Education Advisory Council (EAC)
The CLOC Education Advisory Council (EAC) is a strategic initiative to support the development of the most relevant, innovative, and valuable content in the legal operations space to both members and the entire legal community.
The EAC is comprised of a cross-section of CLOC membership. Selected through a rigorous application process, participants will serve a minimum one-year term. Guided by CLOC’s Head of Content and Education, Nicole Zafian, and CLOC board member Daniel Yi, Senior Counsel for Special Projects and Innovation, U.S. Department of Justice, the EAC will support CLOC in the following key areas:
1. Serve as strategic advisors in formulating the education strategy of the association.
2. Assist with industry scans, including the economic, social, and political climate in which CLOC and the legal industry are situated.
3. Encourage voices of all constituents and audience segments to be part of the conversation related to program planning to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in programming.
4. Aid in building partnerships with other organizations, if necessary, to ensure programming is effectively designed and successfully delivered.
Thank you to the EAC members for their service to the legal community in helping drive the transformation of the business of law.
Legal Operations and Administration Director at Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Laura Dieudonnè, HRM joined Delta Air Lines in 2015 and serves in the role of Legal Operations and Administration Director. Having spent over 30 years supporting lawyers in the management of administrative staff, human resources, financial reporting, budgeting, and legal operations, within prestigious New York City and Atlanta law firms, Laura now provides such support and her unique skills inhouse on the client side of the business.
Laura is a native New Yorker and moved to Atlanta in 2007 with her beloved husband and children. Laura is an active member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (“CLOC”) where she has served as Chair and Regional Leader of the Atlanta CLOC Chapter since 2016. She is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators (“ALA”) and served on the Atlanta ALA’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors as Director of Community Engagement and has previously led the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion for the Atlanta ALA prior to joining the Board.
General Counsel at Cimplifi
Marla brings over 30 years’ expertise to her role as general counsel. She is a respected attorney, strategic advisor, and thought leader who speaks regularly on legal technology, electronic discovery, and information governance issues. Marla spent 22 years practicing law at the prestigious international firm, Jones Day, specializing in the discovery phase of litigation. She also served as associate general counsel for Goldman Sachs for 11 years where she led the firm’s global eDiscovery practice and focused on complex commercial and securities litigation and regulatory investigations. Marla’s expertise also includes advising on issues relating to information governance as well as the deployment of new technologies. Marla earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and graduated manga cum laude from Boston University, where she earned her Juris Doctor.
Director of Client Services at Farella Braun + Martel
Dave directs the marketing and business development functions for Farella Braun + Martel and oversees a team of four. He directly works with firm management (chair, industry group leaders and initiative leaders) to create go-to-market strategies leveraging business development, marketing and communications activity. Dave brought his business expertise to the firm by generating annual practice group plans that have transitioned into more than 18 specific initiative plans based on the firm’s industry focus that drive revenue and increase client value. He also developed and implements Farella’s client focus with programs that leverage the voice of the client and have included an innovative client advisory board, a practice-based client interview program and pursuit teams focused on building institutional client relationships. In his role as Director of Client Services he interfaces with clients regularly and acts as an ombudsman for clients with issues that they don’t want to bring up directly with their relationship partner. Dave is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management and an inductee into the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame.
Director of Legal Operations at Cockroach Labs
Adam Becker is Director of Legal Operations at Cockroach Labs, a startup technology company in New York. He is the first legal operations person at the company and is driving the creation of a new role while supporting the department to prepare for future growth. Prior, he was VP & Director of Legal Operations at Endeavor and oversaw outside counsel management, litigation operations, legal technology, and the contract management process. Adam’s fist in-house legal operations role was at MetLife as AVP, Legal Operations for the US legal department where he also was responsible for the management of legal support services. Adam spent a decade working in law firms focusing on operations, attorney professional development and recruiting. He began his career as an Intellectual Property associate at Skadden, Arps. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and New York University.
Director, Legal Operations at Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Kurt Grasinger is the Director of Legal Operations at Cox Enterprises, a privately held global company based in Atlanta. Reporting directly to the SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Kurt leads a team that serves to support and optimize the business of the company’s Legal groups covering each of its three primary operating divisions. His responsibilities include strategic planning, managing outside counsel relationships, promoting cross-team collaboration, and executing on Legal leadership priorities.
Kurt’s career in legal operations began in 2005 at Goldman Sachs, where he held progressive roles focused on outside counsel analytics and expense management strategy. He subsequently managed legal operations at Marsh & McLennan, and before joining Cox at the onset of the pandemic, he directed legal operations at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Director of Legal Operations and Litigation Support at Toyota
A graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Psychology, Rich Robinson began his legal-technology career in 1999 in the IT department for Mintz Levin, a large law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. His career has spanned numerous roles in IT and Litigation Support in large and medium-sized law firms in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Austin, TX, and Dallas, TX. He worked as a national eDiscovery Consultant for Xact Data Discovery and spent seven years as the eDiscovery and Information Manager for JCPenney, where he gained valuable experience in the field of Legal Operations. In 2019, Rich joined Toyota as their Director of Legal Operations and Litigation Support. Rich is a founding board member of the bDiscovery and ACEDS chapters in Dallas and speaks regularly at eDiscovery and Legal Operations conferences around the country.
Head of Legal Transformation at Gilbert + Tobin
Priya is a senior Legal Operations professional with extensive experience of leading service design and innovation projects in law firms and legal departments. As the Head of Legal Transformation at Gilbert + Tobin, Priya now works exclusively with the firm’s clients and is focused on creating legal support for the client’s business that is strategic, value-driven and efficient.
