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The Future of Law Department Management
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The Future of Law Department Management

Practice Areas:
Law Department Management (Practice Management)
Patrick Lamb |  Nicole Auerbach |  Noelle Perkins
Course Levels:
1 hour

Course Description

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Course Description

Using Univar, Inc.'s moonshot to reduce legal spend by 50%, the program focuses on the methods being used to obtain the reduction and how other law departments can build on these experiences to obtain their own reductions in legal spend. The discussion of spend reductions focuses on  internal and external resources and addresses the importance of process improvement, contract management and review, litigation and prevention of legal problems as a key method of reducing the legal department's workload.

Course Learning Objectives:

The program identifies  a vision and the action steps actually taken to achieve the "moonshot." These include altering the role the law department plays in contract review, the use of technology to perform work previously preformed by lawyers and other process improvements any department can undertake.

CLE Credits

Mandatory CLE Credit

This program may be eligible for a total of 1 CLE credit(s) in a 60 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.

This program may be eligible for a total of 1.2 CLE credit(s) in a 50 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.




This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in California of which 0 are Legal Ethics,


are Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession,


are Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Illinois of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Professional Responsibility credit.


This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Ohio of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


Select Counsel is an approved provider in the State of Pennsylvania. This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Pennsylvania of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE Credit(s) in Texas of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Washington of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


Request for CLE credit for this course has been denied by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.  A copy of the MCLE Regulations is available on the Virginia State Bar website at

Other MCLE Jurisdictions

Reciprocal States: The following jurisdictions allow reciprocity for courses approved in other MCLE jurisdictions:Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Self Reporting States: States that allow an attorney to apply or self-report CLE credit are: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Course Materials


Patrick Lamb's Profile

Patrick Lamb Related seminars and products: 1

Valorem Law Group

Patrick Lamb is one of the founders of Valorem Law Group and, more recently ElevateNext Law. He is an ABA Legal Rebel and is a well-known for radically improving the delivery of value to law departments. Pat is the author of two books on Alternative Fee Arrangements and is the author of the acclaimed In Search of Perfect Client Service blog. Pat and Nicole Auerbach, his co-founder have established Valorem as an iconic brand in the value movement and were named one of “22 Law Firms Best at Delivering AFAs.” With the launch of ElevateNext and their association with Elevate Services, Pat and Nicole have undertaken what their client calls his “moonshot,” the 50% reduction of legal spend by the client.

PRACTICE FOCUS: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Katten Muchin Rosenman (partner)

LAW SCHOOL: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)



Nicole Auerbach's Profile

Nicole Auerbach Related seminars and products: 1

Valorem Law Group

In 2008, after nearly 15 years of practice at an AmLaw 100 firm in Chicago, Nicole Auerbach resigned her partnership to become one of the founders of Valorem Law Group, now a nationally known innovative law firm. Why? The entrepreneur in her longed to build something - a new firm model to give clients an alternative to the billable hour.  Ten years later, in keeping with that entrepreneurial spirit, Nicole launched another new model law firm, ElevateNext, along with her partner Pat Lamb.  ElevateNext is a law firm that sits alongside the law company, Elevate Services, to provide a broad breath of solutions to law departments aimed at drastically reducing their legal spend.  In 2017, Nicole was named one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Chicago” by Crain’s Communication. 

PRACTICE FOCUS: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Katten Muchin Rosenman (partner)
LAW SCHOOL: DePaul University College of Law


Noelle Perkins's Profile

Noelle Perkins Related seminars and products: 1

Univar, USA

Noelle is the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Univar Inc., a mid-cap chemical distribution company based in the suburbs of Chicago.  Prior to joining Univar, Noelle was the Chief Counsel of Archer Daniel Midland Company’s Oilseeds Processing business unit, which is a $30B global segment.  Before joining ADM, Noelle worked in two other in-house environments.  As a result, she has experience working in all kinds of law departments – big and small.  Although her background and law firm training was in litigation, after fifteen years in-house, she is now a ‘generalist’ practitioner with strong business and financial acumen.  Noelle received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

MCLE Information

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General Information

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Select Counsel applies for credit for it’s live webinars, webcasts and video replays with live question and answer in the following states:

  • California
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania*
  • Texas
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Select Counsel does not seek direct accreditation in AL, AK, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IN, IA, ID,  KY, LA, MN, NE, ME, MO, MP, MS, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, NC, ND, OK, OR,  PR, RI, SC, TN, UT, VI, VT, WI, WV and WY.  However, if there is a high demand for a particular state during the registration process, Select Counsel will consider submitting an application for accreditation in that state. Meanwhile, most states allow for Course Approval Reciprocity or Attorney Submitted Applications for Accreditation.  Please see details below.

* Pennsylvania CLE credit will not be available for the first five video replays with live Q&A.

Course Approval Reciprocity

Select Counsel has applied for course approval in CA, IL, OH, PA, TX, VA and WA.The following states allow attorneys to earn CLE credit through reciprocity from a course or course provider that meets the basic requirements for approval in that state.  States that allow reciprocity for courses approved in other jurisdictions below.  Click any of the states  below for rules and regulations regarding reciprocity in that  below state.

Self-Reporting/Accreditation States

Select Counsel has submitted applications for course approval in CA, IL, OH, PA, TX, VA and WA. Select Counsel has not submitted applications in the states listed below.  Many states allow attorneys to submit a course for approval and/or self-report their attendance to the their MCLE Board if it has not been submitted by the sponsor of the course. Currently attorneys who participate in a Select Counsel course who want CLE for the states listed below need to apply/report directly with that state. However, if there is a high demand for a particular state during the registration process, Select Counsel will consider submitting an application for accreditation in that state.

  • Alabama
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
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  • Tennessee
  • Utah
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  • Wyoming

At this time, Kansas requires the sponsor of all non-traditional format courses to submit the program application. (Kansas will not accept an application from an individual lawyer.)

Please note that some states have accreditation fees. In addition, some states may not approve specific programs, formats, or topics for credit. This list is a general guide only. Specific information about your state accreditation requirements can be found on your state's regulator page. For contact state regulator contact information please visit the Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association at

Certificates of Attendance and Tracking

For each webinar, webcast or video replay with live Q&A, Select Counsel will be tracking your attendance through participation codes that pop up during the presentation. Instructions on how to use these participation codes, along with information about how to retrieve your credit will be provided to you prior, during and after the completion of the program.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a either a state specific certificate of attendance for the courses that Select Counsel applied for or a Uniform Certificate of Attendance for states that have reciprocity or are self applying/reporting states.  

State by State reporting instructions will be included with each certificate of attendance. You will receive this information via email, as well as in a handout that can be accessed before, during and after the course in your customer account.

Participation Reporting

Select Counsel only applies for course approval in the following states: CA, IL, OH, PA, TX, VA and WA,.  Select Counsel will report attendance in any of the above states (e.g. PA) that require the provider to report attendance.  For states that allow course approval reciprocity and/or that attorneys are self-reporting/applying, Select Counsel will guide you to the appropriate forms and governing bodies. All information about reporting credit to your state will be provided as a hand out prior, during and after the completion of the course.

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each state has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit. Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats.  Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules. For contact information, go to

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