March 30, 2018
Da Band
Mark your calendars for April 6th because The Band is Getting Back Together!  Pictured above at the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale MS, after last years record breaking gig at the Ole Miss School of Law, from left to right it’s Craig Bayer, President of Optiable and speaker extraordinaire , who has the gift of turning the confusing area of legal tech completely upside down so a ten-year-old could understand it, technology expert Craig Ball, board-certified Texas trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert,  Ernie “the Attorney” Svenson, a well-known tech speaker who focuses on helping other lawyers in small firms learn how to leverage technology to boost profits, cut overhead, and outmatch big firm lawyers and finally, Tom O’Connor, Director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center and a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the area of computerized litigation support systems.
All four arrive in Gulfport, MS on April 6th to share nearly 140 years of combined knowledge about the latest and greatest in legal technology for your practice! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see four of the best national speakers as they take the stage at the Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront by Marriot.
Get all the details here ( and sign up today!  Free band sunglasses to the first 10 attendees!!

All Aboard the Tech Train to Chicago for the ABA TechShow

March 5, 2018



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Yup, it’s that time again.  Tomorrow Gayle and I will be boarding The City of New Orleans to meander up to The City of the Big Shoulders   …. I’m telling you that you haven’t seen ‘Merica till you’ve seen Carbondale IL at 3AM …. for the ABATECHSHOW 2018   Here’s some of the highlights:

  • A new venue this year will be the Hyatt Regency Chicago, back on the riverfront close to the Miracle Mile, the Billy Goat Tavern and the Chicago Law Bulletin, home of my ole buddy Dave Glynn
  • The opening reception will be Wednesday night at 6PM in the Expo Hall where you can also get a look at this years Start Up Alley of innovative new software venrures.
  • I’ll be speaking on two sessions:
    • First is E-Discovery for the Rest of Us on Thurs at 2PM with Brett Burney and my old friend Judge John Facciola. This is gonna be fun so get there early for a seat.
    • Then on Saturday at 8AM I’ll be joining Atty. Megan Zavieh for Your Law Firm Ethics Checklist. That one is going to be fun as well but at 8AM on Sat morning well you’re just gonna have to take my word for it!\\
  • Then on Friday night, Brett Burney and I will be hosting a Taste of TECHSHOW dinner at Piccolo Sogno called Pass The ESi Please, in honor of our session. Sign up to dine with us, or any of the other faculty members hosting a dinner, at
  • Finally, for anyone who is a Friend of Bill W and needs a little serenity during the show, I’ll be chairing a 12 Step meeting on Thursday and Friday mornings at 7AM in Grand Suite 3. These will be open meetings on any recovery topic so come by and share your experience, strength and hope.


What To Do In New Orleans

January 11, 2018

Here’s the popular list of great places to go in New Orleans compiled by my buddy Craig Bayer of Optiable  ( I don’t know what it means either) … I vouch for pretty much most of them.


I usually get asked by friends where to go when visiting New Orleans. The easiest thing to do was to break New Orleans into sections and list my favorite places in each area. If you show this list to a local, they will probably call me an idiot and complain that I left off “insert pretentious restaurant”.  New Orleanians are very passionate of their restaurant and bars, which is why we have some many great places.

French Quarter:  Tourist Trap,however there are some great places.Try to get out before 10 pm.

La Fitte’s Blacksmith Shop/ Bar -Oldest Bar in the United States. Lit by candles, except theJukebox and Daiquiri Machine, just like the 1800s.

Sylvain(Food) My favorite place to eat in the quarter. They take reservations, and I would make one, because they fill up fast.

Old Absinthe House(Bar)-Get a Sazerac, you can attribute 75% of your next day hang over to it.

Coops(Food) Hole in wall atmosphere: Crab Claws are amazing as well as the fried chicken and Jambalaya. They used to have a Cat that lived in the Bar, but I think it died. It had no tail.   (Editors note: Craig is probably referring to Mr. Wu, who actually resided next door at Mollys which shares a common rear service entrance .. see a pic at this link Mr Wu )

Molly’s at the Market(Bar) –Next to Coops, best Bloody Mary in New Orleans, the secret is a splash of Guinness.  The irish coffee slushie is also a must.

