Keynote Speakers

Cory Doctorow

Science Fiction Novelist, Journalist and Technology Activist

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, journalist and technology activist. He is a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate and a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.

He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation. He maintains a daily blog at Pluralistic.net.

Dr. Willy Mutunga

Former Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya

Willy Mutunga is the former Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. A reform activist, Mutunga recently served as the commonwealth secretary-general’s special envoy to the Maldives. He joined the law faculty at the University of Nairobi as a lecturer and later received his LLD from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. Mutunga helped launch the Kenya Human Rights Commission, and later served as its executive director. Currently, he serves as a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.

Mutunga received an LLB from the University of Nairobi and an LLM from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Conference Speakers

Alex Zhang

Assistant Dean and Professor of Practice
Washington and Lee University School of Law

Alex Zhang has taught Advanced Legal Research including FCIL topics at three elite law schools in the United States, University Michigan, Stanford, and Washington and Lee. She is also a legal research expert in Asian jurisdictions, specializing in Chinese law. She is the author and editor of China and Taiwan chapters of both New York University’s Globalex and Brill’s Foreign Law Guide. She has published several articles on Law Library Journal, International Journal of Legal Information, Legal Information Management. She is a co-editor of Global Animal Law Research (in contract with Carolina Academic Press).

Alieu Sowe

Founder and Country Director
Give 1 Project – Gambia

Alieu Sowe is the founder and Country Director of The Give1ProjectGambia. Alieu is a seasoned community development activist extending over 20 years of service. He has co-founded many non-profit organizations in the Gambia and abroad. He has successfully coordinated international fellowship programs in Senegal, France, UK and the US. Alieu has travelled extensively and attended many conferences on a wide range of issues affecting his community and many other communities. Alieu Sowe currently coordinates the Give1Project Gambia Digital Rights Project which focuses on advocating for internet freedom in the country. He presented The Give1Project Gambia and Stakeholders’ position paper on Digital Rights and Access to Information Law and other laws relating to freedom of expression during 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of The Gambia at the United Nations in Geneva.

Alisa Lazear

Manager of Community and Content
Canadian Legal Information Institute

Alisa is the manager of community and content at the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) and has previously worked with the University of Victoria’s Law Library and Copyright Office. Alisa is an MLIS graduate with a strong interest in legal information, open access, and community building.

Andrew Mowbray

Professor of Law & Information Technology
University of Technology Sydney / AustLII

Andrew Mowbray is one of the founders and Co-Directors of AustLII. He is Professor of Law and Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney. Andrew is the author of the Sino search engine and the LawCite citator. He is interested in free access to legal information policy and all matters technical.

Bintou Jaiteh

Legal and Policy Assistant
Article 19

Bintou Jaiteh is a legal practitioner, human and human rights activist. Bintou is passionate about women and children’s rights & rights of persons with Disabilities. She currently defends freedom of expression and access to information.

Bruno Mathis

Associate Expert
European Law & Economics Centre of ESSEC Business School

Bruno’s professional experience has been mostly in management consulting, business analysis and software publishing. One of the founding members of the French Open Law association, he is now an associate researcher at the European Law & Economics Centre of ESSEC Business School.

Barton Beebe

John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law
NYU School of Law

Barton Beebe is the John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law at NYU School of Law, where he is also a Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy and a Co-Director of the Competition, Innovation, and Information Law LLM Program. He has been the Anne Urowsky Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. He has also taught courses at Hebrew University, Jerusalem; the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies at the Université de Strasbourg; the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center; the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China; and the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.

Craig Newton

Co-Director
The Legal Information Institute

Craig is Co-Director of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School (LII), the oldest legal website on the internet (at http://www.law.cornell.edu) and a world-renowned free legal publisher that has spawned namesake organizations across the globe.  A member of the California bar since 2007, Craig has litigated a broad range of disputes for companies such as Adobe, Facebook, and Qualcomm in various federal and state courts across the US.  While his primary responsibilities at LII consist of managing both the creation of the website’s original content and also the Institute’s fundraising and other communications activities, he pursues a broad range of research interests in areas impacting free and open access to the law.  Craig is a proud recipient of the Fastcase Fifty 50 award for his work in Free Law.

