New WG7 Brainstorming Groups and Ongoing Initiatives

Brainstorming Groups Overview

Brainstorming Groups Overview

  1. Sedona Canada Education Initiative – This Initiative will seek opportunities to collaborate with other, prominent legal and eDiscovery training organizations to develop educational programs focusing on best practices relating to electronic discovery and discovery support. Gretel Best is leading this initiative.
  2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Project – The legal industry has been showing greater and greater interest in AI, not just in litigation, but in all areas of practice. While the scope of a potential Sedona WG7 AI initiative is as of yet undefined, we know that there is plenty that could be written. We’d like to establish an AI Brainstorming Team to discuss what aspect of AI would make sense to address first: It could be a primer limited to technology-assisted review (“TAR”), or it could be broader, encompassing the variety of AI tools being used in the law today. Where to begin is what the AI Brainstorming Team will consider. Maura R. Grossman is leading this initiative.
  3. Ransomware Commentary – Ransomware attacks are on the rise (not only in Canada but globally), and the increase in activity has resulted in guidance from governmental bodies and even spurred talk of legislative bans on ransomware payments in Canada and around the world. In the meantime, threat actors continue to pivot and evolve in their approaches. The scope of the written ransomware commentary is currently undefined; however, it could include elements such as:
    • Unpacking the who, what, and how of ransomware from a technical perspective,
    • Practical steps than can be taken in the event of a ransomware attack,
    • Insurance considerations associated with ransomware attacks, and
    • Legal considerations and reporting obligations upon suffering a ransomware attack.

    Chris Walker is leading this initiative.

Ongoing Initiatives Overview

  1. Caselaw Updates – This group will discuss the logistics of collecting current caselaw and effectively distributing it (e.g., via webinars/podcasts/videos or other suggestions). Greg Sullivan is leading this initiative.
  2. Social Media Video Clips – This team will focus on finding content for social media video clips whether from WG7 members or coming out of Sedona Canada programming. If you have suggestions for a topic/clip, please send us a description. Edwina Podemski is leading this initiative.
  3. Education and Outreach Articles Committee – This team has already published articles about Sedona Canada activities. If you would like to join this team or have suggestions for more articles, please let us know. Rachael Jastrzembski is leading this initiative.

Brainstorming Groups/Ongoing Initiatives - Selection

To apply for the brainstorming group(s) or Ongoing Initiatives (collectively, “the Groups”), you must be a member of WG7. If you are interested in applying for the Groups, but are not yet a member of WG7, please become a member by signing up for a Working Group Series (WGS) membership. Once a WGS member, one is eligible to take part in the activities of all Working Groups, including WG7. If you have any questions about how to sign up for a membership or encounter any difficulties while doing so, please contact our office at [email protected] or +1(602) 258-4910.

To be considered for the Groups, please provide separate answers to each of the questions below and submit to Casey Mangan at [email protected] no later than COB EDT on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Please be brief when answering the questions – no more than 50 words per answer to a question. When applying, please note which Group you are applying for. If you are applying for more than one Group, please be sure to answer the fourth question for each Group.

  1. What is your profession and expertise?
  2. How many years of experience do you have?
  3. What organization do you work for?
  4. What qualifications or experiences make you particularly qualified to serve on the drafting team, and why?
Announcement Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2022