Today Kevin and Laura talk speak with Joy Murao. We talk about the importance of training, big law vs. boutique law firms, the idea of going to law school in 2023, H1B visa's, Kim Kardashian, Chat GPT and much more!
Joy Murao is a legal technology pioneer with a career spanning over 25 years in Big Law and Corporate Legal Departments. Now as Founder and CEO of Practice Aligned Resources (PAR), Joy brings innovation and education to the broader legal arena to include government agencies, small to mid-size law firms and service provider organizations.
Throughout her career, Joy has made significant contributions to the legal field. She played a pivotal role in developing and overseeing the Practice Support Departments at prestigious law firms such as Latham & Watkins and Paul Hastings. With her expertise, she has hired and managed over 200 direct reports, supported firm-wide practices areas including litigation cases, global M&A projects and employment class actions, while also shouldering the responsibility of training and educating lawyers and paralegals within these firms.
Joy's influence extends beyond her own ventures, as she actively contributes to various professional organizations. Currently, she serves as a Section Executive Committee Chair for the California Lawyers Association, specifically in the Law Practice Management & Technology section. Additionally, she holds a position on the Global Advisory Board for the Association of Certified Ediscovery Specialists (ACEDS).
Recognized for her dedication to fostering a strong legal community, Joy has actively collaborated with Women in eDiscovery, ILTA, the Relativity Users' Group Advisory Board for Los Angeles and various paralegal organizations. Through her involvement in these organizations, she has helped bring professionals together and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices.
Joy's educational background includes a BA in English from UC Santa Barbara and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of San Diego. She has utilized her expertise to create and teach legal technology courses at the Paralegal Training Program of UCLA Extension. Moreover, Joy leads engaging discussions on legal technology through podcasts and webinars, providing valuable insights to the legal community.
With her extensive experience, leadership, and commitment to the advancement of legal technology, Joy Murao has made a profound impact on the legal profession and continues to drive innovation in the field.