KM PG Webinar: Innovation and Law Firms: Oxymoron, This Year’s Fad or Survival Imperative?

When:  Sep 13, 2013 from 12:00 to 13:00 (ET)

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New positions like Innovations Officer, Director of Innovation Strategies, and Head of Research and Development are cropping up in law firms throughout North America, the U.K. and Australia. But, in an industry steeped in tradition and reputedly slow to adopt change, do these roles stand a real chance of sparking novel ideas that can gain traction and move their firms ahead of the competition? Do they herald a fundamental change in the way law is practiced, legal services are delivered and law firms are operated? Will more and more firms create roles and departments dedicated to nurturing innovation? This webinar explores where and when "innovation" positions and departments started to appear in law firms, the role they currently play and are likely to play in the coming years, the scope and range of their mandate, and the current and future impact they are likely to have on the legal profession.

Moderator: Ginevra Saylor is the National Director of Knowledge Management at Dentons Canada LLP, where she develops the firm's knowledge management strategy and initiatives and leads the practice support lawyers, business intelligence, information services, information resources, business process and intranet teams. Ginevra is a member of ILTA's Knowledge Management Peer group Steering Committee.

Ron Friedmann
is a consultant with Fireman & Company. He improves law practice and legal business efficiency. His expertise includes knowledge management, legal technology, outsourcing, process design, LPM, e-discovery, consulting, marketing.

Andrew Baker, Director of Seyfarth Shaw's Legal Technology Innovations Office, is focused on enhancing the delivery of the firm's legal services through the use of technology, knowledge management, process improvement, business analysis and project management. Andrew is a member of the firm's SeyfarthLean Steering Committee, and he serves on ILTA's Knowledge Management Peer Group Steering Committee.

Peter Daubaras is a Senior Manager of Practice Innovation at Osler. Peter advises legal professionals on LPM best practices and the implementation of support tools, and he provides matter management support to ensure the firm's lawyers can deliver legal services to clients effectively. Peter's role includes providing pricing support to the RFP team and financial reporting services to matter teams.

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