2015 Summit Speakers


Keynote Speaker: Aric Press

Aric Press is one of the founding partners of Bernero & Press, a new advisory group that specializes in helping law firms with their strategy, client relationships, and planning. Until the end of 2014, he served as senior vice president, editor in chief of ALM, a role he began in November 2010. Before that he was editor in chief of The American Lawyer for a dozen years. Press joined ALM from Newsweek where he had been a writer and senior editor for 19 years.

At ALM, Press served as the company’s senior editorial officer. During his tenure at The American Lawyer, the magazine increased its frequency, broadened its reach, and developed a digital platform. The magazine also expanded its signature surveys to include a report on the finances of the Am Law Second Hundred and the Global 100, started a Diversity Scorecard, and created an influential A-List issue, which is credited with helping to encourage an increase in big firm pro bono activity.

A native of Cleveland, Press is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University Law School. He and his wife, who led an international public interest legal services organization in New York for a decade, live in Brooklyn where they raised three children.

Innovation Workshop led by Karl Ulrich

Karl T. Ulrich is Vice Dean of Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He is the co-author of Product Design and Development (5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011), a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide, and of Innovation Tournaments (Harvard Business Press, 2009). He is the winner of many teaching awards, including the Anvil Award, the Miller-Sherrerd Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at The Wharton School. At Penn, he co-founded the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Product Design Program, two institutions fostering innovation in the university community. In addition to his academic work, Professor Ulrich has led dozens of innovation efforts for medical devices, tools, computer peripherals, food products, web-based services, and sporting goods. As a result of this work, he holds more than 20 patents. Professor Ulrich is a founder of Terrapass Inc. which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005, and he is a designer of the Xootr scooter, which Business Week recognized as one of the 50 coolest products of the 21st Century. Professor Ulrich holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

View bio and C.V. at http://www.ktulrich.com/.

Innovation Showcase Speakers

  • Steven Lastres (Director, Knowledge Management Services, Debevoise & Plimpton) – DebIntel and DebMobile: In-house & On the Road: Real Time Current Awareness Dashboard and Research Anywhere
  • Christy MacKinnon (National Director, Library and Information Services, Bennett Jones) – Marketing, Library & Information Services, Knowledge Management, and Information Technology, Oh My! : Portal monitoring clients, market conditions and legislative changes
  • Mark Gediman (Director of Information Services, Best, Best & Krieger) – Help! I need somebody! 
  • Shannon Wilson (Technical Services Librarian, Ogletree Deakins) – Presto Chango: Automation using database tools
  • Cynthia Brown (Director, Research Services, Littler Mendelson) and Mark R. Torchiana (Co-founder, Courtroom Insight) – Stopping the All Attorney emails. A better way to get, keep, and find your attorneys’ opinions on expert witnesses, judges, arbitrators and more
  • Cameron Gowan (Library Services Manager, Jones Day) – The Development of Jones Day Same-Sex Relationship Guide

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