Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate Program

The legal marketplace is rapidly evolving. That’s why Suffolk—a national leader in rethinking the delivery of legal services—is launching the online Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate program.

This program is designed for all legal professionals, including paralegals, Law librarians, and others who work in the profession.

The program consists of six courses, which you can take individually or as part of the overall six-course certificate.

Enhance your legal expertise by taking online courses in:

If you complete all six courses, you will receive Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology Certificate.

Suffolk University Law School launched the nation’s first legal technology and innovation concentration.

Suffolk Law’s Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology is regularly ranked among the nation’s leaders in helping law students reimagine how legal services can be delivered. Suffolk is now making that expertise available to the rest of the world through this cutting-edge online certificate program.

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS


Lucy Bassli

Lucy Bassli

Lucy joined the legal department of Microsoft in 2004, providing legal support to the central procurement organization globally and across all lines of business at Microsoft. She focused extensively on complex and global outsourcing contracts and gained firsthand experience in outsourcing by engaging an outsourced legal services provider (LPO) to assist her with high-volume contract transactions. She has launched a new “managed services” engagement with law firms and recently took a role leading legal operations. She continues to expand Microsoft’s centralized contracting office, specializing in process efficiencies and automation.


Jordan Furlong

Jordan Furlong

Jordan Furlong is a consultant, author, and legal market analyst who forecasts the impact of changing market conditions on lawyers and law firms. He has given dozens of presentations to audiences in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia over the past several years, including law firms, state bars, courts, and many legal associations. Formerly an award-winning editor of three major Canadian legal periodicals, Jordan is also a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a member of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association's Center for Innovation. He also developed and taught the "21st-Century Lawyering" course at Suffolk University Law School and serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors for the school's Law Institute on Legal Innovation & Technology. Jordan is the author, most recently, of Law Is a Buyer's Market: Building a Client-First Law Firm, and he writes regularly about the changing legal market at his website, law21.ca.


Erika Rickard

Erika Rickard

Erika Rickard is a researcher at the Access to Justice Lab, which conducts rigorous research on access to justice and court administration at Harvard Law School. Before joining the Lab, Rickard worked in the Massachusetts courts as the state’s first Access to Justice Coordinator, developing policies, programs, and technology to improve access to justice for underserved communities. She previously represented MA state agencies in trial and appellate practice as an Assistant Attorney General, and served as a judicial clerk on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She has taught courses on Restorative Justice at Tufts University and 21st Century Legal Profession at Suffolk Law School. Rickard received her B.A. with honors from Mills College, and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Gabe Teninbaum, Program Director

Gabe Teninbaum, Program Director

Prof. Gabe Teninbaum is the Director of the Institute on Legal Innovation & Technology, as well as Director of the Legal Innovation & Technology Concentration (akin to an undergraduate major) at Suffolk University Law School. His teaching and research focus on the use of emerging technologies and processes to make legal work more efficient and effective. In addition to his work at Suffolk Law, he has also served as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, as a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. In 2016, he was named to the FastCase 50, which honors “the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.”

Catherine Alman MacDonagh
Catherine Alman MacDonagh

Catherine Alman MacDonagh

Catherine is a former corporate counsel and law firm executive who now teaches and provides training and consulting services in process improvement and project management, strategic planning, marketing, and business development. A Legal Lean Sigma® Black Belt and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Catherine is the CEO and a Founder of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute, which offers consulting and the first and only process improvement and project management certifications, courses, and workshops designed for the legal profession. In addition to creating Legal Lean Sigma®, Catherine invented the Legal WorkOut®, a collaborative method for engaging in process improvement.


Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor is VP and Senior Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual’s Legal Department in the Legal Strategic Services organization. Legal Strategic Services is an organization that supports and enables the Corporate Legal Department and the Strategic Business Operations. Manager of the Legal Ideation & Transformation group, he focuses on Legal Innovation, Competitive Intelligence, Legal Project Management, Law Library, Knowledge Management, Legal Vendor Management, Strategy, and a range of other Litigation Management related issues.

Mr. Taylor was admitted to practice in 1994 and joined Liberty Mutual in 1995. He has noteworthy litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. He has successfully argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on significant insurance liability issues and has wide-ranging experience with various Departments of Insurance. In addition, Mr. Taylor is a past recipient of Liberty Mutual’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, presented annually to a select group of employees "who have made the most unique and inspirational contributions."

He is an active volunteer in both professional and civic organizations. Mr. Taylor actively serves as an attorney mentor for Discovering Justice, an organization that empowers students to embrace the values of civic responsibility. He is also on the President’s Advisory Group at Stonehill College and an Advisory Board Member for Suffolk Law School’s program on Legal Innovation and Technology.

Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Studies from Stonehill College in 1991 and his Juris Doctor from New England Law in 1994. Mr. Taylor went on to obtain an MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management in 2002, where he graduated with highest honors and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.