Stanley-My favorite breakfast place in the Quarter.
Bar Tonique(Bar)-If you’re a mixologist go here.Take a Cab or Uber there and back, don’t walk. Also, if you refer to yourself as a mixologist, you’re a moron.

Monteleone Hotel Carousel Bar  -The bar moves in a circle,  so if you can get drunk enough, it will start saying in one place.

Krystal Burger(food) -Free T-Bags, open 24 hours.  (Editors Note: this refers to a local legendary post Bama LSU football game incident: see story here at Tbag

CBD  Central Business District(This is Poydras St., Canal, and the Superdome Area)

Dragos(Food) –Charbroiled Oysters,get a dozen as the main meal and don’t share.
Emeril’sDelmonico(Food)–My Favorite overall Nola Restaurant.
Couchon(Food) -High ClassBarbecue.James Beard Finalist Chef.
Peche(Food) -Owned by Donald Link, who also owns Couchon, might be one of the best seafood places in nola. And it just won James Beard award for best new restaurant and new Chef.
The Rusty Nail -Local Watering Hole.

Frenchmen Street / Marigny / Bywater
If you want Jazz, live here.It’s the hipster version of Bourbon Street. This is where the locals go at night.  (Editors Note: actually all sorts of music all night long these days)
Blue Nile(Music)-Jazz Club
The Spotted Cat(Music) -Jazz Club
dba–(Music) Music Club. Try to sit in the fish bowl in the front. Great people watching.
Bacchanal-(Wine Bar) If you like wine,go here.
Port of Call (Food)-This really on the end of quarter, great burger place that comes with a full baked potato. Get a Monsoon, but be warned, it is a really strong drink. There is always a line.

Mid –City
Down Canal Street near City Park and the Fair Grounds (Jazz Fest)

Liuzzuas by the Track-(Food) –Best Gumbo in New Orleans. Near the track. (Editors note: “the track” refers to the NO Fairgrounds and Slots which is the home of JazzFest but better known as the ‘hood of Tom O )

Mandina’s–(Food)Get the Turtle Soup.
New Orleans Fair Grounds (Horses)-You need a collared shirt. Try to come on a weekend where they are racing Camels. This is also where Jazz Fest happens.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern (Food)-Another famous po-boy place, even POTUS has eaten here.
Ralph’s on the Park (Food) -High end dining located across from City Park.

Garden District
From the CBD to Audubon Park,take the Street Car, it’s worth it. Upper and Lower Garden District
St. Joes Bar (Bar) –Best Mojito in Nola.
Patois(food) -Upscale restaurant in the heart of the Lower Garden District. Great food, great people. Ask for a Ladle and they will hook you up.
Domilie’s Poboy and Bar(food) -Another great po-boy place
Boulingy Tavern(food) -This is next to Lilette (which is a great restaurant) and shares the kitchen. Food and drinks are top notch.

Irish Channel
Between the Garden District and the CBD.I used to live on First and Magazine for a couple of years.
Commander’s Palace(Food)-Classy Restaurant.A wonder dining experience. 25cent Martinis during lunch.
Tracey’s(food) -It is the old Parasols, even though the old Parasol is still around. After a couple of drinks, this will make sense. This is my hangout, best Roast Beef Po-Boy in the World.
The Bulldog(bar) -Best Beer selection in New Orleans. Like most Nola bars extremely Dog Friendly.
Joey K’s (food) -Great restaurant on Magazine Street, has that home cooking feel, everything here is wonderful.
Freret St
This is place was dead when I went to college, but now is pretty hopping.
The Company Burger (Food)-might be the best burger place in Nola.
High Hat Café (food) -This place resembles an old school diner you would see in small town Louisiana and the food is top notch.

