FPI Logo 3.JPG
Wednesdays
02/10 - 03/10
3PM-4:15PM EST
(Post-Event Discussions 4:30PM-5:30PM EST)
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE PROFESSION INITIATIVE?

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School's Future of the Profession Initiative (“FPI”) leads interdisciplinary and forward-focused conversations about the dynamic forces driving change in the profession.  

 

 Each event in this Spring series focuses on a particular area of the legal profession and explores how evolving conditions will reshape the profession in the years to come. 

Post Webinar Discussions | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
After each webinar, audience members will have the chance to connect and exchange thoughts on the webinar.  Links to these discussions will ONLY be available during each webinar, and organizers will NOT record the discussions.

 

EVENTS

02/10
3 PM - 4:15 PM EST

Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment

Guest Experts:

Milana Hogan Ed.D. GSE '13, Chief Talent Officer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Marcel Pratt C'06, Managing Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Edward Sohn L'06, SVP, Head of Solutions, Factor

Moderator:

Jennifer Leonard L'04, Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, Future of the Profession Initiative

Student Moderator:

Alexis Levine L'22

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way millions of people around the world work,  legal professionals were clamoring for greater mobility and geographic choice.  Others wondered how legal professionals might leverage technology to deliver better service .  As we look toward a post-COVID world, how will legal work environments change?  How can firms and other legal service organizations selectively edit the traditional office landscape and design a new environment that keeps teams connected, sustains organizational culture and collaboration, preserves accountability, provides greater mobility, and enhances client services?

This program has been approved for 2.0 Substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions, as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $80.00 ($40.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Attendees must attend subsequent post-webinar discussion to receive 2.0 CLE credits. 1.0 credit available for only attending the webinar.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W. P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

02/17
3 PM - 4:15 PM EST

Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Legal Services

Guest Experts:

IV Ashton, President and Founder, LegalServer

Christopher Grant, LawTech Director, Barclays Ventures

Navdeep Martin, Director of Product Management, Primer.ai

Moderators:

Jonathan Petts L'07, Co-Founder & Executive Director, ImmigrationHelp.org

Miguel Willis, Innovator in Residence, Future of the Profession Initiative 

Student Moderator:

Yewande Alade L'22 WG'22

As the adoption of technology accelerates, and the technology itself becomes more sophisticated and “smarter” more rapidly,  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are poised to transform legal services .  How will legal professionals keep pace with constantly evolving technology, learn to integrate technology into a profession grounded in human judgment and ensure the elevation of ethics and integrity into the emerging design? Panelists explore these questions and paint a picture of a legal world that increasingly blends human and technological capacities.

This program has been approved for 2.0 Substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions, as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $80.00 ($40.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.
Attendees must attend subsequent post-webinar discussion to receive 2.0 CLE credits. 1.0 credit available for only attending the webinar.
Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W. P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

02/24
3 PM - 4:15 PM
EST

Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession

Guest Experts:

Rufus Caine III L'10, Vice President, Burford Capital

Vivia Chen, Creator, The Careerist Blog

Don Prophete, Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO, Diversity Lab

Moderator:

Melanie Breaux L'07, Associate Counsel, Vanguard

Student Moderator:

Nicholas Alston L'22

In 2020, a long-overdue reckoning around racial justice confronted all elements of American society, including the legal profession, one of the least diverse of all professions.  Frustrated advocates pressed for greater representation across all roles and a genuine transformation in the ways the profession acts to combat durable structures that perpetuate inequities in talent development and leadership roles.  In this discussion, experts share their thoughts about the possibilities this moment creates and the ways legal professionals in the private sector can actually move the needle toward creating a more inclusive professional culture that harnesses and develops the talents of all legal professionals.

This program has been approved for 2.0 Ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions, as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $80.00 ($40.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Attendees must attend subsequent post-webinar discussion to receive 2.0 CLE credits. 1.0 credit available for only attending the webinar.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning

03/03
3 PM - 4:15 PM
EST

Reimagining the Future of Legal Regulatory Reform 

Guest Experts:

Dave Byers, Administrative Director, Arizona Supreme Court

Justice Deno Himonas, Utah Supreme Court

Rebecca L. Sandefur, Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

Moderator:

Jim Sandman L'76, Distinguished Lecturer & Senior Consultant, Future of the Profession Initiative 

Student Moderator:

Bridget Lavender L'21

The American legal system has been designed by lawyers for lawyers, on the assumption that  parties with legal needs will be represented by lawyers. But in more than 76 percent of civil cases in state courts today, at least one of the parties is unrepresented by counsel.  The result is a system that is not adequately serving tens of millions of people every year. In response, the regulations that govern legal services are starting to shift in ways that have the potential to transform the legal system so that it better serves the public. Arizona and Utah are leaders in this regulatory reform movement.  In this virtual webinar, participants describe the conditions driving change, explain Arizona's and Utah's innovations, and share their visions for the future of legal services regulation.

