Marrying Lawyers with Technology: Making the Relationship Work

[On Demand - DL1077]

Course Type: Audio / PowerPoint Presentation

Course Registration Fee: Lex Mundi Member Fee: No Charge 

Duration: 60 minutes

Course Description:

This course is only available to Lex Mundi members.

Lawyers (and staff) are busy with their work and serving their clients. They say they don't have time to learn about new technology; but there are new tools they need to understand and use. This webinar examines the barriers to adopting new technology in law firms and what you can do at your firm to implement new technologies and process.

    What You Will Learn:

    • Three biggest barriers to technology adoption
    • A model for understanding the psychology of resistors (and supporters)
    • Five things you can do to drive adoption





    Gordon Vala-Webb, Principal, Building Smarter Organizations

    Gordon helps leaders of organizations improve their business results by transforming how their people collaborate, innovate and share what they know. He is an award-winning social business and knowledge practitioner and thought-leader with 15 years of experience working with large / complex public- and private-sector organizations.

    Gordon was National Director of Innovation and Information at McMillan LLP (a Canadian business law firm) where he was responsible for developing and executing firm-wide strategies for innovation and information strategy that helped shape and implement "best-in-class" internal processes, tools and technologies.

    Previously he was National Director of KM for PwC Canada and led the Business Value / Design team as part of the selection and rollout of a global social networking platform across PwC's network of firms (175,000 people in 150+ countries). That platform won Jive's best-in-show "New ways in business" in 2012. 

    Gordon has worked with a number of the leading social networking platforms (Sharepoint, Yammer, Newsgator, IBM Connections, Cisco Show and Share). Some of the projects he has led include:

    • Developed and launched an innovation program for a 6,000 person national firm – 100 new ideas in 5 weeks
    • Reducing email overload and improving leadership communications by shifting corporate communications from emails to tailored streams of news on mobile devices and portal
    • Creating an internal YouTube-like video channel for leadership communications, training and knowledge sharing
    • Driving operational efficiency and revenue enhancement through an innovation program using social networking platform (100 ideas in 30 days)

    Teams he has led have been recognized through awards such as the NN/g Top Ten Government Intranets and the IIR Best Portal, Content and Collaboration Excellence Award. Gordon is frequently asked to speak at conferences and other events in both North America and Europe.

    Gordon has a MA (Politics) from Queens and a Masters in Management Science (Technology) from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is also certified as a Human Capital Strategist (HCI).




    Pat Scully, CEO, Berstein Shur (Lex Mundi member firm for USA, Maine)

    Pat is the CEO of Bernstein Shur and has represented the firm’s energy clients for over 25 years, providing earnest, dedicated counsel to developers and owners of all forms of generation, from wind and solar to hydroelectric and natural gas, as well as wholesale and retail electricity suppliers. With a background in litigation and 10 years spent at the helm of the firm’s municipal practice, he’s an especially qualified and compelling representative for his clients in local and state regulatory matters, including regulation of electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, and water. Pat doesn’t just demystify complex regulatory issues for his clients; he also works with regulators to help them better understand and empathize with his clients’ issues. More often than not, his approach generates win-win solutions that ensure his clients’ success.

    Pat is also highly practiced in contract negotiation, assisting clients with everything from interconnection and transmission agreements to contracts for the retail and wholesale purchase and sale of energy products. A steadfast advocate for renewable energy, he’s proud to have contributed to an industry that has brought increased investment, jobs, and clean energy to Maine.

    MCLE/CPD Information:

    To obtain MCLE/CPD credit for online courses through the Lex Mundi Learning Network, please refer to your jurisdiction’s regulating agency for information regarding MCLE/CPD self-filing instructions.

    Registration and fees:

    Lex Mundi Member Fee - No Charge

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