Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Horizons Conference

14th July – Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL

About the Event

Janders Dean and Chicago-Kent College of Law are pleased to announce an unparalleled conference designed to highlight transformational activities in the global legal industry. After unparalleled events in London and Sydney, we will be leaving our exclusive Chicago delegates inspired and invigorated with a speaking faculty unlike any other.

We don’t do “same-old, same-old”. We don’t do static and stale conferences with the predictable roster of speakers. What makes our event different? This gathering has been developed and planned not by a conference company, but by the combined team of experts from the legal education and consulting fields – a group of recognized global thought leaders who work day-in and day-out at the front line of legal services transformation.

Our exclusive audience will be a deliberate mix of private practice lawyers, corporate legal champions, public sector standouts, senior knowledge and technology personnel, representatives from the emerging and evolving areas of legal pricing, process improvement, project management and service delivery enhancement, – and educators from leading institutions. We believe that at events such as this one, the best knowledge sharing comes from a delegate community whose job titles have been “mixed up to fix it up”.

We’re pleased to confirm that we have assembled a unique speaking faculty to bring you lessons from both inside and outside of the legal industry. These voices represent consumers and suppliers of legal services, scholars, and individuals dedicated to social justice.

Representatives from a vast range of organizations will present on the day, sharing their experiences on a variety of successes and failures. Delegates will share insights on emerging trends and issues, discuss real successes and failures, and absorb opportunities to transform the practice of law. We aim to give you the inspiration to do something different when you return to work.

We look forward to welcoming you to this unique and coveted event. Broaden your #JDHorizons at #JDCK16.


Google for Work

Kate Johnson – Change and Transformation Specialist, Google for Work

Kate has spent a decade working in the field of change and communications, consulting across a variety of fields and organizations. She is passionate about helping people and organizations to work more effectively, and is focused on applying change methodologies and tools to critical client challenges to improve organizational effectiveness and support employees through change.

Beyond Advisers

Scott Curran – Founder, Beyond Advisers & Senior Legal Adviser, Clinton Foundation 

For more than a decade, Scott has worked at the intersection of law, philanthropy, and social innovation helping nonprofit executives, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and government and private sector leaders develop scalable and sustainable organizations and partnerships of purpose that transform lives and communities.

Scott advises leaders of organizations working in social innovation and impact philanthropy.  He teaches and lectures on the topic of lawyers as social innovators, advises law schools in developing social impact clinical practices, and consults with law firms to develop “Legal Social Innovation” practice groups.


Joe Otterstetter – Managing Counsel & Associate General Counsel      – 3M

As managing counsel for 3M Legal Affairs, Joe Otterstetter leads a diverse set of initiatives aimed at enhancing 3M’s efficiency and effectiveness. In this capacity, Joe has helped create and steward 3M’s Preferred Counsel Network, launch the legal department’s data analytics function, develop legal process improvement initiative, among various other operational initiatives. Prior to taking the reins as managing counsel, Joe held a number of positions at 3M, dating back to 1989.

He has served as legal adviser to more than 30 different 3M divisions, lived and worked in the United Kingdom and Europe where he supported 3M’s chemical, industrial, and electronics businesses, helped establish 3M’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and served as primary business group counsel for 3M’s Industrial, Transportation, and Safety & Security Systems business groups.

Joe is a passionate supporter of community engagement and pro bono initiatives.  For more than 20 years, Joe has served as a volunteer lawyer for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, a Twin Cities-based legal civil legal services provider, and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. 

Neota Logic

Betsy Braham – CEO, ComplianceHR, Neota Logic

Elizabeth Braham is a senior level executive with extensive background in strategic, operational and financial management.  She is skilled at planning and leading strategies for varied business scenarios including high growth, joint ventures and acquisitions and is experienced and proficient in executing on the implementation of technology initiatives. Elizabeth serves as the Chief Executive officer of ComplianceHR and Neota Logic.  In her role at ComplianceHR, she is responsible for combining Neota Logic’s artificial intelligence technology with Littler Mendelson’s employment law expertise to create and deliver quick, accurate and cost-effective HR compliance technology solutions.

