The legal industry is changing but to what, for whom, where, why and how? Join us each month to learn about the next best practices in legal practice and how it applies to your firm or organisation. Learn from the people who are “walking the talk.” Hear what they are doing and what has driven them to do things differently for their clients, their people, their organisations and themselves and, how they measure and learn from success and failure. We’re going to get candid, super practical and yes, we’re going to get legally innovative too!
Episode 91 - The Innovation4Justice Lab – Creating change through legal education and multidisciplinary collaboration
We often think about legal innovation and legal education as being separate and distinct but, what if they weren’t? What if students, not just law students, could pursue their passion for change in a way that led to more people, in more places, having access to justice?
That’s the question that the Innovation4Justice (I4J) Lab asked and is answering today.
Our guest for this podcast is Stacy Butler, the Director of the I4J Program. Stacy has a deep history in community advocacy and expanding the reach of civil legal services for under-represented populations. It’s that experience, her passion and drive, that led to the establishment of the I4J Lab and, is evident in all the amazing I4J Lab team members and those with whom they collaborate too. The I4J Lab is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, staff, students, the legal ecosystem, many other industries, and communities.
It focuses on creating tools that provide empirical data where that’s been missing in policy formation/deployment and, solutions that enhance access to justice through user centred design and implementation. The I4J Lab is producing outcomes that make a difference. It’s also creating frameworks, models and adopting different ways to solve complex problems in a holistic way. Because the work is also scalable, it has practical application for the entire legal system and marketplace.
There are elements of this work that are familiar but, there are many others that are new, and some would not have even been possible until quite recently.
Thanks so much for the outstanding work you and the team at the I4J Lab are doing, Stacy – walking the talk and making a difference – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Episode 90 - Automation Mini Series – Episode 5: They all just look like tools to me – How to choose a solution
In this podcast, the fifth episode of seven in CLI’s Digital Literacy Series: Automation Mini Series, Gene Turner, Managing Director of legal automation specialists LawHawk shared his experience working initially as a lawyer and now in his own automation/tech solutions focused consultancy about how to choose the right automation solution for a legal practice.
In this session, building on the first four sessions in the series, Gene discussed key considerations including:
What you need to do to start and when you need to end your automation journey What to consider when identifying the type of automation solution you need How to leverage solutions you already have available What you need to consider for business continuity and security Identifying users and why it’s important to craft a user friendly solution What the solution should look like - P2P or E2E - and what customisations might be needed too The importance of training and ongoing support What to think about if you need to migrate information Document automation and workflow specifics This mini series brings together a unique collaboration of leading legal automation specialists who address a number of different but related topics in legal automation. You’ll find details about the mini series here.
Episode 89 - Automation Mini Series – Episode 4: Building a Business Case for Legal Automation
In this podcast, the fourth episode of seven in CLI’s Digital Literacy Series: Automation Mini Series, Evan Wong, CEO and Co-founder, Checkbox and his guest presenter Alex Rosenrauch, Manager, PwC NewLaw discussed building a business case for legal automation.
Getting budget for legal technology is notoriously difficult and is often a breaking point in a legal team's quest to improve the way they work and deliver legal services to the business. The key is knowing how to build an effective business case.
Topics covered in the session included:
how to properly frame and communicate the value of legal automation; how to structure and present a winning business case; and how to handle common objections and pushback to new investments in automation. This mini series brings together a unique collaboration of leading legal automation specialists who address a number of different but related topics in legal automation. You’ll find details about the mini series here.
If you would prefer to watch rather than listen to this episode, you’ll find the video in our CLI-Collaborate (CLIC) free resource hub here.
Episode 88 - How to select your innovation project
In this podcast, Caryn Sandler, Partner + Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer at Gilbert + Tobin, shared her significant experience in taking numerous legal innovation projects from conception through to implementation and, everything in between!
Topics covered included:
Guiding your projects with an innovation pipeline How do ideas enter your innovation pipeline? Managing your innovation pipeline with guardrails to keep you on track; and Prioritising the right projects through your innovation pipeline. If you would prefer to watch rather than listen to this session, you’ll find the video in our CLI-Collaborate (CLIC) free resource hub here.
Episode 87 - From alternative to mainstream legal careers in innovation & legaltech at Addleshaw Goddard (UK)
Alternative legal careers in innovation and legaltech – are they still alternative or have they become mainstream? And how, if at all, is the evolution of new and different career opportunities reflecting a permanent change to the business and practice of law?
In this podcast, we explored these questions and many more with our guest Kerry Westland, a Partner with Addleshaw Goddard in the UK and the lead for its Innovation and Legaltech function.
Addleshaw Goddard have been doing some amazing things in the careers in innovation and legaltech space, not least of which is its recently launched Innovation & Legal Technology Graduate Scheme, we chatted about that too.
Topics discussed included:
The new BAU in law firms – what it is and what it isn’t The new, different and emerging role of multidisciplinary teams in legal practice The role and career path of Legal Technologists at Addleshaw Goddard How and why the Addleshaw Goddard Innovation & Legal Technology Graduate Scheme is breaking new ground The new war for legal talent – it’s not just about lawyers anymore! How new mindsets are supporting the development of new capabilities and an innovation focussed culture in contemporary law firms How legaltech and innovation continue to reshape the practice of law in the UK Thank you Kerry for an amazing discussion and congrats again on the launch of the Innovation & Legal Technology Graduate Scheme – fabulous!
Episode 86 - Women Legalpreneurs SIG Series – How to choose the right tech for your new digital legal business
In this podcast, a session in our Women Legalpreneurs Special Interest Group 2021/22 series, Terri Mottershead, Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia- Pacific) facilitated a panel discussion that explored all things tech for digital legal businesses!
This super practical and candid session started by exploring if you need tech at all, then moved on to discuss questions you should ask of vendors; how to make the best choices for your law firm or in-house legal department or consultancy; how you should approach tech purchases from identifying the right requirements through to connecting new tech with legacy tech, your systems, your business strategy and, managing the change management piece in all of this too!
Terri was joined by a unique panel of legal, tech and knowledge practitioners and gurus from law firms, in-house, tech and legal consultancies:
Sylvia Hands, Head of Legal, Medibank Private Ltd Katherine King, Chief Executive Officer/Dazychain Co-Founder, Yarris Technologies Fiona McLay, Principal Lawyer & Consultant, McLay Legal and CLI Legalpreneurs Lab Geeky Guru Nikki Shaver, Co-founder, Legaltech Hub If you would prefer to watch rather than listen to this session, you’ll find the video in our CLI-Collaborate (CLIC) free resource hub here.
Dr Katherine King (Dazychain), The 5 steps to choosing legal tech is available here.
Reinvent Legal Business Series: Getting Started with Legal Tech Projects is available here Tech Talks: Tech tools that changed my legal world – Session one is available here Tech Talks: Tech tools that changed my legal world – Session two is available here For members of the Legalpreneurs Lab, don’t forget Fiona is also a Geeky Guru and available to consult with you Nikki Shaver, Legal Techy Tuesday Series: Global Developments in Legal Technology with Legaltech Hub is available to Watch Here and Listen Here
In-house lawyers might like to connect with the Legal Technology and Innovation Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.