Registration and Continental Breakfast
Neil Sternthal, Managing Director, Canada/Australia/New Zealand, Thomson Reuters
Prometheus Unbound: On “Chat Bots,” Robot Lawyers and Ongoing Access to Justice
2016 was another year of incremental growth for legal technology. Thanks to the growing popularity of legal apps and so termed “chat bots,” calls for improved access to justice through platforms such as DoNotPay or the more mature Rechtwijzer 2.0 are fast becoming a reality. Across the legal industry, in-house and law firm practitioners are embracing this latest wave of innovation to explore ways in which the delivery of legal services can be addressed expeditiously. This opening conversation offers a lively, wide-ranging take on how industry disrupters, law firms and corporate legal departments are seizing upon calls for change.
Dennis C. Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Fernando Garcia, General Counsel, Government Affairs & Corporate Secretary, Nissan Canada, Inc.
Kristen Sonday, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Paladin PBC, Inc.
The Pace of Progress: Assessing Innovative Design, Technology & Process in Law Firms & Corporate Legal Departments
The adoption of new technologies, design thinking and process in law firms and corporate legal departments has had a significant impact on legal services. Savvy business executives understand the lengthy shadow each of these forces casts on overall operational efficiency and client matters. This discussion examines the various ways law firms and legal departments are incorporating enterprise innovation as part of a broader strategic plan. Our panelists will offer detailed guidance around the transformative impact such investments have had in both the near- and far-term.
Carlos Gamez, Senior Director, Innovation – Legal, Thomson Reuters
Kenneth Heaps, Chief Information Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP
Josh Kubicki, Chief Strategy Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Breakout #1: Technology on a Budget: Defining Strategic Investments in Legal Technology
How do you determine which technology vendor is right for your business? For both law firm and in-house executives, understanding engagement costs, resource requirements, and organizational needs are critical steps toward defining a strong strategic plan. Leveraging best practices and lessons learned, this session delivers objective and practical guidance for mastering the initial research, vetting and selection process.
William Fowler, Vice President & General Counsel, Profit Recovery Partners
Breakout #2: Chain Reaction: Managing the Strategic Implementation of Legal Technology
Once the decision has been made to invest in a given technology, understanding both the short- and long-term ramifications of product implementation can be daunting. Picking up where “The Pace of Progress” left off, this tactical discussion offers robust insight into integrating disparate systems, establishing end-user expectations, and managing enterprise risk.
Paradigm Shift: Examining the Blockchain Revolution in Law
Blockchain technology is poised to transform the contemporary business landscape. Already making in-roads across a wide swath of sectors, blockchain will force both in-house and outside counsel to cultivate a thorough understanding of this nascent technology in order to better service clients. This panel addresses three crucial questions for the 21st-century lawyer: What is blockchain? How is it impacting clients? And how might current (or forthcoming) technological advancements impact the legal profession?
Robert E. Craig, Chief Information Officer, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Joseph Raczynski, Entrepreneur & Founder, Joe Technologist; Manager, Technical Client Management, Thomson Reuters
The Final Frontier: Advancing Educational Reform Around Legal Technology
Although traditional educational curriculum once helped law students identify problems in the surrounding world, the impinging forces of globalization, scientific advancement, and geopolitical tumult have underscored a profound disconnect between business needs in the current economy and the preparedness of today’s law school graduates. This closing session offers a comprehensive take on where formal education around emergent technology fits within law school curricula. Our panel of academics and practitioners will ponder how best to prepare the next generation of lawyers to handle the challenges ahead.
David Curle, Director, Market Intelligence & Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters
Monica Goyal, Founder, My Legal Briefcase & Aluvion Law; Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Edward Iacobucci, Dean & James M. Tory Professor of Law, The University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Daniel W. Linna, Jr., Director of LegalRnD & Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law
Networking Reception & Legal Technology Fair
Please join us for cocktails and live, interactive demos from some of the most innovative start-ups in the industry.
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