Innovation Bootcamp




The AALL Innovation Bootcamp is designed specifically for legal information professionals to engage in new ways of thinking to solve problems and learn real-world examples of how to assess, design, and execute solutions. You’ll also learn how to cultivate partnerships, add value using proven processes to 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 virtual event.

Learn how to:

  • Identify areas or projects for improvement
  • Employ design concepts core to innovation practices
  • Use a service design methodology tailored to your library
  • Pitch your ideas and solutions to supporters and stakeholders
  • Navigate risks and challenges to project implementation
  • Network with proactive problem solvers
  • Build internal and external partnerships
  • Promote ingenuity and cooperation in your workplace

We've assembled a dynamic lineup of presenters comprised of AALL members and other thought leaders to deliver a customized learning experience.


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


100% of 2019 Innovation Bootcamp attendee survey respondents would recommend the event to others. Here’s what some had to say:

“This session very well presented processes of innovation, encouraged trying and being ok with #fail, and bringing together professionals of similar interest. Do it again!”

“This is one of the best library conferences I attended to help me take an approach to 'think outside the box.'”



Michele DeStefano

UNDERSTANDING THE LEGAL MIND: Leveraging Change with a Culture of Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation

Michele DeStefanoRecognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of the top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele DeStefano is a professor of law at the University of Miami and affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program and at IE School of Law.  She is the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think tank of more than 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to hone new skillsets and create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology.  Recently, Michele helped co-create and spearhead the development of the Digital Legal Exchange, a nonprofit designed to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value.  Michele researches, writes, and speaks about creative problem solving, collaboration, culture change, and innovation in law.  Her latest books include Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law and New Suits: Appetite for Disruption.

Steven J. Bell

Design Thinking for Library Innovation

Steven BellSteven J. Bell, Ed.D., is the associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University.  He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, change readiness, educational technology, design thinking and user experience.  An early adopter of the value of design thinking, Steven has published and presented extensively on the topic and delivered design thinking workshops to dozens of library associations.  He co-authored Academic Librarianship by Design in 2007, the first book to introduce design thinking to library practitioners.  He currently teaches design thinking to MLIS students at the San Jose State University iSchool.  Steven has keynoted over 50 professional physical and virtual conferences.  In addition to numerous published articles, he is author/editor of the book Learning from Crucible Moments: Lessons in Crisis Leadership.  He authored two columns for Library Journal, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library" from 2009 to 2019.  For additional information about Steven or links to his projects, visit

Corey Ouellette

Transforming Knowledge Work: Applying the Innovation Pipeline to Your Practice

Corey OulletteCorey Ouellette is a data experience developer and lead designer at Thomson Reuters Labs.  As a data experience developer, Corey’s goal is to surface and visualize the stories and information embedded within data.  To bring data to life, Corey leverages the skillsets of a designer, a researcher, a web developer, and a data engineer.  Prior to Thomson Reuters Labs, Corey taught internet marketing at Conestoga College and worked as a web design and web development consultant at PMG Intelligence.  Beyond that, he also helped launch and provide the growth strategy for one of Canada’s largest online research panels, Qbord.

Sonja Ebron, Co-Founder & CEO and Debra Slone, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer / Courtroom5

Innovations in A2J Technology

Sonja Ebron Sonja Ebron is a PhD electrical engineer and former college professor with a background in utilities and artificial intelligence. She serves on the Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council and has represented herself in court for many years. As Courtroom5’s CEO, Sonja has made it her personal mission to empower people to represent themselves effectively in court.

Debra Slone Debra Slone is a PhD librarian and former library school professor. She has spent her life studying the ways people gather information and making disparate bits of knowledge easy to understand and utilize. Debra has represented herself in multiple civil cases. These experiences make her hyper-aware of the relationship between legal knowledge and access to justice.

Andre Davison, Ryan D. Metheny, Allison C. Reeve Davis, & Jennifer Wondracek


Hear first-hand from your colleagues as they discuss their experiences with stakeholder management, project and process innovation, and freedom to fail.


Andre Davison Andre Davison is the research & information services operations implementation manager at Orrick LLP, and an accomplished knowledge and information services professional with 25+ years of experience in the legal and corporate sectors.  He was the Audience Choice Winner of the 2019 AALL Innovation Tournament.  In 2020, Andre was named a winner of the Fastcase 50 award, which honors the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.  Andre has also received notable recognition in the Texas Bar Blog as a leading Texas law librarian and legal technologist.  Andre has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Houston and received his M.L.I.S. in Information Systems from the University of North Texas and a graduate certificate in Digital Content Management.

Ryan MethenyRyan Metheny is managing librarian, legal education, at LA Law Library, where he develops and oversees educational programming for attorneys, professionals, and self-represented litigants.  He also oversees the library’s Members Program for attorneys, leading the program’s 2014 revamp, provides legal research assistance to the public, and supervises the library’s law student interns.  He is the author of several articles and chapters, including "Improving Lives by Building Social Capital: A New Way to Frame the Work of Law Libraries," Law Library Journal Vol. 109:4 [2017-28] (winner, Dr. Joel Fishman Professional Publication Award), and a chapter on library programming in Introduction to Law Librarianship (forthcoming). Ryan is a graduate of the University of Washington MLIS-Law Librarianship program, and UCLA School of Law.

Allison Reeve DavisAllison C. Reeve Davis is the library manager at Littler Mendelson, P.C.  She supports teams through large, technology-based projects, and inspires colleagues to see innovation in everyday ideas and solutions.  In her current position she challenges perceived conceptions of libraries, and leads Littler’s Knowledge Desk in innovative, knowledge-based projects to align the firm with client demands and the evolving legal market.  The Knowledge Desk has implemented creative ways to connect attorneys with resources in virtual environments and reimagined library services with proprietary databases and tracking tools to monitor and analyze the impact of COVID-19 related litigation and legislation.  Allison received the AALL Emerging Leader Award in 2018 and the Judge’s Choice award at AALL’s Innovation Tournament in 2019.

Jennifer Wondracek Jennifer Wondracek is the director of the law library and professor of legal research and writing at Capital University Law School.  She previously served as the director of legal educational technology for UNT Dallas, where she developed a technology competency requirement for their J.D. program.  In January 2021, she was selected as an ABA LTRC Women of Legal Tech honoree, and she was the Audience Choice Winner of AALL's 2017 Innovation Tournament.  Jennifer has presented at numerous conferences and CLEs throughout her career such as the ABA Techshow, the CALI Conference, and at the Texas Bar Association.  She holds a J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.L.I.S. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


By attending the program, you agree that AALL, its employees, contractors, and volunteers, may photograph, videotape or audiotape you during the program (for access by attendees).  Your photo, video, audio, likeness, or image may be used by AALL for promotional or related purposes with no remuneration to you. Attendees are expected to follow the rules outlined in AALL's Meetings and Events Code of Conduct.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries. Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, via email or at 312.205.8032 for more information.