2019 Annual Conference: Cleveland, Ohio

Huntington Convention Center
June 13-18, 2019

Board Social

Saturday, June 17, 8:00 PM
Bar 32, Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Legal Division Breakfast & Business Meeting

Sunday, June 16, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Enjoy breakfast with your colleagues while participating in a facilitated conversation about new programming and goals for the Legal Division.


The Secret Sauce: Where You’re Probably NOT Looking to Find Your Client Intelligence

Sunday, June 16, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

We know how to use D&B, Hoovers, EDGAR, and the various legal research and analytic platforms offered by the Big Three – but what are we missing? Join us as we take a deeper dive into the world of client intelligence. What lies beyond the resources everyone uses? Researchers Zena Applebaum (@ZAppleCI) and John DiGillio (@iBraryGuy) are down in the intelligence trenches. They will share which underutilized resources they use and how they retrieve and analyze the data within. From social media to hidden nuggets on the web, we will be talking about both sites and strategies. Of course, we will also save time to open the floor for everyone to share their successes and failures in developing their own “secret sauce.”

UPDATE: Last minute circumstances prevent John from being able to speak for this session.  Nathan Rosen (@nathanrosen) has graciously stepped up to speak on his behalf.  

Competitive Intelligence Strategy Workshop: Opening a New Office or Practice

Sunday, June 16, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Abstract: A panel will explore the CI Strategy related to opening a new office or practice, then attendees will meet in small groups for hands-on planning exercises based on the information shared.  The central role of the information professional will be stressed, and advice given about the multitude of factors to be taken into consideration in such an endeavor.  Timelines, checklists, and insights into making strategic business decisions will be offered.  Learning Outcomes:  Attendees will learn the basic elements of CI strategy and how they can help their organizations understand the realities of their markets, constantly reassess their businesses, and generate insights as to managing talent, using information, and working collaboratively.


Understanding environmental justice: Helping our patrons find their voice

Monday, June 17, 9:00 - 10:00 am

: Although environmental and energy laws affect our daily lives and futures, both information professionals and their clients struggle to navigate legal information. How can we assist individuals and communities struggling with the complexities of laws, legislation, and justice? During this session, three speakers will approach environmental justice (EJ) from their own disciplines and expertise. Dr. Bill Bowen (Public Administration and Urban Studies, Cleveland State University) will discuss the landmark case which set the precedent for filing environmental justice lawsuits under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. Heidi Robertson (Law, Environmental Studies, Cleveland State University), whose research focuses on helping communities “find a voice” through legal action, will share her expertise on the intersection of environmental, energy, and property law. Brooks Berndt (@The_Green_Rev)(Environmental Justice Minister, United Church of Christ, Cleveland) will talk about the “big three” events that sparked the Cleveland environmental justice movement and discuss a soon to be released environmental justice report. Attendees will acquire a basic understanding of environmental justice, pertinent legislation, and relevant legal information resources.

What’s the Buzz? Cannabis Law – Tell Me What’s a Happenin’

Monday, June 17, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Spending on the legal cannabis market is forecasted to hit $57 billion by 2027. Approximately two-thirds of this market will be in legal recreational use and the other third will be medical. Law firms are increasingly starting Cannabis practices to weed through regulatory, compliance, intellectual property, contract and litigation issues ethically and competently. This session will address cannabis horticulture, cannabis as a business and medical uses of cannabis from the founder of the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Additionally, we will review the history of marijuana laws in California especially regarding dispensaries. Finally, we will discuss best practices for keeping up on new laws and regulations especially in local jurisdictions.


Legal Division Reception

Monday, June 17, 7:15 - 8:15 PM

Build personal and professional relationships with Legal Division members while enjoying light refreshments and libations.

Practical Applications of AI in Law Firms 

Tuesday, June 18, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

How does artificial intelligence really work in the legal field today? What practical applications are already being used and in what aspects of legal work? How can legal information professionals use the new technologies? Morgan Wright (@morgan_m_wright), Publisher of Full Court Press and RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law with Fastcase will concentrate on practical uses of AI in Knowledge Management, Billing and Analytics, Contract Analysis, Legal Research and “Personality Insights” in terms of judges, expert witnesses and others. Additionally, Catherine Kitchell (@CatherineKitch1), Senior Reference Librarian with Bloomberg Law, will give tips, pointers and strategies for staying current with new technologies and start-ups that are changing legal analytics and the practice of law.


Past Programming

2019: Cleveland, OH
2018: Baltimore, MD
2017: Phoenix, AZ
2016: Philadelphia, PA
2015: Boston, MA
2014: Vancouver, BC
2013: San Diego, CA
2012: Chicago, IL
2011: Philadelphia, PA
2010: New Orleans, LA
2009: Washington, D.C.
2008: Seattle, WA
2007: Denver, CO
2006: Baltimore, MD
2005: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2004: Nashville, TN
2003: New York, NY
2002: Los Angeles, CA
2001: San Antonio, TX
2000: Philadelphia, PA