The Law Firm Innovation Summit 2018

Not just technology... but the “people and process” aspects of law firm innovation

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  • 07 November, 2018
  • 08:30 - 08:30
  • Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02108, United States ()

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Agenda

8:30AM  Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00AM  
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: Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc.

10:45AM  Morning Networking & Coffee Break

11:00AM  CASE STUDY
Innovation in Productizing Services & Developing Alliances 
Mark Flanagan, US Chief Operating Officer, Dentons US LLP 

11:45AM   PANEL DISCUSSION:
Chief Innovation Officers: 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: Ira Coleman, Chairman, McDermott Will & Emery, Joseph J. Morford, Managing Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP,  Cristina A. Carvalho, Firmwide 
Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP  
Moderator: Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc. 

2:15PM PANEL DISCUSSION 
Innovations in Legal Talent Management 
Panel:  Chris Boyd, Senior Director of Professional Services, 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 

3:15PM 
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) 

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. 

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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. 

 

Top industry speakers

Patrick J. McKenna

Internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier law firms, Patrick has the honor of working with at least one of the largest firms in over a dozen different countries.  He is the author of eight books most notably his international business best seller, First Among Equals, currently in its seventh printing and translated into nine languages.  His most recent work, The Changing of the Guard, Second Edition (Ark Group, 2017), provides in-depth guidance on the leadership selection process in professional firms.  Patrick’s three decades of experience led to his being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: Innovations In Legal Consulting (2011).  One example of that innovation was his launching the first instructional program designed to specifically address the issues that new firm leaders of larger firms face in their First 100 Days – which has thus far graduated over 80 new leaders many from AmLaw 100 and 200-sized law firms.  Patrick serves as Contributing Editor to Of Counsel, The Legal Practice and Management Report based in New York City; is the recipient of an “Honorary Fellowship” from Leaders Excellence of Harvard Square; was voted by the readers of Legal Business World as one of only seven international Thought Leaders (2017); and is founding member of the Legal Institute For Forward Thinking a legal think-tank comprised of leading academics and consultants from three countries.

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

Sanjay Khanna

Director and Futurist, Whitespace Legal Collab, Baker & McKenzie LLP

James G. Perkins, PhD

Chief Operating Officer & Chief  Compliance Officer, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP,

Eric J. Felsberg

Principal, National Director of JL Data AnalyƟcs Group, Jackson Lewis P.C. (developer of the DataAnalytics Lab)

Mark Flanagan

US Chief Operating Officer, Dentons US LLP

William S. Painter

Chief Innovation Officer & Chair of the Technology Commitiee, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC,

Nathalie Manevich

Director of Global Strategy, Reed Smith LLP

David J. Parnel

Legal Search & Placement,  Author, and Speaker

 

Ira Coleman

Chairman, McDermott Will & Emery

Joseph J. Morford

Managing Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

Chris Boyd

Senior Director of Professional Services, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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)

Roy Strom

Reporter at ALM, American Lawyer, National Law Journal

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