Cheryl M Stephens

Principal
Plain Language Wizardry

Cheryl Stephens is an expert in plain language with a specialty in legal writing and editing. She has been a communication trainer and coach for 30 years. Cheryl has consulted with business, government, and legal organizations on communication and public information projects since 1990. She founded the Plain Language Association International and International Plain Language Day. She teaches plain language legal writing online at Simon Fraser University and other online training institutions.

Daichi Saito

CEO
CONPHIC, Co. Ltd.

Daichi Saito is CEO of CONPHIC, Co. Ltd. (www.conphic.co.jp/en). He is a resercher at the Research and Development Intiative of Chuo University (Japan) and a joint resercher at the Faculty of Law, Nagoya University (Japan). His research and projects include: Development of e-Legislative Activity and Work Support System (e-LAWS), Standardization of Japanese Law XML, Development of Legislative Support Tools, Design and Development of Japanese Law Translation Database and Design and Development of Japanese Local Government Law Database.

Daniel Edelson

Founder
USLawEssentials

Daniel is a business litigation attorney admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and teaches legal English and introductory courses on US Law both online and in-person (pre-Covid). As the founder of USLawEssentials, he creates short-animated videos to introduce and explain fundamental principles of US law. Daniel is recognized for his ability to simplify legal concepts and to create engaging lessons, especially for students who do not speak English as a first language. Currently he is an adjunct instructor in the LLM and legal English programs at St. John’s University School of Law and also teaches for Universidad Panamericana in Mexico.

Dayna Cornwall

Project Manager
National Self-Represented Litigants Project

Dayna Cornwall coordinates the day-to-day and long term objectives of the NSRLP, overseeing administration, information organization, and various projects. From 2018-2020 she is serving as the Project Lead on NSRLP’s “Family Law at the Library” project, a pilot venture with local libraries to provide resources and legal information to family litigants through public libraries, as well as training on the SRL phenomenon for librarians. Dayna holds degrees in English Literature, and Education, from the University of Windsor, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked previously in public and academic libraries, in education research, and in human resources. Dayna is interested in issues of information literacy, social justice, and feminism.

Deb Quentel

Director of Curriculum Development & Associate Counsel 
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

Deb Quentel is the Director of Curriculum Development & Associate Counsel at The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction in Chicago. She is working on the development of various e-learning materials for legal education, including interactive tutorials (cali.org) and free ebooks (cali.org/the-elangdell-bookstore). She has been on both sides of the virtual “seating chart” for online education, which has shaped her as an online teacher.

Edith Viljoen

Legislative Informatician 
Laws.Africa

Edith has a background in legal publishing, a passion for open access to information and experience developing software for the legal information domain. She has worked as a legal proofreader, a statutes editor, a project manager, and a Python developer.

Emily Compton

Lawyer
Miller Thomson LLP

Emily Compton is a lawyer in Miller Thomson LLP’s litigation practice group. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019, and is developing a broad practice in commercial litigation, insurance defence litigation, employment law, and alternative dispute resolution. Emily joined Miller Thomson as an associate after working as both a summer student and articling student with the firm. Emily received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Victoria in 2018, where she was a recipient of the McLean Scholarship for her thesis paper. Prior to her legal education, she received a Master of Arts in History, focusing on medieval legal records, from the University of Guelph in 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts Honours from the University of Guelph in 2012. Emily is keenly interested in legal research and using technology to resolve legal disputes more effectively and equitably.

Ginevra Peruginelli

Researcher
Institute of Legal Informatics and Judicial Systems, National Research Council of Italy

Ginevra Peruginelli, researcher at IGSG-CNR, has a degree in Law (1999), a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Northumbria, (2005) and a PhD in Telematics and Information Society (2008). Since 2018, she has been the Secretary of the Free Access to Law Movement. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Cultural Heritage, CNR.  She collaborates on several European projects on legal informatics and she is the author of many scientific works and editor of books on ICT and legal information.

