2012 Summit Agenda

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Boston, MA
Marriott Copley Place – Fourth Floor, Salon F

(Updated 7/10/2012)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Please join us for the PLL Summit Opening Reception on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  [Sponsored by Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA]

PLL Summit attendees and PLL members can enjoy this beautiful landmark located just a few blocks from the annual meeting hotels while visiting with colleagues and making new friends.

Please note that The Harvard Club of Boston maintains a business casual dress code defined as collared shirts for men, casual (but not denim) slacks, and non-athletic shoes.

RVSP by July 12 online at www.bna.com/pll-rsvp.  Contact Abigail Ellsworth Ross at ross@khlaw.com or 202-434-4148 with any questions.  We hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Registration [Breakfast sponsored by LexisNexis]

 8:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Welcome by Jean O’Grady & Joan Axelroth, Summit Co-Chairs

 8:10 – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote by Jordan Furlong, Partner, Edge International [Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business] (audio)

9:15–10:30 a.m.
Panel discussion:  20/20 Vision for Library Services
(Janice Henderson, Moderator) (audio)

What will library services be like in 2020?  How will your administration view library services?  And what could administration think library services will be in 2020?  What can librarians do now to plan for these services?  How can librarians get the support of administration for implementing new services in this new economy?  What technology will libraries have to plan for?  These and more questions will be answered during this extremely informative session.  The panelists are:

10:30–10:45 a.m.
Morning Break
[Sponsored by Priory Solutions Limited]

 10:45–12:00 a.m.
Panel discussion
The Evolving Role of the Law Librarian:  Partners’ Perspectives (Joan Jarosek, Moderator)

Change is the ongoing theme for the business of law, the law firm environment and law libraries.  As the “new normal” becomes more clearly defined, how will the role of law librarians change? How will law librarians continue to bring value to their organizations?  What will the librarians’ role be to advance their firms’ strategic objectives?  Our panel of law firm leaders will offer their views on how they see our roles transforming as these questions and others will be explored.  The panelists are:

12:00–1:30 p.m.
Speaker, Congressman Billy Long on How a Bill Becomes Law – In Real Life!
[Sponsored by Thomson Reuters]

Concurrent programs organized in four tracks:

Track #1:  Embracing the Changing Business of Law — Insights and Ideas for a Stronger
Tomorrow, Monice Kaczorowski, Coordinator
Track #2:  Proactively Managing Your Career: How To Build Your Professional Toolkit
Holly Riccio, Coordinator
Track #3:  Leveraging Technology for Better Services, Collaboration, and Organization
Stacy Hinkel, Coordinator; Ellyssa Kroski, Moderator
Track #4:  Tracking Through Technology: Is this ‘Walkabout’ a Want to See, or a Need to See?
Linda Will (bio) and Stacy Hinkel, Coordinators

 1:30-2:15 p.m.
      Choose one:
Track 1: Monsters Under the Bed and Overdue Library Books–What Keeps the “C Suite” Up at Night
Speaker: Paul R. Morton, Executive Director, Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston, MA (audio)

The rapid pace of change of the legal industry.  The globalization of the economy and the legal practice.  The increasing demands from clients and their concurrent desire to reduce legal spending.   Finding creative and profitable ways to provide services.   The increasing costs and re-pricing of services associated with the growth of large business partners.   Helping people find work-life balance.   Multi-generational challenges.  Finding and developing the future partners, leaders and managers of law firms.  How the current model of law firms will evolve and what will they look like in the future.  How does all of this affect what we, as professional managers, do every day to enable the attorneys to service and support their clients?

Hear an experienced Executive Director share the concerns that he and his peers have for the legal industry and how these issues affect how we do our jobs.

Track 2: Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
Speaker: Neil Stroul (slides) (audio)

No framework is as indispensable to aspiring leaders as Emotional Intelligence, or EQ. Leading and following resembles a dance between people in relationship. EQ is a user friendly, easy to understand model that will not only help you understand the building blocks of constructing effective relationships, but will also help you identify opportunities for development. This brief, fast moving session will serve as your introduction to this powerful leadership psychology tool.

Track 3: Social Media Collaboration for Law Firms
Speaker: Camille Reynolds, Fenwick and West (blogpost) (audio)

Social media technologies such as wikis, microblogging applications, and online productivity tools, are enabling us to get organized, collaborate, and communicate within the library. This session will explore how law libraries are utilizing these social media tools to increase efficiency, store digital assets, collaborate, interact, and share with fellow librarians and law firm staff.

Track 4: The Horseshoe, The Rabbit’s Foot, and 21st Century Eavesdropping
Speaker: Patrick Fuller, LawVision Group (audio)

Listening Platforms/Current Awareness…Are they worth our time?

