2016 Conference Agenda and Materials

2016 Futures Conference
September 15-16, University of Missouri—Kansas City; Kansas City, MO


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Access to Justice

Two speakers contributed very practical ideas how College Fellows and the legal industry can support the tremendous need to provide greater access to justice for the most disadvantaged among us.

      • Amy Fitzpatrick, CEO, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc.
      • Glenn Rawdon, Program Counsel for Technology, Legal Services Corporation

What Will Law Look Like in 2026?

Panel 1: What types of entities will provide legal services?

      • Will we all be working for Mega-Global Accountants LLP? – Ron Friedmann, Partner, Fireman & Company
      • Will the legal profession still be self-regulated? – Juda Strawczynski, Policy Counsel, Law Society of Upper Canada
      • Should law firms and legal departments be run with business disciplines? – Liam Brown, Founder and Chairman, Elevate Services
      • Are alternative business structures going to fly? – Reid Trautz, Director, Practice & Professionalism Center, AILA

Resources Recommended by Panel 1

Speed Networking

Attendees were assigned to special interest groups and spent several minutes each exchanging ideas and experiences in an across-the-table, speed networking exercise before moving to the next attendee.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Whiteboard and Open Mic Session

Attendees had the opportunity to share their own predictions and insights.

Panel 2: How will we better deliver what clients want, and get paid for it?

      • Will the billable hour finally be dead?Kevin Bielawski, Director of Legal Project Management & Strategic Pricing, Husch Blackwell LLP
      • Are lawyers going to get better at getting things done?Tom Baldwin, Partner, Fireman & Company
      • What will client service look like?Nathaniel Slavin, Partner and Founder, Wicker Park Group
      • What will clients want and need?Connie Brenton, Chief of Staff and Director of Legal Operations, NetApp

Resources Recommended by Panel 2

Panel 3: How will technology change the nature of legal work and services? 

      • Will computers replace lawyers? – Michael Mills, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Neota Logic Inc.
      • Does big data have all the answers?Patrick Tisdale, Chief Knowledge Officer, Dentons US LLP
      • Will there be better access to justice through new kinds of legal services? – Glenn Rawdon, Program Counsel for Technology, Legal Services Corporation
      • Will our data be any safer?Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Resources Recommended by Panel 3

Panel 4: Where will the legal jobs be and who will fill them?

      • Where will the jobs be? – Jordan Furlong, Principal, Law21
      • What will law schools look like? – William D. Henderson, Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, Maurer School of Law
      • Will there be more diversity and equity? – Natalie Robinson Kelly, Director, Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia
      • Will we still have solo practitioners and small firms? – Mark A Robertson, Partner, Robertson & Williams

Resources Recommended by Panel 4

Panel 5: What will marketing and sales look like in the new world of legal services?

      • Are you watching—and being watched—by your competition? – Patrick Fuller, Vice President, Business Development, Neota Logic Inc.
      • What will digital marketing look like? – Jaron Rubenstein, Founder and President, Rubenstein Technology Group
      • How will ethics rules evolve and will there still be a legal guild? – Will Hornsby, Staff Counsel, ABA Division for Legal Services
      • How will clients hire law firms in 2026? – William T. Garcia, Chief Practice Innovation Officer, Thompson Hine

Resources Recommended by Panel 5

InnovAction Awards

Each year the College of Law Practice Management presents the coveted InnovAction Awards to those unsung heroes and rising stars within the legal profession who dare to think differently and succeed by doing so. In 2016, two winners were selected:

  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Class of 2016 Inductees

•Tom Baldwin • Dave Bruns • William T. Garcia • Ari Kaplan

• Rick A. Kathuria • Amy L. Knapp • Peter Krakaur

• Marie Lefton • Mark Ross • Kris Satkunas

• John W. Simek • Adam L. Stock • Jill Weber

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Dan Pinnington, VP Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations, Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company LawPro®
  • Patti Lane, Hooper Lundy & Bookman, PC