Amber Boydstun is the Chief Data Scientist at Diversity Lab and also a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. She holds a PhD and an MA from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA from St. John’s College (“the Great Books school”).
As Chief Data Scientist at Diversity Lab, Amber is in charge of designing and running statistical analyses toward the aim of empirically assessing—and ultimately improving—diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Diversity Lab uses a variety of science-based methods for measuring diversity and inclusion. These methods include running predictive modeling to estimate the future trajectory of diversity in human talent, both for individual firms and in the legal field as a whole; conducting and analyzing anonymous surveys at law firms and legal departments to identify perceptions of diversity and inclusion and to determine whether these perceptions vary in statistically significant ways between different demographic groups; and running “pay equity” statistical analyses to assess whether any significant gaps in compensation exist between demographic groups after accounting for metrics such as billable hours and origination credit.
As a professor, Amber’s academic work centers on the interaction between media and politics, with a focus on how different media portrayals of the same policy issue can prompt citizens and policymakers to respond to that issue in different ways. She is author of Making the News (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and co-author of The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence (Cambridge University Press, 2008, with Frank R. Baumgartner and Suzanna De Boef), as well as many scholarly journal articles. Her work has been featured in popular venues including The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, and Huffington Post. She is also a founding member of the Women Also Know Stuff initiative.
Connie Brenton is the VP, Law, Technology and Operations at NetApp Inc. and was the founder of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), the legal industry’s largest Legal Operations association in the world, where she was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Connie leverages her legal and business background to help create an innovative and award-winning legal department that is recognized internationally for pioneering in the areas of strategic vision, technology adoption, new staffing/sourcing solutions, financial management and building efficiencies by driving world class operating metrics.
Prior to NetApp, Connie served as Senior Director, Deputy General Counsel at Sun Microsystems and was Managing Counsel at Oracle where she also initiated the Legal Operations role. Connie started her legal career in private practice as a civil litigator.
Connie has been active in developing and promoting the Legal Operations role throughout the business and legal communities. Connie’s most recent collaboration project is the development of the Community of Legal Innovators (LegalOps.com) in partnership with Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, which has grown to a membership of over 3,000 members in its second summer. She publishes on the topics of the changing legal ecosystem and legal operations and speaks internationally on the topic of “Running Legal like a Business.”
Connie holds a JD, an MBA and a BA in Economics. Accomplishments include being listed on the 2019 Powerlist, being named one of Corporate Counsel's National Women in Law in 2018, honored as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley and being selected as one of the top 10 Deputy General Counsel by the Daily Journal.
Among her clients, Cristina represents Mars, Incorporated and its affiliates in intellectual property, commercial transactions, and technology matters in connection with their chocolate, pet care, food, drinks, and symbioscience segments. She also advises major Brazilian companies in technology, commercial, licensing, and intellectual property related matters in the United States and abroad. Those clients include Petrobras, one of the largest oil, gas, and energy companies in the world, Editora Abril, one of the largest publishing companies in Latin America, and several large clothing, shoe, and fashion accessories companies. She has also managed the intellectual property portfolios of celebrities and sports figures, including soccer legend Pelé and late Formula 1 pilot Ayrton Senna.
Widely recognized as a leading attorney in the food and beverage industries, Cristina has extensive experience in domestic and foreign trademark prosecution and disputes. Christina also supervises associates and paralegals in managing international trademark portfolios for major clients. She regularly counsels clients concerning the selection and adoption of trademarks, how to build and enhance rights in brands, and international enforcement strategies.
She has assisted clients in multimillion-dollar transactions involving the acquisition and divestiture of intellectual property portfolios. She is skilled in drafting and reviewing domestic and foreign license agreements involving trademarks and copyrights. Cristina also advises clients in trademark infringement, unfair competition, and copyright litigation throughout the United States, domain name dispute resolution proceedings, and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Before joining Arent Fox in April 1997, Cristina practiced intellectual property law in New York City, where she managed domestic and foreign trademark portfolios for leading financial services companies, toy and sportswear manufacturers, and book publishers. She was also involved in trademark and copyright litigation, as well as in trademark proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for significant alcohol, spirits, and beer companies.
While attending law school in Brazil, Cristina clerked for the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI), where she drafted decisions and opinions in trademark registration appeals and opposition and cancellation proceedings. Following graduation from law school in 1985, she practiced intellectual property law for seven years in Brazil, where she was extensively involved in all aspects of technology transactions, licensing, and intellectual property protection and enforcement for North American, South American, and European clients.
Tim Corcoran is a former CEO who now guides law ﬁrm and law department leaders through the proﬁtable disruption of outdated business models. Tim is a Trustee and Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, former President of the Legal Marketing Association and a member of its Hall of Fame, an American Lawyer Fellow, a frequent presenter at lawyer retreats and legal conferences, and a writer whose articles are published regularly in leading publications. He also authors the widely read Corcoran’s Business of Law blog.
