Scholarship Recipients

Mariana Figueirêdo
Legal Operations
Rocha Marinho E Sales, Advogados

Why recipient was selected:
Working as an attorney in Brazil, Mariana learned of ILTA and eagerly became an active participant by writing an article for the Peer to Peer magazine and attending webinars and roundtables. Exposure to the ILTA community has encouraged Mariana to seek improvements within her firm, and she is now leading a new Legal Operations strategy in her firm which is new to the Brazil sector. She is passionate about people and inspiring them to become the best version of themselves. We are happy to select Mariana as the recipient of the ILTA>ON 2020 Browning Marean scholarship.

Recipients Response:
"I’m so exciting to the ILTA>ON because it is an event which we learn so much, not just with the panelists, but with the staff too! Everybody is so genuinely collaborative that we want to be either! #CreatingTheFutureTogether."

Ann Halkett
Manager, eDiscovery Services
Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP

Why recipient was selected:
Ann’s varied skills and immediate access and connection with stake holders at her firm; leadership qualities and moves to always stay on top of training and her willingness to share what she learns, make her the best choice for Cheryl Disch scholarship.

Recipients Response:
"I am excited to learn about the latest technology trends discussed by people who have implemented them. I am also excited about the networking opportunities, and the ability to connect with vendors whom I would never otherwise get to meet. There are so many wonderful sessions that it will be very difficult to decide which ones to attend!"

Holly Riccio
California Judicial Center Library

Why recipient was selected:
Holly Riccio has spent a distinguished career in the legal information field and currently serves as the Director of the California Judicial Center Library, which serves the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals First Appellate District. She has a strong history of volunteering at ILTA and the American Association of Law Libraries. As the library works to continue to implement technology solutions to provide access to current and historical resources, she is looking forward to leveraging the knowledge and synergy coming out of ILTA>ON. Congratulations to Holly on her receipt of the Gov/NFP/Law School scholarship.

Recipients Response:
"I recently transitioned from a law firm environment to the courts, and even though my everyday environment has changed, the need for leadership, innovation, creativity, and forward-thinking solutions remains constant. I am at my best when I can combine my past experiences with best practices and insight from my legal professional colleagues and industry leaders, to ensure that both my staff and the organization at large are solution-focused and future-ready. There is no better way to accomplish this than to attend ILTA>ON—taking advantage of top-notch programs, virtually connecting with other peer attendees, and collectively begin #CreatingtheFutureTogether."

No Corporate Legal Department Scholarship was awarded this year.

Judy Kim-Park
Senior Staff Attorney
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Why recipient was selected:
ILTA is proud to support Judy Kim-Park as the recipient of this year’s Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship. Judy is an active member of ILTA with a strong commitment to the eDiscovery field. Her in-depth knowledge and experience will be welcomed at ILTA>ON.

Recipients Response:
"I am excited to attend ILTA>ON because I have had very good experiences attending past ILTACONs. I always found that I was able to learn something new at the sessions and bring back the new knowledge to share with my colleagues. I‘ve enjoyed ILTACONs so much that last year, I volunteered and served as a session planner! Although we won’t be able to attend an in-person conference this year, I’m sure that ILTA>ON with its virtual sessions, will also be another week of learning and networking with others in the ILTA community."

Rachel Shields Williams
Senior Manager, Experience Management
Sidley Austin LLC

Why recipient was selected:
Rachel demonstrated how much she cares about helping others with technology. We are excited to offer her this scholarship to help build connections that will enable her in future endeavors.

Recipients Response:
"I am excited to attend ILTA>ON this year to hear from people across the industry about how they are handling the massive changes to our industry and what they see in store for 2021. Plus ILTA always has the best content that I can take back and immediately apply to my role."

Christopher Hockey
Director of Records and Enterprise Content
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Why recipient was selected:
In his application, Chris demonstrated he is on the path to great things. Even providing a valuable suggestion for how ILTA can do more. We are honored to award Chris with the Rising Star Scholarship.

Recipients Response:
"I am so excited to attend ILTA>ON to be able to continue networking with so many of the wonderful colleagues I have “met” through the ILTA communities. I also can’t wait to attend the educational sessions to help me continue to learn and grow in my first position in the legal industry."

Cathleen Nuxoll
Manager of Information Technology
Gray, Ritter & Graham P.C.

Why recipient was selected:
Cathleen demonstrated her broad responsibilities that staff at so many of our small and medium sized firms face on a daily basis. Particularly during these ever-changing times. As a Director of IT, she transitioned over half her firm to allow for work from home capabilities. This included managing the challenges of connectivity, training, and modifying systems; all in a short period of time. We are excited to offer Cathleen the Small Firm Scholarship and thank her for her participation in ILTA.

