LEI/Stanford Emerging Legal Tech Forum

The one-day Forum is designed for all those who lead law practices—including law firms, law departments, practice groups, and other groups of lawyers—and who want to know more about how technology can help them.

It will provide a thorough, specific, and pragmatic briefing on the methods by which technology enables lawyers to improve the way they practice law. This is not technology as information management. It is technology as a new member of the legal team. As a collaborator.

Nor is this just about cutting costs. It is about unleashing the power of technology to enhance what lawyers can do for their clients.

The Forum is a collaboration among the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), and Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute. It will bring Stanford’s unique perspective on how technology and the law intersect. That perspective will be reflected throughout the sessions, with many of the presenters drawn from Stanford faculty and the leadership of Stanford’s technology-related initiatives. Roland Vogl, Executive Director of Stanford’s Program on Law, Science, and Technology; Mark Chandler, General Counsel of Cisco Systems; and I will co-chair the program. Mark and I both serve on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession.

The Forum sessions will be concrete and practical. Each one will focus on a particular facet of how technology can and will impact the delivery of legal service. Each panel will consist of people presently incorporating technology into law practice in significant ways.

Each session will include opportunities for questions from and discussion with the audience.

Here’s an overview of the sessions:

Stanford Law professor Phil Malone and I will open the program with an overview of the promise of technology to enhance the quality and cost of legal service. Among other topics, we’ll talk about why technology’s impact is inevitable, how technology and lawyers will work together going forward, and how professionalism and rewarding careers can flourish in a technology-enabled practice.

Roland Vogl will then lead a panel that will explore current examples of law practices being transformed by technology. Other panelists will include Jim Yoon, a practice development leader of Wilson Sonsini’s patent trial and litigation practice; Stephen Poor, Chair of Seyfarth; and Daniel Lewis, co-founder of Ravel Law. Roland, as the leader of CodeX, will share his perspective on the state of legal tech start-ups and their current integration into law practice. The panelists, each of whom is a market leader in incorporating technology into law practice, will all share how and why technology enables enhanced client service.

Next, Cisco’s Mark Chandler will lead a panel on a very important example of technology’s impact on law: contract automation. Technology now has the capacity to manage and draft increasingly complex legal documents. This panel will talk about what technology now enables specifically with contract automation and will examine the implications for transforming transactional practice more broadly. Other panelists will include Bruce Sewell, General Counsel of Apple, and Kingsley Martin, President and CEO of KM Standards.

The fourth session will be a case study in design and the law. Stanford’s Center on the Legal Profession is partnering with Stanford’s Design School to take on specific projects to redesign the delivery of legal service. All of the projects incorporate technology, together with other disciplines. Margaret Hagan, the leader of this design initiative, will be joined by Fred Leichter, from Fidelity Investments, to discuss a design project Stanford did with Fidelity.

The final session with focus on big data and the power of data analytics. I will lead a panel on how data analytics enables lawyers to distill game-changing learning from massive data sets. Beyond researching the data faster and cheaper, data analytics reveals findings that would not have been possible using conventional methods. Panelists will include Josh Becker, CEO of Lex Machina; Miriam Rivera, Managing Partner of Ulu Ventures; former Deputy General Counsel of Google; and Stanford Law Professor Michael Klausner.

This is going to be a very lively and informative Forum on the current and future impact of technology on the practice of law.