August 9, 2016

Thomson Reuters Sponsors Stanford Legal Design Lab Fellowship to Foster Legal Innovation

NEW YORK  Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets, today announced a new fellowship to support the Legal Design Lab at the Stanford Center for the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School. The one-year fellowship will support the Legal Design Lab’s innovative work in exploring concepts for novel approaches to the law and the delivery of legal services.

One goal of the fellowship will be to apply design and multidisciplinary thinking to re-imagine systems that envision new approaches to the dispute resolution ecosystem, including online and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, to make them more efficient and improve access to justice.   

“Legal design employs a user-centered approach to uncover new ways to solve problems,” said Margaret Hagan, who leads Stanford’s Legal Design Lab. “We’re looking forward to expanding our efforts to help encourage better services, relationships and collaborations in the legal world and developing new models for making legal services more user-friendly, efficient, accessible and engaging.”

“A fresh approach is often needed to enable dramatic improvements in the delivery of legal services,” said Charlotte Rushton, managing director of U.S. Large and Midsize Law Firms for Thomson Reuters and the legal business’ Innovation Champion. “In a relatively short period of time, the Legal Design Lab has become a leading hub for innovation in the law and the legal profession. We are excited to support the fellowship not only with funding, but also with access to mentoring, resources and networks. Partnering with the Legal Design Lab’s creative, interdisciplinary approach is a tremendous opportunity to reimagine possibilities for innovative design and technology in the practice of law.”

Thomson Reuters also partners with CodeX − The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics on programs such as FutureLaw 2016, and sponsors the LegalX Cluster at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. Thomson Reuters recently opened global data and innovation labs at Communitech in Waterloo, Ontario as well as in Boston, London, Zurich and Cape Town. “The Stanford Legal Design Lab fellowship is a natural extension of our exciting initiatives to seek out and support centers of innovative thinking around the globe to advance the legal profession,” said Rushton.

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