Joy Heath Rush named recipient of the fifth annual Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award
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MB logoThe Monica Bay STEM Leadership Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected Joy Heath Rush as the winner of the fifth annual Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership qualities and innovation achieved in the legal technology industry. This year, Rush will receive the award during Legalweek New York, February 4-6, 2020, in association with the International Legal Technology Association Women Who Lead group.

Rush is the CEO of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), an organization that provides educational and networking opportunities for nearly 25,000 lawyers and legal technology professionals across the globe. As chief executive officer, Joy oversees ILTA’s operations, a global network of volunteer leaders and a professional staff of more than 35 employees.

On receiving the award, Rush shared, “I am humbled by this award. I have admired Monica Bay from the day I first read one of her columns. To be recognized in Monica’s name makes me prouder than I can express. In addition, to join the prior award recipients is truly an honor!”

Donna Payne, steering committee member of the Monica Bay STEM Leadership Committee, stated, “Joy exemplifies every quality that the Monica Bay STEM Leadership award represents. Her accomplishments in her career, work ethic and dedication to helping others, along with her latest role as CEO of ILTA make Joy the perfect choice for this award.”

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Rush has devoted virtually her entire career to supporting lawyers and technologists in the practice of law, and she has deep familiarity with the complexities ILTA’s member organizations face. She spent 28 years at the global law firm Sidley Austin LLP in a variety of technology and leadership roles and was an executive with Litera Microsystems for more than five years.

In addition, Rush has a long history of leadership in peer networking groups associated with legal technology. She is a past President of the Board of ILTA and served two additional terms as a volunteer board member, representing the multifaceted perspectives of a woman leader in legal technology. Rush enjoys and has had the opportunity to speak and write on an array of technology and leadership topics. Other speaking opportunities have included legal technology, CIO and leadership roundtables and talent management topics at a variety of legal events, including ILTACON, ABA TECHSHOW, Legaltech New York, Legaltech West Coast, ABA Law Practice Management, DRI, ALA, NALP and ARMA, among others.


In February 2019, she was named one of 2019’s Women in Legal Technology by the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. Her professional philosophy is to do everything in her power to serve her constituents with intelligence, dedication, passion and unmatched expertise, while providing a positive, fun and motivational environment for staff.

The prior winners of the award are Alison Grounds from Troutman Sanders, Sheryl Nolan from Microsoft, Kate Cain of Sidley Austin and Farrah Pepper, Chief Legal Innovation Counsel of Marsh & McLennan Companies. The steering committee is proud to add Rush to this list of award winners and looks forward to working with her to support diversity and inclusion in the legal technology industry, inspiring others the way Monica Bay has inspired us.

The selection committee this year consisted of Donna Payne, Gail Gottehrer, Judith Flournoy, Nishan DeSilva and Robert Ambrogi.


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