- 6:30 p.m. – Networking over food and drink
- 7:15 p.m. – Introductory remarks; community intros
- 7:30 p.m. – “Tech & Innovation in Biglaw” panel (see below)
- 8:30 p.m. – Continued networking
Associate Director of Practice Technology, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLPJames Desjardins is the Associate Director of Practice Technology at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he works closely with the firm’s legal staff and technology departments to evaluate and deploy the most current and effective tools from across the rapidly-evolving legal technology landscape. James also monitors and advises on the strategic opportunities presented by emerging technologies in such areas as artificial intelligence and blockchain, among others, to help ensure that the firm remains at the forefront of innovation in its delivery of legal services. An attorney, James spent five years as a corporate associate in Cravath’s New York and London offices representing multi-national corporations and global financial institutions in transformative M&A and capital markets transactions before transitioning to his present role. Prior to practicing law, he spent several years as a professional programmer and software designer in Montreal, Canada.
Senior Manager of Practice Innovation, White & CaseAs White & Case’s Senior Manager of Practice Innovation, Monet works to design innovative ways to deliver market-leading legal services and to help lawyers practice smarter.
Monet is a former trial lawyer, and a veteran of legal tech startups and leading law firm knowledge management teams. For the past 10 years, Monet has worked with technologies such as auto-classification, machine learning and know-how systems, honing a unique mix of development and engagement experience.
Chief Information Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP
Ken Heaps has been involved with large-scale technology systems his entire career, starting in 1971 with Sunkist, where he worked for nearly two decades. He subsequently learned a lot about law firms and their clients during a stint in the early 1990s as Chief Operating Officer at Computer Network Systems, where his clients included several US law firms (including Latham & Watkins), aerospace firms and major entertainment studios. In his role as Chief Information Officer of Latham & Watkins, Ken Heaps is responsible for the firm’s worldwide technology and communications strategy, platforming, technology support and training, data governance, systems security, eDiscovery and practice support services. He serves as a key member of the firm’s Technology Committee and Security & Privacy Committee.
Chief, Practice Systems & Services, Covington & Burling LLP
Todd has been with Covington since September of 2005 and, as the firm’s Chief of Practice Systems & Services, leads the firm’s practice technology and paraprofessional functions. After practicing law in Texas, Todd has consulted with and held leadership positions at several AmLaw 100 firms. He has over 20 years of experience in BigLaw practice support and information technology introduction and application in the legal industry. Todd lives on the upper west side of Manhattan with his wife and dog, but can most often be found on the Acela between NY and DC.
Director of Client Technology, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Christian serves as the Director of the Client Technology Group–a kind of sanctioned “skunk works” charged with research into new technologies and development of technology-augmented solutions that would help deliver improved, more cost-effective service to clients. The Client Technology Group stands alongside of but separate from traditional IT functions within the firm. It has created and continues to create a wide range of solutions that help streamline legal work processes and permit Bryan Cave to operate with the unprecedented efficiency now demanded in today’s highly competitive legal marketplace. While at the firm, Mr. Zust first served as part of a traditional legal team and then managed large scale discovery projects. Since early 2012, his focus has been on identifying ways to improve efficiency while maintaining and improving quality by leveraging technology and improving work processes.
Note for Students
Students can attend this event for free. If you’re a student and would like to attend the event, please join the NY Legal Tech Meetup (if you have not already done so–just join the group, don’t RSVP to the event) and then reach out to the organizer with your Meetup.com username.
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