The Age of Digital Disruption:
The Role of the Modern Lawyer and Integrating Technology in Legal Education

15 March 2021

“The great growling engine of change:  technology”- Alvin Toffler

Technology if utilised to one’s benefit, unlocks a world of opportunity for the global and savvy lawyer to tap into new markets for legal services, by significantly enhancing quality and efficiencies at reduced costs (and thereby increase access to legal services), technology can be harnessed to disrupt and transform the legal system.

FT Legal at Legal Next Conference 2021 

Our Tara Frater, Principal of FT Legal was invited to participate as a panelist speaker in a plenary session at the inaugural Legal Next Conference hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, held on 06 March 2021.  Other participants included Sonia Katyal Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and representatives from Ryerson Law, McCarthy Tétrault, and Clifford Chance amongst others.  The conference welcomed approximately 1,000 academics and industry professionals as they discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the legal profession and showcased innovations aimed at addressing key questions.

In particular, participants critically discussed the role of technology in legal education and legal practice,  explored critical issues and opportunities facing the profession, including the promise of artificial intelligence and other technologies; threats to cybersecurity and data privacy; the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for technological transformation, enhancing access to justice; and emerging diverse pathways in legal innovation.

We at FT Legal welcomed the opportunity to participate in thought leadership around these very relevant issues.  Further information about the speakers and conference may be found here:

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