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5 Reasons Lawyers Can't Wait for Relativity Fest

Sam Bock

We talk a lot about the big minds in the legal world. From tech gurus to savvy judges, our favorite thing about this space is how much you can learn from your peers—and how excited they are to share that knowledge.

Our goal is to make Relativity Fest the ideal environment for all that learning, for everyone in the e-discovery and legal technology professions. That means there are content and networking opportunities for case strategy mavens as well as litigation support magicians.

So what are attorney attendees looking forward to at this year’s conference? Here’s a first-hand look.

What Attorney Attendees Have to Say

Cristin Traylor, JD

Counsel, McGuire Woods

“Relativity Fest isn’t just for techies: since attorneys are the ones using the platform, they’re the ideal attendees. Don’t you want to learn more about how to find the needle in a haystack that wins your case? I sure do! This will be my sixth conference, and I look forward to learning new tips and tricks every year.”

Frank Merrill, JD

Partner, Bricker & Eckler

“Relativity Fest is an impressive event—I was blown away by the opportunity to connect with so many industry leaders. No matter your role in e-discovery, it’s an invaluable experience.”

Jeffrey Shapiro, JD

eDiscovery Support Manager, Clifford Chance LLP

“When you’re in the trenches, you often face tight deadlines and difficult productions. You can quickly lose sight of the big picture. Relativity Fest reminds all of us why we do what we do: we help people find solutions.”

Tessa Jacob, JD

Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell

“This will be my first Relativity Fest and I am truly looking forward to everything—meeting new people in this industry; meeting amazing speakers I’ve long admired (Amy Cuddy!); participating in interesting panels (come see me!); and, hearing about what cool new technology our industry is bringing to the legal table.”

Sarah Cole, JD

Director of Solutions, Consilio

“Relativity Fest offers a unique opportunity for practicing attorneys to earn CLE credits and spend focused time with the software that is central to their e-discovery process. Attorneys might struggle to justify the cost of tools like analytics to their clients if they have not personally had success with these tools. Relativity Fest is a great place to gain familiarity and even hands-on experience with techniques like clustering or conceptual search and to learn exactly how these tools can enhance your e-discovery practice and, ultimately, save your client money.”

What’s in Store for Lawyers at Relativity Fest?

This year’s agenda features plenty of hands-on workshops, product overviews, workflow lessons, and peer insights. It also includes more legal and industry education sessions than you can shake a stick at, many of which are created by attorneys, for attorneys. Get the full scoop on those and, if you haven’t already, start building your agenda now to save your spot in your favorite sessions. (Make sure you show your badge at each session to claim any CLE credits you could earn by attending.)

Additionally, networking events gathering the e-discovery community, celebrating diversity, and highlighting Chicago’s best destinations are sure to attract lawyers and non-lawyers alike, providing an opportunity to create new connections and share unique lessons.

New this year are fireside chats, some featuring attorney speakers discussing issues that matter to them in a more casual setting. Plus, one of the two guest speakers for this year’s event is a lawyer whose work is making waves around the world.

There’s plenty more knowledge to be gained and fun to be had. Let us know what you’re most excited about on Twitter using #RelativityFest, and don’t forget to share your impressions throughout the event.

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Sam Bock is a member of the marketing team at Relativity, and serves as editor of The Relativity Blog.