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CLOC 2017: Inspiration and Perspiration

Tuesday, May 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Mack
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Attendees poured into the closing session of #CLOC2017 to drink in the words of Mary Shen O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations at Google.  O’Carroll energized the crowd with her challenges for her colleagues to reach and try new things, to share what they have learned and to support each other.  Many have “found their tribe” O’Carroll recounted with a confident stride.

Service providers, law firms and law schools were encouraged to work together to solve problems, to standardize and to train on functions that are important to legal operations.

The Legal Operations Conference (#CLOC2017) in Vegas this May included a star-studded list of individuals and companies laser-focused on improving productivity and outcomes for the Office of the General Counsel.

ACEDS and the eDiscovery community were well represented by Caroline Sweeney, Bryant Isbell, John Treddenick, Bill Piwonka, Jake Frazier, and Brad Blickstein who provided ediscovery focused sessions ranging from Internal Investigations to analytics, benchmarks and getting out of the EDRM box.

Yerra, ACEDS Diamond Sponsor, cohosted a happy hour for our community.  New entrants, Cash Butler and Bahar Ansari found an eager audience for their legal marketplace and matter management system.

“CLOC is one of the best conferences I have attended, said Kaylee Walstad, Director of Strategic Partnerships at ACEDS, from the high level attendees seeking new solutions and processes, to the support from the CLOC board visiting sponsors to ensure we were getting value from the event and support to seeing old friends and making a lot of new contacts!”

There were many former eDiscovery rock stars who have moved into adjacent areas:  Prashant Dubey, who coined the phrase “Litigation Readiness” spoke on contract lifecycle management, and one of the first attorneys to use analytics in eDiscovery, Mark Yacano, spoke on salaries:  numbers and negotiations.

The richness of the sessions can be seen in the conference agenda

Legal operations is a multi-disciplinary function that optimizes legal services delivery to a business or government entity by focusing on twelve core competencies (defined here): Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Vendor Management, Data Analytics, Technology Support, Legal Support Models, Knowledge Management, Professional Development and Team Building, Communications, Global Data Governance/ Records Management, Litigation Support, and Cross-Functional Alignment.
An earlier effort sparked by Susan Hackett during her tenure at  Association of Corporate Counsel, the ACC Value Challenge provides context for the Magna Carta session reported by Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, “The group’s goals are nothing short of profound, root-and-branch transformation of the entire entrenched corporate legal services ecosystem.”

“ACEDS is happy that much of our curriculum aligns with the core competencies of CLOC.,” said Mary Mack, Executive Director, ACEDS, noting that the CLOC conference opened many possibilities.

Mary Shen O'Carroll, Head of Legal Operations at Google, shares her closing remarks in Corporate Counsel here (free reg. req.). 

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