On March 18, 2015 in New York City, Above the Law will host CONVERGE—a conference designed for attorneys as well as law firm communications, marketing, business development, public relations, and technology professionals.
CONVERGE will feature a series of panel discussions on a full range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry, including:
Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, will deliver the opening remarks for the conference. Panels will be CLE-accredited by Marino Legal and CONVERGE's continental breakfast and luncheon will offer a great opportunity to network with other attendees.
|8:00–9:00am||Guest Arrivals and Check-In|
|9:00am||Opening Keynote Q&A with Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group
Interviewer: ATL Managing Editor David Lat
Online Reputation, Privacy and the Law
Moderated by ATL editor Staci Zaretsky
Kashmir Hill - Senior Online Editor, Forbes Magazine
Michael Gottlieb - Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Leeza Garber - Corporate Counsel & Director of Business Development at Capsicum Group, LLC
Mary-Rose Papandrea - Professor at Boston College Law School
An exploration of the intersection of law and policy issues relating to online reputation, information privacy, client confidentiality, cybersecurity, and other related topics, with a special emphasis on recent jurisprudence such the Google “right to be forgotten” case.
Pitching the MSM
Moderator: ATL Managing Editor David Lat
Ashby Jones - Deputy Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal Law Bureau
All legal industry communications and public relations professionals face the steep challenge of telling their organizations’ story beyond the confines of the industry press. Learn from prominent members of the mainstream media what it takes to pique their interest in legal stories.
Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices
Moderator: ATL Editor Joe Patrice
Tasha Cooper, Esq. - President, UpwardAction®
Dan Lear - Director of Industry Relations, Avvo
Ryan Lytle - Social Projects Manager, Mashable
Michael C. Schmidt - Partner, Cozen O' Connor
This panel will explore the intersection of social technologies and the law. Topics to include content strategy, the use of social media for business development, SEO, blogging platforms, and more.
The Future of Law
Moderator: Breaking Media Editor at Large Elie Mystal
Dr. Silvia Hodges-Silverstein - Executive Director and Founder, Buying Legal Council
Jessica Hunt - Managing Director and GM East Coast, Axiom
Rakesh Madhava - CEO, Nextpoint
Avoiding the jargon-choked and inaccessible discourse which typically characterizes discussions of legal technology, this session will explore the real world, concrete implications of emerging technologies and their impact on legal careers. Let's finally settle the question of whether robots are coming to take all our jobs.
Justin B. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Bloomberg Media Group
Justin B. Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.'s global multi-platform media organization that comprises web, mobile, television, digital video, radio, print magazines and live events platforms.
Since joining Bloomberg L.P. in September 2013, Justin has completed a strategic review of Bloomberg Media and outlined a new vision to build the leading, next generation media company for global business by concentrating on the development of a series of digitally-led, multi-platform new brands. Crediting him as an "aggressive digital innovator," Justin was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2014.
Prior to Bloomberg, Justin was President of Atlantic Media where he spearheaded a dramatic revitalization of The Atlantic and launched award-winning digital brands such as Quartz, The Atlantic Wire, and Defense One. Under his leadership, Justin and his teams were recognized by The New York Times as "something of a marvel in the publishing world," along with a number of awards, including Advertising Age's 2010 "Publishing Executive of the Year," Advertising Age's 2010 "Magazine A-List" 2010 and min's 2010 "Most Intriguing People in Media."
Previously, Justin served as President and Publisher of The Week magazine, where he introduced the U.S. version in 2001. In this role, he was named to Advertising Age's 2006 "40 Under 40" ranking. Justin came to The Week from The Economist Group, where he led corporate strategy in London, Hong Kong and New York. He began his career in media at the International Herald Tribune in Paris and Hong Kong, helping to build the global newspaper's conference business.
Justin is the founder of Breaking Media, a network of websites, events and social media channels that includes Above the Law, Dealbreaker, Fashionista, Breaking Defense, Breaking Energy and Breaking Gov.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, where he received his B.S. from the School of Foreign Service in 1991. Justin was named to the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Board of Directors in 2014, is a 2013 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His philanthropic efforts include founding the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts and the Ouagadougou Education Project.
Justin commutes between New York City and Washington, D.C., where he lives with his two children.
CONVERGE will take place at the University Club located at One West 54th Street, New York.
Please be advised of The University Club's dress code which is in effect at all times. Male members and guests are required to wear jackets, dress shirts and ties. Female members and guests are required to wear clothing meeting similar standards: tailored clothing that otherwise conforms to this rule including suits, dresses and skirts or tailored trousers with dress shirts, blouses or sweaters. Jeans, corduroy, shorts, capris, denim, sneakers, flip flops and other such casual sportswear are not considered appropriate attire. Cellular phones and personal digital assistants must remain silent and may not be used in public areas of the Clubhouse. Cell phones and PDAs may be used in the telephone booths throughout the Clubhouse.
Overnight accommodations are available at the club. For individual reservations call the Front Office Manager Lars Dewenter at 212-572-3454, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above the Law is partnering with the Marino Legal Academy, an accredited Continuing Legal Education provider to certify the CONVERGE Conference for Continuing Legal Education credits. Online Registration for CLE is required. For questions about CLE and your state’s specific Continuing Legal Education rules and requirements, please call Marino Legal Academy at 1-800-562-7466.
Note: Attorneys registered for CLE credit will be contacted by Marino Legal Academy directly to complete the authentication process. Please be on the lookout for e-mail communications from Marino Legal Academy.
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