CLOC Newsletter | October 2016

2017 CLOC Institute - Register Today!

CLOC’s 2017 Institute is May 9-11th at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. We anticipate between 500-800 participants from hundreds of companies will attend to learn from experiences across the legal system and transform their own legal departments. Register today!

CLOC Member Platform - Coming Soon

Membership is currently free and starting January 2017 we will charge small yearly membership dues to support our infrastructure and keep the organization growing. We're also going to be launching a new membership only section of the website that will include membership directories and community forums. Stay tuned for more details.

Recently Launched Initiatives

Creating standard program materials to be used for onboarding and managing legal operations internships, including sample planning, tracking and reporting templates.  Identifying law schools with active legal operations internship programs and promoting the development of those programs in those that don’t, as well as liaising with faculty leads within those programs to connect them with interested corporate legal sponsors. Contact Dan Coll (

Legal Ops Career Development
The initiative aims to provide the legal ecosystem a roadmap to understand how to plan for, transition to, and develop a legal ops career. The initiati
ve will focus on researching and recommending career development best practices for legal operations professionals. Contact Peter Krakaur ( 

Legal Project Management (LPM) 
The LPM Initiative will research and propose standards and resources for the development and implementation of LPM for CLOC ecosystem participants. The Initiative aims to provide a business case for adopting LPM in legal matters through developing templates and implementation protocols for in-house management of legal matters and outside counsel engagements. Contact Larry Bridgesmith (larry.bridgesmith@Law.Vanderbilt.Edu) or Patrick Ellis (

Rotation Programs
The Rotation Program Initiative pulls together best practices, lessons learned and alternative solutions for implementing and managing attorney rotation programs in large and small in-house Legal Departments. The initiative looks to map out the tactical, strategic and financial impacts of enhancing in-house attorney experiences by offering them an opportunity to explore the legal practices within their own Legal Department. Contact Molly Dodge (

CLOC Group Updates

Group Highlight: Australia 
CLOC Australasia is up and running! Following a kick off call in August with GC and Legal Ops reps from a dozen of Australia’s largest companies, the CLOC team held their inaugural face to face meeting in Melbourne on September 2nd. The next chapter meeting will be in Sydney on October 24th. The chapter is putting its first efforts into sharing best practice on collecting legal department data to demonstrate value. Contact Mick Sheehy (

Reach out to your CLOC Colleagues to get involved in the following groups: 
Atlanta - Laura Dieudonne (
Houston/Texas - Vince Cordo (
New York Area - Mary O'Carroll (
Pacific Northwest - Lisa Kremer Brown (
Emerging Law - Dana Varney (

Calling all Institute sponsors!

CLOC is offering sponsorships of all levels to showcase your company’s valuable resources and offerings throughout the Institute. There will be opportunities to present to attendees, take part in the exhibit hall, and much more depending on your level of sponsorship. We encourage you to refer to our 2017 CLOC Institute Sponsorship Overview to learn more.

Reminder - CLOC Member Meeting this Friday (10/7)

CLOC’s bi-monthly member meeting is this Friday, October 7th from 10am-2pm PT. All members should have received a calendar invitation with attendance information. Please email if you’re a member and did not receive the meeting information.

Title: Managing Director, Legal Operations and Strategy

Company: Starbucks Coffee Company

Legal Dept Size: 230

Size of Team: 25

Project Highlight: Working to define and implement our refined Outside Counsel Engagement Management Program (yes, it’s a large umbrella!), including data and process enhancements and addressing the latent reporting needs of our internal constituents.

What do you do for fun? Spend time with family and friends out on the water!

Interesting fact: I have spent most of my career supporting CIOs in the finance, vendor and project / portfolio management space. It has been a great challenge and opportunity for me to parlay that broad experience base and skillset to the corporate legal environment. I am immensely thankful to my CLOC colleagues for helping me to find my wings!

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