Ediscovery Day is coming
Image: Exterro

With Thanksgiving week almost here, the e-discovery team at Exterro and our partners at ACEDS, EDRM, and eDiscovery Today all start thinking more seriously about E-Discovery Day. This December 7th, the ninth annual celebration of this day to recognize these unsung heroes of the litigation process, is almost here, and everyone who’s participating needs to start making concrete plans. 

What webinars will I attend? Is there a happy hour or lunch and learn in my city? The best way to think about your E-Discovery Day goals is to attend or watch on-demand our career development webinar. But if that doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to wonder any longer, as this blog post will help you figure out what works best for you.

My personal recommendation: register for a couple webinars, even if you can’t make both. That way you’ll have an on-demand webinar to watch at your convenience on a slow work day during the holidays. Then make sure, if you live in one of the cities where we’re hosting events, RSVP and join in the in-person fun and enjoy a holiday season drink and bite with colleagues and friends old and new.

Without further ado, here are this year’s E-Discovery Day activities and links so you can sign up!

The Expanding World of E-Discovery: A Look at the Convergence of E-Discovery, Privacy, and Forensics

December 7th, 9 am ET/6 am PT

Corporate counsel and legal professionals face unique and growing data-related challenges in this ever-changing threat landscape. The risk of litigation continues to rise as data requirements grow more complex and data volumes soar. This session will analyze the key areas of data-related risks and provide tools/tips to establish defensible practices for protecting your organization in the event of a cyber breach, internal investigation, or litigation.

ESI Protocols: To Be or Not To Be and What to Include

December 7th, 10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT

The debate rages on about the value of ESI Protocols, whether to have one, or how complicated they really need to be to meet the parties’ needs, as well as how courts are viewing them. Join us for a lively discussion on real-world examples of when to use (and not use) a protocol, and the key elements to incorporate to benefit the parties and keep discovery moving forward (and off the judge’s calendar). We’ll discuss language issues in drafting and what the courts want to see from parties.

Image: Kaylee Walstad, EDRM

EDRM Presents: Where is Waldo Generative AI on E-Discovery Day?

December 7, 12 pm ET/9 am PT

Generative AI has dominated the news cycle in 2023: from breathless claims about everything it can and will do, to fears it will annihilate humanity. We’ve seen colossal blunders on the part of attorneys who used GenAI to prepare court submissions and misguided responses from some courts. As we draft this description in the early Fall, it is almost impossible to predict where we will be on December 7. This panel will address both current technical and legal developments and challenges of GenAI from the perspective of computer scientists, lawyers, and judges.

Expert Presenters:

Dr. Maura R. Grossman

Research Professor and eDiscovery Lawyer/Consultant/Expert/Special Master, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Hon. Allison Goddard, US Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California

Judge Allison Goddard was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California in August 2019. 

Dr. Daniel Brown, Professor, CHERITON SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


December 7, 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

On E-Discovery Day 2023, it’s only fitting that we look back over the year that’s coming to an end and review the most important e-discovery case law rulings of the year. Join Doug Austin, Mary Mack, Tom O’Connor, and Judge Andrew Peck for a lively discussion that will cover the key lessons you need to know for your e-discovery cases in 2024.

Image: Kaylee Walstad, EDRM


Dec. 7, 2pm ET/11am PT

Opposing parties in litigation clash over many e-discovery issues. Whether it’s the use of AI to streamline discovery, putting holds on text messages and other ephemeral data, or the standardization of ESI protocols, there are several “hot button” issues that tend to arise repeatedly and where there are strongly opposing views.

Speakers: Therese Craparo Anthony J. Diana David R. Cohen of Reed Smith

Image: Maribel Rivera


December 7, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT

Join us this eDiscovery Day as we honor the legacy of the late Gayle O’Connor (1956-2020) and celebrate the trailblazers of our community with the Gayle O’Connor Spirit Award.

This award pays homage to Gayle’s indomitable spirit, unique energy, and drive to bring people together, even in the face of adversity. It recognizes professionals in the legal realm who, through their outstanding contributions to e-discovery, legal technology, and more, inspire, educate, and foster unity in our community. Our nominees, nominated by their esteemed peers, shine brightly in the legal industry, and serve as beacons of inspiration for all.

Please celebrate with us as we announce the 2023 recipient and laud the nominees for their exemplary work and dedication. Register now and be part of this momentous occasion!

Image: Kaylee Walstad, EDRM

“eDiscovery Evolution: A Journey from the Dawn of ESI to Today”

Dec. 7, 3:45pm ET/12:45pm PT

Travel back in time with us as we delve into the dynamic world of eDiscovery, tracing its transformative journey over two decades! 🕰️➡️🔍

In this engaging session, five seasoned experts—often likened to the legends at the MLB All Star’s Old Timers Game—take center stage. Their collective wisdom spans from the pioneering days of automated litigation support to the present. And yes, they’ve witnessed the historic 2006 Amendments to the FRCP, marking the codification of ESI.

Join us as they: 🌟 Reflect on the pivotal shifts in eDiscovery. 🌟 Discuss the interplay between eDiscovery and the evolving litigation landscape. 🌟 Offer unique insights, drawing from their rich tapestry of experiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unravel the intricacies of eDiscovery’s past, and uncover the implications for its future!

Expert Presenters:

  • Tom O’Connor, Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center
  • Craig D. Ball, Texas trial lawyer, computer forensic examiner, law professor and noted authority on electronic evidence
  • Kenneth J. Withers, Deputy Executive Director, The Sedona Conference®
  • Florinda Baldridge, US Director, Global eDiscovery Services, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Mary Mack, CEO and Chief Legal Technology Officer, EDRM

In-Person E-Discovery Day Events

Make sure you connect with peers and new and old friends at one of these in-person events. For all these events, the location address is available when you click to register, but we’ve included the time in this list.

Atlanta Lunch and Learn

Co-sponsored by Exterro, ACEDS, and Women in eDiscovery

Smith Gambrell Russell Law, December 7th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Houston Happy Hour

Co-sponsored by Exterro, ACEDS, and Women in eDiscovery

I bet Doug Austin will be in attendance… hint hint!

Upper Kirby Ice House, December 7th, 5 pm – 8 pm CT

Los Angeles Happy Hour

Co-sponsored by Exterro and PAR

The Cal Edison DTLA, December 7th, 5 pm – 8 pm  PT

Pittsburgh E-Discovery Day Networking Event

Hosted by Exterro and Reed Smith

I’m willing to bet a round of mini golf that you can meet up with David Cohen at this event… but I can’t vouch for his putting skills. 

Puttshack Pittsburgh, December 7th, 5 pm – 8 pm ET

Chicago Happy Hour

Hosted by Exterro and Archive 360

Old Town Pour House, December 7th, 6 pm – 9 pm ET

Remember to stay tuned and visit the E-Discovery Day website as events get added to the calendar!


  • Mary Mack

    Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.

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  • Kaylee Walstad

    Kaylee Walstad, chief strategy officer of EDRM, leads the global project based organization and is the former VP of client engagement at a certification organization. Kaylee is known for her role in building communities, uniting people and companies across the globe, and brand amplification for partners through social media and events. A frequent public speaker on a variety of topics, from personal development to the nuances of e-discovery. Kaylee has a broad background in e-discovery and skills that uniquely position her to provide insight into the challenges faced by the end-users of e-discovery services and technology and the organizations serving them. She has extensive expertise in developing cross organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations.

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