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Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Mr. Jason R. Baron - Thu 2007.08.23     (1)

  • Topic: "Lawyers, Language, and Legal Risk: Emerging Issues in E-Discovery"     (1B)

  • Shared-screen support (VNC session) will be started 5 minutes before the call at:     (1D5)
    • view-only password: "ontolog"     (1D5A)
    • if you plan to be logging into this shared-screen option (which the speaker may be navigating), and you are not familiar with the process, please try to call in 5 minutes before the start of the session so that we can work out the connection logistics. Help on this will generally not be available once the presentation starts.     (1D5B)
    • people behind corporate firewalls may have difficulty accessing this. If that is the case, please download the slides below and running them locally. The speaker will prompt you to advance the slides during the talk.     (1D5C)
  • Please note that this session will be recorded, and the audio archive is expected to be made available as open content to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.     (1D10)

Attendees     (1E)

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Agenda & Proceedings     (1G)

  • Mr. Jason Baron, Director of Litigation for NARA (the US National Archives and Records Administration) will be our invited speaker at this session. Mr. Baron will be giving a talk on: "Lawyers, Language, and Legal Risk: Emerging Issues in E-Discovery"     (1G1)
[picture of Mr. Jason Baron] Baron_200708a.jpg     (1G2)
Title: Lawyers, Language, and Legal Risk: Emerging Issues in E-Discovery     (1G3)
In the United States and around the world, government agencies and corporations are facing increased exposure to litigation, regulatory, and compliance demands involving the preservation of and access to electronically stored information across the enterprise. The speaker will discuss emerging best practice guidelines in the area of search and information retrieval conducted for litigation purposes, as well as the preliminary results from the first year of an international text retrieval project conducted by NIST. In doing so, the importance of language in connection with conducting reasonable searches in e-discovery will be highlighted.     (1G5)
  • Session Format and Agenda:     (1G6)
    • this will be virtual session over a phone conference setting, augmented by shared computer screen support     (1G6A)
    1. The session will start with a brief self-introduction of the attendees (~10 min.) [We will be skipping this if there are more than 20 participants.]     (1G7A)
    2. Introduction of the invited speaker by Ms. Susan Turnbull     (1G7B)
    3. Presentation by our invited speaker Mr. Jason Baron (~60 min.)     (1G7C)
    4. Q&A and Open discussion (~30 min.) [Kindly identify yourself before speaking.]     (1G7D)
Jason Baron has served since the year 2000 as Director of Litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration, and is a frequent lecturer and author on the subject of e-recordkeeping and e-discovery. Between 1988 and 1999, Mr. Baron held successive positions as trial attorney and senior counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., where he represented the interests of the U.S. government in a variety of complex lawsuits including involving access to governmental information, including the White House email case, Armstrong v. Executive Office of the President. Among his publications, he has authored "Toward A Federal Benchmarking Standard For Evaluating Information Retrieval Products Used In E-Discovery," published in the 2005 Sedona Conference Journal (available on Westlaw and Lexis), and is the co-author of an article in the Spring 2007 issue of the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology entitled "Information Inflation: Can The Legal System Adapt?" (available online). He currently represents NARA on the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Records Retention and Production, where he co-chairs a special project team on Search and Retrieval Sciences. He also is a co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC (Text Retrieval Conference) legal track, a multi-year project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. Mr. Baron has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, an Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland's graduate College of Information Studies. He also presently serves on the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-discovery Institute advisory board. Mr. Baron received his degrees from Wesleyan University and the Boston University School of Law.     (1G9)

Questions, Answers & Discourse     (1G11)

  • Please mute your phone, by pressing "*2" on your phone keypad, when the talk is in progress. To un-mute, press "*3"     (1G11A)
  • If you want to speak or have questions or remarks to make, please "raise your hand (virtually)" by pressing "11" on your phone keypad. You may speak when acknowledged by the speaker or the session moderator.     (1G11B)

Session Recording of this Panel Session     (1H)

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