CLOC Newsletter | August 2016 

Supporting everyone in house

Membership to CLOC is now open to all in house professionals! Membership is currently free, but small dues will likely be set in the future as we grow and establish organizational infrastructure and support our many initiatives. If you haven’t already, sign up to be a member at

To our non-corporate friends - Stay tuned for way to participate and for benefits for other parts of the ecosystem (law firms, law schools, vendors, etc.) in the future.

CLOC is growing!

Following our inaugural institute in May, we’re proud to announce the formation of new regional groups. If you would like to join or learn more about a group, please contact the contacts below.

If you are interested in forming a regional group in your geography, please contact

Get to know your CLOC colleagues

Mick Sheehy
Title: General Counsel, Finance, Strategy, Technology & Innovation
Company: Telstra Corporation Limited
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Legal Dept Size: 200+
Size of my Team: 25
Project highlight: I’m really pleased with the progress of a new Legal Innovation Forum we’ve been running in Telstra. We’re using design thinking processes to rapidly prototype solutions to eliminate low value, non-strategic work. We are well on track to meet our end of calendar year target of eliminating 30,000 internal lawyer hours spent per annum on specific categories of low value work. 
What do you do for fun? Ocean yacht racing, kite surfing and playing guitar in my band.
Interesting fact: I had a previous career performing on film and stage as part of a comedy team. These days the only people who find me funny are my 3 small children.

Initiative Updates

Building on the release of CLOC’s Billing Guidelines and key Legal Operations role descriptions, CLOC members are leading several new initiatives. These initiatives involve working groups of CLOC members, as well as volunteers from throughout the ecosystem. We welcome the involvement of firms, vendors, technology providers and others to help create these industry best practices, together. Please contact the team leads directly to get involved.

We have several other initiative ideas in the pipeline (see our
website) that are in need of a leader. If you would like to volunteer to lead one or have a suggestion for a new initiative, contact

Law Firm Performance Evaluation - Creating a standard set of evaluation templates and reports (Molly Perry)

Metrics - Creating a standard set of metrics to serve as the common language in measuring performance across the industry (Sandy Owen)

IP Fixed Fees - Creating an industry standard for how to structure and define the scope for patent fixed fees (Mary O’Carroll)

Dashboards - Creating an industry standard dashboard for GC's and their reports that includes a set of standard KPI's and metrics which we will define during the project.  Will look to leverage an industry standard BI technology to build the dashboard and make the template available to all (Jeff Franke)

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