Need More Free Legal Education? This New Library Can Help

Whether you’re a lawyer, a technologist, a paralegal, a business owner, or anyone who wants to learn about how the law of e-discovery, data privacy, and data protection affects everything you do, there’s a new resource for you. 

It’s an online library where US lawyers can earn free continuing legal education (CLE or MCLE) credits, lawyers from some jurisdictions outside the United States can earn free continuing professional development (CPD) credits, and everyone can learn about data law.

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year. It’s been a trying time for almost everyone. Although the venue and format of our annual gathering pales in importance to current events, we were nevertheless disappointed we could not welcome the e-discovery community to Chicago to enjoy the Relativity Fest experience in person this year.

However, there’s a silver lining to every cloud.

Free Fest

Because we could not gather in Chicago, and because we recognize the challenges faced by many of our friends and colleagues, we made Relativity Fest online and free this year. The result was the largest Relativity Fest ever, an inclusive event with over 7,700 registrants. It has been a meaningful way to connect with members of the global community who’ve never had an opportunity to attend Fest before.

Another benefit of an online Relativity Fest is that our free continuing legal education programs live on in the digital world, which makes them easy to share even after Fest. Our hope is that this free library helps simplify your ongoing education efforts as we approach the holiday season.

Learning Library

For lawyers needing more CLE credits before the end of the year, now’s your chance. There are links to apply for credit with each session. You’ll simply watch the videos and then follow the links to complete the necessary (digital) paperwork for obtaining your credits.

Most jurisdictions have already approved these sessions for CLE credit. However, there are some exceptions. For instance, although some state bars have amended their policies due to the pandemic, some states still do not provide credit for on-demand CLE.

If you’re one of the many litigation support professionals, technologists, lawyers, and paralegals studying for the ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) designation, the library can help with that, too.

Of course, if you’re studying for one of our own Relativity certifications, check out Analytics for Attorneys, and--if you’re a law student, a paralegal student, or anyone wanting to learn about the law, just about every one of these session can help you, but check-out The Judicial Panel, Legal Landmarks, and The International Panel.

Anyone can get something out of these programs. Your Aunt Bessie may want to know how the law affects her use of Facebook. If you think hackers are lurking—and they are—you may want to test your skills in the CLE session, Find the Phish. 

There’s something for everyone as you check out the library line-up. Read a preview of each below.

The Judicial Panel: Over 1,800 people attended the seventh annual Judicial Panel when it first aired on September 22, and now you can join them, gaining insights on everything from the pitfalls of ephemeral apps to whether it’s a legal ethics violation to allow people to collect their own data in e-discovery to transferring data overseas under the changing landscape of international law. Speakers: Senior U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti, Associate Justice Tanya R. Kennedy, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman, Master of the Senior Courts Victoria McCloud, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, and moderator David Horrigan.

The e-Discovery State of the Union: It’s the most fun you can have in a CLE course, but we call it “substantive fun” because you really will learn a lot. Join leaders in our profession and industry—including retired federal judges, leading lawyers, industry analysts, and journalists—as you learn everything from the latest legal developments to technical competence issues to the state of the e-discovery job market. Speakers: Honorable James Francis IV of JAMS, Honorable Andrew Peck of DLA Piper, Jared Coseglia of TRU Staffing Partners, Kenya Dixon of Empire Technologies Risk Management Group, David Horrigan of Relativity, Ari Kaplan of Ari Kaplan Advisors, Ryan O’Leary of IDC, Kelly Twigger of ESI Attorneys and eDiscovery Assistant, and Zach Warren of Legaltech News.

Analytics for Attorneys: Join Relativity’s Stan Pierson—senior solutions specialist and also an attorney—as he guides you on a tour of how advanced analytics can help your legal practice, covering topics such as active learning, concept searching, clustering, near-duplicate identification, and more. The course is designed for lawyers, but anyone can benefit from Stan’s helpful explanation of the wonders of analytics.

