A LEGAL INDUSTRY EVENT
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
April Campbell, JD
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ADMINISTRATORS
April Campbell, JD is a leader in professional service and not-for-profit organizations for more than two decades. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Legal Administrators. She previously held roles in both large and small law firms in the areas of overall administration, HR, pro bono, operations and as an attorney. April holds a B.S. in Spanish with a business option from Penn State and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Director of Administration at K & L Gates
Jenna Carter is an experienced Director of Administration with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. She is skilled in Administration, Team Building, Event Planning, Customer Service, Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Public Speaking. Jenna is a strong leader and administrative professional with a Master's degree focused in Accounting from Strayer University (DC) and Bachelor's in Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jenna is the Director of Administration at K & L Gates, is the Past President of the Capital Chapter of the ALA and also serves on the National Board of the Association of Legal Administrators.
Michael S Cohen
PARTNER DUANE MORRIS LLP
Michael S. Cohen is a partner in Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and
Immigration Practice Group. Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; performance management; workplace privacy; sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; teens in the workplace and managing attendance problems. Michael also has conducted investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination and has drafted employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and post-termination agreements. Michael has conducted nearly 300 trainings in each of the past two years. He has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings.
Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today, MSNBC.com, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, as well as many other publications. Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania
Andrea D. Everage
Baker McKenzie's California HR Manager
Andrea D. Everage has been in legal management since 1996. Andrea earned her B.S. degree in business administration from St. Gregory's University, and M.S. in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently Baker McKenzie's California HR Manager, and a member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Chapter Resource Team (CRT), serving the Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Chapters.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys connecting and engaging with those interested in physical fitness. Andrea is a certified fitness professional, and has presented yoga and UJAM classes at several ALA Annual conferences. She has been coaching fitness classes for twenty-four years, in a multitude of formats, such as Step Aerobics; BodyPump; Urban Rebounder; cardio kick-boxing; BodyFlow; Yoga, PiYo, Spin; Aqua and Toning.
AFFINITY CONSULTING GROUP
Debbie Foster is a nationally recognized thought leader on efficiency and innovation in professional legal organizations. Her 20+ years of experience, combined with a mix of strategic management and strong leadership skills, has enabled Debbie to develop a unique ability to work with law firms and legal departments to help them navigate the ever-changing legal services delivery landscape. Debbie has been working with law firms and legal departments since 1995, earned her Lean Six Sigma Certification and is relied on by firms all over the country as a management consultant. Debbie is very active in the Association of Legal Administrators, the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association, and was the Co-Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2018.
President of Nesso Strategies
Judy Hissong is the President of Nesso Strategies. A former law firm Chief Operating Officer, she helps firms become more profitable by advising leaders in strategic and leadership development challenges. Her mission is “world domination for Good.” By creating actionable, lightbulb moments that leaders want to share and spread, she intends to improve the world one person at a time. When she’s not speaking, training and consulting, Judy teaches quarterly online workshops and facilitates Leaders Lab, a free monthly video conference that enables small groups of leaders to brainstorm strategies and solutions to work through common issues that keep firms stuck.
ATTORNEY/SENIOR ERISA CONSULTANT STRATEGIC RETIREMENT CONSULTING
Janet L. Luxton is a senior consultant and attorney in Vanguard Strategic Retirement Consulting. She consults with large institutional retirement plan
clients on a range of issues including plan design, fiduciary best practices, and compliance issues. Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Luxton was a senior compliance consultant with Mercer HR Services. At Mercer, she advised clients on a broad range of employee benefits issues involving defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. Ms. Luxton earned a B.A. in sociology at Suffolk University, and a J.D. at The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts bars.
Master Instructor, Spenga SEminole
Katie brings an incredibly positive spirit, energy and attitude to SPENGA Seminole (a boutique fitness studio owned by Debbie’s husband Dan) that makes the members ADORE her, and we can’t wait to share her with our Lemonaders! Her passion for fitness, and specifically how the body and mind are connected, is unmatched. She invests her time making sure she finds a way to help everyone she meets become the best version of themselves. Katie is a Reiki Master, a 500 Hour yoga instructor, and has spent her yoga teaching career in a variety of yoga disciplines. She has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga to adults, kids, and people with special needs. In search of more sunshine, Katie relocated to Florida from her home state of Wisconsin.
