Innovation Bootcamp Presenters




Senior Portfolio Director, Business Design Practice / IDEO

David SchonthalA 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.


Senior Director, Robert Crown Law Library & Senior Lecturer in Law / Stanford Law School

Beth WilliamsBeth 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 GamezCarlos 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.

Annie Downey

Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services / Reed College Library

Annie DowneyAnnie Downey is Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services for the Reed College Library. She holds a PhD in higher education and an MLS from the University of North Texas. She has written and presented on service design, critical librarianship, information literacy, K-20 library instruction, assessment, and academic library administration. Her books include Getting Started in Service Design: A How-To-Do-It Manual For LibrariansLibrary Service Design, and Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas. She was a 2016 fellow of the Leading Change Institute, was awarded (with Joe Marquez) the first Future of Libraries Fellowship in 2017 from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and was named a 2018 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.


Kristen Sonday

Co-Founder & COO / Paladin

Kristen SondayKristen 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 WhelanDavid 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.

Jeff Pfeifer

Vice President, Product Management and Chief Product Officer for North American Research Solutions / LexisNexis

Jeff PfeiferJeff Pfeifer is Vice President, Product Management and Chief Product Officer for North American Research Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for product strategy for LexisNexis Legal and Professional. Jeff has overall product responsibility for the research flagship Lexis Advance as well as other solutions in the LexisNexis portfolio: Lexis Advance Quicklaw, Ravel Law, Lex Machina, Lexis Practice Advisor, Securities Mosaic, Courtlink, State Net, Lexis for Microsoft Office and Lexis Search Advantage. He was previously Vice President, Primary Law, where he was responsible for public source content strategy for U.S. markets. Prior roles included Vice President, Large Law Firm Segment Planning.

Jeff was named a Fastcase 50 recipient in 2018 as a leading innovator in Law. He resides in Raleigh, NC where he is the Site Leader of the LexisNexis Raleigh Technology Center.

Allison Reeve

Library Manager / Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Allison ReeveAllison C. Reeve's career path has taken her from academic research libraries to law schools, and eventually to Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she is Library Manager in Knowledge Management. 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. By adopting new technologies, attempting radical projects, and pushing information professional skills Allison and her team work in sync with the goals of the firm. Allison believes that information professionals are adaptive, creative, and collaborative. In any environment any librarian should challenge themselves to apply traditional skills and employ new technologies to offer new and innovative service. She received the AALL Emerging Leader Award in 2018.

Anna Lawless-Collins

Associate Director for Systems & Collection Services / Boston University

Anna Lawless-CollinsAnna Lawless-Collins oversees the Systems and Collection Services department at the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries at the Boston University School of Law. In that role, she helps to make sure library resources are accessible and available to patrons in the online catalog and other library systems. Before coming to Boston University, she worked at the law library at Northeastern University and as an associate in the K&L Gates Boston office. She earned her Masters of Information and Library Science from Simmons College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She has presented on electronic resource management and written for Spectrum, the Law Librarians of New England, the TS-SIS TechScans, the TS-SIS Newsletter, and the ALL-SIS Newsletter. She is currently the chair of ALL-SIS and has served on various committees for the Law Librarians of New England, ALL-SIS, TS-SIS, and has served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee. She has also taught legal research for the Law Librarians of New England.

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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.