 2:30-3:15 p.m.
      Choose one:
Track 1: Teaching the Business of Law and the value of Project Management
Speaker: William Henderson, Professor of Law and Van Nolen Faculty Fellow, Director, Center on the Global legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (bibliography) (audio)

Bill Henderson, professor of law at the Indiana University—Bloomington has spent his career analyzing the business side of the legal profession, which has earned him the reputation as a legal innovator, and according to the ABA Journal, a legal rebel. He really eats, breathes and sleeps such things as revenue-per-lawyer, associate satisfaction and lockstep partner compensation. Recognized as one of the foremost experts on the market trends affecting the business of law, Bill will share with Summit attendees what he sees as trends in the legal industry as we move towards a new business model.

Track 2: Releasing Your Inner Writer
Speaker: Jesse Katz, O’Melveny & Myers (slides) (audio)

Of all the tools in a professional’s toolkit, writing may be the most crucial–and elusive. Everyone is called on to write, whether it be an e-mail, memo, proposal, report, article, or blog post, yet few of us are writers. Pulitzer-winning journalist and O’Melveny & Myers editor Jesse Katz offers advice for cutting through the jargon and clutter that blight everyday discourse–for discovering our authentic voice and writing clearly, no matter the format or audience.

Track 3: Electronic Resources Management (ERM) in Law Firms
Speaker: Stacy Hinkel, DLA Piper (links) (audio)

As more and more libraries move to electronic formats to deliver articles, documents, and other digital assets to their patrons, Electronic Resources Management becomes more a part of the everyday business of libraries.  This panel will discuss the concepts behind ERM as more than an ILS tool but a philosophy or workflow process.

Track 4:  E-books: Is Collecting Vinyl Appropriate in the 21st Century? (audio)

Are the new apps of e-books truly necessary/helpful for modern day research or are they a throwback to albums, eight-tracks and CD ROMs?  A panel of vendor representatives will share their perspectives on this rapidly changing medium.


      Afternoon Break [Sponsored by Law360]

 3:30–4:15 p.m.
      Choose one:
Track 1: 2012 Mattern Survey on Trends in Cost recovery
Speaker: Rob Mattern, Mattern & Associates, Glen Mills, PA (bio) (slides) (audio)

Where does your Firm stand in the current state of cost recovery? Many have said cost recovery is dead – but is it really? Clients are on the offensive to reduce or eliminate soft costs as firms try to balance the expense of online services, copies and litigation support. The Mattern & Associates Cost Recovery Survey is considered by many to be the most comprehensive snapshot of cost recovery trends and practices in the legal field. Join Rob Mattern, principal of Mattern and Associates, for some insight on where firms are headed on this hot button issue.

Track 2: Battledecks, PLL-Style
Speaker: Roger Skalbeck, Georgetown University Law Library (audio)

Also known as PowerPoint Karaoke, Battledecks challenges volunteers to give coherent four minute presentations without any preparation based on a set of slides they have never seen before.  In addition to being a lot of fun, this presentation exercise is a great workout for anyone who teaches, presents or speaks as it requires fast thinking, strong speaking and improvisation.  The theme of this PLL version of Battledecks is 2020 Vision.  Battledecks is a friendly competition where everyone wins – do you have what it takes?
Track 3: Training Technologies (Evernote notebook)
Speakers: Sarah Stephens, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Cindy Chick, Latham & Watkins

In a time of ubiquitous computing, lawyers work everywhere.  How can libraries deliver training and educational opportunities to attorneys regardless of location?  This session will discuss options for creating on-demand training opportunities using new and emerging technologies such as e-books, Web conferencing applications, podcasting software, and more.

Track 4:  Owning the New Technologies
Speaker: Silvia Coulter, LawVision Group (audio)

Silvia Coulter is well versed in law firm dynamics, having been a former CMO at two AmLaw50 firms.  Prior to co-Founding LawVision Group, where she presently leads the firm’s Client Development and Strategic Growth Practice business, Silvia chaired the Client Development Practice at Hildebrandt International. Please join us as Silvia addresses how the new technologies fit in with today’s law librarian’s responsibilities, and how we communicate to the rest of the firm why it is so vital that the research department “own,” evolving applications? Libraries still provide traditional services.  Although the medium has changed, the message is the same.  At the end of the day, our responsibility is to provide the most cost efficient services to our clients (attorneys), so that they are empowered to provide the same to their clients;  the revenue source for the firm.

4:15-5:00 p.m.
      Wrap-up (audio)

The PLL Summit is $145 and the fee includes a reception Friday night, continental breakfast, lunch and a day full of exciting programming!  Register now.

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