Competency is Not Optional:
Understanding the Implications of Legal Tech in an Evolving World

Live Webinar Event:
November 16, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM ET
Hosted by Thomson Reuters in Partnership with the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)

The pandemic has permanently changed the way many attorneys work, and has accelerated the need for attorneys to understand and adopt Legal Technology (Legal Tech).  This webinar will address some of the most important issues surrounding Legal Tech, including why Legal Tech competency is critical for both law firms and in-house counsel. Specifically, this webinar will cover:

  • The impact of the pandemic on Legal Tech and the technology that law-firm and in-house attorneys have adopted during the pandemic
  • Expectations for use of Legal Tech in a post-pandemic hybrid working environment, including technologies related to the cloud, security, and collaboration
  • Understanding what attorneys need to know about Legal Tech, how to become competent in Legal Tech in both a law firm and in-house setting, and what to consider before investing in new Legal Tech
  • The proliferation of messaging apps, including ephemeral and semi-ephemeral messaging in day-to-day business
  • And more!

Rawia Ashraf, Vice President, Legal Practice and Productivity, Thomson Reuters 
Rawia develops customer-driven legal software that helps attorneys get their jobs done with a particular focus on innovative technologies and AI. Previously, Rawia led Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law product strategy, guiding the investment and growth process. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Rawia practiced antitrust law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, in both New York and DC. She is a graduate of Cornell Law School and the University of Maryland. Outside of work, Rawia is active with Food Bank for New York City and other nonprofits focusing on women and income inequality.
Lucy Bassli, Founder and Principal, InnoLaw Group, PLLC
Lucy is an attorney, the author of The Simple Guide to Legal Innovation,  a former Assistant General Counsel of Legal Operations and Contracting at Microsoft and an instructor for Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate Program. Lucy is a highly sought-after legal industry expert who works with corporate legal departments and law firms on legal service delivery, automation, smart risk-taking, and alternative resourcing models. She educates and consults with lawyers to take best practices in the legal industry to a new level. Lucy is also a strategy advisor for LawGeex, an AI legal start-up that automates contract review services.Lucy is a frequent writer and speaker on legal services innovation, legal technology, and legal process outsourcing. In 2015, she was named to the National Law Journal list of Outstanding Women Lawyers. 
Samantha Kepler, Senior Discovery Consultant, Perkins Coie LLP
Samantha has wide-ranging e-discovery experience, including in patent, antitrust, criminal, and white collar litigation. She consults with attorneys on e-discovery matters to improve effectiveness and create organizational efficiencies, analyzing and recommending technology solutions for targeting relevant data, enhancing and managing document reviews, and implementing cost-saving measures.
Jessica Brand, Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law
Jessica Brand joined Practical Law from Sills Cummis & Gross PC, where she was a senior associate in the litigation group. Her practice focused on complex commercial and real estate litigation on the trial and appellate court levels in both state and federal courts. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the District Court for the District of New Jersey, and was named a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star for several consecutive years.
Lauren Sobel, Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law
Lauren Sobel joined Practical Law from Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she was a Partner in the firm's Business Litigation department. Prior to that, she clerked for the Honorable Joan A. Lenard in the Southern District of Florida and the Honorable Debra C. Freeman in the Southern District of New York. Lauren began her career as a business litigation associate at Nixon Peabody LLP in New York.

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