Tri-Chapter Sneak Peek #1: Keynote Speaker Jason R. Baron

We are counting down the days to the Tri-Chapter Seminar, coming up on June 7 in Tukwila.

Did you know the Puget Sound Chapter has two scholarships for current members to attend this event? It’s true – learn more here. Scholarship applications are due May 1st

For the next 4 days we will be sharing details on each speaker presenting at the Tri-Chapter Seminar. Our first sneak peak is none other than the keynote speaker, Jason Baron.

My, How Records Come and Go Around Here!
Ephemeral and Self-Destructing Records in the Emerald City & Beyond

Jason R. Baron
Of Counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Just when you thought you have finally figured out how to accomplish email archiving for the enterprise, dozens of new forms of electronic messaging applications are now widely available to end-users as a means of communication about official corporate and government business. These new apps are creating vexing recordkeeping, compliance and governance issues that need to be urgently addressed.

Let’s take a journey down the yellow brick road to discover a world of “shadow IT,” short-lived communications technologies, and what constitutes best practices in dealing with them from a records and information governance perspective.

Mr. Baron serves as Of Counsel in the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C. Between 2000 and 2013, he served as the first appointed director of litigation at the US National Archives and Records Administration, and before that as a trial lawyer and senior counsel for a dozen years in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. In those capacities, Mr. Baron played a leading role in the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and acted as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email. He is a former outside director on ARMA International’s Board of Directors, and a former member of ARMA’s IGP certification board. He also has been chair of the D.C. Bar E-discovery & Information Governance committee, and currently serves as a member of the advisory board of the Georgetown Advanced Ediscovery Institute and the Cardozo Data Law Initiative. He is the lead editor of the book, Perspectives on Predictive Coding, And Other Advanced Search Techniques for the Legal Practitioner (2016), has written over 90 published articles on subjects related to e-discovery and information governance, has been an editor-in-chief of three Sedona Conference commentaries, and has made over 500 presentations worldwide.

In addition to awards during his time in public service from the Department of Justice, the Archivist of the U.S., and the National Security Council, Mr. Baron was the 2013 recipient the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer award, given by the Federal Bar Association, and the 2011 winner of the international Emmett Leahy Award for his career contributions in records and information management. He was prominently featured in the documentary The Decade of Discovery (2014), which tells the story of a government lawyer seeking a better way to search for White House email. The American Lawyer Magazine named him one of six “e-discovery trailblazers” in its 2013 issue devoted to “The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.”

In connection with electronic recordkeeping controversies, Mr. Baron has appeared on NBC News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and numerous other media outlets. He received his B.A., magna cum laude with honors, from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.