This program has been approved for 2.0 Substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions, as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $80.00 ($40.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Attendees must attend subsequent post-webinar discussion to receive 2.0 CLE credits. 1.0 credit available for only attending the webinar.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W. P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

03/10
3 PM - 4:15 PM
EST

Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation

Guest Experts:

Danielle Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law

Ravi Kumar, President, Infosys

Sarah Pierce, Associate Dean for Legal Practice Skills, Penn Carey Law School

Jim Sandman L'76, Senior Consultant, Future of the Profession Initiative, Penn Carey Law School; President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation

Scott Westfahl, Professor of Practice and Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education 

Moderator:

Theodore Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Carey Law School

Student Moderator:

Lynnewood Shafer L'21

The traditional model of legal education is rooted in the idea that lawyers spend three years in law school and then graduate to practice with a single firm for their entire career.  This assumption accurately reflected the relationship between law schools and firms at the time the training model emerged.  Firms and law schools, therefore, agreed that schools would spend three years teaching students how to think like lawyers, and firms would teach graduates the skills they needed to practice law.  This educational model largely endures today, but the modern profession looks very different.  Research on lawyers in private practice between 2012 and 2018 suggests that 65% of all entry-level firm associates leave their firm in under five years and that 50% of lateral hires leave their firm within three years of hire.  The frequency with which lawyers change jobs is accelerating, as well, with a recent study showing that many lawyers held up to four different jobs in their first twelve years of practice.  These trends, combined with the expansion and change in the skills legal professionals need to deliver high-quality legal services, the emergence of new career pathways for lawyers, the need to create more inclusive learning and practice environments, and accelerating technology and globalization suggest that law schools should forge a new educational relationship with their students and alumni.  In this interdisciplinary conversation, speakers explore the major factors shaping change in legal education and how law schools can reframe their role to design a new model of continuous lifelong learning that begins in the first year of law school and extends across a lawyer’s entire career.

This program has been approved for 2.0 Substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions, as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $80.00 ($40.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Attendees must attend subsequent post-webinar discussion to receive 2.0 CLE credits. 1.0 credit available for only attending the webinar.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W. P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

EXPERTS

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Penn Carey Law Student

Penn Carey Law Student

Yewande Alade L'22 WG'22

"Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment"

Penn Carey Law Student

Yewande Alade is a second-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she is studying the intersection of law, technology, and business. Before school, Yewande worked on tech transfer for Google AI’s venture studio.  She is a current investment partner at Dorm Room Fund, the nation’s first and largest student-run VC fund.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Penn Carey Law Student

Penn Carey Law Student

Nicholas Alston L'22

"Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession"

Penn Carey Law Student

Nicholas Alston is a 2L at Penn Carey Law.  He serves as an Academic and Professionalism Co-Chair for the Black Law Students Association and as an Associate Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law.  He performs pro bono work with People For the American Way.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Founder & President, LegalServer

Heading 4

IV Ashton

"Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Legal Services"

Founder & President, LegalServer

As an attorney and entrepreneur, IV Ashton has spent over twenty years improving participation in our justice system for vulnerable populations throughout the world. Mr. Ashton is the founder and President of LegalServer, a leading case management software platform used by non-profit legal aid agencies and public defenders throughout the United States. Additionally, Mr. Ashton is the founder of Houston.AI and SimpleJustice, web-based platforms that leverage advanced technologies (including artificial intelligence and machine learning) to help overcome the most prevalent legal issues within impoverished communities. Mr. Ashton has a proven track record of providing thought leadership about designing, developing, and implementing vital information and knowledge management solutions for the legal aid and public defender communities. As a co-founder of Illinois Legal Aid Online, Mr. Ashton helped pioneer the first web-based platform to deliver legal training and support to volunteer attorneys and pro se litigants in Illinois. 

