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Andrew Sieja speaks at Relativity Fest in 2015.

If you’re looking to get up to speed on the latest developments in the legal field and e-discovery in particular, hear inspiring keynotes from thought leaders, or rub elbows with some of the top employers in the industry, Relativity Fest is the place to be.

Why should you attend?

Reason #1 – Community
For those of you who have just started exploring your career path in law and have never heard about Relativity Fest before, here’s the scoop. Relativity Fest is the annual user conference organized by kCura, developers of the e-discovery software Relativity. This year the event will take place in Chicago on October 9-11. Featuring engaging panel discussions, hands-on labs, breakout sessions, and insights from legal industry experts, Relativity Fest brings together a vibrant community of who’s who in e-discovery to talk shop.

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Reason #2 – Innovation
Unlike many user conferences, Relativity Fest provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about the big picture of the industry as a whole. For example, last year’s judicial panel attracted four prominent federal judges to debate the role of technology and importance of cooperation between parties involved in judicial proceedings. For those who are passionate about technology, the Relativity Innovation Awards showcase organizations who extend the Relativity platform in creative ways – solving difficult or unique challenges in e-discovery and beyond.

Sal Khan

Reason #3 – Keynotes
Last year we were fascinated by an inspiring message from Sal Khan about the innovative ways his nonprofit, Khan Academy, is disrupting the education industry and his commitment to growth mindset in learning. This year Daniel Pink, the author of five provocative books – including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human – will be joining the conference as a keynote speaker.

Relativity Fest 2015 was full of surprises and great energy. Andrew Sieja, founder and CEO of kCura, announced the launch of the Relativity Academic Partner program, an education initiative that provides law schools and paralegal programs with access to Relativity and practical e-discovery curriculum at no cost. The program started with 50 schools, and more than 20 schools have since joined. Some of the participating educational institutions include Berkeley Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, University of California Los Angeles’ Paralegal Training Program, and many others.

How to apply

Since academia is an integral part of the Relativity community, we want to give students the opportunity to connect with other legal professionals in the field, and learn from them in a hands-on, collaborative forum. That’s why this year we opened applications for 10 student scholarships to anyone attending an ABA-approved law school or paralegal program in the United States.

The award covers transportation, lodging, meals, and event registration. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete an application and secure a recommendation from a litigation or e-discovery professor. Please note that all applicants, with or without a previous legal technology history, are welcome to apply. For those with a special interest in technology, we can give recommendations on what sessions to attend.

The application deadline is August 15, and the scholarship recipients will be announced on September 1.

If you are passionate about the legal field and constantly looking for inspiration and innovation, we hope to meet you at Relativity Fest in October.

Janice Hollman Janice is the Academic Relationship Manager for Relativity who is focused on helping law schools and paralegal programs integrate Relativity into their course offerings. She also teaches legal software, e-discovery, and advanced litigation courses at Portland Community College. If you are interested in the Relativity Academic Partner program, send an email to academic@kcura.com.