2018 Summit Agenda

Being The Change: The Power of Process
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Hilton Baltimore – Baltimore, MD

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Friday July 13, 2018

Opening Reception 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Bloomberg Law is once again our generous sponsor for the PLLIP Summit Opening Reception on Friday, July 13 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at Rusty Scupper, Inner Harbor.


Saturday July 14, 2018

7:00-8:30 am – Registration and continental breakfastgenerously sponsored by LEXISNEXIS

8:30-8:45 am – Welcome remarks:  Alicia Pappas and Christina McKennerney, 2018 Summit Co-chairs

8:45-9:45 am-  Keynote Address – Catherine MacDonagh, Lean Six Sigma Institute – generously sponsored by WOLTERS KLUWER

Catherine Alman MacDonagh will share how continuous improvement is transforming the legal profession and the people in it. She will explore how Lean, Six Sigma, and Project Management provide frameworks and tools for collaboration and innovation. Her thought-provoking discussion will challenge us to consider the current and potential opportunities for legal librarians and knowledge workers presented by this rapidly changing area. Drawing from case studies and personal experience, Catherine will share her thoughts on our roles, responsibilities, and how we can “be the change.”

9:45-10:00 am – Morning Break

10:00-11:50 am –  Lean Law Libraries – Shaunna Mireau, Canadian Association of Law Libraries

Librarians are always under pressure to do more with less while remaining deeply relevant to our stakeholders. How can we achieve “better, faster, AND cheaper” while maintaining high quality services? Shaunna Mireau will use the lens of Lean Six Sigma to examine how the library can build better, faster, and cheaper solutions that will also delight our clients.

11:50-1:15 Lunchgenerously sponsored by THOMSON REUTERS

1:15-2:30 pm – From Start to Finish: Getting Your Project Management Game On Panel session featuring Katherine Lowry, Director of Practice Services @ BakerHostetler; Megan Von Behren, Senior Research Services Manager @ Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Sandra Dunbar, Firm Librarian @ Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C.; Moderator: Elaine Egan, Director @ Cleary Gootlieb Steen & Hamilton.

All projects great and small have a start and a finish. But how do you get from the beginning to the end while measuring and demonstrating value to your stakeholders? Three law firm librarians will discuss how they formally navigated a recent project they undertook. Each panelist will explain their process (Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, Waterfall, or other) and how they applied it in their unique environment (from small to AmLaw 100 firms). They will address such topics as using a project budget, communicating with stakeholders, navigating issues that arise during the course of a project, and lessons learned. Attendees will receive a takeaway that will enable navigation of their own projects.

2:30-2:45 pm – Afternoon Break

2:45-4:15 pm – 2 Concurrent Breakout Sessions: attendees will attend 1 of 2 process improvement workshops

This afternoon program provides an opportunity for attendees to collaborate in a workshop setting. Participants will select a specific process that is of interest and then apply the concepts of tools of Lean Sigma to their process. The approach will be to gain an introduction to concepts and tools of process improvement, then engage in experiential learning so that participants have a chance to apply them in a context that is highly relevant and immediately useful.

The legal market continues to put pressure on firms to find ways to be more efficient and reduce costs, while maintaining quality. One such way is through Legal Project Management; but what is it and how can librarians use it to enhance the delivery of legal services? This interactive, hands-on session will provide an introduction to Legal Project Management and the critical role of law librarians in supporting its application in law firms and legal departments. Come with your thoughts and questions and leave with the tools and techniques to support a project management mindset at your firm.

4:15-5:00 pm –  Closing Reception

To register for the 2018 PLLIP Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page here. Note that the Summit is listed as a “Preconference Workshop.”