Mon.Oct 07, 2019

SMU Law Review's Free Speech Symposium: The 100th Anniversary of Schenck and Abrams @SMULawReview @SMULawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

The Southern Methodist University Law Review has published scholarship from its recent Free Speech Symposium in its current issue. Read the articles online here. A great line-up of authors! Lackland H. Bloom, Jr., The Lessons of 1919 Dale Carpenter, Born

ACEDS Names Industry Veteran As New Executive Director

Media Law

Two months ago here, I reported that Mary Mack, the executive director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the leading membership and certification organization for e-discovery professionals, and Kaylee Walstad, who Mack brought on in 2018 as vice president of client engagement, would leave the organization at the end of October. Today, BARBRI, the parent company of ACEDS, named Mack’s successor. Michael Quartararo , an e-discovery industry veteran, has been named president of ACEDS and professional development. In addition, legal consultant Ari Kaplan, of Ari Kaplan Advisors , is joining ACEDS on a consulting basis to build a new Global Advisory Board and serve as its chairperson. Quartararo was director of litigation support services at the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan until 2018, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of firm policy on e-discovery, information governance and technology support and the design and delivery of e-discovery and application-specific training programs. Prior to joining Stroock, he worked for nearly 10 years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, where he managed large-scale class action securities litigations, e-discovery projects and trial preparation. Most recently, he was founder and managing director of his own consulting firm, eDPM Advisory Services. He is author of the book, Project Management in Electronic Discovery: An Introduction to Core Principles of Legal Project Management and Leadership in eDiscovery. Stephen Fredette, BARBRI chairman and CEO, said in a message this afternoon to ACEDS members that Quartararo will be assuming the responsibilities previously performed by Mack, and will also work to “to leverage BARBRI’s diverse suite of legal education talent and professional development resources to create new education solutions and certificate programs for ACEDS members and the legal community.” After news broke of Mack’s and Walstad’s departures, I spoke with Fredette , who praised them for their leadership and said his intention is to build on their accomplishments “and make the organization even stronger and better.” At the time, he also expressed his hope that a new director could be brought on board quickly to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to ACEDS members. Uncategorized ACEDS

LawNext Episode 53: The AI Behind ROSS, with CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele and Head of Engineering Stergios Anastasiadis 

Media Law

Back in LawNext Episode 48 , I traveled to Toronto to record a live interview with the founders of the AI-driven legal research platform ROSS Intelligence , CEO Andrew Arruda and CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele , in which they discussed the company’s rise from startup in 2014 to a more mature and established company. In this second interview recorded in Toronto, we take a deep dive into the artificial-intelligence technology that drives the ROSS legal research platform. For this interview, CTO Ovbiagele returns, joined this time by Stergios Anastasiadis , head of engineering at ROSS. They discuss why they believe ROSS’s AI technology is unique, how they see AI changing the legal industry, and what’s ahead for ROSS and AI in law. Ovbiagele is a computer scientist who was one of the three original founders of ROSS in 2014, when it emerged out of a cognitive-computing competition at the University of Toronto. Anastasiadis is a computer scientist who joined the company earlier this year to lead the further refinement and development of the product. Formerly, he was the director of engineering at Shopify and engineering manager at Google. NEW: We are now on Patreon! Subscribe to our page to be able to access show transcripts, or to submit a question for our guests. Comment on this show: Record a voice comment on your mobile phone and send it to LawNext ROSS