Announcing the 2018 PLLIP Summit Keynote Address

For the 2018 Summit Keynote, 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.”

We thank Wolters Kluwer for their generous support of this year’s keynote address.

For more information about the 2018 Summit, please visit our website here.

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.

Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD is the founder of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute and the developer of both Legal Lean Sigma® and the award winning Legal WorkOut®, a collaborative method for lawyers, business professionals, and clients to engage in process improvement together that has won multiple awards, including the 2018 Process Excellence Award for Best Business Transformation Process at the OPEX Week: Business Transformation World Summit.

A former corporate counsel and law firm executive, Catherine is a Legal Lean Sigma® Black Belt and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt who now teaches and provides training and consulting services with a focus on process improvement, project management, operational and process excellence, organizational development and strategy. She co-founded the Legal Lean Sigma Institute to provide consulting and the first and only process improvement and project management certifications, courses, and workshops designed specifically for the legal profession.

Catherine is an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School and George Washington University (Master’s in Law Firm Management) and a frequent guest lecturer at other academic institutions. She is the author of Lean Six Sigma for Law Firms and the co-author of The Woman Lawyer’s Rainmaking Game and The Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills. She is a contributing author to six books: Redefining Matter Management: A Best Practice Guide to Improving Processes and Profitability; The Lawyer’s Guide to Project Management; The Bigger Picture: Driving Client Value Through Collaboration; The Lawyer’s Guide to Process Improvement; and The Procurement Handbook.

Catherine’s full bio can be found here.


2017 PLLIP Summit – Opening Reception RSVP

The PLLIP-SIS is honored to announce that Bloomberg Law will be sponsoring the Opening Reception for the PLLIP Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology on Friday evening , July 14th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at The Market & Tap Room, 319 Colorado St. Built in 1902, The Market & Tap Room is a classic cocktail bar with a vintage feel in the heart of Austin’s Warehouse district. The venue is just a short walk from the Convention Center and conference hotel.

Please RSVP for this year’s Opening Reception by clicking here. For more information including the full agenda, please visit the Summit website.

Last Chance to Register for the PLLIP Summit!

There are only a couple of days remaining to register for the 2017 PLLIP Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Technology (July 15 in Austin). Space is limited, but seats are still available for those who register now. If you haven’t already made the decision to attend, don’t miss this window of opportunity to network with your PLLIP colleagues and be a part of the conversation during this highly focused one-day program. Registration costs $199 and includes access to a full day of exceptional programming designed to help you add value to your organization.  Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and the Friday evening opening reception are also included.

For more information including the full agenda and speaker bios, please visit the Summit website here. Advance registration at the AALL Annual Conference registration page is required. Don’t delay! Registration closes June 19!

Afternoon Session: The Librarian Speaks: Promoting a Technology Agenda

The Summit’s first afternoon session is a moderated panel discussion featuring three experienced and highly accomplished information professionals who work with their firm’s technology department on initiatives large and small.  The panelists – Gina Lynch, Paul Weiss; Mark Gediman, Best Best & Krieger; and Nancy Rine, Fried Frank – have one important thing in common, they all report to their firm’s CIO.  Attendees will hear how these three classically trained librarians are redefining their roles and innovating library services as members of their firm’s technology department to address the information needs of today’s law firms.

Attendees to this engaging program will learn from our panelists as they share the stories of their own career paths and describe the functions they manage. Attendees will receive practical advice and expert tips from library professionals responsible for a range of technology related processes.  This discussion should provide attendees with actionable takeaways they can use now in their own firms and insight into the evolving role of the law firm law librarian.  This panel discussion will be moderated by Margaret Bartlett, Information Resources Librarian at Locke Lord LLP.

You won’t want to miss this exciting and informative afternoon panel in the 2017 PLLIP Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology, so be sure to register by June 19th. Space is limited. To register for the Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page, where the Summit is listed as a Preconference workshop.

Gina Lynch
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.

Mark Gediman
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).

Nancy Rine
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
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.

PLLIP Summit Registration Still Open

Even if you’ve missed the early bird deadline for AALL Annual Meeting registration (or if you aren’t planning to attend the full meeting), you can still register for the 2017 PLLIP Summit: Navigating the Critical Nexus of Knowledge and Legal Technology.  Registration costs $199 and includes access to a full day of exceptional programming designed to help you add value to your organization.  Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and the Friday evening opening reception are also included. More information about the Summit is available on the 2017 Summit website, including the agenda, sessions, and speakers.

Register for the Summit (listed as a preconference workshop) on the AALL conference page. Don’t delay – Summit registration closes on June 19.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Register Now for the PLLIP Summit!

Just a reminder that “early bird” registration for the AALL Meeting & Conference in Austin is available through June 2. Most Summit attendees also go to the Annual Meeting, so if you haven’t registered yet, here’s your opportunity to save $100! More information about the Summit is available on the 2017 Summit website, including the agenda, sessions, and speakers. We’ll start the morning with a Keynote by Professor Gabriel Teninbaum that explores the legal innovation landscape, followed by Professor Dan Katz discussing how librarians can become more data-driven. In the afternoon, a panel discussion by law librarians will show how they are leveraging technology. Mary Abraham will wrap up the Summit with an interactive session on how to survive and even thrive during change.

Be sure to add the PLLIP Summit (listed as a preconference workshop) when you register on the AALL conference page. Note that registration for Summit, whether or not you’re attending the full conference, must be completed by June 19th, as space at our event is limited. If you have any questions about registration or the Summit in general, please feel free to contact our co-chairs Alicia Pappas and Jeremy Sullivan.

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 (, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Visit the 2017 Summit website for more information on the day’s sessions. To learn more about Mary Abraham 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.