Evolving Technology in the Legal Profession

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 65 minutes
Recorded Date: January 30, 2018
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3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Information Governance and Risk
  • Big Data
  • Evolving Technology in the Profession
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: January 30, 2018


Technology is constantly evolving and bringing change to the legal industry. Join this forward-thinking panel as we discuss how new technologies and processes will supplement work in the current legal landscape and what areas are ripe for greater automation and operational efficiency.

The panel will discuss some of the fundamental data science concepts that are powering these technologies, explore case studies, and provide insights regarding the explosion of data and analytics being applied in the legal profession and how these new technologies are being leveraged.

This program was recorded on January 30th, 2018.

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Ronke Ekwensi

Executive Director, Data Management

She currently serves as Executive Director of Data Governance for Aetna. Before joining Aetna, she served as Vice President of Information Management and Policy for Baxalta, a leading BioTech company. She was Managing Director in the Legal Management Consulting practice leading the Information Governance and Data Integration service lines at Duff & Phelps as a recognized expert in information management and Big Data and Social Data strategies.

Bryan Timer

Director - Data Analytics & Transparency
Merck & Co., Inc.

Bryan Timer is the Director of Data Analytics and Transparency at Merck and Company. He is responsible for leading the implementation of Merck's current compliance analytics program within the US market and continues to be a driving force behind the ongoing evolution of that program. In addition to US market analytics program, Bryan works with other compliance groups within Merck to help them realize the benefits of data analytics.

Prior to joining Merck, Bryan spent seven years working for two custom software companies where he implemented over 40 custom solutions within the pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods industries.

Taa Grays

Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Ms. Grays is the Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Information Governance at MetLife, Inc., having served in other senior positions at MetLife since 2003. She previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx. Ms. Grays is 1st Judicial District Vice President of the New York State Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, where she previously served as president. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership in bar and diversity endeavors.

Ms. Grays is a graduate of Harvard University, cum laude, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Mark Yacano

Global Practice Leader
Major Lindsey & Africa

Mark Yacano is a recognized innovator in the delivery of legal services. During his 25 years in the legal and business worlds, Mark has been a trusted advisor to corporate law departments working with corporate counsel on both business and legal strategy. It is his mission to help implement solutions that allow clients to improve the quality of the services provided, create an environment that fosters employee career development and allow more effective use of their financial resources.

As the Global Practice Leader, Managed Legal Services, Mark works with clients to develop outsourced talent solutions that allow them to reduce their legal fees while improving the quality of work performed on their behalf. The service offerings provided to legal departments include the development of robust contract management systems, dedicated contract negotiation and drafting teams, specialized legal research teams, law department spend analysis and compliance monitoring programs.

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