Register Now for 2018 PLLIP Summit!

We are happy to announce the agenda for the 2018 PLLIP Summit on July 14! The Summit committee has worked hard to design a day of programming that embraces our theme of Being The Change: The Power of Process.  While many of the sessions and speakers have already been announced, we’d like to take the opportunity to share the flow of the agenda throughout the day.

Our Keynote speaker, Catherine Alman MacDonagh of Lean Six Sigma Institute, will start the Summit with a thought-provoking discussion on how Lean Six Sigma and project management can provide a framework when considering current and potential opportunities at your firm.  Leaning into this initial inspiration, our morning will continue with Shaunna Mireau of Field Law showing attendees how to utilize the concepts of Lean Six Sigma to cross-pollinate library and management skills, increase the relevance of the library to the firm, and provide internal and external clients with efficient and effective service.

In the afternoon we will begin with a panel discussion of real examples from our peers implementing project management processes within their departments. PLLIP President Elaine Egan of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton will moderate the discussion of Katherine Lowry of BakerHostetler, Megan Von Behren of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Sandra Dunbar of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., as they delve into topics such as using a project budget, communicating with stakeholders, navigating issues that arise during the course of a project, and lessons learned.  From there we’ll provide you with two workshop options: Legal Project Management and Process Improvement.  Both deep dive sessions will include interactive demonstrations of specific processes that can be implemented post-conference.

Finally, a new addition to the agenda this year is a closing cocktail reception! We hope this will allow for all attendees to reconvene and network while discussing the day’s extensive programming.

Reminder: “early bird” registration for the AALL Meeting & Conference in Baltimore is available through June 1st! Most Summit attendees also go to the Annual Meeting, so if you haven’t registered yet, here’s your opportunity to save $100!

To see the full Summit agenda and read more about it, please visit the 2018 PLLIP Summit: Being The Change: The Power of Process website and register for the summit on the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting page (The Summit is listed as a Preconference Workshop.)

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Afternoon Session: Two Concurrent Sessions on Process Improvement

Attendees will have the option to go to one of the two concurrent sessions:

The Power of Process in Action: Applying Process Improvement Concepts and Tools – Catherine MacDonagh, Lean Six Sigma
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.

Catherine MacDonagh
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.

Legal Project Management: Enhancing Delivery of Legal Services – Leslie Brown, Hogan Lovells
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.

Leslie Brown
Leslie F. Brown is the Hogan Lovells Head of Legal Project Management for the Americas. She is an experienced Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management professional with a background in patent and complex litigation, and technology transactions. She is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.  In addition to her role as Head of Legal Project Management at Hogan Lovells, Ms. Brown is a creator and an adjunct instructor for the Advanced Diploma program in Legal Project Management at NYU School of Professional Studies and is a frequent speaker on legal project management.

Afternoon Session: From Start to Finish: Getting Your Project Management Game On

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. Come learn how to manage a project from start to finish!

This panel discussion will be moderated by Elaine Egan, Chair of the PLLIP-SIS Executive Board.

You won’t want to miss this informative afternoon panel happening at the 2018 PLLIP Summit: The Power of Process, so be sure to register by June 18th. Space is limited. To register for the Summit, please visit the AALL Annual Conference page, where the Summit is listed as a Preconference workshop.

Panelists

Katherine Lowry, BakerHostetler
As Director of Practice Services, Katherine reports to the CIO and provides strategic leadership and governance of the firm’s information technology deliverables and services to five core practice areas. While her role oversees knowledge management, training and integration of business applications, business process improvement solutions, and the delivery of information and research services, it also includes management of the newest legal innovation group, IncuBaker, focused on the integration of three major advancements: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Analytics. Katherine obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stetson University and her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Megan Von Behren, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Megan Von Behren is the Senior Research Services Manager at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City, where she has also served in roles such as Technical Services Librarian and Interim Help Desk Manager.  She received her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification in April of 2017.

Sandra Dunbar, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C.
Sandra Dunbar is Firm Librarian for Heyl Royster Voelker and Allen. Sandy has been with Heyl Royster for 12 plus years. During that time she managed the move and downsizing of all five of the firm’s libraries; four of those moves were office relocations. More recently the firm has opened new offices in Chicago and St. Louis, with the expectation of largely electronic resources. Sandy is a graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and an M.L.I.S. graduate of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

Moderator
Elaine Egan, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Elaine M. Egan is Director, Global Library and Information Services for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Elaine is the current PLLIP Chair and is an active member of AALL and LLAGNY having served as Past President and Board member. She received her MLS and undergraduate degree from St. John’s University. As a moderator, speaker and panelist, Elaine has collaborated with PLLIP members on topics at the forefront of knowledge management, law firm strategy, user engagement and industry trends. Elaine can be reached through LinkedIn.

Morning Session: Lean 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.

Shaunna will share how leadership in process improvement is an opportunity to expand the existing scope of services outside the library. Law librarians who can use Lean Six Sigma concepts (including waste reduction, process mapping, and project management) will be able to cross-pollinate library and management skills, increase the relevance of the library to the firm, and provide internal and external clients with efficient and effective service.  This interactive session will include takeaway handouts and individual and group exercises.

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.

More about Shaunna Mireau:

As Director of Knowledge Management and Process Improvement at the Field Law firm in Alberta, Shaunna’s position includes coordinating knowledge management projects, managing the firms Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement projects, and close collaboration with the firm libraries, technology team and practice groups. She blogs at Slaw.ca and recently wrote “Internal and External Marketing by Information Professionals”, a chapter in A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals, by Katharine Schopflin, contrib. ed. (London, UK: Facet, 2014) and a chapter titled “Working in Knowledge Management” in Legal Information Specialists: A Guide to Launching and Building Your Career, by Annette Demers, ed. (Toronto, LexisNexis, 2012). Shaunna graduated from the MacEwan Library Technician program in 1992 and earned her Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University in 2015. Shaunna is currently serving as the Vice President (President Elect) of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

Shaunna’s full bio can be found here.

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!