A post-graduate (LLM) of University of Cambridge, prior to moving into legal operations roles, Priya was a Senior Associate with over a decade’s experience in Corporate Finance and Knowledge Management in leading global law firms.
Priya is also a Co-founder and Chair of She Breaks the Law, a global network of women leaders dedicated to driving innovation and change in the legal ecosystem and sits on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Women in Law at the University of Cambridge. Priya recently won the European Women of Legal Tech Award in 2020.
CEO at Parley Pro
Olga V. Mack is the CEO of Parley Pro, a next-generation contract management company that has pioneered digital negotiation technology. Olga embraces legal innovation and had dedicated her career to improving and shaping the future of law. She is convinced that the legal profession will emerge even stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive than before by embracing technology. She shares her views in her columns on the Above the Law, Forbes, Bloomberg Law, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Docket, MIT Computational Law Report, Newsweek, and Venture Beat. Olga is also an award-winning general counsel, operations professional, startup advisor, public speaker, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur. Olga co-founded SunLaw, an organization dedicated to preparing women in-house attorneys to become general counsels and legal leaders, and WISE to help female law firm partners become rainmakers. She lectures at Berkeley Law and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Silicon Valley Women of Influence, Make Your Mark, Corporate Counsel of the Year, and Women Leaders in Technology Law. She is a fellow of CodeX, the Stanford Law Center for Legal Informatics and a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Bibiana Martinez Camelo
Head of Legal Transformation and Innovation at Bancolombia
Bibiana works as Head of Innovation and Legal Transformation at Bancolombia, where she leads several legal operations projects, regarding knowledge management, the implementation of a CLM system, legal design, analytics, automation of processes and contracts, self-service strategies, among others. In addition, she organizes the Legal Hackers Chapter in Bogota, an international community around the intersection between innovation, law, and technology, and regularly teaches at different Universities lectures regarding legal Innovation.
Before starting to work on innovation, Bibiana worked as a qualified lawyer for 5 years supporting companies and startups in the areas of corporate and employment law. In addition, she worked as Adviser to the Colombian Superintendent of Companies, specifically within a Specialized Corporate Affairs Court.
Bibiana has a degree in Law from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, specializations in Commercial and Company Law from the same university, and a Master’s degree in International Business Law from Tilburg University (Netherlands). Additionally, She has a background in user-centered experience and service design.
Executive Director at the Centre for Legal Innovation at the College of Law
Terri works internationally with leaders of legal businesses supporting them in identifying trends, developing strategies, and transforming their capabilities and practices to deliver legal services/products in the new legal ecosystem. She is the instigator, designer, developer and collaborator-in-chief of CLI’s global initiatives, networks and programs including the Legalpreneurs Lab and the Innovation Incubator Program. She is a frequent keynote speaker on legal ecosystem trends and their practical impact on legal practice at global, regional and local industry events.
Prior to joining CLI, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and DLA Piper LLP (US). She has also led or taught on practical legal education initiatives in law schools in Asia, Australia and the US. In 2010, Terri founded Mottershead Consulting in the US, and later expanded it to Australasia, to focus on supporting lawyers, legal business specialists, and law firms in identifying, developing and transforming their capabilities and practices to a new way of delivering legal services/products to the market.
CEO at Priori
Basha Rubin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori. Priori revolutionizes how legal teams find and engage outside counsel. Ranked a Chambers Tier 1 Global LawTech company and a Financial Times Intelligent Business, Priori’s cutting-edge technology powers two products: Scout, which surfaces insights about trusted outside counsel relationships to drive informed hiring decisions and D&I initiatives; and Marketplace, which connects legal teams with new talent from Priori’s vetted, global network of attorneys at firms of all sizes.
Basha writes and speaks extensively on how technology is changing and will change the marketplace for legal services. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Techcrunch, Entrepreneur and Corporate Counsel, and she has spoken at ABA Techshow, Women in Legal Technology Conference, Clio Cloud Conference, SXSW, Reinvent Law, SOLID Conference and Legal Geek. Basha has been named an ABA Journal Legal Rebel, Financial Times Top 10 Legal Business Technologist, LTRC Woman of LegalTech, Fastcase 50 award winner and is part of Baylor Law School’s “The Braintrust.” She holds a JD and BA from Yale University.
CLOC Board Member and Senior Counsel for Special Projects and Innovation, U.S. Department of Justice
Beyond his work with CLOC as a reviewer in CLOC’s law school scholarship program, Daniel serves as the Senior Counsel for Innovation for the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. In this role, he leads the Division’s effort to develop and test new approaches to persistent challenges in legal practice and civil rights. Daniel is also an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches innovation-focused skills to the next generation of lawyers. In 2007, he served as a law clerk for the Hon. David F. Hamilton. Daniel graduated from Yale Law School in 2006 and the College of William & Mary in 2001.
Head of Legal Operations at Outside
Mateo Sanchez is Head of Legal Operations at Outside Inc. where he is focused on standing up the Legal Ops function and operationalizing process across both the legal team and the enterprise. Partnering with the CLO he is charged with implementing process, establishing budget & financial planning and management, outside counsel management as well rolling out a number of tech solutions including CLM and document and knowledge management processes.
Prior to his role at Outside Inc, Mateo managed Legal Operations at The Clorox Company and was Head of Global Legal Operations at Uber Technologies.