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Leading Technology and Transformation for the Legal Department

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 73 minutes
Recorded Date: October 03, 2018
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3:15 - 4:30 pm
  • Opportunities, Challenges and Automating Legal Department
  • Legal Project Management
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Outsourcing of Services
Runtime: 1 hour and 13 minutes
Recorded: October 3, 2018


It’s an exciting time to be in the legal industry, with the fast-paced world of technology changing almost every aspect of how legal departments are run and how services are delivered. As legal departments shift to incorporating more and more technology in their everyday practice areas, expertise and familiarity with legal technology will be a necessity. Leadership in law departments for the next decade will depend on tech-savvy attorneys. But rarely are women seen as leaders in technology. The call to action is loud and clear: challenge and change the status quo. In this interactive exercise, participants roll up their sleeves and examine the different areas of legal technology and how they could be applied in a legal department to improve processes and service delivery.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference held on October 3rd, 2018.

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Lourdes M. Slater

Karta Legal LLC

Lourdes Slater is the CEO of Karta Legal LLC, a female-owned consultancy firm with a focus on legal technology services and IT. In sharp contrast with other providers, KL’s aim is to change management through design thinking and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma and Agile Legal Project Management techniques.

She is a law graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a seasoned litigator with over 25 years of practice in federal and state courts, as well as in international arbitrations. Over the last 12 years, Lourdes’s practice focus has been technology acquisition and implementation, electronic discovery, data and legal project management. For the last eight years, Lourdes has lead the data, discovery and vendor management in dozens of RMBS cases at G&E. Prior to that, she led discovery efforts at Baker Hostetler for the Madoff Trustee.

A team builder and a skilled negotiator, she has a solid track record of saving clients millions of dollars in the technology space. Lourdes is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei. And she is a frequent speaker and educator on Lean and Agile methodologies, data management and privacy, e-Discovery, and legal technology, including artificial intelligence.

Lourdes was named a 2019 Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal.

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Courtney Enloe

Senior Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel

Courtney Enloe currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this role, she leads 3M’s global legal strategy on significant litigation and other matters across the enterprise and advises executive leadership and the Board of Directors on legal and reputational risk.

Prior to joining 3M in 2017, Courtney served as Chief Counsel – U.S. Pharma and Chief Counsel - Litigation for McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 5 global healthcare company based in San Francisco, California. In these roles, Courtney led the litigation team, served as the lead lawyer for multiple business units, and provided legal oversight for material pharmaceutical sourcing transactions. Before McKesson, Courtney served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Georgia-Pacific, a multi-national consumer products and manufacturing company, where she led strategy on a wide range of litigation and consumer safety matters, including a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of the U.S. Prior to Georgia-Pacific, Courtney served as Senior Litigation Counsel and the lead employment lawyer at EarthLink, a technology company.

Before moving in-house, Courtney worked in private practice as a litigator at Holland & Knight LLP and Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. After law school, Courtney served as a law clerk to Judge James E. Massey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Erin Zipes

Vice President & General Counsel

Erin Zipes is currently Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Shopify, the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform, powering over 600,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries, including Rebecca Minkoff and Kylie Cosmetics. She joined Shopify in September 2014 and was involved in its initial public offering on the NYSE and TSX in May 2015. She was previously Assistant General Counsel of Nordion, a health sciences company that had been cross-listed on the NYSE and TSX until its acquisition in August 2014.

Previous to her three years at Nordion, she was in private practice with two national Canadian law firms for six years. Ms. Zipes has a BCOMM from Queen's University and an BCL/LLB from McGill University and is currently a member of the Ontario Bar.

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Erin Hinchman

Lead for IT Research
ALM Intelligence

Erin is a senior analyst with ALM Legal Intelligence covering legal technology and trends. She has extensive experience researching IT, technology and related services.

Prior to joining the Legal Intelligence team, Erin was a senior analyst with ALM Consulting Intelligence, where she led IT Consulting research, covering topics such as cybersecurity, cloud and analytics. In addition, Erin has experience as an analyst with Technology Business Research, covering IT and consulting firms; and with Deloitte as a consultant focusing on IT process improvement and business analysis projects to increase efficiency.

Erin holds both a BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Industrial Engineering with concentration in Integrated Technology Management from Cal Poly, SLO.

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Rashmi Chandra

Executive Director and Head Counsel
Aetna, Inc.

Rashmi heads the Intellectual Property/Information Technology law practice group at Aetna Inc., one of the nation’s premier provider of health care, dental, pharmacy, disability insurance. She oversees all legal and strategic enforcement and maintenance issues relating to the Aetna enterprise and its subsidiaries’ intellectual property assets. In addition, her work focuses on brand counseling, IP licensing, advertising reviews, data security, technology and software legal issues, oversight of the patent portfolio and social media.

Rashmi graduated with a J.D. as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar from Columbia Law School. She began her career at Kirkland & Ellis and subsequently joined W.W. Grainger, Inc. as Senior Corporate Counsel before joining Aetna.

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