Meet the Board of Advisors

Our work is guided by an international advisory board of legal industry thought leaders and experts in law practice technology:

 

Richard Cohen, Chairman, Epoq Group, UK

Richard qualified as a Solicitor in 1981 and set up Landau & Cohen which grew by 1998 to 3 offices, 4 partners and approximately 50 staff.

As Chairman of the Epoq Group, based in the United Kingdom, with his brother Grahame, he made Epoq the foremost provider of online legal services applications and technology to the banking, insurance and financial services sector counting RSA, Barclays, RBS, NatWest, Allianz, AA, SAGA, DAS, ARAG and many others as clients.

Richard has written articles on the delivery of legal services over the Internet,Epoq and its on-line legal services platform has been written about in virtually every national newspaper in the UK and USA, business, computer, and media magazines/periodicals, including the Institute of Legal Executives magazine, The Law Society Gazette, The Lawyer, Society for Computers and Law magazine and others. Richard has spoken at the Law Society, American Bar Association, Law Society of Scotland, Lawnet, IRIS, CLT, LawGroup and many others on the subject of online delivery of legal services.

In 2011, Richard was nominated for the FT Innovative Lawyers Legal Innovator of the Year Award.


Ron A. Dolin
Research Fellow
CodeX- The Stanford Center for Legal Infomatics - Stanford Law School

Ron Dolin received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work in computer science, obtaining a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron ended up as one of the first 100 at Google, and left after several years to get a law degree from U.C. Hastings. Ron is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and teaches legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School. Ron is working on a program on legal innovation at Stanford's School of Design, as well as working with Berkeley's Schools of Law and Information, gearing up to teach legal technology there as well. Ron recently gave a keynote talk about the injection of innovation in big law at the G100 meeting of the CIO's of the 100 largest law firms at the ILTA 2013 conference in Las Vegas.


Chere Estrin
Chairperson of the Board of Directors and co-founding member of the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) and CEO of the Paralegal Knowledge Institute.

Chere is also Editor-in-Chief of two e-magazines: the OLP eJournal and KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals.

She has over 20 years of experience in the legal field as an author, speaker, educator, administrator, CEO and Vice-President in the areas of continuing legal education, staffing and law. Ms. Estrin is the author of 10 books on legal careers, is the author of hundreds of articles. She has been interviewed by Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and other well-known publications.

Chere has developed a leading reputation as a provider of continuing legal education to attorneys, paralegals, e-discovery and legal support staff nationwide.


John Flood
Professor of Law and Sociology
University of Westminster

John is a prolific scholar, and he has received numerous grants and conducted research in a wide range of subjects, including the legal profession and the globalization of law; dispute resolution; legal aid and access to justice; and comparative studies of the ways in which courts allocate cases among judges.  He has taught courses in Professional Responsibility and Global Lawyering at University of Miami school of Law and Professional Responsibility at other US and UK law schools..

John holds an LL.B. in Law from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an LL.M. in Law and Sociolegal Studies from Warwick University, as well as an LL.M. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.  He was also previously a research associate at the American Bar Foundation, an Exxon Fellow in Ethics in the Poynter Center at Indiana University, an Academic Visitor in the Sociology Department at LSE, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Transformation of the State at Bremen University in Germany.


William H. Henderson
Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University;  Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession

Bill joined the IU Maurer School of Law faculty in 2003 following a visiting appointment at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a judicial clerkship for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

In conjunction with other Indiana law faculty, Henderson introduced a new first-year course in 2009 called The Legal Profession. This mandatory four-hour course covers the ethics, competencies, and economics of the legal profession. Inspired by the 2007 Carnegie Report on Legal Education, the course uses legal ethics and the law of lawyering as the spine of a course that immerses students in a variety of practice settings and that educates them on the competencies they must develop to succeed in their professional lives.

In addition, Henderson teaches various business law courses, including corporations, business planning, project management, and the law firm as business organization. He is also director of Indiana Law's Center on the Global Legal Profession.

Henderson's scholarship focuses on empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education. His published work includes articles in the North Carolina Law ReviewIndiana Law JournalTexas Law ReviewMichigan Law Review, and Stanford Law Review. His work appears frequently in such national publications as The American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, ABA Journal, and the National Law Journal.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Henderson is a research associate with the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) and a principal in Lawyer Metrics, a consulting firm that uses evidence-based methods to assist firms in identifying, selecting, and developing world-class lawyers. He is also a regular contributor to the Empirical Legal Studies Blog (www.elsblog.org) and is an editor of the Legal Whiteboard blog.

Bill was named as one of the  Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators in 2013.


Will Hornsby
Counsel, ABA Standing Committee of the Delivery of Legal Services

Will has served as staff counsel at the American Bar Association since 1988. He has provided support for the Commission on Advertising from 1990 until the Commission was sunset by the ABA in 2002. He has also provided staffing for the Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Committee on Research on the Future of the Law, the ABA Presidential Commission on Access to Justice and the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

Will has authored an array of materials including books, white papers and law review articles. Notably, he has written: Marketing and Legal Ethics: The Boundaries of Promoting Legal Services, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section in 2000.


Mitch Kowalski
Innovative Thinker, Writer, Speaker, and Lawyer 

Mitch is the author of the critically acclaimed, ABA best-seller, Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century. He speaks regularly on legal service innovation as well as blogging on legal matters for the National Post’s blog, The Legal Post and on innovation in legal services for Slaw.ca. Mitch’s print articles have appeared in Lexpert MagazineThe NationalThe AdvocateThe Hong Kong Law JournalThe Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He teaches innovation in law at Western University Law School and at the University of Ottawa Law School. Mitch is one of the co-founders of lawTechcamp Toronto, a co-ordinator of LawSync and was selected as one of the Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators in 2012. 

