The live-streaming event will feature two days filled with the latest industry trends and emerging opportunities critical for legal librarians and law firm professionals working in research, information services, and knowledge management. Here’s a first look at the speakers and topics featured in this year’s event on April 27-28.
1. Out-of-industry keynote speakers
The ARK Group’s Law Firm Libraries 2021 virtual conference will include two inspirational keynote addresses from out-of-industry speakers who will offer new inspiration in change management and relationship building:
- The first day of the conference will kick-off with a keynote from Melvin Smith, Ph.D., BCC, professor of organizational behavior, Weatherhead School of Management; Case Western Reserve University, co-author, “Helping People Change,” who will share his expert perspective on change management and tactics to tap into emotional intelligence principles to be a change agent at your firm.
- On day two, Jeff Tobe, author and customer experience expert, will open with a look at great customer service, a blessing and a curse. Tobe will explore relationship management skills, self-help and training in a remote world, and approaches to work with different personality types.
2. Insightful fireside chat for a partner perspective
Vishal Agnihotri, chief knowledge officer, and Gretchen Harris Sperry, partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, will host a fireside chat to discuss Sperry’s viewpoint on the power of analytics in legal research. Sperry will also share her perspective on the future of legal practice using powerful cutting edge analytical tools and advances in data visualization.
3. Firsthand case examples with industry experts
The conference will spotlight firsthand experiences with successful data integration, AI initiatives, and more:
During an inside look into an initiative at O’Melveny & Myers, June Hsia Liebert, director of information services, O’Melveny & Myers LLP will discuss the firm’s successful data integration project, strategies to integrate external and internal information and embed it into existing processes, and tips to gain buy-in for similar projects.
In a second case example, Evan Shenkman, chief knowledge and innovation officer, and Jennifer Mendez, director of KM innovation, Fisher & Phillips LLP, will offer insights on the value of predictability in operationalizing AI and predictive analytics tools. Throughout their discussion, Shenkman and Mendez will share case studies about two exciting AI initiatives, one of which aims to predict court outcomes with a 90 percent accuracy rate and another that aims to predict legal fees based upon case criteria, as well as how the KM innovation and library functions can raise the reputation of a firm, and tips to pitch new technology.
4. Wide-ranging panel discussions
Industry experts will come together in three panel discussions to share their perspectives on a range of hot-button topics. The panels will include:
- A line-up of librarian leaders who will discuss new models of delivery services and opportunities for innovation
- An extensive panel of industry experts who will share their firsthand perspectives on maintaining vendor relationships in the post-COVID-19 era
- A panel of legal directors who will explore the evolution of the law librarian’s role and the possibilities for the next step in your career
5. Virtual networking opportunities
Attendees will be able to participate in three on-camera networking opportunities led by industry experts scheduled throughout the event over lunch and an evening cocktail reception.
Both days will include a networking lunch with small group breakouts and interactive discussions, allowing participants to benchmark best practices, exchange ideas, and participate in off-the-record discussions. Participants will have the choice of three roundtable discussions in each session, with topics such as the move away from print to digital, how to keep employees and partners engaged in a remote workforce, challenges in staff training, how to find opportunities for automation and efficiency, and contract negotiation.
The first day of the conference will also include a virtual networking cocktail reception in ARK’s networking lobby, allowing the face-to-face experience attendees know and love at an ARK event. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other attendees, speakers, and technology solutions providers all from the comfort of their home office.
6. Bonus yoga and meditation session
This year’s event will also feature a new bonus session with virtual yoga and meditation to ease into another day of learning and networking. Yoga and Meditation Instructor Kim Larkin will guide participants through off-camera breathing exercises, meditation, and gentle yoga to calm the nervous system and quiet the mind.