Chalmette Battlefield-Last major battle of the war of 1812, which was fought after the War was over, cause in New Orleans, we are so far behind, where ahead. Take the Creole Queen from Jackson Brewery. Make sure you buy the buffet with your ticket. The food is crap but they have a keg of Abita Purple Haze. You get a great trip down the Mississippi and about an hour or two to view the battlefield.
The National World War II Museum-I used to work here, its world class. Watch the video in the Forbes Theatre, it’s worth it. It will probably take you the whole day, have lunch at The American Sector.
St. Charles Street Car -For $1.25 each way you will get a great view on New Orleans.
Moscas-This is an ItalianRestaurantout in Avondale, which is about 45 mins from New Orleans. This was the hangout of mobsterCarlos Marcello.
Jean LaFitte National park-This is also a 45 minute drive out of New Orleans. I had a friend visiting from Australia who wanted to do something besides drinking. I am amazed no one dies here, you walk in a swamp and regularly run into Alligators and all sorts of snakes. It takes about 2-3 hours and is worth it.

New Orleans is a wonderful place but it is also very dangerous. I have had multiple friends mugged, robbed, and pistolwhippedin the French Quarter. Don’t go to an ATM at night, these are usually staked out, travel in packs, take an Uber and be careful.

Tom’s Additional Recommnedations

Dooky Chase’s ……     Best creole cuisine in town and a legendary secret meeting place of civil rights groups in the 60’s

The Mother In Law Lounge  …     too much musical legend for one sentence

The Ruby Slipper   local chain started after The Storm

Lil Dizzys Cafe      authentic NOLA soul food breakfast




Tom O’Connor Speaking at the San Diego ESI Forum On Dec. 14th

December 8, 2017



Friends and Colleagues,

Here’s a link to the flyer for the December MCLE event in our 2017 series. We are honored once again to present Tom O’Connor, the nationally-known authority on issues that we all face. He’s even been accused of being a “thought leader”! He publishes regularly on his blog “Techno Gumbo” and tweets from @GulfLTC.

The topic of his presentation evidences the breadth and value of his comments and opinions.

Please forward a copy of this flyer to anyone else who might be interested.

If you still need to sign up on the Forum’s webpage, please go to and enter your email in the MCLE box. While you are there, check the list of forthcoming programs and calendar their dates.

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Please join us for another excellent and timely presentation. Free and informative, as always.




William N. Kammer| Solomon Ward | 401 B Street, Suite 1200 | San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619.238.4809 | Fax: 619.615.7909 |

Tom O’Connor Joins Craig Ball, Ralph Losey, Maura Grossman and Judge Peck Speaking On EDiscovery Day

November 30, 2017

OK, I’m joining all of them in much the same way NBA player Al Attles used to say “I once combined with Wilt Chamberlain for 117 points in a game.”  On March 2, 1962, Wilt scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks, still the NBA single game scoring record.  Al scored 17.

Likewise, I will be speaking tomorrow, Friday December 1,  on eDiscovery Day. But only in the same arena with those other speakers not actually WITH them.

EDiscovery Day is a profession-wide event exploring issues around electronic discovery. Sponsored by Exterro,  it involves some live events and a number of webinars throughout the day covering issues across the eDiscovery spectrum.  This year is the third annual event and in case you wondered if people are taking it seriously, here is the reaction from E-Discovery Day Panelist, Blogger and Craig Ball, “To me, every day is E-Discovery Day; but, now the world will know when to hang the e-discovery stockings and serve the e-discovery wassail!” (E-Discovery Leaders Look to Methodology, Not AI, To Update Toolkits )

Perhaps his fellow Attorney, Blogger and E-Discovery Day Panelist, Ralph Losey, said it better in the same article when he noted “It is important to remind all attorneys of the significance of electronic discovery and the timely preservation of electronic evidence. Almost all documents today are electronic, and if relevant, will be part of any litigation. Lawyers and Law Departments need to master this subject to adequately represent their clients. This means constant education, which this program should assist.”

To that end, E-Discovery Day will include seven different webcasts covering topics ranging from e-discovery case law, social media, and FRCP revisions. Many of the scheduled webcasts offer CLE credit. Webcast speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, including two judges, multiple attorneys, and many influencers in the e-discovery industry.  And me.

