Opening remarks from Key Media
Opening remarks from Conference Chair
Tim Wilbur, Editor-In-Chief - Law at Key Media
Integrating tech into your daily practice – Practical ideas for using technology to work more efficiently
Getting trained to use new technologies is no longer enough. The session will discuss practical ways lawyers can better incorporate technology into their day to day tasks. It will also provide insights into what legaltech tools are most effective in achieving a more productive workflow, how to manage change in workflows and what technologies lawyers find most useful.
- Overcoming barriers and pain points to using new technology effectively
- Examples of successful transitions from smaller practices, larger firms and legal departments – what efficiencies were gained?
- What specific technologies are most practical to embrace for the less tech savvy legal professional?
Partner, Aird Berlis
Partner, Corman Feiner LLP
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Resolver
Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario
Doing more with less: Practical automation tools to maximize your firms efficiency and reduce overhead
Working in private practice or an inhouse legal department is increasingly complex and lawyers are under growing pressure from all sides. However, new innovations and advances in process automation are bringing multiple benefits and opportunities to reduce the time spent on mundane tasks and workflows. What are some of the latest automation tools legal professionals can incorporate to enhance their delivery of legal services?
Lawyer, Gluckstein Lawyers
Executive Director, Pro Bono Ontario
Smarter ways to work together – Collaboration and communication tools for taking your client engagement to the next level
Driven by the surge in mobile devices, social networking and remote working, the collaboration landscape has changed significantly. New communication platforms and tools can improve engagement, but also bring new risks. What are some of the practical ways lawyers can improve communications to satisfy the demands of increasingly tech savvy clients?
- Examine how lawyers are currently communicating and how your firm compares? Why is communicating increasingly complex?
- From the simple to the complex – knowing what tool is right for your practice or organization
- Protecting confidentiality and security in the digital era; practising smart cyber hygiene
Lawyer, Walker Law Professional Corporation
Barrister and Solicitor, Addison Cameron-Huff
Using the cloud – Advantages and risks lawyers need to know before they make the switch
Cloud technology is playing an increasingly important role for both law firms and in-house legal departments as it replaces the traditional 'client-server' application model. What are the benefits and risks of web-based solutions? How can this help better serve your clients and important business partners?
- What are the advantages and drawbacks of cloud-based solutions?
- Understand LSO Rules of Professional Conduct and how using the cloud impacts this
- Analyze key considerations for storing information on the cloud:
- Client consent
- User agreements
- Examine the safeguards and security risks for protecting client and internal information
- What model best aligns with your practices or organizations needs?
Partner, Torkin Manes LLP
Counsel, Professional Development, Law Society of Ontario
Change management – Why adoption often fails and how to improve buy-in
Whether in a large legal department or small legal practice, creating the right atmosphere for change is critical for the successful integration of any new technology. What drives success or failure? Why, at times, is the legal profession slow to embrace and adopt new technologies? What steps can you take to ensure success?
- Examine the psychology behind resistance to change and how to incentivise performance
- Understand the structural barriers to implementing change in the legal profession
- Creating buy-in – what has worked and what hasn’t? Small steps to achieve a better outcome
General Counsel, TVO
Using tech strategically to transform the relationship between law firms and in-house counsel
The traditional relationship between law firms and inhouse has changed significantly, driven by rising cost pressures and new operating models from legal providers. Collaboration is viewed as essential for sustaining critical relationships, driving value and improving business opportunities. As legal delivery changes, how can technology open up possibilities for reaching new clients?
- Trends impacting the inhouse/law firm relationship and how this has created opportunities for tech savvy law firms of all sizes
- Practical examples of how law firms are using tech to create efficiencies with partners and legal providers
- How can leveraging technology reduce workloads and allow firms to focus on value added services?
Legal Counsel, Shopify Inc.
Associate General Counsel, BMO Financial Group
Senior Innovation Lawyer, Norton Rose
Director, Education and Knowledge Integration, McCarthy Tetrault
Closing roundtable: A practical guide for choosing the right technology
The explosion of new legaltech applications has made identifying which technologies are best suited for your organization difficult and intimidating. High failure rates for adopting new technologies has made the decision process ever more critical. Identifying those applications that can provide the greatest ROI for your firm is critical for achieving improved effectiveness and delivering positive results. How do you ensure your tech choices are the right fit for your organization's needs?
- Key considerations and steps required before evaluating any technology
- What are the key success or failure factors that have influenced whether a technology has been adopted?
- Identify those critical questions you need to ask vendors as you evaluate various product offerings
- Understanding your partners or clients needs and how this influences your decision
Editor-in-chief – Law, Key Media
Counsel, Legal Technology and Process Improvement, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Founder, Oziel Law
Closing remarks from the Conference Chair
Tim Wilbur, Editor-In-Chief - Law at Key Media