Seyfarth Shaw

Lisa Damon  Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

Lisa Damon is a recognized leader in innovation and value in the profession of law. She serves on Seyfarth Shaw’s Executive Committee and is the National Chair of its 350-attorney Labor & Employment Department. Lisa also is on the team that has executive oversight of SeyfarthLean®, the firm’s proprietary, value-driven client service model, which combines the core principles of Lean Six Sigma with process improvement, project management and tailored technology solutions. Lisa has been named one of the most innovative lawyers in the United States by the ABA Journal and Financial Times.  She has been honored as an ACC Value Champion, is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, and was named Employment Lawyer of the Year  in the inaugural Chambers USA Women in Law Awards.

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dan Katz – Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dan is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law, meshing litigation and transactional knowledge with emerging software and other efficiency-enhancing technologies to help create lawyers for today’s challenging legal job market.  Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dan’s forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement among the Fastcase 50, an award which “recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”  He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal’s “Legal Rebels,” a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. Dan teaches Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, and Entrepreneurial Lawyering at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers.


Gail Swanson – Director of Strategy, 18F

Gail Swanson is honored to be serving her country as Director of Strategy at 18F. She has spent over 15 years guiding teams to look deeper and learn about the people they serve to create technology that fits.

Gail’s past work spans a diverse range of industries including financial services, leisure travel, advertising, and even brewery operations. She started her career as a front end developer with an education in fine art. With experience, she formed her creative approach to design, molding technology into usable systems.
Gail is happiest untangling complexity into simple ideas and instigating office sing-alongs.

Eris Industries

  Nina Kilbride – Head of Legal Engineering, Eris Industries

Nina Kilbride is head of legal engineering at Eris Industries, Ltd, a software company building cryptographically secure contract models in an open-source, permissioned blockchain architecture.

Before joining Eris, Nina practiced commercial litigation in North Carolina for 18 years and her experience as a lawyer gives context to smart contract applications. Nina sees in blockchain data certainty the opportunity to design and build evolved legal models. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and blogs about blockchain legal issues at cryptolawyer.net.

Vermont Law School

Jeannette Eicks – Research Professor & Director, Vermont Law School, Center for Legal Innovation

Jeanne Eicks is managing director of the Center for Legal Innovation and teaches eLawyering and eDiscovery at Vermont Law School. She facilitates collaborative projects between students, faculty and industry partners on behalf of the Center for Legal Innovation. Her published work includes “Evidence Challenge,” published by LexisNexis in 2014, and a chapter in “Educating the Digital Lawyer,” an eBook co-edited by Professor Oliver Goodenough and published by LexisNexis in 2012. Jeannette’s past experience includes serving as CEO of an application development and Internet consulting firm, managing information technology for Vermont Law School, and establishing several degree programs during her tenure as a professor at Vermont Technical College. She received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and a master’s in internet strategy management from Marlboro College.

DWT De Novo

 Jay Hull – Chief Innovation Partner, DWT De Novo

Jay is the Chief Innovation Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and was a founder of our innovation initiative, DWT De Novo.
He focuses on deploying new and better approaches to the delivery of legal services, to enable our lawyers to create greater value for our clients. Having served as assistant general counsel for a public company, Jay understands the pressures faced by in-house legal teams. It’s with this understanding and many years of transactional experience that Jay looks for creative solutions to clients’ business and legal challenges.


Porta Antiporta – Product Lead, 18F

Porta Antiporta, an 18F product lead, has worked across the full stack of software product delivery—from embedded software to online marketplaces. He started as a software engineer with eventual stints in product management and strategy.