 

In addition to his work domestically, Mr. Ashton has significant international experience assisting governmental and non-government organizations leverage information technology solutions to increase efficiencies and impact. His experience includes leading teams in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania, including helping design Albania’s first digital legal information infrastructure for the World Bank as well as creating software to track human rights violations in Kosovo, which was used in the prosecution of war criminals.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Associate Counsel, Vanguard

Heading 4

Melanie Breaux L'07

"Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession"

Associate Counsel, Vanguard

Melanie Breaux is Associate Counsel on the Finance Legal team at The Vanguard Group, Inc., a premier international investment company and the largest mutual fund provider. In her current role, Melanie provides legal support to Vanguard’s real estate and corporate insurance groups, negotiates commercial contracts, and handles other corporate matters. Melanie is also proud to serve as a Co-Lead on Vanguard’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Office of the General Counsel.

Prior to joining Vanguard in 2019, Melanie was Counsel to the Firm of Larsson & Scheuritzel P.C., a law firm in Philadelphia with a sophisticated transactional practice. In that role, Melanie provided legal advice to the firm’s large national and international corporate and retail clients on real estate, general corporate, and estate planning matters. Melanie currently serves on the board of the Articulate Foundation, which produces a multiple Emmy award-winning national arts and entertainment television show, “Articulate.” She regularly speaks on panels and law school classes on issues related to the law and diversity and has published articles exploring diversity in the workplace. Melanie earned her B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and her J.D. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to attending law school, Melanie spent four years in Los Angeles acting and writing fiction.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Administrative Director of Courts, Arizona Supreme Court

Heading 4

Dave Byers

"Reimagining the Future of Legal Regulatory Reform"

Administrative Director of Courts, Arizona Supreme Court

Dave Byers is the Arizona Supreme Court’s Administrative Director of the Courts. He is responsible for overseeing the Arizona Court system's operations with over 10,000 employees and a total budget of $740M.  The system also operates both juvenile and adult probation and 13 juvenile detention centers.  Byers began his career with the court in 1978 as the Foster Care Review Board's first Director.  Before being appointed Administrative Director by the Arizona Supreme Court in 1992, Byers's past positions included Director of the Program Services Division, Director of Adult and Juvenile Probation, and Deputy Director of the Arizona Supreme Court.  

 

Byers has also served as Chairman of the $34B Arizona State Retirement System and is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona; Member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; a member of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council; Governor’s Drug and Gang Policy Council; Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee.

 

He is the Founder and first President of the National Association of Foster Care Reviewers and Cofounder of the Arizona Friends of Foster Care Foundation.

 

He served on the Board of Directors, National Centers for State Courts, 2000-2001; President, Conference of State Court Administrators 2000-2001. He currently serves on the Department Of Justice Global committee,  the ABA Council for Legal Education and admissions to the bar, and the Arizona Bar Board of Governors.

 

In 2012, Byers was honored with the Gabe Zimmerman Leadership Award and received the 2013 Warren E. Burger Award. He is the recipient of the National Centers Distinguished Service Award, the Arizona Supreme Courts Distinguished Service Award, the State Bars award of Appreciation, and was the Cedar Falls, Iowa, Man of the Year in 1970.

 

B.A., Northern Iowa University.  Master’s degree, Arizona State University.  Married, three children, four grandchildren.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Rufus Caine III L'10

"Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession"

Vice President, Burford Capital 

Rufus Caine is a Vice President of Origination & Chair of the Corporate Strategy Committee at Burford Capital, the world’s leading specialty finance provider to the legal market. Rufus focuses on helping large companies use legal finance to offload the cost and risk of meritorious litigation, as well as to monetize their legal assets to better control the timing of cash flows. Rufus also serves as a co-lead on Burford’s Diversity Working Group. 

Prior to joining Burford, Rufus served in various roles at Axiom Law, most recently as a Director, where he was accountable for growing a book of business with in-house departments and managing executive-level relationships at Fortune 100 companies. Before Axiom, he was a litigator at Willkie Farr and Gallagher and Legislative Counsel in the U.S. Senate responsible for advising on a range of domestic policy and judicial matters. 

Rufus earned his BA from Boston College and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Vivia Chen

"Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession"

Creator, The Careerist Blog

Vivia Chen is a recognized journalist with over 20 years of experience covering the legal industry. Until recently, Vivia was a columnist at The American Lawyer, where she created and wrote the highly popular Careerist column. In March, she will be joining Bloomberg as a columnist.

