“The job I have now, I got at our holiday party,” said Lora Ramsey, the litigation support manager at Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta.
The legal industry and technology field have something in common: Female professionals who struggle to reach the top in male-dominated workplaces.
It’s a double-whammy when you put both industries together, according to women who work in the high-tech electronic discovery field, which uses technology to assist lawyers in identifying, collecting and reviewing electronically stored information that’s responsive for production in a lawsuit.
Years ago when Lana Schell Pellegrino worked as an eDiscovery consultant and traveled frequently to Washington, D.C., she stuck out at law firm meetings, surrounded by all men. In fact, she only knew one other female in the eDiscovery field at the time. That’s why in 2007, Pellegrino co-founded a “sisterhood” for women in her industry, a nonprofit trade association called Women in eDiscovery.
She saw great demand from the get-go, as 40 women attended the organization’s first meeting in May 2007.
“It just exploded from there,” said Pellegrino, who earned her law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2001 and has worked in legal tech since 2006, currently as director of Casepoint, a cloud-based eDiscovery platform based in Tysons, Virginia.