Marc Lauritsen is president of Capstone Practice Systems. Capstone advises, trains, and builds systems for top law firms and departments, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Marc has served as a poverty lawyer, taught in and directed the clinical program at Harvard Law School, done path-breaking work on document automation and artificial intelligence, and been an executive in several startups. He’s a leader in international law and technology organizations, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and past co-chair of the American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force.
I had the honor of speaking with Joshua Walker. Joshua Walker is the author of “On Legal AI”, perhaps the first systematic and practical treatment of this topic. With over 20 years of experience in this and allied fields, as well as over 17 as an IP attorney, he is seeking to deploy the next next generation of advanced legal solutions. Walker is a co-founder of CodeX, as well as Lex Machina. For the latter, he led the successful spin off from Stanford Law School, serving as CEO and Chief Legal Architect. Currently, he is the Chief Product Officer for a large risk management company. All thoughts herein are his own and not those of any particular party.
In her role as Evangelist at Litera Microsystems, Alma Asay is a legal technology expert and trusted advisor to Litera clients, helping them to bring innovative ways of thinking and practice to life.
Before joining Litera, Alma was the Chief Innovation Officer, Legal Solutions, at Integreon Discovery Solutions, a leading global provider of alternative legal services. Alma joined Integreon as part of its acquisition of her litigation management software business, Allegory, where she was Founder and CEO. Allegory is a platform offered in the cloud and on-premise that automates everyday litigation tasks and connects the people, facts, and evidence that litigation teams need to build their winning story in a central, secure place. Allegory is used by Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 100 law firms, and top litigation boutiques, including firms in both Vault’s “Top 10 Law Firms” and “Best Litigation Boutique Law Firms.”
Alma began her career as a litigation attorney at Gibson Dunn, where she worked on high-profile litigations for big entertainment companies, including NBC Universal, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and Cablevision.
Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Mark Yacano has guided a wide range of law departments on both legal and business strategy. As a law firm leader, a practitioner and a strategic advisor, he has worked with clients to reduce their legal exposure, control their expenses and streamline their operations.
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. Continue Reading The Cloud
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.
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.
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.
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.
As I’ve been working from home these past few weeks, I’ve given some thought to what it means to innovate and how one key element can often make innovating successful.