 

Incisive, snappy and sometimes irreverent, Vivia’s writings offer an insider look at the business and culture of Big Law. She’s covered a wide range of subjects that touch on lawyers’ careers and lives—billable hours, firm management (or mismanagement), partnership structures, practices choices, and even fashion and style. Readers have described Vivia’s writing as “honest,” “infuriating,” and “fabulously grumpy.”

 

Vivia’s writing often focuses on women and minorities in the legal arena. She regularly challenges the profession to improve the promotion of female and diverse lawyers in its ranks. Her column on the dearth of Black partners at one of the leading firms in the country (“Yes, Cravath Still Has Zero Black Partners”) generated wide discussion in the industry.

 

Vivia has received several honors for opinion writing, including awards from The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Jesse H. Neal Awards. Moreover, the American Bar Association inducted The Careerist to its Blog Hall of Fame, and Business Insider named it one of the 15 most influential legal blogs. 

 

Last year, Lawyers of Color named Vivia to its "2020 Power List" that recognizes "the most influential minority attorneys in the nation."

 

A former corporate lawyer, Vivia is a graduate of Williams College and New York University School of Law.  Born in Taiwan and raised in Houston, she now resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Danielle Conway

"Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation"

Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law

Danielle M. Conway is the Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law. A leading expert in procurement law, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property law, Dean Conway joined Dickinson Law after serving for four years as dean of the University of Maine School of Law and 14 years on the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, where she was the inaugural Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law. Prior to her deanships, Dean Conway was a member of the faculties at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She also served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia and later as Chair in Law at LaTrobe University, Faculty of Law & Management.

 

Dean Conway is the author or editor of six books and casebooks, as well as numerous book chapters, articles, and essays. Her scholarly agenda and speeches have focused on, among other areas, advocating for public education and for actualizing the rights of marginalized groups, including Indigenous Peoples, minoritized people, and members of rural communities. She is the co-recipient of the inaugural Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Impact Award, which honors individuals who have had a significant positive impact on legal education or the legal profession. Dean Conway was recognized for her work in establishing the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project. Launched in June 2020, the project is a webpage for law deans, faculty, and the public that contains resources and information related to addressing racism in law and legal education.

 

Dean Conway serves as one of three co-chairs of the Select Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias and Community Safety, a member of the AALS Executive Committee, and a member of the AccessLex Institute Board of Directors.  In 2016, Dean Conway retired from the U.S. Army in the rank of lieutenant colonel after 27 years of combined active, reserve, and national guard service.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Christopher Grant

"Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Legal Services"

LawTech Director, Barclays Ventures 

Chris works with law firms, startups and a range of leaders across the public and private sector on lawtech and wider sector innovation and has extensive insight into the sector and its development and opportunities. He has a background in law and tech companies, including legal COO roles, and is passionate about reengineering legal services – change he is advancing through his work, for the benefit of the UK market and beyond. Chris is a member of the Lawtech UK Panel and is on the Steering Board for the Lawtech Sandbox.

 

Chris’s legal career started at Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, moving in-house to Barclays Capital in 2005.  His time at Barclays created the perfect opportunity to focus his interest in developing the legal industry as he took on COO positions where he was able to build and optimise in-house legal teams, and more recently managing the Barclays Law Firm Panel where he was focussed on bringing transparency and much needed change to traditional panel management model.  Most recently, Chris led in building the Lawtech Ecosystem attached to the Barclays network of incubators – Eagle Labs.  Chris also spent time in software development as Global Ops Manager at Towers Watson, responsible for the development teams working on the company’s pricing and financial modelling software.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Justice Deno Himonas

"Reimagining the Future of Legal Regulatory Reform"

Utah Supreme Court

Deno Himonas was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court in 2015. For the decade prior, he served as a district court judge, where he was able to try hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases and run a felony drug court. In addition to his judicial duties, Justice Himonas has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah law school and has spoken nationally and internationally on legal issues. He is a recipient of the Judicial Excellence award from the Utah State Bar and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Justice Himonas graduated with distinction from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in economics and went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Chicago.

His goals in life include creating the perfect negroni, embarrassing his grown children, and annoying his wife of thirty-plus years. Two down, one to go according to Justice Himonas.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Milana Hogan Ed.D. GSE '13

"Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment"

Chief Talent Officer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Milana L. Hogan is the Chief Talent Officer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  Dr. Hogan is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement and is the vice-chair of the Professional Development Consortium.  She also serves as a liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and is the co-chair of the Commission's Grit Project.


