Michael Hastings joins Merlin Foundation as Associate Director

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The Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation is proud to announce that Michael Hastings has joined the Foundation as Associate Director. He will be working closely with Executive Director John Tredennick and the Advisory Board to further the Foundation’s mission to improve access to justice and make legal operations and regulatory compliance more efficient through the use of open source software.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Michael Hastings join us,” said Executive Director John Tredennick. “We have worked together at Catalyst for more than a decade, with Michael serving the company in a variety of positions culminating with his service as head of the company’s Client Resolution Center at the end. Michael has always been client focused and is excited to work with a wide range of people around the world to support and promote legal open source software,” he added.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me,” Michael noted. “Having a chance to improve access to justice and to make a real difference to the legal profession is a dream come true. My background in legal and client services seemed like the perfect fit for this role.” he added.

Michael has already started at Merlin Foundation and looks forward to working with everyone involved.

About Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings beings over 15 years of experience as a leader in Customer Service, Business Operations, Sales and Project Management, providing guidance to clients on all phases of the EDRM, project planning, budgeting, human resources and technical issues regarding e-discovery. Most recently, Michael worked as the Director, eDiscovery Client Services with Catalyst Repository Systems, which was acquired by OpenText in 2019.

Prior to working with Catalyst, Michael worked in various support leadership roles in the Logistics, Entertainment and Financial Services industries, with responsibility to oversee service delivery, develop best practices, improve efficiencies and streamline existing workflows. As an active member of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Michael spends a great deal of time participating in their on-going and expanding training programs. Michael graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law with a M.S. in Legal Administration, and California State University, Sacramento, with a B.A in Philosophy.

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