Watch: Innovation in Practice: People, Process and Technology

In this video, you will hear from panelists from an in-house legal department, law school and law firm discuss the skills necessary to keep up with exponential changes in the legal industry. They’ll discuss how innovation is impacting business, how they are facilitating data driven decisions, and how to develop the talent needed to deliver innovation.

Insights will also include best practices in the evaluation, deployment and adoption of technology within organizations when striving to produce the highest quality of work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn practical tips on how to bring innovation to legal services
  • Discover the key elements of innovation initiatives
  • Hear best practices in the evaluation, deployment, and adoption of technology
  • Understand the building blocks necessary to be successful


Wendy Curits , Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer

For two consecutive years, Orrick has been named by the Financial Times as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America. As Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer, Wendy leads Orrick’s efforts to operationalize innovation through novel products, streamlined processes, technology and client consulting on tailored solutions. Wendy leads an innovation team of lawyers, technologists, developers, project managers and business professionals.

Wendy is recognized by Chambers as a leading individual, nationally, in the area of eDiscovery. She is the chair of Orrick’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Group. She has been engaged by Fortune 100 companies and major financial institutions to create and deploy eDiscovery and records management programs. Wendy has substantial experience in pharmaceutical, product liability and class action litigation. Her litigation experience includes multiple trials, supervision of regional and local counsel, management of complex discovery and meet-and-confer negotiations.

Tariq Abdullah, Senior Director, Legal Operations and Data & Analytics at Walmart

Tariq Abdullah supports Walmart as Senior Director of Legal Operations. His team leads initiatives in data & analytics, AI, technology, and organizational innovation to enable data-driven decision making and operational efficiency. They drive transformation from in-house law firm to legal business unit.

Tariq joined Walmart in October 2013, leading teams in the Health & Wellness Compliance group. During his tenure he received the Walmart Merchandising People’s Choice Award. He is committed to expanding the awareness and impact of legal operations teams and the industry. Critical to this is his focus on leveraging data and leading edge technologies that drive legal department transformation from in-house law firm to legal business unit.

Daryl Shetterly, Director of Orrick Analytics

Daryl manages a team of 20+ tech-savvy staff attorneys, 100+ contract attorneys, assistants that handle project management, analysts that perform big data analysis and statistical modeling, and technologists that build bots, scripts, and tools that increase quality and reduce human effort. Daryl’s team designs processes, workflows, and templates that are used by dedicated project managers to deliver project plans and enable data-driven budgeting and decision-making. As an early adopter of artificial intelligence and machine learning, Daryl’s team uses technology to augment due diligence and drafting tasks, TAR and continuous active learning for eDiscovery, and advanced tools for concept and sentiment analysis.

Daryl’s mission is straightforward: enhance accuracy, speed, and security of scalable legal work, generate insights specific to the engagement and reduce client cost.

Jim Lupo Professor of Practice Director, Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation at Northwestern University School of Law

Jim joined the Northwestern Law faculty in 2003. While in private practice, he handled complex commercial litigation matters on behalf of insurance companies and other financial institutions. His cases included risk management disputes involving non-medical malpractice liability, directors and officers’ coverage, environmental impairment exposure and risk sharing litigation. Additionally, Jim taught legal writing and advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he also lectured in contracts for Loyola’s Business Law Institute. His area of research interest is in exploring the relationships between legal rhetoric, judicial decision-making and social change.

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Please note: this is a non-CLE session.
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