Ten years ago, the concept of a legal operations career path was barely catching on. In the most sophisticated organizations, the General Counsel was responsible for managing the legal department’s workload in a way that was cost-effective and efficient, but many lacked the business background required for an operations role. As the office of the General Counsel has evolved into a strategic partner for the organization, so has the need for a Director of Legal Operations within a mature legal department. Now, not only are an increasing number of corporate law departments hiring operations pros, but the role they play in managing outside vendors, implementing new technology, driving efficiencies, and containing costs has continued to expand. This marriage of business intelligence, strong technology backgrounds, and the understanding of the legal sphere within an organization has become what we know today as the Director of Legal Operations.
What amazes me is the exponential growth of this newfound position and the strong fellowship that has already formed in the shape of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) led by Connie Brenton, Senior Director of Legal Operations at NetApp, Inc. Within this group are some of the most innovative thought leaders representing highly prestigious companies across the globe such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Oracle, Adobe, and Cisco. CLOC is hosting its 2nd annual conference next week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and Mitratech is absolutely thrilled to be a platinum-level sponsor for an organization acting as a catalyst for legal, compliance, and risk efficiency at its finest.
Mitratech CEO, Jason Parkman, and Cisco’s Director of Legal Operations, Bhaskar Ranade, will be leading a presentation on how corporate legal departments are evolving to meet the changing needs in today’s highly-regulated environment. He will dive into three of the twelve core competencies as defined by CLOC:
- Cross-functional alignment
- Strategic planning, and
- Technology support
If you are planning on attending, we encourage you to attend the session on May 10, 2017 at 11:00am in the Monet1 room. Also, please stop by our booth (#66) to meet the Mitratech family and immerse yourself in the largest gathering of legal operations professionals in the world.