Relativity Fest 2019 Reflection

Posted by Marketing

Nov 1, 2019, 1:41:55 PM

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Last week our team headed down to Chicago to take part in the tenth annual Relativity Fest. From the moment we arrived, you could feel the room’s energy as we waited for the new CEO of Relativity, Mike Gamson, to take the stage for his keynote. The biggest highlight of the opening presentation by far was the much-anticipated launch of Relativity’s SaaS-based product, RelativityOne.

Over the course of three days, there were 2,000 attendees, over 300 speakers and 150 educational sessions to choose from. We were especially inspired to see that every single Active Learning session was jam packed. Our very own Sean Lynch, Director, Legal and Compliance Solutions, and Mary Lou Bautista Cebula, Legal Solutions Consultant, presented in three sessions on some of the most leading-edge topics. Below they share their highlights and key take-aways:

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Sean Lynch, Director, Legal and Compliance Solutions

The power of the technology and the expertise of vendors like Ricoh can significantly reduce the time and cost of eDiscovery review projects.

Last week was my first Relativity Fest and I was amazed by the number of people in attendance, the excellence of my fellow panelists and was pleased to confirm that Ricoh continues to be at the forefront of eDiscovery technology and processes.

My panel, Active Learning: Tales from the Trenches, highlighted the ways in which different parts of the legal community (in this case, law firms and eDiscovery vendors) utilize Relativity's Active Learning platform to conduct defensible, large-scale document reviews. We covered many topics on the panel, including how each of us work to get more lawyers (partners in particular) on board with the use of technology. From the vendor perspective, I encouraged the roughly 200 attendees at the session to use technology whenever they could, in particular Active Learning. The power of the technology and the expertise of vendors like Ricoh can significantly reduce the time and cost of eDiscovery review projects, while simultaneously increasing accuracy, consistency and defensibility of the overall project.

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Mary Lou Bautista, Legal Solutions Consultant

We look at a client's entire data landscape and requirements, and move beyond traditional event-based requests.

I was invited to speak at Heretik's panel, How to Eat an Elephant: The Bite-Sized Approach to More Use Cases. This session highlighted how to think outside of eDiscovery review projects and uncover various Contract Review uses cases "one bite at a time". The projects discussed varied from M&A and due diligence regulatory responses to larger undertakings such as LIBOR or Data Privacy.

The central topics of the panel included how to find new uses cases, what the difference between traditional eDiscovery/litigation and review projects are, and, most importantly, how users can easily transition to Contract Review. 

By providing just a few examples, I encouraged the audience to start thinking about how many different types of contracts are out there (especially within their own companies). Outside of legal, other departments such as IT, procurement, finance and HR manage their own contracts that require individual needs and use cases.

As a business partner, Ricoh takes an intelligent information management approach. We look at a client's entire data landscape and requirements, and move beyond traditional event-based requests. This includes managing the data at rest, which allows for proactive information governance and defensibly. 

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The panel of "How to Eat an Elephant" session at Relativity Fest. Mary Lou Bautista Cebula far right.

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This year’s event was one for the books. Thank you to everyone who came out and attended our sessions. We’re already counting down to next year’s Relativity Fest. 

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