Christine is the co-chair of Seyfarth’s Pay Equity group and a core member of the firm’s Labor & Employment People Analytics and OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance teams.
Driven by the belief that what gets measured gets done, Christine works with clients to leverage data to revamp their personnel practices and to ensure compliance with mandates impacting recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, discipline, and termination.
Christine partners with employers ranging from startups to global Fortune 100 technology, retail, financial services, professional services, hospitality, healthcare, and manufacturing organizations on pay equity projects and investigations. Working in coordination with Seyfarth’s International Employment Law team, Christine provides strategic advice to help employers, large and small, navigate and simplify the multifarious pay equity laws and reporting requirements, both in the U.S. and across the globe. Christine an author of Seyfarth’s 50-State Pay Equity Desktop Reference. In addition, Christine provides strategic advice and counseling to employers on diversity programs and reductions-in-force.
Christine represents federal contractors on their obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, Section 503, and related statutes and regulations. Christine’s roots are in OFCCP compliance and she has overseen the preparation of hundreds of affirmative action plans and defended OFCCP audits in every region, including desk audits, onsite audits, compliance checks, focused reviews, and glass ceiling reviews. Christine collaborates with clients to develop compliant, best-practice oriented, and practical affirmative action programs.
Christine frequently speaks at national conferences on pay equity and OFCCP compliance. She receives national media coverage of her observations about issues involving employment-related issues, including pay equity, workplace metrics, affirmative action, and diversity.
Nick Jarrett-Kerr Author, Professor, and Consultant
Nick Jarrett-Kerr LL.B is a specialist adviser to law firms and professional services firms world-wide on issues of strategy, governance and leadership development as well as all important business issues facing firms as they compete in difficult market conditions. In the last twelve years, he has established himself as one of the leading UK and international advisers to law firms. He has been involved full-time in professional service firm management for over twenty years.
He is a regular writer and speaker on management and leadership topics with an emphasis on strategic and business planning, as well as issues of governance and structure, partner compensation and strategy execution. Prior to becoming a consultant, Nick (who is a UK solicitor by training) was for eight years the Chief Executive Partner of Bevan Ashford, a leading regional firm in Great Britain, during a period of enormous growth starting in the depths of the 1989-1992 recession.
In the last few years, he has consulted to firms in more than twenty countries on four different continents on issues relating to strategy, governance, mergers, equity/ownership structures, partner performance, succession issues, profit sharing and other business-critical matters.
Nick is the author of Law Firm Strategy – After the Legal Services Act published in November 2009 (Law Society Publishing) and of the recent best-selling Special Report Tackling Partner Underperformance in Law Firms published in October 2011(Ark Group).Nick has a regular monthly column in the Managing Partner Magazine in which he writes on matters in the front of the minds of managing partners. Much of Nick’s written work is available on his website and blog at www.jarrett-kerr.com. Nick is currently Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University where he leads the strategy modules for the Nottingham Law School MBA strategy modules.
Patrick J. McKenna is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist, and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier law firms; having had the honor of working with at least one of the largest firms in over a dozen different countries. A sparing partner and sounding board to firm leaders, McKenna helps by asking the right questions, confronting orthodoxies, unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit, building strategy alignment and enhancing profitability
He is the author of eleven books most notably his international business best seller, First Among Equals, currently in its sixth printing and translated into nine languages; with his most recent work entitled Strategy Innovation: Getting To The Future FIRST (Legal Business World, 2019).
Patrick’s decades of experience led to his being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: Innovations In Legal Consulting (2011). Examples of that innovation include his being instrumental in working with the College of Law Practice Management back in 2004 to develop the annual InnovAction awards; wherein he was responsible for selecting the name for the awards, participating in framing the award categories and criteria, and serving on the judging panel for the first three consecutive years. He is also known to have launched the first instructional program designed to specifically address the issues that new firm leaders of larger firms face in their First 100 Days – which graduated over 80 new leaders, many from AmLaw 100 and 200-sized law firms, as well as from notable accounting and consulting firms
Patrick serves on the advisory boards of companies in the international media; legaltech; and healthcare industries. He is a contributing editor to Of Counsel, The Legal Practice and Management Report based in New York; writes a periodic column for Legal Executive Institute; is the recipient of an “Honorary Fellowship” from Leaders Excellence of Harvard Square; and was voted by the readers of Legal Business World as an international Thought Leader (2017 – 2019).
In addition to his firm leadership role, Joe maintains an active practice focused on the representation of major corporations in complex mass tort, business litigation, and product liability matters both in Ohio and in courtrooms throughout the United States.