Recipients Response:
"I am so excited to receive a scholarship and be able to attend the 2020 ILTA>ON. Looking forward to gaining key insights and an opportunity to stay connected this year more than ever."

Richard Lourens
Staff Analyst Legal Services

Why recipient was selected:
After serving his time with the United States Air Force, Richard has continued his drive for service by participating in ILTA’s Litigation and Practice Support Content Creation Team. We are proud to select him for the ILTA>ON 2020 Veteran Scholarship and appreciate all of his contributions.

Recipients Response:
"ILTA has been a place where I have been able collaborate with my peers around the world and continue to grow in the field of Litigation Support. In these times where we have gone deeper into the virtual world of supporting our legal case teams, one of the best ways for us to support them is to learn from each other’s experiences. ILTA>ON will be an immense opportunity to learn what has worked for other legal professionals around the world."

Chris Cummings
Chief Information Officer

Why recipient was selected:
During these uncertain times, Chris finds himself unemployed and looking to ILTA for networking and educational opportunities. With over 20 years’ experience in legal technology, Chris is eager to continue learning about current trends in legal tech. We are excited to select Chris for the ILTA>ON 2020 Networking Scholarship providing him with a platform to network with other ILTA members and enhance his current skillset.

Recipients Response:
"I am honored to be awarded with the ILTA>ON Networking Scholarship. Attending annual conferences in the past have always been a highlight of my year. ILTA does an excellent job in connecting and educating its community. I cannot wait to experience the conference remotely this year!"

Scholarship Opportunities

In August, 2014, the legal community lost a great friend. Browning Marean, a partner at DLA Piper US LLP at the time of his death, touched the personal and professional lives of many within the legal sector and certainly within the ILTA community. He was a sounding board for topic ideas and speaker resources; he mentored ILTA members who were developing various programs; he elevated ILTA's brand in the attorney community and actively advocated for his peers and his firm to attend and participate in ILTA events. He epitomized the generous spirit of an ILTA member with his contributions in so many areas. In honor of Browning’s work in the litigation field and his extraordinary international ambassadorship, ILTA has established two scholarships, one for individuals who live and work in North America and one for those outside North America.

In January 2020, the legal technology community unexpectedly lost a wonderful colleague and dear friend, Cheryl Disch. Cheryl, an outstanding marketing professional at Duane Morris left an enduring legacy through her passion for educating and helping others, within the ILTA community and beyond. A mentor, leader, and friend, she elevated ILTA's brand in the marketing community and constantly advocated for the value of ILTA events, including her favorite ILTACON, which she co-chaired with distinction in 2016 & 2017. In her support of legal technology education and her fellow peers, Cheryl was the epitome of an ILTA volunteer, and brought her wry humor and pursuit of excellence to every role she served. In honor of Cheryl’s contributions to the marketing technology field and her exemplary international ambassadorship, ILTA has established the Cheryl Disch Women in Technology scholarship so that for many years to come, Cheryl’s combined loves of volunteerism, conference and mentoring will allow future ILTA leaders to carry on her vision for the legal technology community.

ILTA is now offering a scholarship for members currently working in government legal departments, judicial offices, non-profit organizations and law schools. The purpose of the Government, Non-Profit, and Law School Scholarship is to invest in Government/Non-Profit employees and/or Law School students who will participate actively in, and contribute to ILTA local events and conferences.

All corporate legal operations professionals and in-house counsel are encouraged to apply for this scholarship to attend ILTA>ON. The purpose of the Corporate Legal Department Scholarship is to invest in corporate legal department individuals who will participate actively in, and contribute to ILTA local events and conferences.

ILTA is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in its membership and at ILTA>ON. This scholarship is intended to expand the perspectives shared at ILTA>ON and foster professional development among minority members of the association. This includes groups underrepresented within ILTA including, but not limited to: African-American/Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, LGBTQ+, and People with disabilities.

To encourage the development of young professionals in legal technology, ILTA offers the Rising Star Scholarship. Individuals who are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional performance and leadership will be supported to attend ILTA>ON.

This scholarship is intended to support an individual from a small law firm (<50 lawyers) that would otherwise not be able to secure the professional development funding to attend. 

To support and honor the brave individuals who serve, ILTA offers this scholarship for military veterans from any country currently working in the legal technology community to attend ILTA>ON.

The Networking Scholarship is for those currently looking for employment in the legal technology field that would like to attend ILTA>ON. This scholarship was established to support individuals who have recently been laid-off or furloughed from their role within a law firm, corporate legal department, government, law school or non-profit entity and who would like to continue their education and professional development by attending ILTA>ON.

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