Track 1: DevOps: Implementing Technology

DevOps is a methodology designed to make the rollout and integration of new technology a more efficient and repeatable process by building a culture of collaboration, a process that can be extremely valuable as technology is changing more quickly than ever.

This track is designed to help legal technologists, especially those charged with deploying new technologies, understand the value and basic theory behind DevOps, workshop a sample deployment (using deployment Windows 10 Professional as the model use case), and study how DevOps can help facilitate change for their own specific initiatives.

Track 2:  The Changing Legal Landscape

The legal landscape is changing at lightning speed. Only a few years ago, corporate clients sent most of their work to law firms, without worrying too much about price or process. That has changed dramatically. Today’s clients expect their firms to take an efficient process-oriented approach to work, to price projects reasonably and effectively, and to leverage technology where appropriate. And, they are not afraid to rely on alternative resources along with – or instead of – law firm providers.

Simply put, law firms must change. A user-centered approach to providing legal services is now a requirement. Even support staff such as the technology team, who have not been client-facing, are now critical parts of the service team. This track will focus on how law firm leaders can leverage Legal Design Thinking as a problem-solving approach to better meet client expectations and thrive in the evolving legal landscape.

Sunday, February 11

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Opening Reception and Dinner – Networking Event

Monday February 12

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:15 AM to 10:00 AM


Rick Hellers, Association of Legal Technologists; Ron Sepielli, Retriever Advisors

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Margaret Hagan, Director of the Legal Design Lab and a lecturer at Stanford Institute of Design (the d.school)

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10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

DevOps: Defining DevOps for the Legal Function

Starting from the Legal Design Thinking approach described in the preceding keynote address, this facilitated discussion will define DevOps and provide a thoughtful analysis of how it works, its value, and how it can be employed in a legal environment. Among the points to be covered are:

• What DevOps is: a platform for communication and collaboration • What DevOps isn’t: understanding misconceptions • Building repeatable processes • Managing the required shift-over to a culture of collaboration • Improving communication and problem identification

The specific problems around Windows 10 will also be discussed, including an explanation of why that deployment of that application was chosen as the model use case for this track.

Beau Mersereau, Fish & Richardson; Steven McCue, Keker, Van Nest & Peters

The Changing Legal Landscape: Small-c Change

At many firms, the biggest impediments to building new processes and models is the firm’s culture. Change management, difficult under any circumstances, is even more complicated in law firms with dozens or hundreds of owners, many of whom may not share a vision for the future. This session will focus on strategies for changing the firm’s culture where possible, and tips for incremental change management where it is not.

Margaret Hagan, Stanford Law School; Sam Davenport, Davis Wright Tremaine

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

DevOps: Problem Solving using DevOps Techniques

Certain technology toolkits can be extremely helpful for creating repeatable deployment processes in alignment with DevOps methodology. This session will cover how to select those toolkits and get the most out of them. Included will be demonstrations of Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and free Azure-hosted Operations Management Suite (OMS) and a real-time building of Windows 10 deployment processes with each.

Beau Mersereau, Fish & Richardson; Steven McCue, Keker, Van Nest & Peters

The Changing Legal Landscape: Deliver the Highest Valuable Hour

With corporate clients no longer willing to simply pay for however many hours they are billed at whatever rate they are charged, law firms must develop new pricing and approaches to maintain profitability. This session will focus on how a Legal Design Thinking approach can be applied to build those models by leveraging people, process and technology.

Brian Fanning, Davis Wright Tremaine; Sam Davenport, Davis Wright Tremaine

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3:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM to 4:45 PM

DevOps: Live Lab

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will be able to use their own laptops to connect into an environment and set up a Windows 10 deployment task using SCCM or OMS, applying the lessons learned earlier in the day.

Cornerstone IT; Kraft Kennedy; Jason Baker, Fish & Richardson

The Changing Legal Landscape: New Resources for a New Age

The days of clients sending all legal, regulatory and quasi-legal work directly to their law firms is over. More and more, they are considering other resources: alternative legal service providers, offshore LPOs, staffing companies, and operations that allow law departments to bring work in-house without increasing their headcount. This session will focus on how law firms can build their own alternatives to protect the bottom line while serving clients more cost-effectively.

David Cambria, Archer Daniels Midland Company;  Brad Blickstein, Blickstein Group

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Evening Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, February 13

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:10 AM to 8:30 AM

Alice Armitage; Director of Startup Legal Garage, UC Hastings College of the Law

Learn about UC Hastings’ Legal Garage and their aspiring students.

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

DevOps: Applying DevOps To Your Own Firm

In this session, attendees will break out by tactical areas for facilitated discussions on applying the DevOps methodology to the specific needs of their firms and the specific projects they are working on. Included will be a focus on change management, including:

• Advocating for cultural changes • Developing an ROI or similar analysis • Getting buy-in from key players • Packaging and implementing changes • Making deployment less disruptive firm-wide

Each group will report its findings to the session at large to multiply the value for all.

Cornerstone IT & Kraft Kennedy

The Changing Legal Landscape: Envisioning the AI-Enabled Legal Team of the Future

The new legal landscape is driving innovation in legal service delivery, and tools that rely on artificial intelligence will be a big part of that.  Just as eDiscovery has transformed the way litigation support is performed, over the next decade, AI will transform transactional and advisory practice teams.  Old players will be reduced in number and shift their focus while new players (e.g., data analysts, linguists, and AI specialists) will become key participants.   This session will build on the value, pricing and organizational thinking of prior sessions and apply those models to designing the AI-enabled legal team of the future, helping ensure firms achieve an ROI on their AI investments.

Sally Gonzalez, Fireman & Company; Jeff Brandt,  Jackson Kelly

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10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote: So What, Now What – FURPA 

Ron Sepielli, Global Leader & Neuroleadership Consultant – Leadership Effectiveness & Organizational Transformation; Retriever Advisors

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Ron Sepielli, Retriever Advisors; Rick Hellers, Association of Legal Technologists (ALT)

2:30 PM