The 2017 Emerging Legal Technology Forum Accelerating Innovation Across the Profession

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Event Details

Sep 21, 2017

9AM - 4PM

Toronto, ON

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

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.

Due to overwhelming demand, conference registration is now closed.

This program contains 2 hours of Professionalism and 3 hours of Substantive Content.

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 Co-Chair

    Mark Tamminga

    Partner & Leader of Innovation Initiatives, Gowling WLG

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Sep 21

    8:00 AM
    Registration and 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 now defunct 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.

    Jose Fernando Torres Varela, Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession & Legal Design Lab, Stanford Law School

    Dennis C. Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
    Fernando Garcia, General Counsel, Government Affairs & Corporate Secretary, Nissan Canada, Inc.
    Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence, Clio
    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

    Rochael Adranly, General Counsel & Legal Design Lead, IDEO LP
    William T. Caraher, Chief Information Officer, Von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
    Kenneth Heaps, Chief Information Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP
    Josh Kubicki, Chief Strategy Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Meredith L. Williams, Chief Knowledge Management Officer, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

    11:30 AM
    11:45 AM
    Breakout #1: Leading Change: Defining Strategic Investments in Legal Technology

    How do you determine which technology vendor or technological investment 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 practical guidance for mastering the initial research, vetting and selection process for accelerating innovation across the enterprise.

    William Fowler, Vice President & General Counsel, Profit Recovery Partners

    Paul Belanger, Partner & Chair, Innovation Council, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    Christopher J. Fowles, Partner & Head of Legal Services Centre, Torys LLP
    Theo C. Ling, Partner & Principal, Whitespace Legal Collab, Baker McKenzie LLP
    Bishu Solomon, Director, eDiscovery Solutions Canada, EPIQ, a DTI Company

    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.

    Kimberly A. Stein, Manager, Knowledge Management, Thomson Reuters Legal

    James W. Anok, Senior Consultant, Fireman & Company
    Laurence Liss, Chief Information Officer Emeritus, Blank Rome LLP
    Natalie Munroe, Head, Osler Works – Transactional, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
    Dera J. Nevin, eDiscovery Counsel & Director of eDiscovery Services, Proskauer Rose LLP
    Ginevra Saylor, National Director, Knowledge Management, Dentons

    12:45 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:45 PM
    Paradigm Shift: Examining the Blockchain Business Revolution

    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?

    Joseph Raczynski, Entrepreneur & Founder, Joe Technologist; Manager, Technical Client Management – Legal, Thomson Reuters

    Robert E. Craig, Chief Information Officer, Baker & Hostetler LLP
    Stephen P. Kirby, Senior Counsel, IBM Canada
    Casey Kuhlman, Chief Executive Officer,
    Theodore (“Ted”) J. Mlynar, Partner & Chair, Blockchain-Smart Contracts IPMT Working Group, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Houman B. Shadab, Co-Founder,; Professor of Law, New York Law School

    2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
    3:00 PM
    The Final Frontier: Advancing Educational Reform Around Legal Technology

    Although traditional educational curricula 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 training around emergent technology fits within legal education today. Our panel 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
    Chris Wedgeworth, Co-Founder, Hotshot

    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.

    Paul Belanger

    Partner & Chair, Innovation Council
    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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    David Curle

    Director of Market Intelligence
    Thomson Reuters Legal

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    William Fowler

    Vice President & General Counsel, Profit Recovery Partners

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    Carlos Gamez

    Senior Director of Innovation, Legal, Thomson Reuters

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    Dennis Garcia

    Assistant General Counsel
    Microsoft Corporation

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    Kenneth Heaps

    Chief Information Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP

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    Joshua Kubicki

    Chief Strategy Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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    Edward Iacobucci

    Dean & James M. Tory Professor of Law
    The University of Toronto Faculty of Law

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    Casey Kuhlman

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Joshua Lenon

    Lawyer in Residence

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    Theo Ling

    Partner & Principal, Whitespace Legal Collab
    Baker & McKenzie LLP

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    Laurence Liss

    Chief Technology Officer, Blank Rome LLP

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    Joseph Raczynski

    Legal Technologist/Futurist
    Thomson Reuters Legal

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    Houman Shadab


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    Bishu Solomon

    Director, eDiscovery Solutions Canada
    EPIQ, a DTI Company

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    Kimberly Stein

    Manager, Knowledge Management Solutions, Thomson Reuters

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    333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2
    (416) 687-7500

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