.

As usual, this year’s event was packed with great content, interesting conversations, and insights from experts. Attendees heard from the judiciary, from eDiscovery practitioners, law firm attorneys, general counsel, and technologists around the world.

Here are a few notable themes and takeaways from this year’s event:

eDiscovery Can Change the World for the Better

If we’ve learned nothing from the tectonic shift in public discourse in the last decade, it’s that every industry can make a difference and eDiscovery is no exception. The Overton Window is moving not just in politics and entertainment, but in the legal industry as well – opening up space for legal technology professionals to focus on diversity and inclusion, social justice, and other ideas once considered too “radical” for the traditional legal space. Legility is proud to support legal supplier diversity, inclusivity in its recruitment and promotion practices, and above all the fact that the work we do puts finding the truth front and center. It was a delight to hear this commitment echoed at Relativity Fest when they unveiled their new tagline: “Organize data. Discover the truth. Act on it.”

In Legal Technology, It's the People - Not the Documents

Electronic discovery is about more than just ones and zeros, and an eDiscovery partner is more than just the technology it uses. When your project manager stays on the phone with you long past quitting time to understand exactly what you’re looking for in a particular matter – when your team flies to your headquarters to spend a week on project kickoff – when a production team member comes in on a Saturday to make sure your data gets to you on time and in the right format – that’s the difference between a provider, and a partner.

If you’re reading this, you’re a human – and it’s the human stories that make an impact on our lives. At the end of the day, it’s people who make meaning out of the mountains of data we manage, and it’s people who we are serving day in and day out. Remember: Empathy and connection are the parts that computers still can’t do.

If we’ve learned nothing from the tectonic shift in public discourse in the last decade, it’s that every industry can make a difference and eDiscovery is no exception.

Back to Basics: Truth, Justice, and the eDiscovery Way

With all the technical jargon, legalese, and “inside baseball” terminology in the eDiscovery industry, it can be easy for practitioners to lose sight of why we’re all here: To discover the truth. Relativity unveiled several content and marketing initiatives aimed at sharing eDiscovery stories that highlight what got us all into the legal industry in the first place: A passion for serving justice (and yes – using cool tools and techniques along the way!).

Did you attend Relativity Fest this year? Let us know your thoughts on the event by tweeting us at @LegilityLaw.

Missed the event this year? Register for next year’s Relativity Fest by clicking here.


About the author

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is a legal technology thought leader with more than a decade of experience in the eDiscovery and information management fields. At Legility, her primary focus is on driving awareness for the company’s innovative services and solutions. Prior to Legility, Brown spent eight years as head of marketing communications at Epiq, where she led global marketing communications and built thought leadership, PR, and analyst relations programs. Prior to Epiq, she led marketing communications at Exterro, an eDiscovery software company, where she founded and led their content-driven marketing organization. She has a journalism background and holds a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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