Report from CLOC 2019

Last week, several of our team members headed out to Las Vegas to attend the annual CLOC Vegas Institute, always a highlight on our events calendar for the opportunity to network and connect with professionals out in the field.

CLOC, or the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, is a non-profit networking organization that connects “forward thinking, creative people in relationships that matter.” CLOC’s mission is to help legal operations professionals and other core corporate legal industry players (e.g. tech providers, law firms, LPO’s, law schools, etc.) optimize the legal service delivery models needed by small, medium, and large legal departments and government entities to support their clients.

Checking in with our partner Elevate at CLOC 2019

Held in Las Vegas for four years running, this year’s event brought together over 2000 industry professionals and represented corporations and law firms around the world. Some of the corporations and firms in attendance included Google, Twitter, Walmart, and Gap, as well as many of the AmLaw 100 firms.

There were a few sessions we found noteworthy, including:

The General Counsel Panel: “Implementing Legal Operations in a Modern Legal Department.” Dorian Daley (Oracle), Nigel Bond (Westpac), and Julie Gruber (Gap Inc.) talked through the challenges that led them to develop LegalOps teams. Some of these challenges included matter management, risk management ownership, cost, and the desire to bring ediscovery in house. Each of the GCs praised their LegalOps teams for taking on major projects both within their team and making major impact across their organizations.

Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Overcoming Structural Impediments to Adoption of Technology Solutions. This panel consisted of: Ralph Baxter (formerly Orrick and Intapp), Alan Bryan (Walmart), Pat Archbold (Intapp), Josh Becker (Lex Machina), and Tessa J. Schwartz (Morrison Foerster). As discussed in the panel, “gatekeepers” can prevent law firms from advancing their technological potential. But it’s incumbent on firms to modernize on their clients’ behalf. Legal technology providers can better navigate law firms’ culture and structure by thinking and act like a firm.

The Everlaw team enjoyed the opportunity to attend CLOC and connect with corporate legal and law firm professionals. Everlaw is a cloud-based platform built for corporations, law firms, and investigative journalists that enables teams to collaboratively discover information, reveal its underlying structure, and act on those insights. Learn more about Everlaw at www.everlaw.com.