Graham Greenleaf

Professor of Law & Information Systems
UNSW Faculty of Law ; AustLII

Graham Greenleaf AM is Professor of Law & Information Systems at UNSW Australia. He is Co-Founder and Senior Researcher at the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), and has been involved in AI applications to law since the 1980s.

Greg Kempe

Head of Technology
Laws.Africa

Greg is co-founder and Head of Technology at Laws.Africa, a non-profit organisation that digitises African legislation for public use. He is interested in how technology can improve access to legal information, with a particular focus on machine-friendly legislation. Greg previously worked at OpenUp, a civic technology organisation, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Greg has an MSc in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Greg Lambert

Chief Knowledge Officer
Jackson Walker

Greg Lambert is the Chief Knowledge Service Officer for Jackson Walker, LLP in the Houston, Texas office. He is the co-founder of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog as well as the co-host of the Geek in Review Podcast. Greg is a former President of the American Association of Law Libraries and is a staunch advocate for the legal information profession and open access to legal information.

Inge Papp

Content Editor and Social Media Marketer
SAFLII

With a background in police journalism and content editing, Inge Papp joined the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) as an intern in 2015. She currently serves as a content editor and has spearheaded SAFLII’s social media marketing strategy for 5 years. She holds BA, LLB, and PGDipLIS degrees and is currently completing an LLM in Public Law at the University of Cape Town. She is passionate about free access to law and social justice. Her research interests include criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law.

Ivan Mokanov

President
Lexum

Ivan Mokanov is President of Lexum, a legal tech firm based in Montreal. Lexum is a founding member of the global free access to law movement. In Canada, Lexum provides all services with respect to the design, development and operation of the publishing platform and activities of the CanLII website. Ivan has 20 years of experience in the area of online legal publishing. He is a graduate of the Sofia University (B.C.L.), the University of Montréal (LL.M.) and HEC Montréal (MBA).

Jacinta Gonzalez

Senior Campaign Organizer
Mijente

Jacinta Gonzalez is a Senior Campaign Organizer with Mijente and is based in Phoenix, AZ. Previously, she worked at PODER in México, organizing the Río Sonora River Basin committees against water contamination by the mining industry. Jacinta was the lead organizer for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Congress of Day Laborers (2007-2014). In Louisiana Gonzalez helped establish a base of day laborers and undocumented families dedicated to building worker power, advancing racial justice, and organizing against deportations in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Jeanne Fromer

Professor of Law
NYU School of Law

Professor Jeanne C. Fromer specializes in intellectual property, including copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, and design protection laws. She is a faculty co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy. In 2011, Fromer was awarded the American Law Institute’s inaugural Young Scholars Medal for her scholarship in intellectual property. Before coming to NYU, Fromer served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the US Supreme Court and to Judge Robert D. Sack of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) in the area of intellectual property. Fromer received her JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, serving as articles and commentaries editor of the Harvard Law Review and as editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. Fromer earned her BA summa cum laude in computer science from Barnard College, Columbia University. She received her SM in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research work in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics and worked at AT&T (Bell) Laboratories in those same areas. Fromer was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and she also previously taught at Fordham Law School.

Kelly Fitzpatrick

Research Associate
Harvard Law School Library

Kelly Fitzpatrick is an open access and digital collections specialist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has 5+ years of experience with how we create and share collections online. Kelly is a research associate at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. From 2016 to 2019 she worked on open access at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She graduated with a B.A. from Hampshire College in 2013 and an M.S. from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science in 2015.

Kim Nayyer

Edward Cornell Law Librarian, Associate Dean for Library Services, and Professor of the Practice
Cornell University

Kim Nayyer is the Edward Cornell Law Librarian, Associate Dean For Library Services, and Professor of the Practice at Cornell University, where she leads the law library and sets strategic directions of its programs. Before this, she was Associate University Librarian, Law and Copyright and Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Victoria. Her research and teaching interests include critical legal information literacy, open access to legal information, and comparative copyright and knowledge protection. Previously, she was a research lawyer in Ontario and Alberta, practicing at small and large law firms and an appellate court.

