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Alyne Queener Massey Law Library

Prepare to Practice 2020

Prepare to Practice, an annual lecture and workshop series sponsored by the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library at Vanderbilt Law School, prepares students for the professional challenges of legal practice by highlighting and discussing the latest trends and hot topics in legal practice.


Thursday, February 13:   Knowledge Management as a Cornerstone in Today’s Law Practice. 12:10pm, Hyatt Room. Participate in a lunch discussion with Steve Lastres, Director of Knowledge Management Services at Debevoise & Plimpton, as he breaks down the future of Knowledge Management services in the practice of law. 

Monday, March 9E-Discovery 101. 12:10PM, Hyatt RoomIf you are interested in litigation, there is no escaping electronic discovery. In this e-discovery introduction, Professor Capps will discuss the basics of handling electronically stored information (ESI). Lunch will be provided for attendees. 

Monday, April 13: Legal Research as a First-Year Associate. 12:10PM, Hyatt Room. Join Ms. VanOrman for a discussion of legal research expectations and tips for first-year law firm associates. Ms. VanOrman will explain how conducting legal research in a law firm setting differs from conducting legal research in law school, share topics that a new associate needs to know, and clear up misconceptions about database costs and client billing for research. Lunch will be provided for attendees.



Steve LastresSteve 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 2013Publication Award Winner for Best Member-Contributed White Paper entitled“Knowledge Management: A Strategic Role Change for Legal Information Professionals ( 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:


Meredith Capps Meredith Capps is the Foreign and International Law Librarian and Head of Faculty Services at Vanderbilt University Law Library.  Meredith began her legal career as an associate with Hogan Lovells US, based in Washington, D.C., where she practiced for seven years in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations group, focusing on the health care industry.  While completing her MSLIS at Catholic University, she worked as a library intern at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the Reference and Faculty Services Librarian at the George Mason University Law Library.   She earned her JD at Vanderbilt, where she served as symposium editor and articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and her BA at George Washington University

Lida VanOrman

Lida VanOrman is a licensed attorney in Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Currently, Lida is the Director of Library Services & Research Analyst at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville. At Waller, she manages all vendor relationships involving legal research, partners with Training in the new hire orientation, oversees all library facilities, organizes and implements the firm’s CLE program, and serves as a research partner to all 250 attorneys and their teams. Lida’s previous experience includes time at Baker Donelson in Nashville as a research attorney and at LexisNexis where she served as a Research and Solutions Consultant to large law firms in Tennessee and Georgia.