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LLNE Fall Meeting 2019 (in conjunction with ABLL): Speaker Biographies

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms in Law Libraries and Legal Practice

Speaker Bios

Heidi S. Alexander

Heidi S. Alexander, Esq. is the Deputy Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, where she helps manage organization operations and leads the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP). LOMAP provides free and confidential practice management assistance, guidance in implementing new law office technologies, and methods to attain healthy and sustainable practices.

She is the author of Evernote as a Law Practice Tool, chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Conference, and founded the ABA’s Women of Legal Technology initiative.

Heidi was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism and is a trustee for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

She is a native Minnesotan, former collegiate ice hockey goaltender for the Amherst College Women’s Ice Hockey Team, mother of three young children, and CrossFit Coach.

heidi@masslomap.org
Twitter: @heidialexander
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/heidisarahalexander

Robert J. Ambrogi

Bob Ambrogi is a practicing lawyer and legal journalist who writes the award-winning blog LawSites, is a columnist for AboveTheLaw.com, and is editor-in-chief of LexBlog.com.

After 13 years cohosting the longest-running legal podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, he recently launched a new podcast about innovation in law, LawNext.

Michelle Baildon

Michelle Baildon is the Collections Strategy Team Lead at the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Before joining Harvard, Michelle held positions at the MIT Libraries, most recently as the Collections Strategist for Arts & Humanities and the Science, Technology, & Society (STS) Librarian. Prior to assuming that role, she was the librarian for Philosophy, History, Anthropology, and STS.

Michelle was a member of the Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice (DISJ) Task Force of the MIT Libraries’ Collections Directorate in 2016. She is also a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and was a founding co-lead of the MIT Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group (APA ERG).

Christopher T. Bavitz

Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center.

Chris teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age and Music & Digital Media seminars, and he concentrates his practice activities on intellectual property and media law (particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology). He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, advising of startups, and the use of technology to support access to justice, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab

Chris's research and related work at the Berkman Klein Center addresses intermediary liability and online content takedown regimes as well as regulatory, ethical, and governance issues associated with algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining the Clinic in 2008, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Chris received his B.A., cum laude, and Certificate in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University in 1995 and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1998.

Maya Bergamasco

Maya Bergamasco is a reference librarian at Harvard Law School Library, where she is completing a residency with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. She is also a 2017-2018 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar.

Maya holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons University. Her academic interests include library instruction, diversity and inclusion in LIS, digital humanities, and critical data studies.

AJ Blechner

AJ Blechner is the Harvard Law School Library’s Research Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator. They coordinate and participate in teaching legal research, lead the design and development of instructional materials and assess our teaching and educational needs and offerings. AJ’s research specialties include Disability Law, Gender and Sexual Minorities Law, Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property, Health Law, Administrative Law, Political Communication, and Instructional Design.

AJ holds a B.A., cum laude, from Emerson College, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. with a Special Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. They also received a certificate in Learning Design and Technology from the Harvard Extension School. AJ is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, chairing the SR-SIS Standing Committee on Disability Issues and serving on the Government Relations Committee. AJ publishes and presents on library instruction, sexuality and gender, and disability and inclusion. In their spare time, AJ participates in volunteer work and community activism. They hike, ski, and camp in the New England woods, and are an avid board gamer and Marvel movie enthusiast.

David Colarusso

David Colarusso is the Director of Suffolk University Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology Lab. An attorney and educator by training, he has worked as a public defender, data scientist, software engineer, and high school physics teacher.

He is the author of a programming language for lawyers, QnA Markup, an award winning legal hacker, ABA Legal Rebel, and Fastcase 50 honoree.

Kyle K. Courtney

Kyle K. Courtney is Copyright Advisor and Program Manager at Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication. He works closely with the Harvard community to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. He holds a J.D. and an MSLIS.

