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The 2021 Emerging Legal Technology Forum

Spurring Innovation and Adaptability

Thursday November 04, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has profoundly altered the pace and delivery of legal services today. Whether at law firms, corporate or government entities, or even “New Law” service providers, the critical role of data, technology, security, and artificial intelligence cannot be overstated, especially in our remote work society. This forum offers a comprehensive look at how a pandemic year has accelerated (or in some instances derailed) the ongoing industry disruption of the past several years. What projects or initiatives are business and technology leaders prioritizing in a world struggling to regain momentum? What lessons has a year (or two) in quarantine taught us about technological investments and implementation going forward? And are law firms and corporate or government entities truly equipped to handle the demands of a new work environment?

Please join us for an important and comprehensive exploration of these and other strategic conversations.

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Event Details

Boston, MA

$495 USD

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Why You Should Attend

  • Unlike similar events that emphasize style over substance, our program offers depth and nuance as part of its commitment to industry-leading content and professional education
  • Our program offers a compelling blend of established, diverse and emerging voices from corporate legal departments, law firms, and industry start-ups at the fore of technological innovation
  • Participants will gain practical insights for strategic implementation within their respective organizations

Who Should Attend

  • In-house and law firm legal practitioners & legal operations professionals
  • Law firm executive committee members
  • Information, technology, and security leaders
  • Senior knowledge management professionals
  • Firm innovation leads
  • Technology consultants
  • Legal change agents

Chair(s) and Faculty

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Event agenda

(all times local)

Thursday November 04, 2021

8:00 AM ET Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM ET Opening Remarks
9:15 AM ET A New Order: Legal Tech and the Reality of Post-Pandemic Service Delivery

Necessity is the mother of innovation and law firms and corporate legal departments faced significant headwinds throughout 2020. Indeed, once regarded (by some) as a nuanced luxury, legal tech is now seen as a vital necessity for business in the current climate. This engaging discussion assesses the impact of legal technology innovation spurred by pandemic-related challenges. Key conversation points include:


  • COVID era client feedback and evolving needs (courtesy of Acritas Star Performers data)
  • Measuring the value of new, pandemic-spurred legal tech innovations
  • Adapting operating models and assessing talent needs
  • Future outlook on legal technology and innovation
10:30 AM ET Morning Break
10:45 AM ET Reexamining Technological Spend in a Time of Volatility: Is Technology Investment the Answer? (Breakout)

The financial impact of the pandemic across industries, including legal services, cannot be underscored enough. For law firms in particular, positive year-end financials, following a period of fiscal austerity, raise intriguing questions in a post-pandemic landscape where tightening purse strings and modest legal spend appear par for the course. This discussion closely examines the specific challenges facing law firms and corporate clientele asked to do more with less. Key discussion points include:


  • Determining your value drivers
  • Measuring and quantifying the ROI on technology spend
  • How to effectively validate the value of newly emerging technologies
  • Exploring and weighing the value of ALSPs (Alternative Legal Service Providers)
  • Talent strategy and considerations
Critical Resources: Recalibrating COVID-Era Workflow & Knowledge Management Capabilities (Breakout)

COVID-19 underscored the importance of digital research resources and efficient workflow platforms for legal services professionals. Indeed, but for the diligence and critical planning of librarians and knowledge management professionals, the inability of colleagues to enjoy 24/7 access to legal research and automated workflow tools would have had unenviable consequences for the business. Now, with the return-to-office movement well underway, an increased emphasis on KM capabilities and optimized workflow is forcing firms to revisit—or in some instances embrace—design thinking principles well beyond a simple tabletop exercise. This session solicits practical guidance from firms (pro)actively (re)assessing enterprise workflow. What strategies exist for firms and departments navigating stranger tides? What lessons has the pandemic taught organizational and operational leaders about the future of legal work?

12:00 PM ET Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM ET AI, Ethics and the Human Element: Elevating the Role of Legal Services Professionals through Artificial Intelligence

Theories abound over the role of ethics in AI and machine learning. Yet, for many, the practical application of AI “ethical” standards remains elusive or obscure. This session, hosted by the Thomson Reuters Labs, explores why, where, and how the set of values and principles driving moral conduct in AI is transforming modern business. Our presenters will review critical concepts such as explainability, trustworthiness, bias detection and mitigation, and the current regulatory landscape for governing the ethical development and adoption of AI solutions. Attendees will depart with a clear understanding of:


  • Major headwinds and issues within the legal industry
  • Best practices for supporting ethical AI in large and small organizations
2:00 PM ET Break
2:15 PM ET Broad Horizons: Risk, Regulation & Reward in the Evolving Blockchain Landscape

The continued maturation and evolution of blockchain technology holds profound ramifications for the legal profession. Whether in central banks, consumer markets, or cloistered government chambers, scrutiny over blockchain and its lucrative (if risky) derivatives continues to stoke a perfect storm of opportunity and apprehension for in-house and outside counsel. This conversation offers a timely update on key trends and developments impacting our global business environment. At a time when concerns over illicit and decentralized finance comingle with investor enthusiasm for Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and NFTs, are lawyers and compliance professionals poised to handle the wave of things may come?

3:15 PM ET Break
3:30 PM ET Dark Tidings: Business Disruption and Third-Party Risk Management in the Wake of the Pandemic (Breakout)

External partners and third-party providers are key cogs for a successful business. The past twenty months have underscored not only the intrinsic value of these trusted business relationships, but also the inherent degree of third-party risk each partnership contains therein. This session offers a timely dive into how law firms and corporate legal departments are addressing a new spate of threats from outside their organizational walls. Key talking points include:


  • Third-party risk management, due diligence, and supplier challenges
  • New technological opportunities and use cases for legal and business professionals
  • Regulatory developments in the post-pandemic environment
  • People and evolving talent skill sets for effective risk management
Leading by Design: Examining AI-Assisted Recruiting in Legal Services (Breakout)

With the battle for talent in legal services entering a new era of competition, AI-assisted recruiting is helping preeminent law firms and corporate legal departments pull ahead of the proverbial pack. Indeed, thanks to technology, the talent recruitment process is now drastically reduced, allowing hiring managers and HR professionals more time to focus on high-quality applicants, more meaningful and instructive conversations, as well as an improved overall recruitment experience. This discussion explores the cost, opportunities, and return on investment of talent acquisition technologies today. Will the growing popularity of AI-assisted recruiting help accelerate inclusive and sustainable practices across the legal profession?

4:30 PM ET Networking Reception

Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the day’s proceedings.

Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

Please be advised, we are exploring a potential conference room block for out of town guests and shall update this page with details.

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