It was my great pleasure to speak at the FT Innovative Lawyers Summit here in London !
Coverage from Bob Ambrogi here. The Harvard Law statement notwithstanding – I doubt that either Lexis, Harvard Law or Ravel will provide yield the pathbreaking access at scale that was advertised in the original announcement. So I take this is a fairly negative development for this space – but feel free to prove me wrong …
See the agenda here
Next week, I will be speaking (remotely) at the Scotland Legal Hackers – Programming for Lawyers Event in Edinburgh. Legal Innovation is a global movement and the Legal Hacker groups around the world represent a very important community of change agents.
It was my great pleasure to give the opening Keynote Address at IE LawX 2017. I would like to extend my thanks to IE Law School, Dean Javier de Cendra and to all of the team who put on a fantastic event on #LegalTech #LegalInnovation #LegalAI!
As my part of my final day in Amsterdam – it was my great pleasure to join with my friends from the Dutch Law Firm – Kennedy Van Der Laan (co-founded by the Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan) for a Legal Innovation Event. The event combined sessions in data, technology and design thinking for a variety of European General Counsels.
Legal Innovation is a global phenomena. US, UK, Canada, Australia, Continental Europe, South America, Asia, Central America, Africa, etc. (and new events in new places popping up everyday).
My view is that despite jurisdiction differences – lawyers are lawyers. No matter where I travel they are a recognizable species with similar business, technology and process improvement challenges.
There is an old adage which states that “Innovation is doing the obvious before it is obvious to others.” Suffice to say – this is a totally obvious but it also very correct. Getting at least some STEM folks to help lead law forward is really important for the future of this field. So kudos to Harvard for doing this – particularly because as they say in the NFL — this is a ‘copycat league.’
“School officials particularly hope to lure students interested in science, technology, engineering and math to the field of law, because advanced technical knowledge and skills are in demand. “It’s incredibly valuable to have your attorney understand the underlying biology or the underlying coding systems or the underlying physics that are driving the legal questions,” said Jessica Soban, associate dean for admissions and strategic initiatives.
It is worth noting that this quote frames the effort as working to develop lawyers for technology – which is the right way to sell this idea to a conservative (intelligent but not technically inclined) faculty.
The obvious flip side of this is that some subset of these same folks will also help champion technology (and innovation) for law itself. I would expect HLS to try to make some sort of play in this direction (but would need more folks with relevant technical skills on the core faculty) … perhaps they could consider a Joint Venture with that other academic institution in Cambridge ?
It was a great honor to deliver an address as part of the Legal Tech Lecture series at Bucerius Law School here in Hamburg, Germany. Bucerius Law School was rated the number one law school in Germany by CHE-University ranking.
It was a pleasure to give a half day workshop to Law Firm Leaders from across Central America and South America as part of the IE Law Executive Education Program here in Miami. Thanks to all of the participants!
I am honored to be Elected as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. The College includes legal technologists, law firm leaders, corporate counsel, etc. I am looking forward to joining many friends and colleagues who are members of the college …