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COVID-19 and Issues for Legal Librarians


Speaker(s): Kathryn McRae, Steven A. Lastres
Recorded on: Jun. 11, 2020
PLI Program #: 301802

Steve Lastres is Director of Knowledge Management Services for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  He manages the firm's information and knowledge management initiatives with the assistance of a dedicated team of research, knowledge management ("KM"), and technical services analysts. Steve works with a KM Task Force in charge of the firm’s KM effort to develop and implement an effective KM strategy for the firm. He joined the firm in May 2005. Steve received a J.D. degree from New York Law School in 2003 where he received the Daniel Finkelstein Writing Award. He is a member of the Bars of New Jersey and New York. He received a Masters in Library Science with a Distinguished Achievement Award in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute in 1996, and a undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pace University. Prior to joining the firm, he was previously employed by the law firms of Arnold & Porter LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as a Librarian and Information and Knowledge Management professional.

Steve is active professionally having served as President of the Law Library Association of Greater NY (LLAGNY) and ARMA Metropolitan NY Chapter. He is Past Chair of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section (PLL SIS), member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Leadership and Nominations Committee and the ILTA Education Planning Committee, and Former Manager of the ARMA Northeast Region. Steve is also a prolific writer and speaker on the topics of KM and law librarianship. He was recognized as a FastCase 50 award winner which recognizes the top 50 innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders. He was also awarded the ILTA 2013 Publication Award Winner for Best Member-Contributed White Paper entitled “Knowledge Management: A Strategic Role Change for Legal Information Professionals (http://epubs.iltanet.org/i/87421/32) and the ILTA 2014 Knowledge Management Professional of the Year Award. Most recently, he was awarded the AALL Distinguished Librarian Award in July, 2018.

Steve can be found on Twitter: @lastrst, and on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/salastres.


Kathryn is the Director of Research and Knowledge at Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP.  She manages strategic planning, project development and the annual operating budget of the R&K department, in addition to involvement on cross-functional teams.  She has implemented many initiatives, including the firm-wide intranet.  Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School where she teaches a course in Advanced Legal Research.  Prior to her current position, she worked at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz as a Reference Librarian.  Kathryn is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she received a B.A and an M.L.S, as well as of the City University of New York, where she received a J.D.  She is admitted the NYS Bar and is a certified IGP.