Dr. Hogan received her B.A. in political science from Brown University, and she holds a doctor of education (Ed.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania.  While at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Hogan had the good fortune to learn about grit from Dr. Angela Duckworth.  She then learned of Dr. Carol Dweck and her exciting work on growth mindset.  Dr. Hogan eventually went on to write her dissertation on the ways in which these two traits impact female success in the nation' largest law firms.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Ravi Kumar

"Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation"

President, Infosys

Ravi is President at Infosys. In this role, he leads the Infosys Global Services Organization(200K+ employees and 11Bn$+ revenues) across all global industry segments, driving digital transformation services, Consulting Services, Traditional technology Services, Engineering Services, Data & analytics, Cloud and infrastructure, enterprise package applications service lines. In addition, he oversees Business Process Management (BPM) Unit and is Chairman of the Board of Infosys BPM Ltd. He also oversees Infosys business operations in Latin America, Japan and China. He is the Chairman of the board of Infosys Public Services and directly oversees the Consulting Services Subsidiary of Infosys. Ravi oversees the new acquisitions‘ Kaleidoscope, Guidevision, Simplus, WongDoody, Fluido and Brilliant Basics and Chairs the board of the Hitachi-Panasonic JV in Japan. Ravi also oversees the Alliances organization and the Global Partner Ecosystem at Infosys. In addition, Ravi is championing and pioneering the localization initiative and building technology and digital talent pools in US, Europe & Australia for Infosys to drive creation of new Innovation and Digital Technology Hubs by collaborating with clients, the local state governments and academic ecosystems. He is also the Chairman for the Infosys Foundation, USA focused on Computer Science education in K12 Schools in the US.

Previously, Ravi was the Group Head for the 1Bn$ Insurance, Healthcare, and Cards and Payments unit, where he drove client services, demand generation, next- generation service offerings, game-changing innovation, and a world-class delivery organization to support clients. He has also led the Global Delivery organization in the manufacturing industry group. Spanning a global clientele and other new incubating engines, he built the global Oracle and CRM practices for Infosys. Under his leadership, the Hyderabad Development Center, housing 22,000+ employees, won the Infosys Excellence Award for the Best Development Center five years in a row from 2010 – 2014.

Ravi has over 19 years of experience in the consulting space, incubating new practice lines, driving large transformational programs, and evangelizing new business models across industry segments. He has played diverse roles across organizations within the CRM space for Oracle Corporation, building a next- generation CRM practice at Cambridge Technology Partners. He has also worked on process and technology transformation for the unbundling of Indian State Electricity Boards at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ravi started his career as a nuclear scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center.

He is on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, Member of the Young Presidents Organization(YPO) Manhattan Chapter, Member of the International Advisory Board of Fudan University, Shanghai, Chairs the IT & Business Services Workforce Council for the Governor in the State of Connecticut, Member of Skills Consortium of the World Economic Forum(WEF), Fortune CEO Workforce Redesign Group and many other industry forums. He regularly attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum Davos, actively writes on Digital transformation, Future of Work, Reskilling, Talent transformation in the Harvard Business Review(HBR), Knowledge@Wharton, Forbes and other top tier publications.

Ravi has a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Bridget Lavender L'21

"Reimagining the Future of Legal Regulatory Reform"

Penn Carey Law Student

Bridget Lavender (L'21) is a dual-degree student at Penn, pursuing both a JD and an MS in Social Policy. Upon graduation, she will be clerking for Justice Himonas on the Utah Supreme Court and then Judge Eagles in the Middle District of North Carolina, before seeking public interest fellowships. At Penn, she is Co-President of the Equal Justice Foundation and Executive Editor of the Law Review. 

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Jennifer Leonard L'04

"Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment"

Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, Future of the Profession Initative

Jennifer Leonard L’04 is Penn Carey Law’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Future of the Profession Initiative ("FPI").  Working with Dean Ted Ruger, a Board of Advisors drawn from various parts of the legal ecosystem and a collaborative partnership with colleagues across the Law School, Jen advances educational and thought leadership projects that integrate an evolving understanding of what skills and knowledge lawyers need to thrive in a rapidly changing professional landscape.  She also creates initiatives that engage Penn Carey Law students and creative thinkers from across disciplines in designing solutions that make broader legal systems accessible to more clients and civil litigants.  She teaches Innovation in Practice: Design Thinking for Legal Professionals, a seminar that supports law students in learning how a client-centered mindset and powerful problem-solving frameworks can generate new solutions to intractable legal service delivery challenges.