While working through these various roles and products, he noticed a common theme: software accelerating the pace of innovation. He has an engineering degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. After working in the private sector for 15 years at several startups and large corporations, he is honored to be at 18F making our government more accessible to the public through technology.


Neil Araujo – CEO, iManage

As one of the co-founders of iManage and VP/General Manager of the ECM business at HP, Neil was responsible for thought leadership and product strategies that led to iManage’s market-leadership position. Today, he is CEO of the newly independent iManage. Neil was a key member of the team that successfully built the company from a start-up to a profitable and growing publicly traded software company that went IPO in four years, before the company was acquired by Interwoven in 2004. At Interwoven, Araujo played a key role in driving the strategy and growing the professional services division’s market share in the legal market from 40% to 75%. He also played an instrumental role in expanding the business into new adjacent vertical markets and geographies, which doubled the division’s revenue in three years.

Araujo earned his MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


Novus Law

Ray Bayley – CEO, Novus Law

Ray Bayley is responsible for leading our firm’s strategy, ethics, global operations, and quality management systems. He is the former Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ North American Business Process Outsourcing organization – considered during his tenure as the world’s leading outsourcing organization – and was a member of the firm’s 15-member management committee, responsible for overseeing the $9 billion, 70,000 person U.S. operations of the firm. Ray is also the former Chief Executive Officer of a business process outsourcing company with large-scale operations in India. Ray is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Corporate Counsel Institute at Georgetown University Law Center and the Legal Transformation Study: Your 2020 Vision of the Future. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration degree, with Beta Gamma Sigma honors, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Lisa Colpoys – Executive Director, Illinois Legal Aid Online

As Executive Director, Lisa Colpoys leads ILAO’s staff and Board of Directors, cultivates innovation, and guides product development. Before joining ILAO, Lisa served as Director of Legal Services at CARPLS, Chicago’s legal aid hotline, and spent several years in private practice as a sole practitioner representing small businesses and individuals in a wide variety of legal matters. Lisa was recognized in 2003 as one of 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch and was recently named by the ABA Journal as one of 10 Women to Watch in Legal Tech. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, and serves on several national, statewide and local groups focused on technology, self-represented persons and affordable legal services.


Martha Cotton  – Partner, gravitytank

Martha is a Partner at gravitytank and has led the Research Discipline since the spring of 2008 when she joined the firm. She began her career at eLab in 1990s, and since then has worked across a wide variety of industries plying her skills as an applied ethnographer and business consultant.

Stints include leadership roles at Sapient, Hall & Partners, and HLB. Clients are numerous and range from General Mills to General Motors; from SCJ to J&J; from Fidelity (Investments) to Security (U.S. Department of). Martha holds a BA in English from Indiana University and an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is currently adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering.
Martha is former co-chair and current Advisory Committee member of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC). She is also a contributing author in “The Handbook of Anthropology and Business” (Left Coast Press, May 2014).


Jim Guszcza – Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte

Baker Donelson

Bill Painter – Shareholder & Strategic Planning Officer, Baker Donelson

Bill Painter currently acts as Baker Donelson’s Strategic Planning Officer, the chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, the chairman of the Technology Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee of the firm. Through these various roles, William has had deep connection to the establishment, strategy, and growth of the firm’s legal project management, knowledge management, and technology programs. 

William is also a shareholder of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, tax and health care restructuring.  His experience includes corporate, employee benefits and deferred compensation, federal, state and local taxation, securities, and trusts and estates.



John R. Fernandez


Taking bold action and disrupting the status quo have defined John’s career as a senior leader in government, the private sector and now as US Chief Innovation Officer and Partner for Dentons.

John is a driving force in the firm’s strategy to reinvent the business of law.  As Global Chair of Nextlaw Labs, an independent legal tech venture development platform, he works closely with the firm’s lawyers and professionals to identify investment and co-development opportunities for new technologies that will deliver greater client value and transform the legal industry.

Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate, John served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  He was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s regional innovation strategies.  With nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience, this former mayor, Federal economic development leader and collaboration expert has an exceptional ability to work with diverse constituencies, manage complex issues and produce compelling results.


Ryan McClead, Business Transformation & Innovation Architect – 

Ryan McClead is the business transformation and innovation architect at HighQ. Known to us here at JDHQ as the Grizzly Adams of Legal Technology (without the exposure to the outdoors), he is a 2015 FastCase 50 recipient – honoring 50 “entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers… who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services”.

Prior to joining HighQ, Ryan led the Global Legal Technology Innovation initiative at Norton Rose Fulbright. He has spent the last 13 years in BigLaw technology advocating for and implementing policies, procedures, and tools to improve the flow of knowledge and the pace of innovation within firms. He has worked with all facets of the business to find logical and technological solutions to problems plaguing individuals, departments, and the firm at large.


Nicole Shanahan, Founder & CEO – ClearAccessIP

Nicole Shanahan is an attorney in California and a residential fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, a joint center between Stanford Law School and Computer Science.
She is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP an integrated patent management technology, and a legal technologist who specializes in the utilization of structured databases, APIs, UI/UX, automation and SaaS.
Her research at Stanford is entitled “Smart Prosecution,” an ongoing, multi-disciplinary project applying data science to the prosecutorial process and involving partnerships with district attorneys and police departments.


Alma Asay is the Founder and CEO of Allegory (allegorylaw.com) in New York City.  Allegory is a cloud-based collaborative litigation management tool used by many of the most prestigious law firms, corporations, and government agencies in the United States.
Before founding Allegory, Alma was a successful litigator at top law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, winner of The American Lawyer’s biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” competition in 2010, 2012, and 2016.
At Gibson Dunn, Alma was the go-to second chair for Orin Snyder, ranked among the top 50 trial lawyers in the country, on complex, high-stakes cases.
  Alma is one of the first and only female BigLaw lawyers to found a legal technology startup, and was recently named by the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center as one of 50 “Women of Legal Tech.”
She earned her J.D., at age 22, from New York University School of Law.


Assistant General Counsel, Corporate External and Legal Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

Lucy joined the legal department of Microsoft in 2004, providing legal support to the central procurement organization globally and across all lines of business at Microsoft. In recent years, she has focused extensively on complex and global outsourcing contracts and gained firsthand experience in outsourcing by engaging an outsourced legal services provider (LPO) to assist her with high-volume contract transactions. She recently launched a new “managed services” engagement with law firms. She oversees a centralized contracting office in the legal department of Microsoft, specializing in contracting process efficiencies and automation. This office is responsible for managing the company’s global contract repository and supporting electronic signature and storage.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Lucy practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Seattle, WA, specializing in commercial transactions and commercial bankruptcy. Lucy received her J.D and BA from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, where she grew up, but has been living in the Seattle area since completing law school.

Lucy is a licensed member of the Washington and Texas state bar associations, and was named to the National Law Journal list of Outstanding Women Lawyers, 2015.


This exclusive invitation-only thought-leadership event will be hosted at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams St.
Located in Chicago’s West Loop (at the corner of Adams St. and Jefferson St.), it is one block west of Union Station and three blocks south of Ogilvie Transportation Center.
The law school is a short walk from the Dirksen Federal Building, which houses the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Daley Center, which houses the Illinois state courts, and LaSalle Street, the hub of law practice in Chicago.

