Kimberly Woodward, Okta – Synthetic Lawyer



This week’s Authorized Innovators California Profile is with Kimberly Woodward, Senior Director Authorized Operations & Chief of Workers at Okta, the pioneering buyer and workforce id supplier.

Kimberly will probably be talking on the landmark authorized innovation convention in San Francisco on June 7 and eight. For extra particulars please see right here.

– When did you first hear the time period ‘authorized innovation’ and what did you assume on the time?

I’ve been listening to about authorized innovation for years, typically associated to a brand new instrument promising to be the subsequent silver bullet to unravel all of authorized’s issues. Early in my profession I used to be excited to find the subsequent large factor. Finally, I’ve but to seek out that instrument, however I’ll proceed wanting! 

– What’s your function now?

My present function covers operating and managing Authorized Operations and a workforce of Authorized Ops professionals in addition to serving as Chief of Workers to our CLO.

– Why did you progress into this discipline?

I’m a recovering lawyer who nonetheless dabbles within the follow of regulation behind the scenes when wanted. As a lawyer, I’ve all the time beloved guidelines and course of and Authorized Operations actually lends itself to constructing out guidelines and processes in a manner that makes the Authorized division run easily and effectively. I really like to take a look at a troublesome downside and discover a chic resolution.

– What’s the most rewarding side of your job?

Mentoring and creating new expertise. I really like delivering alone initiatives, however nothing is extra rewarding than seeing progress in others and watching them meet their very own profession aims. Figuring out I had even somewhat half in that’s extremely gratifying. 

– In case you regarded right into a crystal ball, how a lot do you assume the on a regular basis follow of regulation would change within the subsequent 5 to 10 years, particularly given modifications in AI?

I want I had a crystal ball! All indicators are pointing to vital societal change with the advances in AI so I really feel like we couldn’t even guess at what’s coming. That being mentioned, I believe that AI goes to turn into a companion to legal professionals and people who don’t embrace the upcoming improvements on this area are prone to get left behind. 

– What are the most important challenges authorized innovation now faces within the present local weather?

Too many individuals are targeted on fixing the identical issues and no-one has perfected the options that do exist. Throwing new instruments on the standard issues leads us to always chasing our tails. Till somebody or one thing can change the best way Authorized will get issues carried out and strikes us out of the ‘that is how we’ve all the time carried out it’ mentality, it is going to be arduous to see true innovation.

– And what are the best alternatives now for change throughout the authorized sector?

The latest breakthroughs in AI are actually thrilling. Leveraging these applied sciences will actually open the door for many who embrace them in order that they will get out of a number of the repeatable work of lawyering and actually up degree to deal with the inventive and considerate elements of being a authorized skilled. 

– And eventually, what recommendation would you give to anybody desirous to get into the sphere of authorized innovation and authorized tech?

Embrace fashionable applied sciences and present the folks round you the way they are often leveraged to make their lives simpler.

Thanks Kimberly! Trying ahead to listening to you communicate at Authorized Innovators California, June 7 and eight in San Francisco. 

If you want extra details about the two-day occasion, please see right here. Day One will deal with regulation corporations and ALSPs, and Day Two will deal with inhouse and authorized ops. 

To get your tickets and e-book your home on the landmark authorized innovation convention this June 7 and eight, please see right here.

See you all there!

Richard Tromans, Founding father of Synthetic Lawyer and convention Chair