Innovation Bootcamp

Add+Venture Initiative

April 25-26, 2019

Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
1 South Dearborn Street
38th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $795 for members

Deadline: April 2, 2019

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In a world where legal information is fast-moving and constantly evolving, the experts within it have unique roles as industry drivers—AALL members like you are constantly finding new ways to deliver greater value to your stakeholders, staff, and colleagues.

But how do you put your ideas into action? The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative was created specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation.

Whether you’re early in your career and ready to give your solutions wings or a decision maker committed to maximizing the talents of your team, you’ll want to join us for this 1.5-day event to learn how to:

  • Identify improvement opportunities in your workplace
  • Create or refine services using a service design methodology tailored to libraries
  • Strategically pitch your solution to those whose support you need
  • Navigate unforeseen challenges to implementation
  • Practically test and measure the success of your project
  • Connect to a network of proactive problem solvers
  • Build internal and external partnerships to raise the profile of your services
  • Invigorate your workplace’s culture to promote ingenuity and cooperation

We've assembled a dynamic lineup of presenters comprised of AALL members and other thought leaders to deliver a customized learning experience relevant to the unique value you bring to your organization.


Legal information professionals, law librarians in every setting and type of library, professionals looking for a new approach to problem solving





A senior portfolio director in the Business Design practice at IDEO, David Schonthal has helped develop initiatives such as the Startup-in-Residence program as well as other novel approaches and instigations around venture design and corporate entrepreneurship. Outside of IDEO, David is a clinical associate professor of innovation & entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital. He is the co-founder of MATTER, Chicago’s 25,000 square foot healthcare technology incubator which is home to over 150 startups and corporate ventures. David earned his MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. His articles on entrepreneurship and corporate innovation have been published in Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines. As much as David would like to think he’s one of a kind, he’s actually one of triplets; and outside of work you can find him chasing around his two young kids, and attempting to channel his “inner-Neil Peart” on the drums.




Beth Williams is senior director of the Robert Crown Law Library and senior lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Prior to joining Stanford in 2015, she was associate vice chancellor of the law library and technology at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and head of public services and lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. She earned her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and practiced public interest law in Maine before earning a master’s degree in library and information science with a special certificate in law librarianship from the University of Washington’s iSchool. Beth currently serves on the Board of Directors of LLMC Digital and as a member of the Depository Library Council, an advisory board for the Director of the Government Publishing Office on matters related to the Federal Depository Library Program. She teaches Advanced Legal Research at Stanford Law School and her research interests, publications, and presentations are concerned with digitization and preservation efforts in law libraries, and free and open access to legal information.


Carlos Gámez

Senior Director of Innovation
Thomson Reuters Labs

Carlos is the senior director of innovation for Thomson Reuters Labs. In his role, he partners internally with stakeholders across the enterprise focusing on the practice of law, as well as externally with customers, startups, academic institutions, and industry forums to help define & refine the innovation and emerging technology strategy for law firms and corporate counsel. Responsibilities include forming, engaging, and enabling ad-hoc teams to execute on strategic projects to drive organic growth through the adoption of emerging technologies and methodologies.

Carlos joined Thomson Reuters under its leadership development program where he performed roles across Strategy and Product Strategy. After the program, he served as the chief of staff to the general counsel and as the lead for legal department operations. Later, he was also part of the Corporate Development group, where he led the evaluation and execution of acquisitions of companies. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he worked with start-ups in different capacities in Silicon Valley. Before that, he practiced intellectual property law in one of Mexico’s leading law firms. Carlos has a Bachelors in Law from the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrrey (Mexico) and obtained an LL.M. at Stanford Law School and an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Katherine Lowry

Director of Practice Services
Baker & Hostetler LLP

As director of practice services, Katherine reports to the CIO and provides strategic leadership and governance of the firm’s information technology deliverables and services to five core practice areas. While her role oversees knowledge management, training, and integration of business applications, business process improvement solutions, and the delivery of information and research services, it also includes management of the newest legal innovation group, IncuBaker, focused on the integration of three major advancements blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics. Katherine obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stetson University and her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Kristen Sonday

Co-Founder & COO

Kristen Sonday is the co-founder and COO of Paladin, whose mission is to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs. In her role, she works with law firms, in-house teams, and law schools to staff, manage, and track their pro bono on a centralized dashboard, as well as visualize their impact. As a result of her work to close the justice gap, she has been named a 2017 ABA Woman in Legal Tech to Watch, ABA Journal Legal Rebel, and Fastcase50 honoree.

David Whelan

Director, Legal Information & the Great Library
Law Society of Ontario

David Whelan has managed technology and information teams in the U.S. and Canada for over 20 years. He has worked to improve access to information as director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, at Ohio’s Cincinnati Law Library Association, and for Ontario’s lawyer regulator as director of the Great Library and manager for corporate records and archives. He earned his J.D. at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and his M.L.S. at the University of North Texas. David blogs and speaks about information and technology topics, and has authored books for Thomson Reuters: Finding and Managing Legal Information and Practice Law in the Cloud.

Sponsored By

The program is sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, via email or at 312.205.8032 for more information.