Several Everlaw employees attended the inaugural Women in eDiscovery Conference in Austin, Texas from May 8-10. Women in eDiscovery (WiE) is a non-profit organization focused on providing women with legal technology education, networking and leadership opportunities. The organization has 28 local chapters around the nation whose members comprise professionals within the legal industry including law firm and corporate legal attorneys, litigation support professionals, paralegals, legal IT staff, consultants, and vendors. We salute all the hard working women who made this first conference a success.
For the Everlaw employees who were there, it was inspiring to be around so many women who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with their peers and enriching each other’s professional lives. Highlights from the sessions we attended included:
The Next Frontier of Machine Learning, featuring Jyothi K. Vinjumur, Senior Data Scientist at Walmart; Jigna Dalal, eDiscovery Manager for Squire Patton Boggs; and Irina Matveeva, Head of Machine Learning for NexLP. It was interesting to hear how machine learning can be used to recognize a person’s identity by patterns of communication or influence, and to contemplate the possibility of algorithms with greater emotional intelligence. Irina predicted that hypothetically, more emotionally intelligent machine learning algorithms could be leveraged to detect if someone is expresses stress in their communications, which could be key for cases involving harassment, discrimination, or even fraud detection.
Tackling a Data Breach and Preventative Measures, featuring Emily Black, Partner at Haynes & Boone; Kimberly Quan, Lead eDiscovery & Information Governance for Juniper Networks; and Julie Lewis, President & CEO for Digital Mountain. The speakers on this panel represented the law firm, corporation, and consultant perspectives on dealing with a data breach. It was particularly useful to learn not only active steps to take when dealing with a breach, but also an overview of relevant case law and regulations that impact breach responses.
This was WiE’s first annual conference and it was a pleasure to attend. The atmosphere was lively, convivial, and collaborative, which made it easy to meet other attendees and network. If you’re also curious about who we are and what we do, check out more information on www.everlaw.com.