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2020 JILB Symposium

February 11, 2020
12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wieboldt Hall, Rooms 150 & 147
(directly west of the Law School at 340 E. Superior Street, Chicago)

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This symposium is a co-presentation between JILB and Northwestern’s Law and Technology Initiative.

Please direct questions to:Carmina del Mundo, Symposium Editor:

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here to help us plan the event.

Click here for a printable invitation to the event.

This program is pending approval for 2.5 professional responsibility CLE credits in the state of Illinois.
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Schedule of EVENTS

12:00-12:15 p.m.  | Registration and Check-In (WB 150)

After checking-in, please proceed to your seat in Wieboldt Hall, Room 147 with your lunch. The Symposium will begin at 12:15 p.m.

12:15-12:45 p.m.  | Welcome and Introduction (WB 147)

  • Welcome from Journal of International Law & Business Symposium Editor, Carmina del Mundo, and Editor-in-Chief, Lara Alkarim
  • Welcome from Professor Dan Linna, Director of Law and Technology Initiatives & Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering
  • Introduction of Featured Speaker, Steve Poor

12:45-1:45 p.m. | Featured Speaker, J. Stephen Poor: Practical Magic: Applying Advanced Technology in the Legal Industry (WB 147)

Steve PoorPartner, Seyfarth Shaw

As Chair Emeritus of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, J. Stephen Poor serves as an advisor to the firm’s leadership and as an executive sponsor of strategic initiatives focused on innovation and growth. He leads the firm’s technology innovation team, which includes specialists in data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation, and collaboration.

1:45-2:00 p.m | Break (WB 150)

Refreshments will be served.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m | Panel Discussion: Industry Insights: How Artificial Intelligence and Machine-Learning Technologies are Revolutionizing the Practice of Law (WB 147)


Katie DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer, Bryan Cave

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Catherine Krow, CEO and Founder, Digitory Legal Corporation

Sam Ranganathan, Senior Director of Legal Operations, AbbVie; and Chair, Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Operations           

Charles Larsen, IP Partner, White & Case – Boston

3:30 | Reception (WB 440)


Special thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Irving Gordon Symposia Fund

The Journal of International Law & Business Symposium is supported by the Irving Gordon Symposia Fund, established in 1996 by the Gordon family, Northwestern alumni, and friends to honor the memory of Irving Gordon, a graduate of the class of 1947, and a beloved faculty member of the Law School from 1966 until his death in 1994.