Volunteer Awards

ILTA's Volunteer Awards

Congrats to the 2021 Volunteer Awardees!

ILTA created the ILTA Volunteer Awards in 2020 as a method of highlighting the significant amount of time and resources the amazing ILTA volunteers dedicate to the Legal Technology Community. The ILTA Volunteer Award Recipients are nominated by the ILTA Community and ILTA staff liaisons. While hundreds of individuals volunteer with ILTA on an annual basis, the ILTA Volunteer Awards is just one way we want to show appreciation for the many individuals that go above and beyond to help the Legal Technology Community.

Consider it Done

This award is given to individuals that are true "Doers;" they are given a specific challenge that the association or industry is facing and provide their recommendations to the Association on the next steps to address this challenge.

Jeff Shapiro
Director | Forensic & Integrity Services
E&Y
London, UK

Pat Purdy
Director of Business Development Technology
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Constant Caution

This award is given to individuals who has championed Technology Security in the ILTA-verse.

Jon Segger
Information Security Manager
Linklaters
Colchester, UK

Peter Kaomea
Chief Information Officer
Morrison & Foerster LLP
New York, New York, USA

Cruising & Crushing It

This award is given to individuals who don't miss a beat and are known for consistently contributing their knowledge and expertise to ILTA educational programs.

Adam Dedynski
KM - Project Manager
Reed Smith LLP
London, UK

Melanie Prevost
Director of Infrastructure and Technical Support Services
Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.
Houston, Texas, USA

Highest of High Fives

This award is given to individuals who always seem to make things fun but are not necessarily always in the foreground; these individuals are “behind the scenes” professionals that are known for making what everyone else does easier.

Karina Willes
Senior Project Manager
Foley & Lardner LLP
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Michael Ertel
Practice Innovation & Knowledge Attorney
Paul Hastings LLP
New York, New York, USA

Member Whisperer

This award is given to ILTA Members who most embody an Ambassador spirit through their networks and work to develop relationships to foster member engagement and acquisition.

Barbara Gondim da Rocha
Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation
Rocha, Marinho E Sales Advogados
Fortaleza, Brazil

Rodolfo Christophersen
Sr. Manager, Head of Legal Operations
Mercado Livre Inc
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Outside the Box

This award is given to individuals that are not afraid to challenge the status quo, act on a new or creative idea, and take on the establishment.

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Debbie Ting
Practice Innovation Manager
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
New York, New York, USA

Gillian Glass
Director of Legal Services
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
San Francisco, California, USA

Rockstar

This award is given to individuals who are known to be constant contributors to ILTA content and programs; these individuals are respected as subject matter experts and known to provide content that is gold-star-worthy.

Tanya Pereira
E-Discovery and Information Governance Coordinator
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Toronto, ON, Canada

Tony Capecci
Associate Director of Business & Core Applications
Kirkland & Ellis
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Step Up & Show Up

This award is given to individuals who went above and beyond during the pandemic to commit to their ILTA Volunteer role while juggling varying other responsibilities that they undoubtedly stepped up and showed up for. 

Mike Viscito
Data Center & Systems Engineering Manager
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nicki Woodfall
eDisclosure Manager
Travers Smith
London, UK

Award Eligibility

All ILTA volunteers that have served in a volunteer position during the 2020 and 2021 calendar year were eligible to be considered (this includes volunteers that may have recently rolled off their volunteer role, or have recently been appointed to a volunteer role).

Award Nomination Process

  • ILTA Staff and ILTA volunteers of all ILTA groups may nominate individuals who volunteer with ILTA (in some capacity) to be award recipients.

  • Nominators will be asked to write a statement identifying why they believe someone should be considered for a particular award.

  • Self-nominations are allowed. Self-nominators will also be asked to write a statement identifying why they believe they should be considered for a particular award.

  • The top three nominations (by count) for each award will then be voted on by a committee of ILTA Staff Liaisons to identify the recipients.

Timeline

  • 19 April: ILTA Volunteer Awards Nomination Form Opened
  • 14 May: ILTA Volunteer Awards Nomination Form Closed
  • 1 June: ILTA Volunteer Award Recipients Announced

FAQ

Is there a limit to how many people I nominate?

There is no limit, you may nominate as many peers as you would like.


I already nominated a peer for one of the awards but feel they qualify for a number of the other awards, which one should I nominate them for?