The International Panel: Chris Dale of the United Kingdom’s eDisclosure Information Project returns to moderate a panel of lawyers from different nations to discuss the latest international legal and regulatory developments affecting e-discovery, data privacy, and data protection, including how organizations are conducting cross-border data transfers after the Schrems II decision. Speakers: Chris Dale, Jonathan Armstrong of Cordery LLP, Meribeth Banaschik of EY, Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald, David Horrigan of Relativity, Ines Rubio of BSI.

2020 FTI Technology-Relativity General Counsel Survey: The second annual version of The General Counsel Report will be released on November 17, but you can get a sneak preview of some of the information here. We discuss the findings from the study where Ari Kaplan of Ari Kaplan Advisors conducted in-depth interviews with chief legal officers. You can learn how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, new remote workforces, and much more. Speakers: Ari Kaplan, David Horrigan of Relativity, Wendy King of FTI, and Kathleen Patton of CarGurus.

Find the Phish: Data Privacy and Data Protection Test and Legal Update: Test your skill in spotting nefarious phishing attacks as a panel of lawyers and security experts show examples of phishing attacks and guide you in how to spot them. Before the phishing exercise, the panel also gives a legal update on the latest developments in data privacy and data protection law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and data breach litigation. Speakers: Robert Brownstone of Robert Brownstone (Oracle of Data) PC, Amanda Fennell of Relativity, David Horrigan of Relativity, Ed McAndrew of DLA Piper, and Ines Rubio of BSI.

Searching Basics for Attorneys: Do you feel as though you may not know some of the basics of search, but were afraid to ask? No problem. In this session, Relativity solutions specialist Ryan Burke gives you background on the basics of the search index, search syntax, the role of metadata, and more. It’s another session that—although developed for attorneys—can be helpful to anyone wanting to learn more about digital search.

e-Discovery and Seizure Orders under the Defend Trade Secrets Act: e-Discovery has expended into many areas of the law, and trade secrets law under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) is no exception. Driven’s Philip Favro, who has served as a court special master in DTSA matters, leads a discussion on the e-discovery and seizure ramifications with U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez and Relativity’s David Horrigan.

Mobile and Social Media Law Update: As use of mobile devices and social media apps has skyrocketed, handling the resulting explosion of data has become a critical component for e-discovery legal teams—with almost every legal matter now involving some aspect of mobile data or social media. In this session, lawyers, digital forensics experts, and data privacy and protection professionals discuss best practices and the latest legal developments. Speakers: Craig Carpenter of X1, Ignatius Grande of Berkeley Research Group, David Horrigan of Relativity, Debbie Reynolds of Debbie Reynolds Consulting, and Shahaf Rozanski of Cellebrite Business Solutions.

Legal Landmarks Affecting Social Movements and Marginalized Communities: In this session, we examine two court cases and a legal regulatory development with profound implications for the nation. We look at the US Supreme Court’s decision in San Antonio Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Rodriguez, the Louisiana Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Bryant, and the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services, analyzing what they mean for marginalized communities and access to justice. Speakers: Associate Justice Tanya R. Kennedy of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department, Dean Wendy Collins Perdue of the University of Richmond School of Law, James Sandman of the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law, and David Horrigan of Relativity.

Wellness 101 for Legal Teams: Our final session could have the greatest impact on your life. In this session, lawyers, a physician, a former appellate judge and state legislator, and an author and e-discovery consultant provide information on how stress can affect legal professionals and what you can do to improve your health and well-being. We examine the medical effects of stress, how legal work leads to stress, and how medical procedures, 12-step programs, and meditation can help. We even close the session with a mindfulness meditation. Speakers: Dr. Dianne DeKeyser of Serenity Mental Health Centers, Ruth Hauswith of Cooley LLP, Honorable Thomas Homer of The Homer Law Firm, David Horrigan of Relativity, and Tom O’Connor of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center.

In addition to the links to the session recordings above, you can find course materials at our Additional CLE Resources page.

We hope you enjoy the library and find it a useful learning tool for advancing your practice and your career.

David Horrigan is discovery counsel and legal education director at Relativity. A former reporter and assistant editor at The National Law Journal and analyst and counsel at 451 Research, he was First Runner-Up for Best Legal Analysis in the 2019 LexBlog Excellence Awards.

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