"The Purple Coach"
John Mitchell is a lawyer and a leader. He is committed to helping lawyers discover and maximize their leadership potential so that they continuously develop themselves and their organizations in pursuit of changing the world. John specializes in working with lawyers who are in formal roles like general counsel, managing partner, practice group leaders and committee chairs and those in informal leadership roles. He also supports in-house lawyers transitioning to business roles, junior associates, new partners, major rainmakers, and senior lawyers considering their “second season” in life.
Helping leaders transition to new leadership positions is one area of John’s expertise.He also has extensive experience assisting women and attorneys of color successfully apply their talents in new roles and new environments. Mr. Mitchell’s unique background brings personal experience to these types of transitions and his educational experiences ground those firsthand experiences with sound theory and applied research.
His experience is supplemented by his educational pursuits at Northwestern University that include a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, a Juris Doctor degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management.
author of The Client-Centered Law Firm
Jack Newton, author of The Client-Centered Law Firm, has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on the security, ethics, and privacy issues surrounding cloud computing, and has become a nationally recognized writer and speaker on these topics.
As the CEO and Co-founder of Clio and a pioneer in cloud-based legal technology, Jack created Clio’s annual Legal Trends Report to provide unique, data-driven insights on the most important issues within the legal profession, and also co-founded and is President of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), a consortium of leading cloud computing providers with a mandate to help accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the legal industry. He was also named a 2019 fellow to the College of Law Practice Management, sits on the board of ROSS Intelligence, an AI-powered legal research provider, and is an investor in and advisor to early-stage legal tech startups.
Spencer X. Smith
Founder of ampliphi social media strategies
Spencer X Smith is the founder of social media marketing company AmpliPhi, and an instructor at the University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University. He was formerly a VP of Sales for two Fortune 100 companies. He’s been called a “Social Media Expert” by Forbes, and AmpliPhi is the winner of four consecutive (2016-2019) InBusiness Magazine Executive Choice Awards for Social Media Consulting Company. Spencer has spoken at over 250 events since 2015, including a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange in 2017. His book “ROTOMA: The ROI of Social Media Top of Mind” was featured in Forbes, and is an Amazon Bestseller.
GLJ Benefit Consultants, Legal Industry Program Director
Alan Wilson started working with GLJ Benefit Consultants (GLJBC) in 2004 as an Employee Benefits Specialist. Since 2006, Alan has spearheaded the effort within GLJBC to reach out to law firms nationally regarding their benefits and business operations and how to use them to help attract and retain quality personnel. While in his current role, Alan and GLJ have created 10 National VIP Business Partner Programs for the Association of Legal Administrators with hundreds of firms attorneys and tens of thousands of their employees enjoying the value- added benefits of these businesses.
Alan has written articles for the Association of Legal Administrators’ Legal Management, speaks frequently on benefits, leadership and client relationship building at conferences, and consults with individual law firms nationally.
Founder and Filmmaker/Director of VIBE
Rich Wilson is the Founder and Filmmaker/Director of Visual Image Building Enterprises or VIBE. Rich developed a passion for storytelling from his time in college at Southern Utah University where he hosted a daily radio program The Morning Brew listening to the stories of his fellow students, and onto working as Backstage Manager for a Arizona Based Performing Arts Center where he has been host to many well-known figures such as, Lorrie Morgan, Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats, The Oak Ridge Boys and Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si. Currently he directs an online live broadcasted show, EThree, full of stories and music of past and aspiring musicians.
Through these experiences, Rich has cultivated the idea that every person, business, and brand has a unique story and believes these stories need to be told through modern visual storytelling and shared through online influencer style marketing.
Rich’s Next Chapter is becoming a full fledge film director starting with work on his passion project, a mini documentary series entitled #TELLYOURSTORY where he will travel to tell the stories of people like, ‘The Doctor’, ‘The Uber Driver’ and ‘The Barista’, because he believes that when we listen and understand someone’s story, that is where real change can happen.
Get Ready and Tell Your Story.