Fantastic Voyage: Previewing the 2017 Emerging Legal Technology Forum

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TORONTO — Emerging legal technology and its impact on today’s legal ecosystem is foremost on the minds of many legal leaders. The ability to understand, integrate and properly utilize the right technology for your law firm or legal department is likely to greatly influence how successful your organization will be in the future.

Against this backdrop, Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute is pleased to present the 2017 Emerging Legal Technology Forum on September 21 at the newly designed Thomson Reuters Customer Centre in downtown Toronto.

Amidst Toronto’s kinetic technology startup scene, this day-long program picks up where last year’s Forum left off by evolving the conversation toward legal technology’s accelerated rate of adoption within North American corporate legal departments and law firms. Indeed, unlike other similarly themed programs that veer into theoretical — if perhaps discursive — commentary, this Forum subverts the hegemonic narrative of a robot lawyer invasion by honing in on the practical implementation and application of new technologies in an era of doing more with less.

The Forum’s opening panel will reflect upon the myriad developments impacting legal services over the past year. Thanks to the growing popularity of legal apps and so-called “chat bots” within the profession, a major question facing our panel is how ongoing challenges of access to justice have been impacted by this latest wave of innovation?


Thanks to the growing popularity of legal apps and so-called “chat bots” within the industry, a major question facing our panel is how ongoing challenges of access to justice have been impacted by this latest wave of innovation.


This panel will feature Dennis C. Garcia, Assistant General Counsel of Microsoft; Fernando Garcia, General Counsel and Government Affairs & Corporate Secretary at Nissan Canada; Joshua Lenon, Lawyer-in-Residence at Clio; and Kristen Sonday, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer for Paladin PBC. The panel will be moderated by Jose Fernando Torres Varela, Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession & Legal Design Lab at Stanford Law School.

Subsequent Forum panel sessions will address the pace of progress in law firms and corporate legal departments around how design thinking, high-profile technology partnerships, and enterprise-wide investments in process improvement have affected profitability and client service at some of North America’s most progressive firms. We will also host two concurrent breakout sessions designed for Forum attendees who are at either the beginning or end of the technology adoption journey.

Finally, we will conclude our program with two marquee discussions around the blockchain business revolution and legal educational reform. The latter session, entitled “The Final Frontier: Advancing Educational Reform Around Legal Technology,” will feature panelists Monica Goyal, the Founder of My Legal Briefcase & Aluvion Law and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School; Edward Iacobucci, the Dean & James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Daniel W. Linna, Jr., Director of LegalRnD & Professor of Law in Residence at Michigan State University College of Law; and Chris Wedgeworth, Co-Founder of Hotshot. The panel will be moderated by David Curle, Director of Market Intelligence & Thought Leadership at Thomson Reuters.


Registration for the event is still open!