A true believer in (and frequent commentator on) non-hourly fee arrangements, Joe’s results-driven approach provides clients with predictability and cost savings by reducing needless motion practice, discovery, and work on client files. His focus is always on understanding how the litigation at hand impacts the client’s business as a whole, and on preparing his matters efficiently for trial, which interestingly often leads to more prompt and favorable settlements for our clients. This approach has lead him to twice be named Lawyer of the Year in Cleveland, Ohio, once for Mass Tort Litigation and once for Class Action Litigation, and to regularly be named an Ohio Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, an Ohio Super Lawyer®, and included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America®.
Joe also serves as a volunteer magistrate judge for the City of Shaker Heights Juvenile Court Diversion Program and is active in many other community organizations.
As the proud father of four children aged 23, 21, 19, and 15, Joe’s days of struggling to re-learn assorted math problems and science topics to assist with homework are happily approaching an end – leaving him more time to spend working to pay for college tuitions. He is his children’s biggest fan, and is certain that in due course these children will be a driving force for good in their communities. This will ultimately (he hopes) be his proudest life accomplishment.
Jeffrey Sharp is Managing Partner at Marshall Gerstein with more than 30 years of experience in patent prosecution, litigation, and transactional work. He focuses his practice in the areas of biotechnology, chemistry, and chemical engineering. Outside of his practice, Jeffrey serves as a Board Member and was previously Board Chair for PilotLegis RPG, is a senior trustee and previously Board Chair of The Latin School of Chicago, is a member of the Midwestern Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum, and served on the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s Health & Tech Innovation Forum.
Plays a key role in all programs offered by the Wicker Park Group
Has authored more than 100 articles on legal department management and frequently speaks on that topic as well as client service, client loyalty and trends in the legal industry
Is a 2015 fellow in the College of Law Practice Management and a 2014 Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame Inductee
President, International Board of Directors, Legal Marketing Association (2007)
Board Member, International Board of Directors, Legal Marketing Association (2003-2007)
President, Legal Marketing Association’s West Region Chapter (present)
Has served on the Board of Directors for Across The Table, Open Books, Poder Learning Center and Shift Worldwide
Served as Publisher of InsideCounsel (Corporate Legal Times) and held various editorial and management positions for this management monthly for corporate legal executives, as well as a series of specialty publications (1992-2006)
Nat’s monthly column, Interactions, explored the issues that challenge legal departments and their law firms and businesses advisors
In 2005, he led the sale of Corporate Legal Times LLC to a New York based private-equity sponsored publishing company
He remained executive vice president and publisher, and a member of the senior management team at Wicks Business Information until his 2006 departure
Also co-founded and published Business Without Borders
Has visited 49 U.S. states and almost as many countries. Will this be the year he completes his map?
Kathy litigates on behalf of individual companies, groups of companies and trade associations in federal and state courts across the country. She also provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR), compliance, strategic planning, and commercial services focused on the regulatory aspects of her clients’ businesses. Kathy’s practice focuses on clients who manufacture, sell, and use products regulated by EPA, USDA, FDA, DOI, DOC, and analogous state agencies under the environmental, health, and safety laws that these agencies implement.
In particular, Kathy works with clients in the agricultural sector (including pesticides and seeds businesses), and food, chemicals, and consumer products industries. This includes traditional products and products produced through biotechnology or nanotechnology. Examples of her work include:
Bringing or defending litigation where necessary to protect clients’ products, projects, or practices.
Advising clients on strategies for obtaining federal approvals for new products or substances, defending products once they are on the market, and phasing out products for regulatory or commercial reasons.
Advising clients who manufacture, sell, license, or use these regulated products on government requirements and commercial transactions.
Defending companies against enforcement actions.
Proposing and commenting on regulatory and legislative initiatives.
Supporting acquisition or sale of particular products or businesses.
Advising on stewardship and sustainability practices.
Kathy has litigated in federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and has represented clients in every EPA region and many states. She has advocated for clients in ADR proceedings, including ADR mandated by statute, mini-trials and other ADR designed by parties to resolve disputes privately without court intervention, and mediation.
Kathy is Beveridge & Diamond’s firmwide Managing Principal. Before assuming this role, she served for many years on B&D's Management Committee and as the chair or co-chair of the firm’s pesticides and biotechnology practices. Kathy served for six years on the Board of Directors of a privately held company that discovers, manufactures, and sells proprietary chemicals. Before her legal career, Kathy served in federal and Michigan state government.
For more than 20 years, Caren served as the head of talent for several of the world's top law firms, including Arnold & Porter, Cooley, and Weil Gotshal. After co-founding Lawyer Metrics (later acquired by the Access Group) to uncover the traits of high-performing lawyers through "Moneyball" data analyses, Caren created Diversity Lab to focus exclusively on leveraging data and science to boost diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Lab experiments with innovative, research-based methods to recruit, advance, and retain diverse talent through the use of metrics, behavioral science, technology, and design-thinking. Some of the Lab’s recent successful initiatives — many of which have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, The American Lawyer, Bloomberg, Vogue, and Law360 — include the OnRamp Fellowship, Mansfield Rule, Move the Needle Fund, and Inclusion Blueprint.