CLOC 2019: can’t miss sessions

Lauren Lee | April 23, 2019 | Articles

At SimpleLegal, we love anything related to legal operations, so it’s no surprise that we’re thrilled to be a fourth year sponsor of the 2019 CLOC Institute – one of the largest legal ops conferences taking place in Las Vegas May 14th-16th.

In keeping with tradition, we’ve selected a few educational sessions that you won’t want to miss. When making our selections, we tried to capture a broad range of topics that would interest legal operations professionals whether this is their first CLOC Institute or they’re seasoned conference veterans.

Of course, if you’ve already registered for the event, don’t forget to schedule time to see the SimpleLegal Legal Operations Platform in action – we’ve got some new features to show off and are excited to share the love for one of our customers by raffling off a Traeger Pro Grill at booth 17. Click here for your chance to win!

Sessions on Tuesday, May 14th

Building and Optimizing a Legal Operations Program

10:30am – 11:20am | Raphael 3
Hear from legal operations professionals on what a strong legal team looks like and tried-and-true strategies for building out and optimizing the function. Learn how and when to integrate technology, methods for managing processes to reduce errors and wasted time, and ways to effectively collaborate with other departments.


  • Lucy Bassli – VP, Deputy General Counsel, Snowflake Computing
  • Frances Pomposo – Director of Legal & PEC Operations, Workday
  • Nathan Wenzel – CEO, SimpleLegal

Why attend? Categorized as one of CLOC’s foundational sessions, this is a great way to kickstart your time at the conference. Providing a wealth of knowledge for all levels of legal operations, you’ll leave with strategic advice for optimizing and upleveling your operations.

If you’re not attending the conference or just can’t wait to absorb some legal operations knowledge, download our white paper, Legal Operations 101: A Blueprint for Modern Legal Departments today!

Building and Leveraging Your Network Authentically – Dropping the “ing” from “Network!”

1:30pm – 2:20pm | Da Vinci 1 & 2
A session revolving around some of the most common misperceptions about the word “networking”. Participants will walk through real life examples and get insights that can help accelerate professional and career opportunities.


  • Mary O’Carroll – Director of Legal Operations, Google
  • Scott Westfahl – Professor of Practice Director, Executive Education, Harvard Law School

Why attend? With the legal operations role still in a nascent stage, networking and learning from peers is critical to success! Lead by CLOC president, Mary O’Carroll, and Harvard Law School professor, Scott Westfahl, we recommend this session because those who attend are sure to learn ways for growing and expanding their legal operations network.

Outside Counsel and In-House Partnership: Collaborating to Achieve Common Goals

4:20pm – 5:10pm | Da Vinci 3 & 4
This session highlights how law departments and legal operations professionals both share the same goal of delivering legal services in a cost-effective, efficient, transparent, and value focused way and shares ways the two groups can collaborate and incorporate new processes and technology to achieve these goals.


  • Justin Ergler – Director of Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Greg McConnell – Legal Operations Leader, Corteva
  • Melissa Prince – Chief Client Value Officer, Ballard Spahr
  • Lizzie Shilliam – Chief of Legal Operations, Vanderbilt University
  • Ashley Woodill – Assistant Vice President, TD Bank

Why attend? With one of CLOC’s core competencies being vendor management, having an arsenal of strategies for enhancing the relationship between your in-house team and the vendors it engages is sure to provide numerous benefits, both short and long-term.

In the meantime, download our vendor management white paper for a few quick tips around enhancing your relationship with outside counsel.

Sessions on Wednesday, May 15th

Change at Hyper Speed, The WeWork Legal Ops Transformation Story

10:30am – 11:20am | Raphael 3
Hear the story of how WeWork’s legal department created an operational structure that would support the company’s massive global growth, specifically how the legal department was able to meet the speed and agility of the business with a stable foundation.


  • Mary Jummati – Director – Law Department Consulting, UnitedLex
  • Roxana Martinez – Director, Project Management – Business Systems, WeWork
  • Nikki Rahimzadeh – Director, Legal Business Solutions, UnitedLex

Why attend? Scalability is important for legal department success and a common topic of discussion. While your organization might not be a $20 billion company like WeWork today, their process of creating an organized and optimized legal department, complete with innovative technology and process improvements, will unveil a wealth of learnings that you can apply as your team and company continue to grow.

The Journey to Modernize Contracts: From Gaining Control to Using AI

1:30pm – 2:20pm | Bellagio Ballroom 2
This session will discuss how modernizing contract management has the potential to not only massively reduce cost and risk, but also accelerate and increase revenue. Part of success is understanding that you won’t go from spreadsheets to AI overnight.


  • Prashant Dubey – VP Contracts Solutions, Elevate Services
  • Lindsey Klemyk – Director, Strategy, Technology & Operational Effectiveness, Aetna, a CVS Health Company
  • Eric Lentell – Vice President, Legal , Fitbit
  • James O’Neil – Senior Legal Operations Manager, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Why attend? There’s been a lot of buzz around contract management and AI — leaving many with questions around what AI really means. Because panelists are at various points in the journey to modernize contracts, you’re sure to walk away with practical advice to get started or what to do next.

A Tale of Two eDiscovery Operating Models: How They Were Developed and What the Future Holds

4:20pm – 5:10pm | Monet 1 & 2
This session will walk through how legal operations professionals can identify the necessary components, considerations, and key stakeholders required to develop a comprehensive corporate discovery model. Speakers will also share their predictions for the evolution of their current models in the future and what legal ops professionals can expect.


  • Melissa DeHonney – Corporate Counsel, Novo Nordisk
  • Paige Hunt – Vice President Global Discovery Solutions, Lighthouse
  • Wendy Riggs – Lead, Information Governance and Legal Operations, Airbnb

Why attend? Because a comprehensive corporate discovery operating model can be challenging to implement, hearing the journey of two organizations and how they arrived at their current models can help provide a baseline for you to get started or make adjustments. And with CLOC sessions always proving to be interactive, we know there will be some great discussion applicable to legal teams of all sizes.

See You at Booth 17!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a visit with SimpleLegal during the event! Stop by booth 17 to pick up your limited edition CLOC swag, or attend our demo on how SimpleLegal can help make legal the best-run department in the company in Bellagio Ballroom 3 at 2:35pm on Tuesday.

We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas!