Simplify for Success - Conversation with Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark, who manages Information Governance at Thompson Knight was on Simplify for Success, a podcast series presented by Meru Data and hosted by Priya Keshav to discuss IG programs within law firms. He shared how pilot projects help to validate the goals of the program and get buy-in for the program. He felt an approach that focused on improving specific parts in a complex process has been helpful in simplification, especially in law firms where it is important to carefully manage change.

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Priya Keshav

Hello everyone, welcome to our podcast around simplifying for success. Simplification requires discipline and clarity of thought. This is not often easy in today's rapid-paced work environment. We've invited a few colleagues in data and information governance space to share their strategies and approaches for simplification.

Today, we will be talking with Kevin Clark. Kevin provides technical and business management expertise for litigation support team at Thompson & Knight. He consults on eDiscovery, information privacy, and data security and governance for the attorneys and clients. Kevin has extensive experience in all aspects of e-discovery, from data collection to production.

Kevin is currently on the Masters Conference advisory board and is a Vice President of ASIS, North Texas chapter. He is also involved in the Sedona Conference working on defensibility of the process with Working Group One. Kevin has also served as a Co-chair of the DC Bar Education section steering committee. He's a project management professional, 6 Sigma Greenbelt and a certified e-discovery specialist, and a CIPP, US. He serves on the Advisory Board for his alma mater, Kent College of Law's E-Discovery Institute, and has provided pro bono representation to veterans at the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He's received his JD in 2000 and is an active member of the bar in Texas, Illinois, and the district of Columbia, as well as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Hi Kevin, welcome to the show.

Kevin Clark

Good morning, how are you doing today?

Priya Keshav

Very good. You had many years of experience in developing and implementing enterprise-wide IG programs. How do you build a business case for IG?

Kevin Clark

So, that's a great question. In most law firms, it is an uphill struggle to bring change to the law firm. So this is across the board, whether it's covering practices and processes, whether it's covering perceptions and attitudes or structural change, it’s just difficult to bring change to the law firm. So, it's the same with respect to technology and to bring in an IG program, that includes if we're automating firm or department workflows, or