College of Law

565 W Adams St
IL 60661


Thursday 14th July


8:30 – 5:30



Sponsors and Partners

Janders Dean and Chicago-Kent are pleased to announce the following partnering organizations for our inaugural North American event. For further information on the benefits of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Janders Dean via email on info@jandersdean.com







Handshake Software





    08:00 - 08:30
  • INTRO - Welcome & Introductions
    08:30 - 08:40
    Chicago-Kent & Janders Dean
  • Session 1 - KEYNOTE SESSION
    Productivity Transformation Through Technology
    Lessons from GoogleWork
    08:40 - 09:00
    Kate Johnson – Google for Work
  • Session 2 - Lawyers as Social Innovators
    Driving Outcomes & Achieving Social Missions
    09:00 - 09:20
    Scott Curran – Beyond Advisers
  • Session 3 - Assembling Contemporary Legal Services
    Assessing Pieces of the Puzzle
    09:20 - 09:40
    Bill Painter – Baker Donelson
  • Session 4 - Digitizing Services –
    18F on Reimagining the Federal Government’s
    Public Services
    09:40 - 10:00

    Gail Swanson – 18F
    Porta Anitporta – 18F

    10:00 - 10:30
  • Session 5 - Legal Start-Up Cultures. Breathing new life into the industry
    10:30 - 10:40
    Neil Araujo – iManage
  • Session 6 - KEYNOTE SESSION
    From Data to Decisions
    Understanding Critical Context & Perspective in Data Projects
    10:40 - 11:00
    Jim Guszcza – Deloitte
  • Session 7 - The Evolving Corporate Legal Department
    Transforming Buying, Planning, and Controlling Legal Services at 3M
    11:00 - 11:20
    Joe Otterstetter – 3M
  • Session 8 - Changing Legal
    Engaging Powerful Group Ideation & Community of Practice Inspiration Methods
    11:20 - 11:40
    Jeannette Eicks – Vermont Law School
  • Session 9 - Redefining Complex Litigation
    A Former BigLaw Lawyer’s Journey into the Startup World
    11:40 - 12:00

    Alma Asay – Allegory Law

  • Session 10 -Smart Contracts
    The Future of Transactions through Computable Contracts and Blockchain
    12:00 - 12:20

    Nina Kilbride – Eris Industries

    12:20 - 1:20
  • Session 11 - #MLaaS - Machine Learning as a Service and the Future of Legal Analytics
    1:20 - 1:40
    Dan Katz – Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Session 12 - Delivering High-Impact Legal Content
    Lessons from a Statewide Legal Aid Website
    1:40 - 2:00
    Lisa Colpoys – Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • Session 13 - The Future is Now
    2:00 - 2:10

    Ryan McClead – HighQ

  • Session 14 - New Ventures Yield New Possibilities
    Union of Law Firms & Technology Providers
    2:10 - 2:30
    Betsy Braham – Neota Logic
  • Session 15 - Emerging Strategies to Revolutionize Complex Legal Services
    2:30 - 2:50
    Ray Bayley – Novus Law
    2:50 - 3:20
  • Session 16 - Service Design
    What it is and Why The Legal Desperately Needs More of it
    3:20 - 3:40
    Martha Cotton – gravitytank
  • Session 17 - Novelty in Service Approach Requires Novelty in Dialogue
    Progressive Ways to Engage Clients
    3:40 - 4:00
    Lisa Damon – Seyfarth Shaw
  • Session 18 - Computational Law to Reduce Transaction Costs
    Transaction Cost Theory
    4:00 - 4:20

    Nicole Shanahan – ClearAccessIP

  • Session 19 - Legal Evolution Explored
    DWT & Microsoft Case Study Exemplifying Industry Change
    4:20 - 5:00
    Jay Hull – DWT De Novo
    Lucy Bassli – Microsoft
  • Session 20 - Dentons’ NextLaw Labs
    Large Law Innovation from the Outside In
    5:00 - 5:30

    John Fernandez – Dentons

    5:30 - 5:45
    Justin North – Janders Dean
    5:45 - 7:00


This event is strictly invitation-only and is exclusively designed for industry leadership, clients, and close friends and contacts within the industry. We have capped the number of spaces available. If you have not received an invitation, please contact us at info@jandersdean.com. However, please be aware that we are not able to accommodate all requests.


Janders dean

Chicago Kent College of Law