CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) today announced
that Joy Heath Rush will join the association’s professional staff as
interim CEO on October 20, 2018. This announcement concludes a formal
search initiated by the association’s Board of Directors in August
following the resignation of prior CEO, Dan Liutikas.
Ms. Rush has made a career of leveraging technology to support and
advance the practice of law. After more than three decades serving in a
variety of technology roles at Global 20 firm Sidley Austin, she joined
Litera Microsystems in 2014 as Vice President of Client Development. Her
ILTA experience dates back to 1996 and includes serving on the Board of
Directors and as Board President from 2007 to 2009.
“Joy’s combination of legal technology know-how and first-hand
experience as an ILTA member, leader and business partner make her an
excellent choice to take on this critical leadership role,” said Angela
Dowd, ILTA Board President. “I had the pleasure of working with Joy
early in my ILTA career and am thrilled to have an opportunity to work
with her again in this capacity.”
Ms. Rush credits her ILTA experience for much of her professional
success. “My career would not be where it is today without ILTA. I would
not be the leader I am without my ILTA volunteer experiences, and I
would not be the person I am without my ILTA relationships,” said Rush.
“Although I am saddened to leave the dynamic team at Litera
Microsystems, I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to serve
ILTA in this leadership role.”
The CEO search was launched in early August with a position description
that emphasized collaboration, communication and relationship building.
The Board reviewed more than 100 resumes, looking for candidates with
executive leadership experience, knowledge of the legal technology
community and a demonstrated commitment to the association’s mission and
“We met a number of candidates from within the legal technology
community, as well as those with extensive professional association
leadership experience,” said Dowd. “They were fantastic, but Joy’s
leadership and communication styles, her collaborative approach and her
personal commitment to ILTA’s mission and values set her apart from the
Over the past several months, ILTA’s Board, professional staff and
volunteer leaders have pulled together to minimize disruptions to
day-to-day operations and ensure continuous delivery of the high-quality
products and services that the association’s members and partners
expect. The success of this teamwork was prominently on display at
ILTACON, its educational conference held August 19 through 23 which was
the most highly attended in the association’s history. The momentum will
continue with INSIGHT 2018 which will be held on November 14 in London.
“We are grateful to our professional staff and volunteers for their hard
work during the recent months. Their tireless efforts and willingness to
go above and beyond reasonable expectations are evidence of their
passion for ILTA,” said Dowd. “And we are excited to start the next
chapter in ILTA’s story with Joy as our CEO.”
The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) serves the
professional needs of more than 24,000 U.S. and international legal
technology professionals and their organizations. Our core
values—respect, commitment to members, sharing of information and
promoting lifelong learning—drive all we do to support the peer-driven
organization that is ILTA. ILTA demonstrates excellence throughout 5
main areas of our organization: Membership, Events, Business
Partnerships, Marketing and Publications, and Technology/IT/Operations.
Since its founding in 1980, the association’s focus is to achieve
results for our membership and the legal technology profession at large.
Much of the value we provide as an association occurs through the
coordinated efforts with our global volunteer membership teams.
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)Patti Moran,
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