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AI Series – Part II: Soft Law, Ethics and Standards

November 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the ACEDS NY Metro Chapter for a panel discussion

This session will focus on ISO and IEEE standards/regulations for AI. It also intersects with concerns regarding racial justice and discrimination issues associated with technology, which highlights transparency/translucency issues also being addressed by standard-setting bodies.


Ignatius Grande, Director, Berkeley Research Group

Ignatius Grande is a Director at Berkeley Research Group. He has been advising clients on issues relating to electronic discovery, information management, and data privacy for more than 15 years. With his legal and technical expertise, Ignatius is able to bridge the gap that can exist between IT and legal/compliance personnel. Ignatius often works with companies to address complex information management issues, including the onboarding of new software and the implementation of advanced technologies. He has performed compliance risk assessments for corporations addressing information management practices and he regularly works with clients to implement or update corporate policies.

Ignatius is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to information governance, artificial intelligence, and data privacy. He is president of the New York Metro ACEDS Chapter and is the Vice Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section. Ignatius also teaches a course at St. John’s University School of Law. Ignatius has worked for two global law firms and has also served as in-house counsel for a global commodities trading company. He graduated from Yale College in 1996 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.


Meribeth Banaschik, Partner, Ernst & Young

As an American litigator and Solicitor of England & Wales with more than 14 years of professional experience, including ten years’ experience in Germany, Meribeth Banaschik is focused on analytics and applied technologies to isolate and address various risks facing modern global organizations, particularly legal risks.

She focuses on the measurement and quality imperatives that impact defensibility and acceptance of technology and technology-driven results in a legal/investigative context.

In addition to leading the German eDiscovery practice, she is also responsible within Forensics for GDPR compliance projects. She therefore has relevant project experience in establishing GDPR compliance teams in Germany and EMEIA.

After receiving her MBA and training as a lawyer in the USA, Meribeth worked as a litigator in the US, as in- house counsel at a German bank, and then moved back to private practice at a top German law firm, before moving to EY in March 2017.

Yohance Bowden, Attorney, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Yohance Bowden is an attorney at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority with a background in litigation. In addition to his administrative law practice, Yohance has significant experience leveraging emerging technologies for clients in the pharmaceutical and energy industries in products liability and environmental matters. His practice includes Freedom of Information law, litigation in federal and state courts, electronic discovery and information governance matters. Yohance has developed a particular expertise in cross-border discovery issues, including data protection in the European Union. He has worked extensively with international clients on litigations across the globe.

Cat Casey, Chief Innovation Officer, DISCO

Cat Casey is the Chief Innovation Officer for DISCO, the leading cloud-based AI-powered legal technology company, where she spearheads development and strategy for its advanced legal technology solutions. She is a frequent keynote speaker and outspoken advocate of legal professionals embracing technology to deliver better legal outcomes. Casey has over a decade and a half of experience assisting clients with complex ediscovery and forensic needs that arise from litigation, expansive regulation, and complex contractual relationships.

Before joining DISCO, Casey was the director of Global Practice Support for Gibson Dunn, based out of their New York office. She led a global team comprising experienced practitioners in the areas of electronic discovery, data privacy, and information governance. Prior to that, Casey was a leader in the Forensic Technology Practice for PwC. Prior to that Casey built out the antitrust forensic technology practice and served as the national subject matter expert on ediscovery for KPMG. Casey has an A.L.B. from Harvard University and attended Pepperdine School of Law.

James A. Sherer, Partner, BakerHostetler

James Sherer is a Partner in the New York office of BakerHostetler, where he co-leads the Emerging Technology team for the Digital Assets and Data Management group and leads Information Governance and Artificial Intelligence engagements. James also serves as the co-leader of The Sedona Conference® Working Group Eleven Drafting Team on Ethics in AI and Algorithmic Design and is part of the IEEE P2863 Organizational Governance of Artificial Intelligence Working Group. James’s work and scholarship focuses on litigation; discovery management processes; enterprise risk; records and information governance; data privacy, security, and bank secrecy; technology integration issues; artificial intelligence; social media and the Internet of Things, and related merger and acquisition diligence.

James holds an MBA, the CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP, and PLS data privacy professional credentials, the CIP and IGP information governance designations, the UCLA Extension Global Cyber Institute’s Cybersecurity Certification, and the CEDS and eDPC eDiscovery specialist credentials. James is U.S. and Global Chambers® Ranked for eDiscovery, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves as a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association eDiscovery Committee as well as the New York eDiscovery Counsel Roundtable. James serves as an elected board member for the New York Chapter of ACEDS, the Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, and the Michigan-based Cleveland Manor Community. He is admitted to practice in New York, Washington DC, and Michigan.