SOURCE: DataCert

DataCert, Inc. - The global leader in legal operations management

April 22, 2010 11:00 ET

DataCert "The Generals of the Revolution" Seminars to Feature Richard Susskind and Industry Leaders Defining a Vision for the Future of Legal

Seminar Series to Bring Leaders From Enterprise Legal Departments Together to Examine Critical Trends in the Legal Industry and Develop a Framework for Driving Change

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - April 22, 2010) -  DataCert, Inc., today announced its upcoming seminar series, entitled The Generals of the Revolution, which will be held in London, Houston, San Francisco, and New York City, with the U.S. events co-sponsored by InsideCounsel and The General Counsel Forum. These seminars will feature keynote speaker Professor Richard Susskind, author of The Future of Law and The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services. Panelists will include top legal department executives from AOL, Barclaycard, ConocoPhillips, Qwest Communications, and Southwest Airlines, as well as law firm leaders from Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

"The vision for the future of the legal industry that Richard Susskind and DataCert are promoting in these seminars is unique in the marketplace," noted Tom Duggan, publisher, InsideCounsel. "If general counsel want to participate in a game-changing discussion and hear from some of the most forward thinking visionaries in the industry, these events should not be missed." 

D. Mark Poag, senior vice president and general counsel, DataCert, will moderate the distinguished panel. "We are thrilled with the organizations and industry leaders that have agreed to collaborate with us on these events. The opportunity to bring the legal community together to discuss real solutions to the challenges we face is central to DataCert's mission of helping guide the industry into its next phase," says Poag.

"In-house lawyers are increasingly discerning, knowledgeable, and demanding customers, who are becoming ever more passionate about securing better service at lower costs," says Richard Susskind, IT advisor to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and emeritus professor of law at Gresham College, London. "DataCert shares my conviction that general counsel are destined to play a major role in urging change within law firms and, thus, in the evolution of the legal profession. Their power and responsibility is massive."

The focus of these seminars will be how the in-house community can leverage this power to meet the massive responsibility that Susskind alludes to in his books. "Demand for change in the way that legal services are delivered has been accelerated by the cost pressures faced by corporations during the economic downturn, as evidenced by the increasing interest in alternative fee arrangements," Poag says. "However, AFAs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the general counsel can do to drive change and further reduce costs." J.L. Novak of AOL adds, "The legal community is faced with a fundamental disconnect between the incentives driving law firms and the interests of their clients. This has yielded huge increases in legal spend at a time when corporations can least afford it. The only fix is to rethink -- and rework -- the legal service delivery model. There is a lot of white noise out there on spend management and alternative fee arrangements. This event is different because of the opportunity it provides to identify practical solutions to these issues. It brings together people who have already seen remarkable results by implementing change. At AOL, for example, we have cut our legal spend in half since 2006 using DataCert's spend management system and other process improvements."

"In the not too distant future, general counsel will find the cost pressures on them to be truly intolerable and will have little choice but to overhaul the way they work internally and how they source external legal service. I am very encouraged that DataCert is preparing for that reality, and in-house lawyers should not be waiting for meltdown. They should be preparing for the challenge. That is what this session is all about," explains Susskind.

The Generals of the Revolution is a half-day seminar and will take place in:

  • London on Thursday, May 27, 2010
  • Houston, Texas on Wednesday, June 9, 2010
  • San Francisco on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
  • New York City on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Panelists for the sessions include:

  • Professor Richard Susskind
  • J.L. Novak, General Counsel of AOL Paid Services
  • Mark Edwards, General Counsel, Barclaycard
  • Ronald R. Denton, Legal Business Services Manager, ConocoPhillips
  • D. Mark Poag, SVP & General Counsel, DataCert
  • Richard Baer, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, Qwest Communications
  • Madeleine Johnson, General Counsel, Southwest Airlines
  • Martin Douglas Beirne, Founder & Managing Partner, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP
  • Ralph H. Baxter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The seminars are complimentary, and seats are expected to fill quickly. To view the agenda and to register, visit http://www.datacert.com/generals

About DataCert, Inc.
DataCert is the premier global provider of legal operations management solutions, including legal spend, intellectual property, and matter management software and services. Corporate legal departments trust DataCert solutions to manage, analyze, and optimize their legal operations. In addition, DataCert offers Stack, an expert witness search service, which is designed to reduce the time and money spent locating experts. DataCert has law firm, vendor, and agent connections in more than 150 countries and its customers include 71 Fortune® 500 corporations, 53 Global Fortune® 500 corporations, and 100% of the AmLaw 200. Visit www.datacert.com for more information and follow us on Twitter for real-time updates http://twitter.com/DataCert.

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