Prior to the pandemic, there were countless articles written about how our world was growing ever more interconnected and global. Indeed, it is that very global nature of our world that has aided in the pandemic’s rapid spread across nearly all continents. At the same time, technology has played an outsized role in helping us remain connected to each other. One piece of technology that has done so is the cloud. I wanted to discuss the cloud a bit and illustrate how it has and will continue to play a big role in helping us all stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues.
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Kenny Robertson is head of Head of the Outsourcing, Technology & IP legal team at RBS.  He has led on some of the largest technology outsourcing projects in the UK and is additionally responsible for the bank’s roll out and adoption of legal technology.  He holds a Masters in IT & Telecommunications Law and regularly presents at legal conferences in the UK.  He is involved in a number of the bank’s legal outreach initiatives, and Chairs the Law Society of Scotland’s Wellbeing Committee.  At the 2019 Scottish Legal Awards, his team was named In-House Team of the Year, with Kenny named In-House Lawyer of the Year.

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Dan Currell is an experienced lawyer and management consultant, legal innovation leader, and currently serves as Senior Advisor within the Office of Finance and Operations at the U.S. Department of Education. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his background, his insights, and his views on the current state of legal tech.

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Peter is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer of Resolver Inc., a leading cloud-based, integrated risk management software company. As a member of the company’s executive team, he manages Resolver’s day to day global legal affairs by providing advice on corporate-commercial, M&A, employment, corporate finance, employment and privacy law. Prior to joining Resolver, he was Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a TSX-listed travel technology company and he has also served as in-house legal counsel to a variety of early stage and mature companies in the technology industry. He currently also serves as an advisor to two technology start-up companies. Peter started his career practicing corporate and technology law at Gowling WLG LLP and has also practiced at Dentons Canada LLP.

He is a frequent speaker on the topics of law department innovation, legaltech, cybersecurity and risk management. Peter is the founder of the GC Forum a networking group for GTA-based General Counsel that facilitates informal informative dialogue between GCs themselves and between GCs and law firms.

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I wanted to take a little time to share how my professional world has changed for me and how I am able to cope and carry on doing the things that I need to do and the things that I want to do. Life for all of us has drastically changed and we are now operating in a world apart from our friends and much of our extended family. Likewise, things have changed on the professional front as well. Our colleagues are also apart from us and we are working from our homes on a daily basis.

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Olga V. Mack is CEO of Parley Pro, a modern, (truly!) collaborative, and intuitive contract lifecycle management (CLM) platform that has pioneered online negotiation technology.She is also an award-winning general counsel, operations professional, startup advisor, public speaker, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur. Olga co-founded SunLaw, an organization dedicated to preparing female in-house attorneys to become general counsels and legal leaders, and WISE to help female law firm partners become rainmakers.

Olga is very passionate about disruptive technologies such as blockchain and AI. Olga served as Vice President of Strategy at Quantstamp (YC W18), the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform. Olga also co-authored Fundamentals of Smart Contract Security (Momentum Press, 2019) and authored Blockchain Business Models (Business Expert Press, 2020)

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Working as an amateur octogenarian futurist, Peter D. Lederer explores possible futures for the study and practice of law. The precursor for this was a career in the law spanning some seven decades. He studied law at the University of Chicago Law School and, for one year, at the University of Bern. He practiced for more than 40 years with Baker McKenzie, in this global law firm’s Chicago, New York and Zurich offices.

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