The Law Firm Innovation Summit 2018Not just technology... but the “people and process” aspects of law firm innovation
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8:30AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
Welcome: Andrew Perlman, Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Inaugural Chair, ABA Center for Innovation; Founding Director, Suffolk’s Institute on Legal Innovation & Technology
Opening Remarks - Conference Chairperson
Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc.
9:15AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
The Role of the Futurist in Stimulating Innovation
Sanjay Khanna, Director and Futurist, Whitespace Legal Collab, Baker & McKenzie LLP
10:00AM PANEL DISCUSSION
Partnering with Clients on Innovation
Panel: James G. Perkins, PhD, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, Eric J. Felsberg, Principal, National Director of JL Data Analytics Group, Jackson Lewis P.C.
(developer of the DataAnalytics Lab)
Moderator: David J. Parnell, Legal Search & Placement, Author, and Speaker
10:45AM Morning Networking & Coffee Break
11:00AM CASE STUDY
Innovation in Productizing Services & Developing Alliances
Venture designed to bring new products and services to market
Mark Flanagan, US Chief Operating Officer, Dentons US LLP
11:45AM PANEL DISCUSSION:
Innovation: An Emerging Law Firm Function
Panel: William S. Painter, Chief Innovation Officer & Chair of the
Technology Committee, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Nathalie Manevich, Director of Global Strategy, Reed Smith LLP,
Andrew Sprogis, Chief Innovation Officer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Moderator: Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc.
12:30PM Networking Luncheon with Guest Speaker:
The State of Legal Innovation (Research Survey)
David J. Parnell, Legal Search & Placement, Author, and Speaker
1:30PM PANEL DISCUSSION
Law Firm Leaders Pursuing & Pioneering Change
Panel: Joseph J. Morford, Managing Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cristina A. Carvalho, Firmwide Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Lawton Penn, Client Service Innovation Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Managing Director, DWT De Novo Moderator: Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc.
2:15PM PANEL DISCUSSION
Innovations in Legal Talent Management
Panel: Chris Boyd, Chief Knowledge & Talent Officer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Jody Rosen Knower, Chief Training & Professional Development Officer, Sidley Austin LLP, Oz Benamram, Chief Knowledge Officer, White & Case
3:00PM Afternoon Networking & Coffee Break
Improving Innovation Culture & the Use of Technology in Law Firms
Professor Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Director, Legal Innovation & Technology
concentration, Suffolk University Law School, Director, Institute on Legal
Innovation & Technology, and Founder/CEO of SpacedRepetition.com (named one of the world’s Top 20 Legal IT Innovations by ALM/LegalWeek), Nicole Bradick, CEO, Theory and Principle, Tom Snavely, Manager of Legal Process Improvement & Project Management, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
4:00PM CLOSING DISCUSSION
Big Law Disruption: Parsing the Truth from the Tales
Roy Strom, Reporter at ALM, American Lawyer, National Law Journal
4:45PM WRAP-UP/CLOSING REMARKS
Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc.
Your firm’s future is unlikely to be governed by many lessons from its past...
For the vast majority of our history, law firms have simply needed to evolve to compete effectively. The pace of change was such that we only needed gradual adaptation in order to succeed. But today, the evidence is undeniable that, even in the past five years, the convergence of economics and technology has fundamentally altered the business landscape both for our firms as well as for our clients.
A considerable obstacle to transformation in today’s competitive legal market is that we are often best-advised to make only the safest of choices, such that when one hears someone say, “that is what we have always done” you know that you are dealing with conventional wisdom, ossified into an orthodoxy that is likely to witness firms all following the same strategy as the herd—a recipe for mediocrity at best.
Ark Group’s Law Firm Innovation Summit has identified and brought together some leading‐edge examples of firms aspiring to challenge some of this commonly accepted thinking. Through case study and interactive discussion, we will hear from law firms that have taken some risks and pushed some boundaries—doing something genuinely different that clients have taken note of and/or reward.
This full‐day conference (taking place at Suffolk Law School in Boston) will be largely focused on more of the “people and process” aspects of law firm innovation—shining a light on several innovative endeavors where the “innovation” may in fact be the service offering itself—or perhaps an element of the business model impacting the manner in which the firm communicates and collaborates with its clients.
Unlike the majority of events addressing the subject of Innovation, in terms of what might be accomplished with technology, this conference endeavors to go beyond the enabling technology—with topics ranging from partnering with clients to productizing services, developing external alliances, transforming the talent management function. to encouraging lawyers to invest billable time in new, innovative approaches to the business (and practice) of law—as well as approaches to dealing with market disruption itself.