Keynote Speaker: Professor Gabriel Teninbaum
Prof. Gabriel Teninbaum began his legal career by attending law school at night while serving in the U.S. Secret Service. After graduating from Suffolk Law, he had a two-year stint as a trial attorney at a Boston firm before joining the full-time faculty at Suffolk University Law School in 2007. Gabe currently serves as Director of Suffolk Law’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation, and Director of the Law Practice Technology Concentration at Suffolk, teaching classes such as “Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines” and “Coding for Lawyers and 21st Century Legal Profession.” Gabe also puts theory into practice, having built SpacedRepetition.com, an app that harnesses scientific research to allow law students and bar preppers to learn far more in far less time. In addition, he participates in the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s Web/Tech Working Group. He was named one of the 2016 FastCase 50, and currently is a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Professor Teninbaum’s full bio is available here.
Morning Session: Can Librarians Help Legal Organizations Become More Data Driven? – Professor Daniel Katz
Professor Dan Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law. He is actively involved in the legal technology industry – he is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a Legal Analytics company). Professor Katz joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law. He earned a spot on the Fastcase 50 and was named to the American Bar Association Journal’s Legal Rebels in 2013, both recognizing him as a leading innovator in the legal profession. Professor Katz’s full bio is available here.
Afternoon Session: The Librarian Speaks: Promoting a Technology Agenda
Mark Gediman is the Director of Research Services for Best Best & Krieger, LLP and has been with BB&K since 2000, managing the research needs of more than 200 attorneys and paralegals in nine offices from DC to California. He has over 25 years of experience in law library management and 10 years in records management. Mark writes regularly on Competitive Intelligence, research and library management issues and presents frequently for AALL and the Inland Counties Association of Paralegals as well as for SCALL, NoCALL, ACI and HALL. He has authored Chapter 8 of Business Intelligence for Law Firms (Ark-2012) and articles in AALL Spectrum, Practicing Law Management Week, Paralegal Today and Facts & Findings-The Magazine of the National Assoc. of Legal Assistants (NALA).
Gina Lynch has over 25 years’ experience leading knowledge initiatives and providing lawyers, management and other law firm personnel with business and legal information solutions. She directs high performing research, competitive intelligence and knowledge management teams producing nuanced and highly curated informational assistance, generating actionable intelligence and insights as well as providing enterprise search solutions, knowledge sharing platforms and tools that drive workplace efficiencies. Partnering with firm management, business development and practice group leaders, she delivers best-in-breed knowledge solutions that advance firm strategic initiatives.
Nancy Rine is the Director of Research Services & Conflicts for Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP. She joined the firm in 1996; and in 2004, she assumed responsibility for a newly created Conflicts department, which now includes new business intake. She currently has oversight of Records Services and most recently the IT Help Desk. In her technology role she primarily supports the testing, promotion, deployment, and adoption of desktop applications, and managing user support services.
Margaret Bartlett is the Information Resources Librarian at Locke Lord LLP in Houston. Prior to joining Locke, she was a Law Librarian at the Government Accountability Office and a Librarian at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC. She received an MLIS from Rutgers University and a B.A. in English from Baylor University. Margaret is an active member of HALL (Houston Area Law Librarians). She is currently on the Board as Treasurer, and has also served as President and Chair of the Government Relations Committee. Before moving to Houston, Margaret served as a Board Member of LLSDC (Law Librarians’ Society of DC) and President of LLSDC’s PLL-SIS, and was selected as a member of AALL’s 2014 Leadership Academy. She co-authored a series of articles on public records research discussing the merits and pitfalls of both free and paid resources that was published in the Texas Lawyer.
Afternoon Session: Surviving – and Thriving – in a Period of Change – V. Mary Abraham
V. Mary Abraham is a law firm consultant and knowledge management thought leader who has also built a practice facilitating strategic conversations and interactive educational sessions for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Active in the legal industry since 1991, she is a frequent speaker and writer on knowledge management, collaboration, innovation, and technology issues. Since 2013 she has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy where she teaches collaboration, facilitation, social capital, innovation, and knowledge sharing. Her report, Optimizing Law Firm Support Functions (Ark Group, 2014), provides guidance to law firm executives on how to transform administrative staff from cost centers to strategic partners of the firm. She also contributed chapters to Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results (Ark Group, 2014) and The Talent Management Toolkit for Law Firms (Ark Group, 2016). You can follow Mary on her blog (AboveandBeyondKM.com), Twitter and LinkedIn.