Debbie Gisnberg speaking at Women of Legal Tech

Women of Legal Tech: The Law Librarians

On February 27, ABA’s Women Rainmakers Committee presented a “Women of Legal Tech” Summit hosted at Chicago-Kent College of Law as a precursor to the ABA TechShow 2019.

CALL’s own Debbie Ginsberg was one of the speakers, focusing on the role of law librarians in legal tech:

Debbie started by noting how a talk on law librarians intersects with the “Women of Legal Tech” summit:

“AALL is an organization composed of 75% women.” – Jean O’Grady, 2016*

Law Library Legal Tech Leaders

Debbie shared examples of specific law librarians who have pushed the boundaries of legal tech in their law schools and law firms:

Kristina L. NiedringhausAssociate Dean of Library and Information Services and Associate Professor at Georgia State University College of Law

Jessica de Perio Wittman, Director of the Law Library, Associate Professor of Law and Cornelius J. Scanlon Scholar at UConn School of Law

June Liebert, Firmwide Director of Library & Research Services at 
Sidley Austin LLP

Jean O’Grady, Senior Director of Research & Knowledge at DLA Piper and author of Dewy B. Strategic.
Twitter: @jogdc

Jennifer L. WondracekDirector of Legal Educational Technology and Professor of Practice at UNT Dallas College of Law
Twitter: @JenWondracek

Susan Nevelow MartProfessor and Director of the Law Library
 at University of Colorado Law School

Teaching Tech & Building Bridges:

Debbie also pointed out several articles that show how tech-savvy lawyers have provided training and resources for their schools and firms:

The discussion of diversity in the legal profession continued throughout the day – Debbie pointed out that demographic reports may not always include the law librarians as they count attorneys.

Final Thoughts:

Many people were involved in organizing and sharing at this event, as seen in this post from Sara Agate, one of the students who helped open the event and introduce speakers:

Erin Harrison of LegalTech news wrote up more about the event on Law.com:


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