News of a new organisation for women working in legal IT in the UK…

Last Thursday (22 April) saw the launch of LILIConnect (LILI = Ladies in Legal Information, geddit) a group set up to support develop and encourage women working in legal information. Membership is open to all women in information roles in law firms and inhouse legal departments, providing an environment for professional and career development and networking with colleagues and peers in the industry.
 
The inaugural dinner sponsored by Ricoh was attended by the 15-strong executive committee chaired by Janet Day, Director of Technology and Infrastructure Services at Berwin Leighton Paisner, supported by vice chairs Jan Durant IT Director at Lewis Silkin and Julie Berry, IT Director at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.
 
LILIConnect is planning a programme of events where women will have the opportunity to discuss topical issues in legal information. The professional development angle includes encouraging women to develop careers in technology & information without feeling intimidated. “If you go to a legal conference, the women are always outnumbered,” observes Janet Day. “We want to give women at all levels in the legal community the opportunity to progress their careers and learn about useful technologies and opportunities in a relaxed and open environment.”
 
LILIConnect will host a number of events throughout the year that will be sponsored by suppliers. These will be either social networking forums or information seminars developed for the group. Sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase and discuss their latest offerings at these events while also meeting the group’s members informally. Additionally, the group will meet for more low key meetings lasting about an hour and a half to discuss the group’s direction and strategy. Some meetings will be before work and others will be in the evening. Janet Day explains. “For our more general meetings we are aiming to create a low-key informal atmosphere, and for these we are looking for limited sponsorship from suppliers: a meeting room with some tea and coffee rather than a grand reception.”
 
LILIConnect has already attracted a number of enthusiastic suppliers keen to host the main events throughout the year, so the next step is to build up the membership. “We are currently launching a website and distributing publicity materials launching the group. The next step will be to publish a programme of events.” LILIConnect’s website* will support the events and the community as it will include materials from presentations and provide an exchange environment for members and even mentoring opportunities. The first events will take place in London, but the plan is to organise regional events and roadshows as the group expands.
 
* While the website is being developed a members group will be available on KnowNet which can be accessed via www.theknowlist.com