Before assuming her current role, Jen served as Associate Dean for Professional Engagement and Director of the Center on Professionalism at Penn Law.  Jen previously served as Chief of Staff to the City Solicitor of Philadelphia, as a litigation associate with a Center City Philadelphia law firm and as a judicial law clerk.

Jen graduated from Penn Carey Law in 2004 and from Penn State University, with high honors, in 2000.

Jen is a frequent writer and speaker on issues that include lawyer and law student well-being, design thinking for lawyers, and promotion and advancement of women attorneys.  She serves as a member of the ABA Law Practice Attorney Well-Being Committee and received Penn’s Beverly Edwards Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Jen lives with her family in the Art Museum section of Philadelphia. 

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Lexi Levine L'22

"Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment"

Penn Carey Law Student

Lexi Levine is a second-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School where she serves as an associate editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.  She has spent time in Bismarck, North Dakota working at the U.S. District Court for the Honorable Daniel Traynor.  Lexi plans to practice corporate law upon graduation.  She was born and raised in the Bay Area and enjoys rooting on the Golden State Warriors in her spare time.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Navdeep Martin

"Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Legal Services"

Director of Product Management, Primer.ai

Navdeep Martin is Director of Product Management with Primer.ai, a Silicon Valley company.  She has spent over seven years creating machine learning products in B2B and B2C spaces, including retail, finance, media, and national security verticals. She has a proven track record of bringing new machine learning products and solutions to market.  Navdeep has held roles in developing machine learning products for The Washington Post and Comcast.  

Navdeep earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from The College of William & Mary and a MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Jonathan Petts L'07

"Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Legal Services"

Co-Founder & Executive Director, ImmigrationHelp.com

Jonathan is the executive director of ImmigrationHelp,org, an online legal aid agency for Dreamers and other low-income immigrants. Before co-founding ImmigrationHelp.org, Jonathan co-founded Upsolve, the nation's largest bankruptcy nonprofit. Jonathan practiced at two international law firms and graduated from both law school and college at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an advisor on international law to both the IMF and the World Bank. In 2017, Jonathan was recognized by FastCase as one of the 50 most innovative leaders in the legal profession.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Sarah Pierce

"Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation"

Associate Dean, Legal Practice Skills, Penn Carey Law School

Sarah Pierce brings more than a decade of transactional and courtroom experience to the Legal Practice Skills program. Prior to joining the Penn Law Faculty, Pierce was Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where she practiced for 13 years focusing on corporate and financial restructurings and reorganizations, representing companies, secured lenders, investors, and buyers. During her time in practice, Pierce also served as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law teaching Secured Transactions. 

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Marcel Pratt C'06

"Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment" 

Managing Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Marcel S. Pratt represents clients in high-stakes litigation and investigations and serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office. He is the immediate past City Solicitor of Philadelphia, where he was the City’s highest-ranking lawyer and leader of its 330-member Law Department, which represented the city in all litigation, transactional, regulatory, social services, and legislative matters. In that role, Marcel acted as general counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and all city departments, commissions, and agencies and personally represented the City in highly publicized appellate and trial court matters.

Marcel served as Philadelphia’s top legal advisor in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. He devised the novel legal framework for the city’s COVID-19 mitigation measures and approved the legality of every emergency order issued by the Mayor and Health Commissioner.

Marcel was the youngest person in Philadelphia’s history to be appointed and confirmed as City Solicitor.

Marcel graduated from Penn with a B.A. in Economics and earned his J.D. from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where he served on the Temple Law Review.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Don Prophete

"Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession"

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Don is a trial lawyer who excels at representing large clients in complex and multi-plaintiff race employment discrimination cases. He has handled many high-profile and high-damage cases in the sports, military contractor, and retail industries. Don has served as lead trial counsel in all types of employment disputes in federal and state courts in New Hampshire, New York, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee including post-decertification wage and hour jury trials for major national employers.


Don’s practice encompasses all aspects of labor law and labor relations. He has extensive experience assisting the firm's clients in responding to union organizing campaigns, negotiating and advising clients with respect to the administration of collective bargaining agreements and representing clients in grievance and arbitration proceedings.


