Category Archives: Change

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Afternoon Session: Surviving – and Thriving – in a Period of Change

In the second afternoon session, Mary Abraham will discuss change management as it relates to law librarians. A question to ask yourself – are you a Change Guerilla or Change Guru? Change Guerillas work tactically to shape change from the middle. Change Gurus work strategically to lead change. Both approaches are useful (and sometimes necessary) when your law firm is undergoing change. In this interactive session, we will explore key methods used by change guerillas and gurus that can enable you to survive and even thrive in the midst of change.

More about 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.

Visit the 2017 Summit website for more information on the day’s sessions. To learn more about Professor Dan Katz and other Summit speakers, read the bios here.

To register for the 2017 PLLIP Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page.  Note that the Summit is listed as a Preconference Workshop.

Morning Session: Can Librarians Help Legal Organizations Become More Data Driven?

In the morning session, Professor Dan Katz will delve into data science, a growing field within the legal industry. As organizations within the legal industry attempt to become more data driven, the skills held by law librarians are well suited to help law firms, corporate legal departments, courts, and non-profits craft and execute a legal data strategy. After some introductory comments, the session will begin with a hands-on session where teams will help draft a legal data strategy in response to a specific vignette. After working through the specific scenario, Professor Katz will conclude with a general discussion of how to bootstrap a data strategy within your organization using a blend of experts, crowd-sourcing and algorithms.

More about Professor 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.

Visit the 2017 Summit website for more information on the day’s sessions. To learn more about Professor Dan Katz and other Summit speakers, read the bios here.

To register for the 2017 PLLIP Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page.  Note that the Summit is listed as a Preconference Workshop.

2017 PLLIP Summit Full Agenda

We are excited to announce the agenda for the 2017 PLLIP Summit on July 15! The Summit committee has worked hard to design programming for this day-long continuing education opportunity with a theme of Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology.  We’ll start the morning with a Keynote by Professor Gabriel Teninbaum of Suffolk Law School that will explore the legal innovation landscape and its impact on law librarians followed by a Q&A session to further delve into the topic.  After hearing about how firms are incorporating technology, Professor Dan Katz of Chicago-Kent School of Law will discuss how librarians can become more data-driven through a hands-on team activity of drafting a legal data strategy.

In the afternoon we will change gears slightly to show how technology is already being leveraged by our peers in a panel discussion about real life examples. Margaret Bartlett of Locke Lord, Mark Gediman of Best Best & Krieger, Gina Lynch of Paul Weiss, and Nancy Rine of Fried Frank will explore how working together with the IT department can promote both a library agenda and further the goals of the organization.  After being inspired to bring these changes back to your firm, we will join V. Mary Abraham of Columbia University for an interactive session on how to survive and even thrive in the midst of all these changes.

To see the full agenda and read more about it, please visit the 2017 PLLIP Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology website and register for the summit on the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting page (The Summit is listed as a Preconference Workshop.)

See y’all in Austin!

Announcing the 2017 PLLIP Summit Keynote Address

For the 2017 Summit Keynote, Professor Gabriel Teninbaum will explore the legal innovation landscape and describe how that is impacting (and will impact) law librarians. Hear how large and small law firms are incorporating technology, responding to client demands and feedback, and how AI and other technologies and trends continue to impact the competitive legal landscape.  Delve into the roles of librarians in innovation, efficiency initiatives, and development of potential new revenue streams. Professor Teninbaum will host a lively discussion at the end of the keynote presentation to respond to members’ specific questions. We thank Wolters-Kluwer for their generous support of this year’s keynote address.

More about Professor 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.

Summit Afternoon Session: Enhancing Research and Library Service Models

As the 2016 PLLIP Summit draws nearer, we are excited to provide additional detail about our afternoon sessions. As we have done in years past, we will be offering three unique sessions in the afternoon, each to be repeated twice, so attendees can select two of the three to learn from.