Full details on each webinar topic and speaker information can be found at the following site: .  The two I am speaking on are Authentication of Social Media Evidence: A New Twist on the Old Rules with Gayle O’Connor, Marketing Manager of sponsor Social Evidence  ( ) at noon Eastern time and then at 1PM Eastern time Murphy’s eDiscovery Law: How to Keep What Could Go Wrong From Going Wrong with Doug Austin, VP of Operations & Professional Services at sponsor Cloudnine  ( )

In addition, there are two sessions I highly recommend for their compelling content. The first is at 3PM Eastern and features Judge Andrew Peck speaking on a subject that is near and dear to him, Is it Malpractice Not to Get a FRE 502(d) Order? Judge Peck brought this up at Relativity Fest in the Beer and Basics session when his informal survey of the attendees disclosed only a handful who were even aware of this option.  I can’t recommend this session enough for people who aren’t using FRE 502(d).

And the very last session of the day features three of my favorite speakers.  Mary Mack, the Executive Director of ACEDS will be joined at 5:30 Eastern time by Bill Hamilton, the Executive Director of the U of Florida Law Ediscovery Project and last but certainly not least Judge John Facciola (Ret) to discuss Top 5 E-Discovery Process Improvements Legal Needs to Make (But haven’t made yet…). These three will have observations that are both cogent and well expressed and I can’t say enough about the value this panel should provide.

So there you have it.  All day, all free education about ediscovery by some of the top thinkers in the field, on subjects that are as practical as they are educational.  Make some time to listen to some of these sessions and you’ll come away with some great tips for improving your ediscovery


November 1, 2017


Software giant Relativity held their annual user conference this week in Chicago at The Hilton Chicago.  A total of 1,934 attendees at Relativity Fest ’17 broke down into 148 attorneys, 1,003 litigation support staff, 232 IT & security people, 224 executives, 135 sales and marketing staff, 80 paralegals, 58 developers, 31 academics and 19 members of the press.

A legal track of 11 sessions was organized by David Horrigan, ‎E-Discovery Counsel and Legal Content Director at Relativity and those sessions ranged from a judicial panel to discussions of the Internet of Things and Social Media.  They were all well attended save one.

On Monday afternoon, David moderated a panel called The Future of Pro Bono and Public Service for the Legal Community. The speakers were Monica Bay, a fellow at CodeX: THe Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and James Sandman, the Director of the Legal Services Corporation.  Mr. Sandman gave the best speech on the current state of our profession that I have ever heard.

Mr. Sandman is not a LSC veteran. He has been with them since 2011 and before that practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years, serving as the firm’s managing partner for a decade. He was named one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by the Legal Times in 2008 and The University of Pennsylvania Law School has honored him with its Alumni Award of Merit and its Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award.   He understands the law and lawyers.

He began his talk by discussing what he called “.. the invisible issue in American society”, the underrepresentation of people in civil litigation.  Consider, he said that 15% of Americans live below poverty level and are thus dependent on legal aid for their representation.  Yet 2/3 of all people appearing in a domestic case in the US have no attorney.  And in housing court cases, 90% of tenants appear with no attorney.

Why is this?  Certainly low funding and program concentration in urban areas are issues , but Mr. Sandman set out what he said were ten key barriers to adoption of more pro bono and public service opportunities. They are:

  1. Lawyers administer the system: a self-governing system is rarely innovative
  2. 50 different state authorities decentralizes any attempt to standardize
  3. Insufficient capital, both public and private
  4. Continued reliance on the billable hour
  5. Law firm partnership structure based on billing hours
  6. Malpractice insurance carrier hesitations about nontraditional activity
  7. A legal system based on precedent not forward-looking decision making
  8. A legal education based on outmoded training concepts
  9. A system based on lawyers doing case by case evaluations
  10. The fact that lawyers are predominantly risk averse

Now Mr. Sandman felt that these barriers were not insurmountable and stated that efforts by agents of change such as court administrators and client groups could have enormous influence. And academia could help, he said, by training lawyers to think like clients and not medieval lawyers.

Unfortunately, his message was not heard by most of the 2000 attendees. Unlike other sessions which had overflowing rooms, this session drew 10 attendees. Which, as I noted in a tweet from the session, said everything about the main reason we have an access to justice issue.  It’s not technology, it’s indifference.

Should Litigators Think Like Investigators When Using Technology?

September 29, 2017

Tom O’Connor chats with Jo Sherman, Founder and CEO of legal software company EDT, about the best strategies for attorneys using technology. Listen to the entire conversation on the EDiscovery Channel, now available at