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Disruptive Technology and the Evolving Relationship Between Law Departments and Outside Counsel

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Produced on October 19, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Science & Technology

Course Description

Like most industries, the legal industry is on the verge of disruption as a result of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain. In tandem with this disruption will be a change in the relationship between corporate law departments and outside counsel. While law departments and outside counsel will need to collaborate to mitigate risks and tackle litigation arising from the use of new technologies. Law departments and outside counsel alike will be able to leverage new technology to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and save costs. This program, taught by Valerie G. Pennacchio, will cover: (1) The technological advancements that are most poised to be the most disruptive; (2) How these technologies will disrupt the legal industry; and (3) Disruption's impact on the relationship between law departments and outside counsel.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the technological innovations most likely to disrupt and streamline the legal industry
  2. Discuss how in-house attorneys and outside counsel can adapt their practices to new technologies
  3. Assess the changes that attorneys can make to adjust their relationships to new technology norms 

Credit Information

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Valerie Pennacchio, Esq., CIPP-US, is an experienced and solutions-driven partner to senior business leaders providing risk mitigation strategies and innovative solutions to legal issues. Ms. Pennacchio is a trusted advisor to clients across sectors on cybersecurity and privacy matters and other day-to-day business affairs and to insurance industry clients on regulatory compliance. In addition, Ms. Pennacchio has over a decade of complex commercial litigation experience representing clients in disputes involving insurance coverage, employee benefits and ERISA, intellectual property, commercial real estate, contract, and business tort.

Ms. Pennacchio is a frequent commentator on the intersection of emerging technologies and the law. Her high-profile speaking engagements include the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee 2019 annual meeting and Defense Research Institute’s 2019 Insurance Round Table. Ms. Pennacchio was recognized by NJBIZ magazine as a Leader in Law for pioneering an InsurTech practice group, which supports both InsurTech startup companies and insurance companies in implementing new technologies into their operations. Ms. Pennacchio was appointed to the New Jersey Blockchain Taskforce to explore and advise on the use of blockchain technology by state and local government.


Neeraj J.

Ms. Pennacchio presented this course so well. I could listen to her all day. The material was quite thorough and exceeded all expectations. I am so grateful for Ms. Pennacchio's stellar ability to blend cutting-edge analysis of the legal landscape with routine everyday life observances. Her dedication to the topic enlightened me so much. Thank you, Ms. Pennacchio, and please continue to author and present CLE courses in the future.

Kenneth V.

Obviously well informed and prepared presenter. But her delivery was really annoying. Felt like I was being lectured by a valley girl or southern college sorority sister.

Everett C.

Excellent presentation with very informative supplementary materials.

Valerie C.

Very informative, great presenter

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