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April 2018 MCLE: Disruptive Innovation

  • Upper Crust Trattoria 11560 Los Osos Valley Road San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401 United States (map)

Women Lawyers Association
Disruptive Innovation


April MCLE: As the center of gravity in American business is shifting, so too is the legal profession. New ventures in legal entrepreneurship or "New Law” challenge the traditional law firm model.  Janet and Courtney will discuss the disruptive innovation that is occurring in the profession. They will look at a variety of New Law models and also discuss the ways that these models are reducing costs, changing the nature of fee arrangements, and increasing efficiency through technology and business structure.  As disruptors in the profession, Janet and Courtney will share their personal challenges and successes.  

Please join us!
OUR SPEAKERS:  Janet Wallace and Courtney Taylor

Janet Wallace

Janet Wallace

Courtney Taylor

Courtney Taylor

Janet Wallace practices in the areas of wills, trusts, and estates. After graduating from UC Davis School of Law in 2010, Janet moved to the Central Coast and was an associate with two local law firms. In 2017, she founded O'Leary Wallace LLP with Matthew O'Leary. In addition to practicing law, Janet teaches at Cuesta Community College and serves on the boards of the Studios on the Park and the SLO Library Foundation. She is a Ms. JD director emeritus and, in that role, brings light to issues concerning women and law.


Courtney Taylor serves as counsel to a diverse range of business clientele, including numerous alcohol beverage and agribusiness enterprises, with an emphasis on alcohol beverage industry trademarks and branding, business and real estate transactions, and land use.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, Courtney acquired extensive business expertise as a management consultant with the global management consulting firm, Accenture, in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. During her four years at Accenture, Courtney provided consulting oversight to Fortune 100 companies throughout the country in the financial services industry to successfully transition clients to new business models resulting from large commercial insurance and bank mergers, and other large-scale corporate initiatives.

In addition to her law practice, Courtney is currently a Lecturer in the Wine and Viticulture Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she teaches an upper division course in wine law and compliance.

A native of San Luis Obispo, Courtney lives in the Avila Valley on her family vineyard and cider apple orchard with her husband, Ben, and two sons. 



1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered

Payment Information:

Students - $16.50*
Members - $26.50*
Non-Members - $37.50*

*Discounted pricing is available for cash or checks mailed to WLASLO, P.O. Box 3918, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918: Students: $15, Members: $25, Non-Members: $35

** If you are paying by mail, please email Kara Stein-Conaway at stating that you've mailed your check and the names of those who will be attending. 


Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time.  

We look forward to your participation!
Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

This activity is approved for 1 general MCLE credit. 

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