The 2017 Emerging Legal Technology Forum Accelerating Innovation Across the Profession

Event Details

Sep 21, 2017

9AM - 4PM

Toronto, ON

$370 USD | $75 USD (legal entrepreneur rate) | $25 USD (student rate)

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The Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, in association with Law Made, is pleased to present the 2017 Emerging Legal Technology Forum on September 21, 2017 in downtown Toronto. Set amidst Toronto’s vibrant technology scene, our forum brings together some of the world’s top industry change leaders and practitioners for a series of interactive and provocative sessions around the ongoing revolution in legal services.

This year’s program examines the growing prominence of chat bots and robot lawyers in the latest wave of technological innovation. We also offer a comprehensive and digestible take on blockchain’s impact both within and outside the legal industry, as well as two concurrent breakouts outlining best practices in technology investments and strategic implementation within law firms and corporate legal departments. Our final session offers a lively take on legal technology’s adoption within law school curricula, followed by an interactive technology fair and networking reception.

Seating is extremely limited. Online registration now available!

If you are a legal entrepreneur, please email us at indicating your interest in attending; you may be eligible for a discounted ticket.

Why You Should Attend

  • Engage top legal industry professionals and leaders on new and future technology trends impacting law practice.
  • Network with colleagues and exchange ideas through interactive conversations.
  • Gain valuable and digestible insight for application at your firm.

    Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm COOs
  • Law Firm CIOs
  • Law Firm Partners
  • Law Firm Knowledge Management Professionals
  • Law Firm Innovation Leads
  • Law Firm Practice Heads
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Legal Technology Consultants
  • Legal Change Consultants
  • Event Details

    Thursday, Sep 21

    8:00 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks

    Neil Sternthal
    , Managing Director, Canada/Australia/New Zealand, Thomson Reuters

    9:15 AM
    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.

    10:15 AM
    10:30 AM
    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

    11:30 AM
    11:45 AM
    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

    11:45 AM
    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.

    12:45 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:45 PM
    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

    2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
    3:00 PM
    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

    4:00 PM
    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.


    Thomson Reuters Toronto Offices

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre
    333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2
    (416) 687-7500

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre is a modern event space on the 29th floor of our Toronto corporate offices.


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