The Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption
Great Location • Audacious Mission
SOLID Fall, Agenda – October 1-2, 2020
11:00am – 3:00pm Daily ET
*Content Subject to Change
Day 1 – Oct 1, 11:00am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Cowen – Founder of SOLID and The Cowen Group
Session One: The State of The Industry
Kori Carew – Chief Diversity Offiicer- Seyfarth LLP
NextGEN Attitudes and Actions – People
Innovation today is so much more than tools and technology. Now we are fast forwarding into culture, collaboration and talent. Cori will share what NextGEN Leaders are doing to innovate the culture, talent and potential of their organizations.
Chris Carsen – Founder, Carsen Law PLLC
Women General Counsel Panel- Harnessing Chaos to Drive Change in Diversity, Inclusion, and Collaboration.
Chris Carsen will moderate a panel of four female General Counsel… From the women’s General Counsel network from Heineken, Crate & Barrel, Brooks Brothers and Dyson on the topic of Cultural Innovation, Talent Inclusion and Diversity
Breakout Rooms and Townhall
Session Two: The Law Department of The Future
An Trotter – Senior Director of Operations, Office of the General Counsel, Hearst
How to Modernize and Innovate Your Law Department
An is one of the nations leading experts on innovating the corporate legal department for the future. An will share 5 action items that you can implement immediately.
Elaine Karp – Director, Legal Operations, Baxter International
The Art of Change
The evolving role of the Legal Operations Executive
Ellen Blanchard – Director, Discovery and Information Governance (DIG), T-Mobile
The Evolving Role of the eDiscovery Executive – Thriving in a Post COVID World
eDiscovery executives are taking on more strategy projects, tasks, responsibilities and working faster. But how do you get a seat at the table when there is no table?
Deirdre Brekke – Deputy General Counsel, Reynolds Packaging Group
Resource Constraints Can Lead to Empowering People
How does 1 lawyer supports over $1B in business in a company that is budget conscious and subject to growth and change? Deirdre will share her “not so secret” superpowers of collaboration and leveraging teams outside of legal in order to enable the business.
Breakout Rooms and Town hall
David Cunningham – Chief Information Officer, Winston & Strawn LLP
How to Measure Success with Your Diversity and Inclusion Campaign.
Making the invisible – visible to partners, clients and the world. Creating a culture of diversity is one of the most innovative tasks executive leaders have today. Dave Cunningham along with 4 General Counsel will share their experiences and expectations on what it takes to be successful and engaged at this time.
Day 2 Oct 2 11:00 am ET
Session One: Diversity and Inclusion as Innovation and Collaboration
The Power of People – Diversity and Inclusion Panel
Dawson Horn – Associate General Counsel, Vice President, AIG
Juanita Luna – Director of Legal Operations and Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Leading with listening. Action steps. PG&E starts every call with a diversity moment. The results are astounding and palpable.
Nick Long – Senior Director of Legal Operation, Reed Smith LLP
Reverse mentoring program – Nick Long, will explain the work allocation team, and how removing bias & subjectivity, removes burnout- improves quality of talent and levels up talent.
Laura Maechtlen – National Chair, Labor And Employment Department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
The Seyfarth TRIADE MENTORING PROGRAM launched 8 years ago, produces 95% retention and 70% promotion. Laura will share the details.
Table Discussions and Town Hall
Session Two: NextGEN Technology in Action
John Albright – Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Hub International
“The Borrowers” – Collaborating with Outside Partners to Access to Advanced Technology and Resources
For all but the largest companies, it can be difficult to justify ROI for NextGen technology. Even an international insurance group with over 500 daily claims, might not have the volume to support enterprise AI platforms. John will share how working with an LPO has allowed his organization to have access to the best analytics, machine learning, and reporting as well as labor arbitrage, allowing them to restructure internal roles and accumen.
Josh Kreamer – Director of eDiscovery, AstraZeneca
Shifting Executive Attitudes and Taking More Risk with Technology
The unintended benefit of the COVID disruption has been a new and enthusiastic willingness on behalf of executive leadership to try new technologies and push them further towards their limits. Prior to COVID executive leadership was more inclined towards complete risk avoidance. Today senior legal leadership is more open to risk mitigation and “good enough”. Josh will share how executive leadership Is fully supportive in a way they would not have been last year. Prior state: shovel the driveway – shovel the walkway – and shovel the lawn. Current state: shovel the driveway and walkway.
Richard Robinson – Director, Legal Operations and Litigation Support, Toyota North America
Building the law department of the future- without walls – How do you manage and motivate your law department remotely?
Breakout Rooms and Town Hall
What is SOLID?
SOLID is a TED-STYLE Talk summit focused on innovation and the business of law. Did you ever listen to a great SOLID Talk or panel and wish you had time to engage and brainstorm in real time on how to apply those ideas to your business? 14 speakers will give TED-STYLE talks around the intersection of innovation, advanced technology and the business of law. They share what they are doing, how they are doing it, and the business impact it has.
Our talks are followed by facilitated table talks, sprint panels, and town hall discussions, whereby participants discuss what they know now that they did not know before the session started and how to apply these lessons to their own organizations. SOLID provides participants with maximum interaction with peers and colleagues in a round table, workshop environment to assess current challenges and design concrete solutions.
Corporate Legal Executives & General Counsels
Law Firm Executives & Counsels
Technology Companies & Allied Professionals
Past Events Snaps
Reasons to Attend SOLID
Our day will be broken into four themed segments focused on innovation and disruption. We will focus on challenges and barriers, identify opportunities for meaningful change, and develop solutions for all market segments.
100 legal professionals and subject matter experts from law departments, law firms, alternative legal service providers, and academics.
Purposefully moderated tables with curated participants from all market segments.
Participants will switch their tables 2 times throughout the day.
“Solid is unique in size, format and quality of participants and presenters. I met so many talented professionals, given the intimate setting I was able to collaborate with others who shared similar challenges, was inspired by the innovative ways others approach them and gained strategic insight into emerging capabilities that I could bring back and apply. It’s a great forum to expand your insights into innovative approaches that are driving real improvements for how corporations deliver legal services. It’s not your ordinary conference if you want to engage in a thought provoking learning experience while expanding your network. I would highly recommend it.”
VP Corporate Systems at MetLife
“If you can attend this, I highly recommend it! Compliance Discovery Solutions was at SOLID East last month in NYC. The format allows for an exchange of ideas with a variety of legal professionals. In one day, I felt like I learned as much or more as I’ve learned from multi-day conferences!”
Vice President, Client Solutions at Compliance Discovery Solutions
“Before SOLID I would say I was a bit of an accidental innovator. I was naturally interested in looking for new and better ways to structure and manage my legal department and spend, but I was not aware of the incredible depth of knowledge out there about how to do that most effectively. SOLID brought all of the pieces together for me and allowed me to make lasting connections with others who are innovating within their teams and across the legal industry. I now have a much deeper understanding of how to draw upon a wide array of resources and technology to reshape what we are doing in a way that drives more value for less total spend. It’s also just a really fun and interesting group of people and the whole experience has expanded my circle of go-to colleagues.”
VP Legal at Columbia Sportswear Company
“I think the most valuable thing for me has been the chance to collaborate with, but also to listen to clients. Getting to hear first hand from GC’s and the C-Suite about their pain points and expectations is truly valuable. It really helps us to “sense check” and to ensure we are not only listening, but hearing and acting on what our clients expect and need from their outside counsel.”