Last month Greg Buckles wrote a blog on the “Emerging Breed of eDiscovery Conferences” wherein he spoke of the shift away from the “big” eDiscovery conferences, where panelists seem more like talking heads, to the smaller settings focused on interactive learning and substantive content. I had the pleasure of moderating two panels at one such conference last month, the 2012 Conference on Preservation Excellence (PREX12) held in Portland, Oregon, and organized by Zapproved. PREX12 lasered in on all things preservation related – from information governance, to triggering events, to releasing holds.
Brad Harris, Zapproved’s Vice President of Legal Products, explained that the motivation behind developing a day-and-a-half conference focused on the single topic of preservation was born out of comments made at other conferences: “…we could talk for an entire day about [insert your preservation challenge here].” I really feel that they hit the nail on the head and put on an excellent program. Preservation of ESI is an important topic – one that we have been struggling with for many years, and will likely continue to for many more years to come.
Had I not been told that this was the “first annual” occurrence of this event, I would not have known. The moderators, panelists and program organizers at Zapproved did an excellent job of shaping the event and running a smooth conference. Participants were knowledgeable in their topic areas, the content was substantive and featured many practical take-a-ways, and the audience was strongly encouraged to participate.
At the end of the program, plans for PREX13 were already in motion. I will attend this event again and encourage anyone in the eDiscovery space to as well.