You may nominate a peer for as many of the different award categories as you feel they may qualify for, just be sure to state the reasoning within each award category for why you feel they should be considered for each particular award.


The person I am nominating serves on multiple volunteer groups, what should I do?

If you would like to acknowledge a nominee’s work in multiple volunteer groups, you have the option to do so within the nomination form.

Are the Volunteer Awards limited to only people who serve on official ILTA Committees?

Anyone who volunteers with ILTA in some capacity is eligible to be nominated for an ILTA Volunteer Award. This is not limited to individuals who serve on ILTA committees or teams, if you have seen a peer be an excellent contributor to ILTA over the last year, please consider nominating them for a Volunteer Award.

Questions?

Contact Sam Surillo.

We are pleased to showcase the 2020 ILTA Volunteer Award recipients!


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Kumar Patel

IT Service Delivery Manager

Dentons

Member Whisperer Award

This award is given to an ILTA Member who most embodies an Ambassador spirit through their network and works to develop relationships to foster member engagement and acquisition.

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Perminder Jagdev

Information Security Officer

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Constant Caution Award

This award is given to an individual who has championed Technology Security in the ILTA-verse.

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Sandy Mikita

Information Technology Project Manager

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Consider it Done Award

This award is given to an individual that is a true "Doer;" they are given a specific challenge that the association or industry is facing and provide their recommendations to the Association on the next steps to address this challenge.

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Stephanie Clerkin

Director of LItigation Support

Korein Tillery LLC

Cruising and Crushing It Award

This award is given to an individual who doesn't miss a beat and is known for consistently contributing their knowledge and expertise to ILTA educational programs.

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James McKenna

Chief Information Officer

Fenwick & West LLP

Calmer of Storms Award

This award is given to an individual who has shown significant dedication to help the association tackle challenges identified by the masses and has gone above and beyond in their efforts to help implement positive change.

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Tanisha Little

Senior Manager KM Product Strategy & Support

Ropes & Gray

Exiting in Excellence Award

This award is given to an individual who is either stepping down from volunteering with ILTA or retiring after many years of significant contribution.

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David Clark

IT Director

Utah State Bar

Kumbaya Award

This award is given to an individual that truly understands and embodies the adage that "there are no Second Class Citizens in LegalTech," and makes a genuine effort to showcase that "by working together we are stronger as a whole."

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Jason Dirkx

Knowledge Management Counsel

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Outside the Box Award

This award is given to an individual that is not afraid to challenge the status quo, act on a new or creative idea, and take on the establishment.

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Christopher Hunt

Director Of Technology & Operations

Sugarman, Rogers, Barkshark & Cohen, P.C.

The Big Kahuna Award

This award is given to an individual who doesn't shy away from the massive undertaking that ILTACON is, when they see the giant wave ahead - they dive right in and get to work ...full-well knowing their efforts will go unnoticed.

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Damien Behan

IT Director

Brodies LLP

Gold-Star Contributor

This award is given to two individuals (1 member, and 1 business partner) who are known to be constant contributors to ILTA content and programs; these individuals are respected as subject matter experts and known to provide content that is gold-star-worthy.

Gold-Star Contributor

This award is given to two individuals (1 member, and 1 business partner) who are known to be constant contributors to ILTA content and programs; these individuals are respected as subject matter experts and known to provide content that is gold-star-worthy.

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Julie Brown

Director Of Practice Technology

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Rockstar Volunteer

This award is given to two individuals (1 member, and 1 business partner) who are known to be constant contributors to ILTA content and programs; these individuals are respected as subject matter experts and known to provide content that is gold-star-worthy.

Rockstar Volunteer

This award is given to two individuals (1 member, and 1 business partner) who are known to be constant contributors to ILTA content and programs; these individuals are respected as subject matter experts and known to provide content that is gold-star-worthy.

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Todd Corham

Chief Information Officer

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Highest of High Fives

This award is given to two individuals (1 member, and 1 business partner) who always seem to make things fun but are not necessarily always in the foreground; these individuals are “behind the scenes” professionals that are known for making what everyone else does easier.

Highest of High Fives

This award is given to two individuals (1 member, and 1 business partner) who always seem to make things fun but are not necessarily always in the foreground; these individuals are “behind the scenes” professionals that are known for making what everyone else does easier.