Don’t Settle: Here’s How to Become a Stellar Woman in E-Discovery
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Don’t Settle: Here’s How to Become a Stellar Woman in E-Discovery

When: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
12:30-1:30 PM ET
Where: United States
Contact: Customer Service

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Listen to a moderated panel discussion featuring four stellar women working in the e-discovery and legal community who have risen to certain heights in a largely male-dominated industry despite obstacles they faced and overcame. You’ll hear about their personal journeys, what worked for them and what did not, and some good advice for up-and-coming women working in the industry. We will also be sharing tips on how women can help foster the careers of their colleagues and team members and create more inclusive and tolerant work environments that benefit your organization.


Judy Torres
US Data Operations

With more than 20 years’ experience in information technology, data analysis, software design and testing, and customer support, Judy has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities presented by high-volume data management and analysis. As the leader of diverse, multi-functional information management teams, Judy has focused on streamlining processes by implementing new technologies and tactical strategies. Her hands-on involvement in technical initiatives, deep understanding of data analytics and reporting and strong leadership skills have allowed her to play a critical role in operational management and strategic organizational development

Deborah Spellen, CEDS
Vice President and Discovery Program Manager
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Deborah is a VP with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s Legal Discovery Management department, where she is a Discovery Program Manager. Her team is the central point of contact for strategic initiatives in connection with Electronic Discovery, including technology development, process improvement, and legal education. She’s been with the bank for five years, but has many years of experience working in law firms and discovery service providers. Previously, Deborah has held roles as Litigation Support Project Manager and Senior e-Discovery Consultant. She manages a Certified e-Discovery Specialist training program for her department and other JPMC stakeholders, and is a staunch advocate for consistent self-marketability through continuous training, education, and career development. Deborah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, and is a Certified e-Discovery Specialist.

Joy Murao
Founder and CEO
Practice Aligned Resources (PAR)

Joy is a recognized industry-wide leader in the litigation support industry. Since its inception in 2013, PAR has excelled at providing legal technology training, eDiscovery consulting, legal staffing, project management, and law practice technology development. Before embarking on her journey as an entrepreneur, Joy’s twenty-four years of Big Law & In-house Corporate legal department experience has given her ample opportunity to develop new strategies, technologies, and services in various practice areas for some of the largest global clients and projects in the world. Joy continues to share her knowledge and experiences as the founder of the ACEDS Los Angeles Chapter, her appointment to the executive committee of the California Lawyers Association Law Practice Management and Technology Section, and her previous role as the Southwest regional director of Women in eDiscovery.

Stephanie Clerkin
Director of Litigation Support
Korein Tillery

Stephanie is the Director of Litigation Support at Korein Tillery, one of the country’s leading plaintiffs’ complex-litigation firms, where she leverages over 13 years of experience in finance, consulting, and data analytics to manage massive litigation projects, as well as the firm’s e-Discovery platform. She understands how to bridge the gap between the legal teams and IT personnel to streamline discovery efforts and design cost-effective solutions for clients. She is responsible for the processing, analysis, review and production of numerous terabytes of ESI. Stephanie is an ACEDS Certified e-Discovery Specialist and Relativity Expert. She is a Member Liaison for the St. Louis ILTA Community, served on the conference planning committee for ILTACON 2018 and 2019, and is on the Steering Committee for the St. Louis Relativity User Group. Outside the office, she tirelessly dedicates countless hours to several community organizations, including the Make-A-Wish® Foundation and Wish STL.

Mike Quartararo, CEDS

Mike Quartararo is the President of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), which provides training and certification in e-discovery to the legal community. He is the author of the 2016 book Project Management in Electronic Discovery and has been successfully consulting in information governance, e-discovery, project management and legal technology for two decades, including 10-year stints at both Skadden Arps and Stroock. He is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist. He frequently writes and speaks on e-discovery, legal operations, project management and technology topics. Reach him via email at or on Twitter @mikequartararo.

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