Last week, I attended day one of the Executive Counsel Exchange in Los Angeles, as has been my custom the past three years. Just to clarify, this conference is sometimes referred to as the Executive Counsel 'Institute', but the actual program is called, "The Exchange" and the theme is, "e-Discovery
for the Corporate Market".
This year, the primary moderators were Browning Marean III of DLA Piper, my old pal Robert Brownstone of Fenwick & West and David Kessler of Fulbright & Jaworski. This is one of my favorite programs because it's a roundtable.
The reason this particular conference is so beneficial is that attendees share their day-to-day experiences confronting the many eDiscovery challenges we know so well. I've always considered the practical much more important than the theoretical – mostly because people, situations and budgets don't tend to comport to the (IMHO) wishful thinking that appears in many overly-optimistic project plans.
Take a look at the agenda. If these look like the kinds of issues you see, think about attending. The next event will be held in late March in San Francisco.