Makoto Nakamura

Associate Professor
Niigata Institute of Technology, Japan

Makoto Nakamura received his Ph.D. in Information Science from JAIST (2004). After being a designated associate professor at JaLII, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, he is now an associate professor at the Niigata Institute of Technology, Japan. His research interests include natural language processing for legal texts.

Mariya Badeva-Bright

Programme Director
AfricanLII, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town

Mariya leads the AfricanLII project at the University of Cape Town. Mariya is a veteran open access activist having worked on free access to law in Africa since 2004. She was involved in the set up and development of SAFLII. Since 2010 Mariya has helped build free access law portals in 13 African countries and co-founded the AfricanLII as a resource and a community hub for free access to law in Africa. Mariya is a technology lawyer with an LL.M in Law and Information Technology from Stockholm University.

Marlene Gebauer

Principal
SparkMind Advisors, LLC

Marlene is the Founder and Principal of SparkMind Advisors, LLC.  She helps future forward organizations innovate in the legal operations space.  Her areas of expertise are testing, application and adoption of innovative legal service technologies and process, knowledge and project management, strategic purchasing, predictive analytics, competitive intelligence, and research services.  Previously a successful practicing health care lawyer, Marlene transitioned into a legal information professional serving several AMLaw 100 firms.  She is an inductee of the FastCase 50 and was awarded the AALL Best Blogger/Writer of the year in 2019 for her work on the popular “Geek in Review” podcast.  Marlene is licensed to practice law in NY.

Dr. Michele Villagran

Assistant Professor
School of Information, San José State University

Dr. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity and inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She is an assistant professor with San José State University School of Information where her research focuses on cultural diversity and social justice in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within organizations. Dr. Villagran is also the founder and CEO of CulturalCo LLC, which provides consulting services in conflict management, bias, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, diversity, and inclusion.  

Mizue Aizeki

Deputy Director
Immigrant Defense Project

Mizue Aizeki is the Deputy Director of the Immigrant Defense Project. Mizue leads IDP’s local and state campaigns to end the police-to-deportation pipeline and also coordinates IDP’s community defense resources against ICE raids and IDP’s project on surveillance, technology, and immigration policing. Mizue is also a photographer whose work has appeared in Dying to Live, A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid (City Lights Books, 2008) and Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016).

Monica Palmirani

Professor
University of Bologna

Monica Palmirani is a professor in Computer Science and Law and Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna, School of Law. She is member of CIRSFID part of the Alma-AI. She co-chairs the LegalDocML and the LegalRuleML TC of OASIS.  Her research fields include XML techniques for representing legal documents, legal knowledge modelling and extraction, logic rules and legal ontologies, ICT-enhanced legal drafting techniques including AIs. She is the coordinator of the Legal Blockchain Lab, director of the International PhD programme “Law, Science and Technologies” MSCA-ITN, and member of the executive committee of IAAIL.

Neli Karabelova

Director of Communications and Engagement
Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell

Neli Karabelova manages communications and engagement for the LII in order to further the Institute’s mission of helping the public find and understand American law. She handles all mass communications, identifying and building personal relationships with supporters and affinity groups, and strengthening the visual identity and overall brand of the LII. Her previous experience includes heading Marketing and Communications for an international law firm, and freelance photography.

Dr. Olivia Lwabukuna

Law Lecturer
School of Law, SOAS, University of London

Olivia is a Tanzanian lawyer and advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Swaziland, Master of Laws from the University of Cape Town and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Pretoria, where she is currently an Extra-Ordinary Lecturer. Before coming to SOAS, Olivia had over a decade of professional and academic experience working in South Africa, Tanzania, Swaziland, Nigeria, Kenya and the United Kingdom. Olivia is currently a lecturer in the department of Law, SOAS, University of London where she teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules related to Public International Law, Legal Systems of Asia and Africa and Law and Development in Africa. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of African Law (Cambridge).