In addition to his litigation and labor law activities, Don's daily practice revolves significantly around providing advice and counsel to C-Suite executives on whistleblower and other matters in the following business sectors: Technology,
Retail, Military Contractors and Manufacturing.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Theodore Ruger

"Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation"

Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Carey Law School

Theodore Ruger brings fresh insight to the study of some of the oldest questions of American law – namely the theoretical justifications for, and empirical contours of, the application of judicial authority. In exploring these issues, Ruger supplements traditional legal analysis with the methods of other disciplines, including history and political science. His work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Northwestern Law Review, and as the centerpiece of a symposium in Perspectives on Politics, a leading peer-reviewed political science journal. In addition to his interests in constitutional law and legislation, Ruger also teaches and writes in the area of health law and pharmaceutical regulation. His current research in that field draws on his broader work on judicial power and constitutionalism, and addresses the manner in which American legal institutions – including the U.S. Supreme Court – have shaped the field of health law over the past two centuries.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Rebecca Sandefur

"Reimagining the Future of Legal Regulatory Reform"

Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

Rebecca L. Sandefur investigates access to civil justice from every angle -- from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. In addition to her appointment at ASU, Sandefur is Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Access to Justice Research Initiative.  

Her public service includes her appointment by the Supreme Court of Utah to the state's Office of Legal Services Innovation, her role as Co-Vice Chair of California's Closing the Justice Gap Working Group, and her appointment by the Supreme Court of Arizona to the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice. 

In 2013, Sandefur was The Hague Visiting Chair in the Rule of Law. In 2015, she was named Champion of Justice by the National Center for Access to Justice. In 2018, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work on inequality and access to justice. She is currently Editor of Law & Society Review.  

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Jim Sandman L'76

"Reimagining the Future of Legal Regulatory Reform"

"Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation"

Senior Consultant, Future of the Profession Initiative, Penn Carey Law School

President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation

Jim has had a long and varied career in private practice with a big law firm, in government service, and as a public interest lawyer.

Jim is President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, the largest funder of civil legal aid in the United States. LSC, established by an Act of Congress in 1974, supports 132 independent legal aid programs with more than 850 offices serving every state and territory. Jim was President of LSC from 2011 to February of 2020.

He practiced law for 30 years with the international, Washington-based law firm of Arnold & Porter and served as the firm’s Managing Partner for a decade.
Immediately prior to joining the Legal Services Corporation, he served as General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is a past President of the 110,000-member District of Columbia Bar.

Jim is Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission. He is a member of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Committee, the American Law Institute, the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation, the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center on the Future of the Profession, and the boards of Albany Law School and the Pro Bono Institute.

He currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic. Jim previously served as chair of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, as Chairman of the Boards of the Meyer Foundation and of Whitman-Walker Health, and as a member of the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education, and Wilkes University.

Jim was named one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by Legal Times in 2008. The University of Pennsylvania Law School has honored him with its Alumni Award of Merit and its Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award. He has also received the District of Columbia Bar’s highest honor, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Award, as well as the Wiley A. Branton Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Legal Rights and Urban Affairs, the Washington Council of Lawyers’ Presidents’ Award, and the American Bar Association’s Presidential Citation.

Jim began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Lynnewood Shafer L'21

"Reimagining the Future of Lawyer Formation"

Penn Carey Law Student

Lynnewood Shafer is a third-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon graduation, he will be a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in their New York office. Prior to Penn, Lynnewood worked as a CPA at PwC. Additionally, Lynnewood is a Wharton Nonprofit Board fellow and Habitat for Humanity visiting board member.

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Edward Sohn L'06

"Reimagining the Future of the Legal Work Environment"

Senior Vice President, Head of Solutions, Factor

Ed Sohn leads the Product and Solutions group at Factor Law, the leader in delivering complex legal work at scale.  Ed oversees the development and assembly of Factor’s capabilities (talent, workflow and technology) and the customization of those solutions to fit client needs.  In addition, Ed manages the implementation of Factor’s Innovation program, unlocking the potential of ideas at Factor.

Ed is an attorney, legal technologist and managed services leader, having held several roles as an executive with Pangea3, Thomson Reuters and EY Law. He has written and spoken extensively in the area of legal innovation, including as the co-author of the alt.legal column on AboveTheLaw, and he was named as a Fastcase50 award winner (2019). Ed began his career with King & Spalding as a Business Litigation Associate after earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania (L’06).

