Please join us for a (lively) discussion about legal knowledge management. We will touch upon broad and overarching topics in addition to more granular ones, so it will be of interest to those who are new to the field as well as to those who are already immersed in it. We have four speakers plus a Chair.
Martin Halpern is Director, External Counsel Management and Knowledge Advancement with RBC’s Law Group.
Mr. Halpern received his BA from the University of Toronto (With High Distinction) in 1985, his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School York University in 1988 and was called to Bar in Ontario in 1990.
Martin draws on over two decades of practice experience. A pioneer and innovator in the field of Knowledge Management applied to law, Martin advances initiatives to improve the quality, efficiency and precision of legal processes and operations. Over the course of his career, Martin has acquired a deep understanding of the full range of legal services and the strategic resources needed to support them. A recognized subject matter expert, he has published and presented in a variety of professional and academic venues.
Jennifer McNenly is Director, Library and Information Services at Fasken.
A librarian with 25 years of experience, Jennifer started coding, developing intranets, taxonomies and custom information products in the 1990s. She worked in KM for 10 years at Osler where she was embedded in the library and IT departments. While there she created the firm’s search “FindIt!” and KM solution, “Knowledge Market”, as well as many custom solutions and redesigns of the intranet. At Fasken she continues to support and strategize on KM and Library projects, new technology tools and innovative ways of doing things. She firmly believes the skills of librarians are even more important to law firms and their KM initiatives as they wade into the increasingly automated future.
Yasmin Khan is Head Librarian of the Legal Services Library at the City of Toronto.
Her knowledge management responsibilities include developing in-house resources, CPD-enabled learning, and legal research. The Legal Library Portal includes the library catalogue, practice pages, precedent databases and delivery of the Legal Services Newsletter. Yasmin has worked with the City of Toronto since 2008. Previous to joining the Legal Division, she worked for approximately seven years for the Department of Justice, Ontario Regional Office. Yasmin received her B.A. Hons. from the University of Toronto and her Masters of Information Studies, specializing in Library Science, also from the University of Toronto. She also recently completed another Masters of Science degree in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University in 2015. She was awarded the Innovation Scholarship from Columbia University's School of Professional Studies in 2015 as well as the City of Toronto "You Make a Difference" Customer Service Excellence Award in 2012. Yasmin also is a member of the TALL Publishers Liaison Committee, Member of the Editorial Board for the Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide (Formerly Best's Guide to Legal Research), and several knowledge management and innovation professional groups across the city.
Melissa Gaston is a Knowledge Management Lawyer with Osler. She works with the Commercial Department on advancing their KM needs.
Candice Fong (Chair) is Manager, Legal Info & Knowledge Resources with RBC’s Law Group.
A librarian who is also a lawyer, Candice draws upon these experiences to develop, facilitate, and advise on various information and knowledge projects. She has been with RBC for over seven years but previously worked in both private and public sectors. She oversees the law library and is engaged in knowledge management and learning opportunities within the law group. She uses both traditional and social collaboration tools to reach out to her user base and advises members of the Law Group on how to incorporate resources and tools into their own processes and workflows.