SCL Legal Tech Online Conference - Thursday 13 January 2022 from 10 am

When: 13/01/2022

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This event, co-organised by Dr Rónán Kennedy of the School of Law, NUI Galway and Nap Keeling of Ken Kennedy Solicitors, will bring together key innovators to share knowledge, experience, and new ideas. It is aimed at practitioners, ICT specialists, and students.

When: Thursday 13 January 2022
Online - a joining link will be sent to you before the event.
Fees: Euros: €75 and €25 for academics and students / Pounds Sterling: £64 + VAT and £21 + VAT for academics and students. Please email to make your booking.

Please note: Due to the current public health situation - this Conference will take place online only. Sessions will also be recorded and available to those who sign up for the Conference after the event.

Information and communications technology (ICT) is enabling new models and approaches to legal practice. It has been an important driver of change in legal research and daily practice for decades. Video-conferencing and remote hearings were an important part of the responses of the courts and the legal profession to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that experience may create long-term change. The deployment of tools such as machine learning may radically transform this field in the next five to ten years, creating new opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs. There is an urgent need to explore what this means for Irish legal practice, legal education, and career opportunities.

There is clearly change afoot in the Irish legal services market, with courts authorising the use of e-discovery, experimenting with document display technology, and developing new user-friendly websites. Some practitioners are enthusiastically adopting or inventing new tools. Software start-ups are targeting lawyers as a distinct market segment. Adopting “lawtech” is becoming a competitive advantage and a mark of best practice.

The hype in the headlines around machine learning and so-called “artificial intelligence” is well-known: robots will replace lawyers (and even judges), everything will be bought and sold on the blockchain, and the traditional legal career is dead. This event will seek to explore the realities of what is happening in the Irish legal service market, whether those predictions are likely to come true, and how Ireland might differ from other jurisdictions. It will cut through the hype and ask critical questions about whether the technology can and does deliver, what difference it is making in practice, and how it could be applied for better outcomes for all.

In order to encourage discussion and debate, the conference will involve moderated discussion rather than the delivery of prepared papers. Each panel will be led by a facilitator, who will guide the panelists through a series of relevant questions and enable contributions from the audience. The event will also involve opportunities for networking.

This event, co-organised by Dr Rónán Kennedy of the School of Law, NUI Galway and Nap Keeling of Ken Kennedy Solicitors, will bring together key innovators to share knowledge, experience, and new ideas. It is aimed at practitioners, ICT specialists, and students. Three points of CPD certification will be provided.

10.00 - 10.05: Opening - Andreas Carney, Pinsent Masons

10.05 - 10.20: Keynote - Mr Justice Frank Clarke, former Chief Justice of Ireland

10.25 - 11.05: Panel 1 - The Courts & LawTech

Facilitator: Nap Keeling, Ken Kennedy Solicitors

  • Karyn Harty, McCann Fitzgerald
  • The Hon Mr Justice Garrett Simons, High Court of Ireland
  • Owen Harrison, Courts Service

11.10 - 11.50: Panel 2 - Legal Transactions & LawTech
Facilitator: Dr Rónán Kennedy, NUI Galway

  • Gerard Brady, Irish Water
  • Tara Doyle, Matheson
  • Lory Kehoe, Trinity College Dublin

11.50 - 12.05 Break

12.10 - 12.50: Panel 3 - Access to Justice & LawTech
Facilitator: Alison Hough BL, Athlone IT

  • Mark Edwards, Rocket Lawyer
  • Gavin Sheridan, Vizlegal
  • Mark Tottenham BL, DECISIS

12.55 - 13:35: Panel 4 - Alternative Careers & LawTech
Facilitator: Dr David Cowan, Maynooth University

  • Sinéad Garnett, Johnson Hana
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Tech Law
  • Alex Kelly, Brightflag

The SCL Legal Tech Online Conference is sponsored by Matheson

Administration notes: The cost of attending this event in euros is €75 and €25 for academics and students - and in pounds sterling £64 + VAT and £21 + VAT for academics and students. To book please email and request an invoice stating which currency you would like to be invoiced.

Once you receive your invoice - fees can be paid by Mastercard, Visa (via a secure link on your invoice) or by bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this Conference must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the date of this event whichever is the earlier.

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Please note the booking terms and conditions which apply to all SCL online events: Application by email or over the phone constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the event attendance fee. As this event is taking place online and will be recorded for those unable to attend on the day - cancellations will not be accepted.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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