2019 Summit Agenda

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Summit X: The Path to 2030
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Marriott Marquis Ballroom Salon 6
Washington, DC


Friday July 12, 2019

Opening Reception 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Bloomberg Law is once again our generous sponsor for the PLLIP Summit Opening Reception on Friday, July 12 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the Eaton Hotel Rooftop.


Saturday July 13, 2019

7:30-8:30 am – Registration and continental breakfastgenerously sponsored by THOMSON REUTERS 

8:30-8:45 am – Welcome remarks:  Christina McKennerney and Christine Sellers Sullivan, 2019 Summit Co-chairs

8:45-9:45 am-  Keynote AddressJordan Furlong – generously sponsored by WOLTERS KLUWER

For the Summit X keynote, Jordan will discuss how the growing power and sophistication of legal intelligence will dovetail with and help to accelerate the transformation of law firms’ client services and business models. Future law firms, including those owned and managed by legal professionals other than lawyers, will evolve to meet demand for actionable business advice, data-driven legal predictions, competitive analytics, and industry-specific risk avoidance. The keynote will describe how law librarians, knowledge engineers, and data analysts will play key roles as law firms become manufacturers, refineries, and exporters of actionable legal intelligence.

9:45-10:00 am – Morning Break

10:00-12:00 pm –  Morning Panels

The first panel, Law Firm Leadership: Managing the Change, will focus on how law firms have responded to the sweeping changes in the legal industry over the last decade. Panelists will also reflect on the keynote speaker’s vision of how the delivery of legal services will be impacted by the rapidly changing environment in which we work. Marcia Burris, Director of Research and Knowledge Management at Nexsen Pruet, will lead a conversation with Sonia Menon, Chief Operating Officer at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Mark Langdon, Executive Director at Ballard Spahr LLP, and Scott Rechtschaffen, Chief Knowledge Office at Littler.

The second panel, Our Customers: The Evolving Use of Information Professionals, will discuss how broader legal industry trends play out in day to day interactions between information professionals and customers, and will share ideas on how we can help them push boundaries and position themselves successfully with their clients and in the legal marketplace in the coming decade. The participants in this panel are: Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie; Peter Alfano, Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs; and Julie Bozzell, Public Law and Policy Practice Manager at Akin Gump. Scott Bailey, Director of Research Services at Eversheds Sutherland will moderate.

12:00-1:00 pm – Lunchgenerously sponsored by LEXISNEXIS

1:00-4:00 pm – Design Challenge – Jeff Marple, Liberty Mutual

Our afternoon will be devoted to an interactive session focused on Design Thinking methodology. This hands-on session will be chock full of activities intended to crowdsource multiple problems to be solved and quickly converge on valuable solutions. Attendees will work individually and together to try and identify some of the biggest challenges faced in law libraries today and then, as a group, will attempt to begin solving those challenges. As the session wraps up each team will have an opportunity to present their solutions, providing a wealth of shared knowledge.  For an overview of a recent workshop Jeff facilitated that will have elements in common with our Design Challenge, you can check out this 5 minute read.

2:30 pm-2:45 pm – Afternoon Break

4:00-5:00 pm –  Closing and Cocktail Reception

To register for the 2019 PLLIP Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page here. Note that the Summit is listed as a “Preconference Workshop.”