Enhancing Research and Library Service Models

Paul Meyer’s interactive morning session at the PLLIP Summit will introduce theory and practical methods for responding strategically to challenges and opportunities, to optimize the impact of library/information services within our organizations.   Building on concepts presented in the morning, Mr. Meyer will return for afternoon breakout sessions to facilitate discussions enabling participants to identify opportunities to move their departments forward with a plan of strategic alignment.  These sessions will provide opportunity to focus on strategy from an organizational perspective, through evaluating both external and internal trends, partnering with other administrative groups and communicating strategically.   No plan for change is free of obstacles, but in this session attendees will be able to visualize potential barriers to success and discover tactics to overcome them.   Attendees will then be better positioned to champion new services and initiatives designed to enhance the competitiveness of their organizations within the legal marketplace.

To learn more about Paul Meyer and other Summit speakers, read the bios here.  Register for the summit on the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting page here.

Summit Afternoon Session: Tactics for Strategic Partnerships and Building Institutional Knowledge

As the 2016 PLLIP Summit draws nearer, we are excited to provide additional detail about our afternoon sessions. As we have done in years past, we will be offering three unique sessions in the afternoon, each to be repeated twice, so attendees can select two of the three to learn from.

Tactics for Strategic Partnerships and Building Institutional Knowledge

Is information spread out throughout your organization like bits and pieces of a puzzle? What would happen if you gathered all those pieces together? Perhaps you’d recognize something about your firm or business you didn’t know before – that’s intelligence. Maybe you could share up-to-date information with several groups at once – that’s process improvement.

What can you do to create intelligence or improve process in your organization? How about strategic partnering with other departments to share information?

This program will provide attendees the tools needed to identify information gaps within an organization and will reveal ways to develop partnerships as a means of leveraging relationships, creating new opportunities, and reaping the benefits of institutional knowledge.

A moderated panel of your peers will share real life examples of how they collaborated with other departments and shared resources to create or improve services, knowledge, and intelligence within their organizations. Examples will range from simple steps to improve workflow to conducting a full scale information audit to increase firm-wide opportunities and visibility.

The panel:

  • Moderator – Elaine Egan, Head of Research & Information Services – Americas for Shearman & Sterling LLP.
  • Panelist – Connie Crosby, Owner, Crosby Group Consulting and currently in charge of Knowledge & Library Services for Houser, Henry & Syron LLP
  • Panelist – Marlene Gebauer, Director of Knowledge Solutions for Greenberg Traurig
  • Panelist – Chris Laut, Director of Law Libraries and Knowledge Services for Liberty Mutual Insurance

Register for the summit on the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting page here.

Summit Afternoon Session: Securing Buy-In Through Strategic Communication

As the 2016 PLLIP Summit draws nearer, we are excited to provide additional detail about our afternoon sessions. As we have done in years past, we will be offering three unique sessions in the afternoon, each to be repeated twice, so attendees can select two of the three to learn from.

Securing Buy-In Through Strategic Communication

Do you ever feel like people outside of your department don’t understand what you do all day? Have you tried, and failed, to increase your involvement in organizational initiatives? Discovered that another department is positioning itself as the go-to resource in your areas of expertise, like competitive intelligence?

If you’d like a seat at the table, you’ll need to obtain buy-in from the decision-makers in your organization. To do that, you need to appeal to their emotions in addition to presenting rational arguments. In other words, you must convince them. Promote your value. Sell it.

For many information professionals, the thought of being a “salesperson” is foreign, uncomfortable, and perhaps even terrifying. This session will remove the fear and negative connotations surrounding the sales process and replace them with actionable steps for effectively and consistently communicating YOUR VALUE and IDEAS to others.

Specifically, you will:

  • Learn tangible, concrete methods for building relationships that increase your influence and change perceptions about you
  • Shift from “presenting” ideas to “selling” them, using a repeatable and actionable framework to get buy-in
  • Learn how to get to “yes” by overcoming objections, negative perceptions, and other obstacles

To learn more about the speaker for this session, Megan Wilroy, and other Summit speakers, read the bios here.  Register for the summit on the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting page here.