The 2018 Emerging Legal Technology Forum Improving Plurality, Participation and Privacy Across the Profession

Event Details

Sep 26, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Toronto, ON

$395 USD

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For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700

The Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, in association with Law Made, is pleased to present the 2018 Emerging Legal Technology Forum on September 26, 2018 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.

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Special Offers

Group discounts available. Call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

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

  • Legal Practitioners
  • Law Firm COOs
  • Law Firm CIOs
  • Law Firm Knowledge Management Professionals
  • Law Firm Innovation Leads
  • Law Firm Business Development Leads
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Legal Technology Consultants
  • Legal Change Consultants
  • Event Details

    Wednesday, Sep 26

    8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:15 AM
    Embracing Technophobia: Training Technologically Competent Lawyers

    Much has been said about the practical and ethical motivations behind the duty of technology competence for lawyers. Now, more than ever, clients expect legal counsel to demonstrate proficiency across a wide swath of technologies capable of transforming legal practice and offering greater overall value to a given engagement. Yet, for all the talk of duty and expectations, less attention is paid to how law firms and corporates actually train their legal talent, whether at the associate or partner level. This opening session examines best practices in how legal employers are addressing challenges around compensation systems and professional development in today’s legal market. What role do supervising attorneys and senior management play in promoting a healthy balance of proficiency, practicality, and productivity?

    10:15 AM
    10:30 AM
    The Flipside of Failure: Case Studies in Legal Innovation (Breakout)

    Failure can be a powerful tool for those willing to wholly embrace it. For an industry notoriously risk-averse, “failing” can be a bitter pill to swallow, even if losing the proverbial battle means finding a better way to win the war. This breakout consists of three presentations outlining significant projects that initially fell flat, but were ultimately deemed a success. Our presenters will share powerful insights into how failing fast (if not often) proved truly transformative for the business.

    A Plurality of Voices: Recruiting & Retaining Minorities in Legal Tech (Breakout)

    Many across the profession continue to beat the drum around diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) in the law. Indeed, thanks to landmark decisions by influential clients such as HP or MetLife, law firms are acutely aware that simply paying lip service to D&I is no longer enough in a market rife with competition. For women and minorities in legal tech, the lack of diversity within their craft is also of great concern. What challenges must diverse professionals overcome in their pursuit of professional parity? What solutions are being actively championed by D&I advocates in legal tech?

    11:30 AM
    11:45 AM
    Crossing Borders: Managing Data Across Jurisdictions (Breakout)

    In a globalized business environment, law firms and their clients routinely leverage data spanning geographic or jurisdictional boundaries. Yet, thanks to ongoing political drama, and increasingly marked shifts around (inter)national (de)regulation and technology, the ability of law firms and corporate law departments to effectively manage data has proven far more arduous than expected. This conversation provides a rigorous take on best practices in interdepartmental, transnational, or trans-jurisdictional data governance across the profession. Our veteran panel will share case studies and lessons learned throughout their distinguished careers.

    Patricia Kosseim, Counsel, Privacy & Data Management and Co-Lead, Access Privacy, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

    Reliable Sources: Automation and Innovation Around Data Hygenics & Extraction (Breakout)

    As data analytics capabilities continue to mature, concerns over data quality and the extraction of actionable intelligence are recurring issues for law firms and corporate clientele. Without the ability to properly maintain or leverage internal resources, law firms and their clients would be highly pressed to pursue new business, deliver quality legal service, or become trusted business advisors—core competencies in an era where brand and personal relationships carry tremendous weight. What are some of North America’s most sophisticated legal service providers doing to ensure the health of their in-house data? What tactical approaches can IT or data professionals utilize when asked to harvest and maintain a data warehouse?

    12:45 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:45 PM
    Building Bridges: Assessing Collaborative Gains in Law Firm Start-Up Partnerships

    In recent years, law firms have spent significant capital catering to or investing in vibrant business startup communities. Whether in Silicon Valley or downtown Toronto, law firms act as incubators and catalysts for accelerating a new wave of promising businesses that purport to be the next big thing. This panel offers a comprehensive dive into some of the remarkable ways leading legal services providers are supporting startups through technological and infrastructural innovation.

    2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
    3:00 PM
    A Road Less Traveled: Security, Standardization and Strategic Transitioning to the Cloud

    An intriguing takeaway from the 2017 ILTA Technology Survey was that 77% of survey respondents with “70 or more attorneys” planned to amplify their organization’s cloud technology investment in 2018. Considering how, not five years earlier, many firms were reluctant to explore this technology (whether due to privacy, reliability or organizational concerns), these latest survey findings underscore a striking shift in how law firms and their clients are leveraging the cloud to offer more agility and accessibility on demand. This closing conversation explores the growing sophistication of cloud technology, along with case studies on how some of the industry’s leading organizations are spearheading efforts to improve legal service delivery across the enterprise.

    4:00 PM
    Networking Reception

    Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we reflect on today’s discussions.


    The Thomson Reuters Toronto Customer Centre

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre
    Bay Adelaide West, Floor 29
    333 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2

    Room Block Details

    We have reserved a block of guest rooms at the nearby Adelaide Hotel Toronto. For reservations at the group rate of $425CAD/night plus taxes, please contact the hotel directly at 416.306.5800 and reference the “Thomson Reuters Emerging Legal Technology Forum” Room Block. The cut-off date for guest room reservations at the group rate is Monday, August 27, 2018. Rooms are subject to availability. For assistance with guest room reservations, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at

    The Adelaide Hotel Toronto
    325 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5H 4G3

    *The Adelaide Hotel is located within convenient walking distance of the Thomson Reuters Office (less than 1 block away).

    *Please note The Adelaide Hotel will be finishing up some minor renovations to the lobby and restaurant during our event dates. Both will be relocated to the 9th Floor during this time.

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    The Adelaide Hotel Toronto


    The Omni King Edward Hotel


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