October 19, 2017 | Halifax, Canada

Thomson Reuters and Law Made, are pleased to present the 2017 Emerging Legal Technology Forum Road Shows.  We’re bringing some of the key learning and highlights from the September 21, 2017 Emerging Technology Event to cities across Canada.

Each city will be unique and bring together local industry change leaders and practitioners for an interactive and provocative morning session on innovations in legal technology and how that is changing the profession.

The Halifax event will take place on October 19, 2017 at the Harbourfront Marriott


Draft Agenda

8:00-8:30           Registration, buffet breakfast, networking at round tables

8:30-9:00           The State of the Legal Tech Industry

Law Made and TR jointly present an overview of the state of development of the industry.   Share the current landscape of legal tech, and some of the specific insights gained at the September 21st Toronto Emerging Legal Technology event.  

9:00-10:00          Discussion with local innovators

How can we improve the ‘user experience’ of the legal system? How can we build a culture of experimentation to reimagine how we work and deliver services? Design Thinking is a method and way of thinking that is human-centred — and is increasingly becoming an expectation in the legal services industry. Building on the service redesign concepts from IDEO and Stanford’s d.school as translated through Margaret Hagen’s work — the conversation — and outputs of legal aim to be more user centred.

Paul Saunders, Practice Innovation Partner, Stewart McKelvey

Paul is Stewart McKelvey’s first Practice Innovation Partner. Paul partners with lawyers and staff, both internal and external to the firm, to develop new tools and processes to solve the challenges they face. Paul’s work, and that of his team in the firm’s Practice Innovation Department, results in streamlined processes, reduced costs, and increased profitability. Using his background in IT and innovative approach to the practice of law, Paul applies his technical skills to offer clients greater efficiencies. He does so by leveraging cutting edge technologies and creative problem solving to maximize client value while minimizing costs and waste.

Jennelle Sobey, Code + Mortar

Code + Mortar aims to work with clients on innovation, helping them conceive new products, build them, and take them to market. They’ve done so successfully across a number of verticals, including legal, as evidenced by their by helping a major firm reimagine presentation of content and knowledge to provide a map of the legal industry, as well as substantive legal information in a densely rich digital environment.

Scott Pickup, Corporate Counsel, Irving Shipbuilding

The inhouse perspective is key for a variety of reasons, not least of which — they are usually the end client for legal services. However, as legal operations grows as a professional discipline, elements of design thinking come into play as the department needs to figure out how to wire together the best uses of people, process and technology in a resource constrained, but regulatory and information dense environment. Workflow, readability, user experience and design — this group needs to balance the needs of lawyers and the business constituents and stakeholders.

Christopher Fowles, Partner, Torys LLP

Chris leads the Torys Legal Services Centre in Halifax which supports lawyers across Torys offices with fully integrated and specialized expertise in essential corporate services, such as:
drafting and review of frequently recurring commercial documents; corporate reorganization implementation; due diligence; customary banking and security documentation; and more.

10:00-10:30        Questions and adjourn