Business of Law Institute

Fall 2019 Events

(Master Class) Finding a Niche: Bringing Artificial Intelligence and Other Cutting-Edge Technology to the World of Case Management

Presenter: Tom Mavis
Co-Founder, Legal Stratus

Wednesday, October 30th


Co-Sponsored by the Office of Academic Planning and Career Development





(CLE ) The Road to Legal Operations – A New Path Paved with Innovative People, Processes, and Technology

Tuesday, November 19th
6:00pm – 8:00pm


Moderator: Jeanne Somma – Legal Insights Executive & Counsel, ayfie Group; Adjunct Professor, NYLS


Karen Feeken – Assistant General Counsel & VP, Head of Legal Vendor Management, Bank of America

Merideth Helgeson – Control Executive – Legal Department; Legal Excellence Lead, Wells Fargo

John Levonick – Consumer Financial Services, Regulatory Compliance and Technology Attorney at Ballard Spahr LLP

Farrah Pepper – Chief Legal Innovation Counsel, Marsh & Mclennan

Ashly Suedkamp – Managing Director; Head of Law Department Consulting and Head of US Consulting – East Coast; Elevate Services

CLE: 1.5 Law Practice Management credits (NY Transitional and Nontransitional)





(Master Class) Blockchain Technology: How it Works and What Its Rise
Means to the Legal Profession

Presenter: Melanie Girton 
Partner, Odell Girton Siegel LLC

Wednesday, February 27








(Master Class) Lessons from a Legal Tech Entrepreneur

Presenter: Brian Schrader ’98
President, Business Intelligence Associates, Inc.

Tuesday, March 19th







(Master Class) A Day in the Life of a Global Banking  & Markets Compliance Officer


Presenter: Janet Halecky ’89
Managing Director, Compliance Professional
Major Financial Institution

Tuesday, April 2nd








FALL 2019 Events

(Master Class) Administrative Law: Pardon the Disruption

Presenter: Kathleen A. McGee,
Counsel, Lowenstein and Sandler LLP

Wednesday, Nov. 7







Master Class) Cyber Incident Response Plans: The “How-to” Guide for Legal Counsel

A Special Two-Part CLE Series

Part 1: Friday, October 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Gain familiarity with the elements of an incident response plan required by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Work through a high-level review of a financial services incident response plan.

Part 2: Friday, October 26, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Discuss the role of an incident response plan in cybersecurity. Work through a high-level review of a law firm incident response plan.

Presenter: Lawrence Montle ’13
Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, New York State Insurance Fund

More Details: There will be an optional writing assignment for
students who wish to have a cybersecurity writing sample.

2 CLE credits are available in Areas of Professional Practice (NY transitional and nontransitional).


(Master Class) Artificial Intelligence, Contract Analytics, Smart Contracts, and Blockchain: Legal and Fintech Use-Cases and Opportunities

Portrait of Charles PostTuesday, October 16, 2018
12:50 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Presenter: Charles M. Post ’11
Managing Counsel & Director, Head of Legal Data Management & Advisory, BNY Mellon

Charles M. Post ’11, Managing Counsel & Director, is the head of Legal Data Management & Advisory at BNY Mellon. He advises the enterprise on leveraging technology, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, contract analytics, smart contracts, contract generation, and contract life-cycle management. He helped lead the firm’s development of an enterprise artificial intelligent legal agreement repository and data analytics platform. He also focuses on critical operations and regulatory matters. In his previous role, he was a foreign exchange, derivatives, and fixed-income attorney advising the firm’s Global Markets (foreign exchange and derivatives), Capital Markets (securities and fixed income), and Corporate Treasury businesses on trading and services.

Launched in Fall 2018

NYLS’s Business of Law Institute will prepare law students and lawyers to meet evolving needs of 21st-century businesses, law firms, and government agencies.

The Institute’s offerings will include courses, hands-on training opportunities, and extracurricular learning labs related to risk and compliance, privacy, cybersecurity, blockchain, artificial intelligence, e-discovery, and similar fields.

Goals of the Business of Law Institute

  • Develop, in consultation with industry experts, a series of curricular and extracurricular experiential course offerings to train NYLS students to be effective practitioners in the business of law.
  • Build a pipeline of jobs for students who are interested in the intersection of law and technology, especially in the corporate legal counsel space.
  • Provide Evening Division students with specialized training as part of their J.D. studies to expand their skill sets and provide a launching pad from their current full-time positions in related fields.
  • Bring the entire NYLS community together to harness the technologies most relevant to preparing students for the modern profession.

More Information

Business of Law Institute report cover




Study Acknowledgements

NYLS and Ari Kaplan Advisors are grateful to all of the qualitative survey participants who shared their perspectives for the report, including, among others:

  • Sanjay Bhandari, Partner, Ernst & Young (London)
  • Ira Coleman, Chairman, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Katie DeBord, Global Chief Innovation Officer, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Tony Gomes, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Citrix Systems
  • David Jordan, SVP & Chief Information Security Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Ann Rainhart, Chief Operating Officer, Briggs & Morgan
  • Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Founder and Executive Director, Buying Legal Council
  • Mark Smolik, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, DHL Supply Chain Americas
  • Noah Waisberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Kira Systems
  • Christina Wojcik, Global VP, Technical and Legal Solution Consultants, Seal Software
  • John Woods Jr., Co-Head of the Global Cybersecurity Practice, Baker McKenzie LLP