Twitter: @KyleKCourtney

Mary Jenkins

Mary Jenkins is director of research solutions for Accufile, Inc. Before moving back home to New Hampshire three years ago, Mary served as director of the Hamilton County Law Library in Cincinnati, a membership and public law library. Earlier, she was a college library director in New Hampshire and a law librarian at Case Western Reserve University.

Mary has worked extensively on issues including legal research competency, relations with information vendors, contract negotiation, demonstrating the economic value of law libraries, law library standards, coalition building, and legislative advocacy.

Chris Laut

Chris Laut is the Director of Library and Knowledge Services at Sullivan & Worcester where he is responsible for the full spectrum of the firm’s research, knowledge management and records management services.  He has worked in-house at Liberty Mutual Insurance as the Director of Law Libraries and Knowledge Services, as well as various Am Law 100 firms such as Ropes & Gray and Goodwin Procter. 

Chris has held various leadership roles in the law library community, including as the President of the Association of Boston Law Libraries and sat on the Westlaw In-House Counsel Law Library Advisory Committee as well as the AALL Advisory Board for the 2019 State of the Profession Survey.  As a member of the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals (PLLIP) Special Interest Section of AALL, he has been an active member of the committee of the Annual Summit since its inception a decade ago and is the current Vice-President, President Elect of PLLIP. 

Chris is a current member of Bloomberg Law’s Knowledge Management Advisory Committee, a Board Trustee for the Insurance Library Association of Boston, and a Trustee of his local town library.  He has taken part in numerous discussion panels and is the author of the chapter on AI Tools and Applications in the recently released ALA book Law Librarianship in the Age of AI.

Sofia Leung

Sofia is (she/her) a librarian, facilitator, and educator working towards fulfilling the promise of social justice in libraries and higher education. She was most recently the Teaching and Learning Program Manager at the MIT Libraries. She's currently an editor at the journal, In the Library With The Lead Pipe, and a facilitator for the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program.

Her focus is on applying critical social justice frameworks to library and information science, particularly in instruction, public service, outreach, and hiring practices. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.

https://www.sofialeung.com

Kara Mack

Kara Mack is a legal industry expert in research products, the research process and research training. With over 18 years of experience in AMLaw 100 law firms, Kara is responsible for Goodwin’s global team of research analysts, consults on research strategy, and is responsible for evaluating and implementing innovative technologies that improve the research process.

Kara is an active member of the legal research community as a longtime member of the  American Association of Law Libraries and as past Membership Chair and current Education Chair of the Association of Boston Law Librarians.

Matthew Stubenberg

Matthew Stubenberg graduated cum laude from Maryland Law School in 2013. Interested in using technology to change how the law is practiced, he set out to develop his first legal based app. The mobile app, named Not Guilty App, helped law clerks and lawyers navigate Maryland courthouses.

Matthew moved on to create MDExpungement.com, a website that automates the expungement process and has been used to expunge more than 65,000 cases since launching in 2015. The website has gone on to win numerous awards for its innovative approach in solving this important criminal justice issue.

Most recently he has created the CLUE program and database for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service which scrapes out Maryland public court records and contains more than 20 million cases. This database has been used by numerous groups to study problems ranging from bail issues to consumer debt.

Matthew was also the Co-Chair of the Technology Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. Through his role there he created the first law based virtual reality training programs for Maryland attorneys.

Matthew is currently the Associate Director of Legal Technology in the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School.

Andromeda Yelton

Andromeda Yelton is a software engineer and librarian. Currently she is at the Berkman Klein Center; in the past she has written code for the MIT Libraries, the Wikimedia Foundation, bespoke knitting patterns and library space usage analytics, among other things.

Previously, she was a jack of all trades at the open-licensed-ebook startup Unglue.it; taught Latin to middle school boys; and was a member of the Ada Initiative advisory board. She has a BS in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, an MA in Classics from Tufts, and an MLS from Simmons.

Andromeda is a 2010 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing awardee, a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader, and a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is a former president of the Library & Information Technology Association, and a past listener contestant on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.