Philip Chung

Associate Professor
UNSW Faculty of Law / AustLII

Philip Chung is Associate Professor of Law at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales). He is Executive Director of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and associated projects (including AsianLII, CommonLII and WorldLII). Philip manages the staff and resources of AustLII and jointly oversees the technical development of AustLII’s projects and system administration. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, with honours in Computer Science and Operations Research as well as a PhD in Law from UNSW. His research interests include legal information systems, computerisation of law, legal AI, and legal research skills.

Saikou Jammeh

Secretary General
Gambia Press Union

Saikou Jammeh joined the Gambia Press Union (GPU) as Secretary General in 2015. He has built a career as an essayist, journalist, communication strategist and media and freedom of expression rights advocate. He has more than ten years of professional experience, having worked extensively in the local media industry and later as Banjul-based stringer for a number of international news organisations, including The Guardian UK, Inter Press Service and Radio France International. At the GPU, Saikou is currently leading media sector reforms in a country.  

Sara Frug

Co-Director
Legal Information Institute

Sara Frug is Co-Director of the Legal Information Institute, where she has worked in a variety of capacities since 2001. Beyond technical project management, she is interested in using technology to explain legal concepts and to elucidate connections between the law and real-world objects, problems, and phenomena.

Sarah Lamdan

Professor of Law
CUNY Law School

Sarah Lamdan is a Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, NY. Professor Lamdan studies data governance law across the spectrum from open government to personal privacy. She is currently working on a book about data control and access called Data Cartels, which will be published by Stanford University Press. Sarah Lamdan has worked as both an academic and law firm librarian since joining the profession in 2003.

Sarah Sutherland

Director of Programs and Partnerships
Canadian Legal Information Institute

Sarah Sutherland is the director of programs and partnerships at CanLII. She works on advancing CanLII’s strategic priorities of providing access to law, identifying ways to close legal information gaps across Canada, and building a collection of open access commentary. She is interested in developing a community vision on how to use legal information and technological solutions in ways that leverage emerging opportunities to build useful tools and improve the ways people work.

Dr. Satang Nabaneh

Editor
Law Hub Gambia

Dr. Satang Nabaneh, a Gambian, is a human rights lawyer, academic and activist. She teaches in the LLM programs of the Centre for Human Right, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. Her research interests include a broad range of issues related to human rights, women’s rights, rule of law, democracy and constitutionalism. She is also the Founder & Editor, Law Hub Gambia (www.lawhubgambia.com), a legal resource and knowledge platform on The Gambia.  

Shuhei Okubo

Subsection Chief
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan

Mr. Shuhei Okubo is in charge of supporting legal drafting in Japanese government at the Administrative Management Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. He is also in charge of the e-LAWS project, which aims to build a database of Japanese laws.

Teresa Miguel-Stearns

Associate Dean, Director and Professor of Law
University of Arizona

Teresa Miguel-Stearns is Associate Dean, Legal Information Innovation and the Director, Law Library & Professor of Law at the University of Arizona since April 2020. Prior to her current appointment, she held a variety of positions within the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School since 2005, including Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Deputy Director, Associate Law Librarian for Foreign and International Law, Bibliographer for Iberia and Latin America, and Reference Librarian. Miguel-Stearns’s areas of interest in research and teaching include Latin American law and politics, legal research, foreign and international law, and the history of law librarianship.

Ulysses Jaen

Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
Ave Maria School of Law

Ulysses N. Jaen joined the Ave Maria Law School on August 1, 2012, bringing over 30 years of experience to the School. He has worked as an entrepreneur, business manager and legal professional and has presented at numerous conferences, and for various organizations and agencies. Prior to joining the Law School, he worked for the Law Offices of Angotti & Straface from 2006 to 2009 and Hamstead, Williams & Shook from 2009 to 2012. He worked at the West Virginia University College of Law Library from 2005 to 2012 and lectured on a variety of Advanced Legal Research topics. He also teaches at the WVU Master’s in Legal Studies and the WVU Master’s in Public Administration Programs.  Professor Jaen was a Court appointed mediator and is a Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries where he served as chair of the Diversity Committee Executive Board.



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