For much of his 21-year legal career, he practiced law with the Toronto office of international legal giant Baker & McKenzie, before moving to one of the oldest, mid-sized law firms in Toronto: Aylesworth LLP which later became Dickinson Wright LLP. He also served as in-house counsel for the City of Toronto and had a business role with First Canadian Title. His experience with a wide variety of legal service providers gives him a unique perspective on their operations. Mitch currently maintains a boutique commercial law practice in Toronto.


David Johnson
Founder, Graphical Groupware

From 2004-2009 Johnson held the post of Visiting Professor at New York Law School. In May 2009 he commenced a one year Senior Fellowship with the Center for Democracy and Technology. At New York Law School, David created a Certificate Program in Law Practice Technology for J.D. students.As part of this program David coached students at New York Law School who, as part of a TechLaw Lab of the Institute for Information Law and Policy, learned how to build legal expert systems. He is continuing development and distribution of legal learning games, based on LiveCode software. He writes articles on Internet governance and the future of “conversational law”.

After a clerkship Judge Malcolm Wilkey at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. His legal practice focused primarily on the emerging area of electronic commerce, including counseling on issues relating to privacy, domain names and Internet governance issues, jurisdiction, copyright, taxation, electronic contracting, encryption, defamation, privacy, ISP liability, and intellectual property. After retiring from practice in 2001, he taught Internet Law as and adjunct at Yale Law School and as a Visiting Professor of Law at New York Law School.

David is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. 1967) and Yale Law School (J.D. 1972).  In addition, he completed a year of postgraduate study at University College, Oxford (1968).  David served as founding director of the Aspen Institute Internet Policy Project and as founding president, CEO, and chairman of Counsel Connect, an online meeting place for the legal profession. David has served on the boards of directors of the National Center for Automated Information Research and the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction.  He is a cofounder of the Law Practice Technology Roundtable.  He recently served for a year as a Senior Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology. David currently serves on the Advisory Board of Legal OnRamp.


Adriana  Linares President,  LawTechPartners, LawTechPartners

Adriana Linares is the president and founder of LawTech Partners, a training and consulting firm specializing in the legal community. The firm's services include legal technology consulting and law office software training. Adriana is a legal technology trainer and consultant with a passion for the business and technology of law. Using her practical and personal approach to technology she helps legal professionals use it to maximize their skills and investments.

Adriana is a frequent speaker at national technology conferences and a regular contributor to legal and business publications. She spent four years on the Planning Board of the ABA TECHSHOW, two years as an editor for Technolawyer's Blawgworld and remains an active member of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA and the Legal Marketing Association. She currently serves as a technology consultant to the Florida Bar Communications Committee and as Chair of the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA. She eagerly Chairs the Technology Section of the Osceola County Bar, overseeing their “No Attorney Left Behind” initiative – a technology competence training program. She has a Bachelors in Geography from Stetson University, a Masters in Corporate Communication and Technology from Rollins and speaks fluent Spanish.

Adriana was named as one of the  Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators in 2013.


Kingsley Martin
President & CEO,
KMStandards LLC 

Kingsley Martin. An Oxford and Harvard trained lawyer, Kingsley left the practice of law when his new interest - technology - beckoned. After several years of writing numerous applications for a variety of top law firms, including document assembly, knowledge management, client management, and intranet applications, Kingsley knew that marrying his brand of innovative technology with the law could result in ground- breaking changes in the practice of transitional law. Kingsley Martin has spent nearly the last decade coming up with innovative technological solutions for automating document assembly. His company leverages computers and technology to revolutionize the way standard contracts and other legal documents are created, which is transforming the way attorneys practice transactional law. While expert deal lawyers may have experience crafting hundreds of a particular type of document, Martin’s software harvests and analyzes hundreds of thousands of one kind of contracts, for example, and analyzes them for commonalities. The promise of his work is that, in the future, computers will not only drive your car, but they will put together the first draft of your contract work as well

Kingsley Is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management,  Kingsley was also named as one of the  Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators in 2013.  and also an ABA Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association Journal in 2012.

 


Eric Mazzone
Director, Center for Law Practice Management
North Carolina Bar Association

Eric is active in the ABA Law Practice Management Section, where he writes the Web 2.0 Column for Law Practice Magazine. His past leadership positions include service on the TECHSHOW Planning Board and Law Practice Today editorial boards. Erik is also a SmallLaw columnist for TechnoLawyer and author of the website LawPracticeMatters.com.

He is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School and speaks frequently across the country on law practice management legal technology. 


Larry Port, CEO/Founder
RocketMatter, Inc.

Larry Port is the CEO and Chief Software Architect of Rocket Matter  an online legal software platform for time and billing and practice management.  He also runs Rocket X1, an Internet marketing agency for professional service firms. One of the leading experts on cloud computing for the legal profession, Larry speaks to an international audience on technology, productivity, and the business of law and was recently recognized by Fastcase as one of the 50 top innovators in the field of law.  Thousands of legal professionals have tuned in to his monthly webinars on emerging topics for the legal profession.  Larry creates original educational programs and speaks at CLE events and conferences around the country.  He is the author of two books, The Law Firm of Tomorrow and  Legal Productivity: How Project Management, GTD, and Tomatoes Can Transform the Way You Practice Law and also writes extensively for legal publications.