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Caren Ulrich Stacy

"Reimagining the Future of Racial Equity in the Profession"

CEO, Diversity Lab

Caren has 25 years of management and leadership experience as the head of talent and diversity for many of the world’s top law firms, including Arnold & Porter, Cooley, and Weil Gotshal. After hiring nearly 3000 lawyers and assisting with their advancement to partner and other high-level roles, Caren co-founded Lawyer Metrics (a start-up company later acquired by the Access Group) that pioneered a “Moneyball” data-analytics approach to find ways to improve the selection and development of high-performing lawyers. Following that success, Caren founded Diversity Lab to focus on closing the gender gap and increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in law through the use of data, science, and design thinking.

As Diversity Lab’s CEO, Caren manages more than a dozen talent experts, data scientists, and technologists to create and experiment with innovative initiatives that cultivate diversity in the leadership ranks of top law firms and legal departments. Her passion for diversifying these organizations is driven in part knowing that many of these leaders will eventually serve in roles – such as judges, CEOs, college presidents, Congress, and U.S. Presidents – that impact society more broadly.

Caren’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, The American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, and on Fox News. Her leadership, including contributions to 250 presentations and publications, has been recognized and honored by the American Bar Association and other influential entities.

 

In 2013, she was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Improving the Legal Profession and was also selected to serve as a Judicial Performance Commissioner to evaluate judges in the 20th Judicial District. In 2016, she was honored with Legal Momentum’s national “Women of Achievement” Award and selected from 500 women entrepreneurs as one of the inaugural 10 Tory Burch Foundation Fellows. A year later, she was appointed to the U.S. National Committee for the UN Women Board of Directors as Vice President of Policy in San Francisco and then as President in Silicon Valley. And in 2019, she was selected by members of Congress to assist with the Congressional Black Caucus task force on increasing diversity in law and tech.  

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Scott Westfahl

"Reimagining the Future of Laywer Formation "

Professor of Practice and Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education

Scott Westfahl is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School.  Within the school’s J.D. curriculum, Professor Westfahl teaches courses on leadership, design thinking and innovation, resilience, teams and networks. His primary focus is leading Harvard Law School Executive Education, which provides unrivaled, intensive, business-school style leadership programs for law firm, in-house and government/public sector lawyers from all over the world.  He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments, government/public sector and other legal-related organizations.  He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership and teams, design thinking and innovation, the motivation and development of professionals, fostering diversity and inclusion in legal organizations, and strategy and organizational alignment from a talent development perspective.   Professor Westfahl is a strategic advisor to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and a Founding and Advisory Board Member of The Purple Campaign to prevent workplace harassment.

Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the professional development of the firm's lawyers and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, lawyer and staff integration and transitions and alumni.  In 2008, Professor Westfahl was chosen as one of Law Firm, Inc. magazine's five "Innovators of the Year" for his development of a cutting-edge lawyer assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties lawyer work assignments to their professional development needs.   Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, DC office of McKinsey & Company, and ten years practicing business and regulatory law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office.

Professor Westfahl frequently lectures, consults and comments upon leadership, talent development and design thinking and innovation within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).  He is also the co-author of a groundbreaking proposal for a collaborative model of lawyer professional development, appearing in the Stanford Law Review: Westfahl, Scott A. and Wilkins, David B., The Leadership Imperative: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development in the Global Age of More for Less (August 3, 2017). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 6, 2017; HLS Center on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2017-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013150

Heading 4

Partner, Costangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Heading 4

Heading 4

Miguel Willis

"Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Legal Services "

Innovator in Residence, Future of the Profession Initiative, Penn Carey Law School 

Miguel Willis is the Innovator in Residence at the Law School’s Future of the Profession Initiative (“FPI”). Miguel concurrently serves as the Executive Director of Access to Justice Tech Fellows (“A2J Tech Fellows”), a national nonprofit organization that develops summer fellowships for law students seeking to leverage technology to create equitable legal access for low-income and marginalized populations. Immediately prior to joining FPI, Willis served as the Law School Admissions Council’s (“LSAC”) inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow.

Willis earned a degree in Political Science from Howard University.

While completing his undergraduate degree, Willis worked with the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation. He is a 2017 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law. Following law school, Willis held posts at the City of Seattle, Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, where he assisted on legal content and strategy for the creation of a Citizenship web portal. In addition, to the Alaska Court System to develop its Justice for All Project.

Willis’ entrepreneurial spirit, drive to innovate, and commitment to diversity and access to justice earned him recognition by the American Bar Association as a 2018 Legal Rebel, and 2019 Fastcase 50” honoree.

Willis currently serves on the advisory board of University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s Innovation for Justice (i4J) program. In addition, to serving on The Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council.