The future of law tops the agenda

Lawyers spoke about the changing law field at ReInvent Law London last week with a wealth of ideas coming to the fore.

On Friday, lawyers from around the world gathered in London to discuss the future of law. Rawpixel

Nothing is set in stone - not even law. On Friday, lawyers from around the globe gathered at the University of Westminster Law School for ReInvent Law London 2014, a conference that promotes innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in the legal industrsy, according to the ReInvent Law London website.The ReInvent Law Laboratory at Michigan State University College of Law has held five conferences so far in London, Dubai, Silicon Valley and New York City. Speakers came from more than nine countries to speak of ways to change the legal industry, including changes in technology, workplace environment and even attitude. More than 30 speakers spoke about their changes in modern law, each having something to say about what needs to happen for law to continually improve as society modernizes and develops. 


One speaker,  Kanan Dhru, Founder of Research Foundation for Governance in India spoke about 'lawtoons'-- cartoons that educate children on the laws and rights of people living in India. Dana Denis-Smith, CEO of Obelisk, discussed  the movement of law to online by comparing it to online dating. She mentioned the fact that today, one in four marriages is a result of online dating -- and law that should adopt this kind of change. Ms Smith talked about clients setting the criteria they want online -- like they would for online dating -- so they can find a lawyer that best suits their legal needs.

Other speakers discussed the importance of technology in modern law, including online litigation, social media accounts and data disputes, while others spoke of project management and ethical issues in the legal realm.

Another speakler, Katrina Brundage, spoke of data being a 'big deal' for lawyers, for it assists in case prediction, litigation, strategy and other legal tactics. 

Data analytics

Ms Brundage, Executive Liaison to the Law School at Michigan State University, explained that using data analytics can assist in legal advertising. She talked about a bride-to-be planning her wedding, adding that most of the planning will be online. While planning a wedding may not seem like it requires legal consultation, Ms Brundage expanded on the fact that lawyers can assist with weddings by dealing with getting a wedding license, changing last names and signing prenuptial agreements. And the way to do this is through legal advertising -- when a bride-to-be searches something in relation to planning a wedding, data analytics can advertiser for the legal side of marriage. 'We, as lawyers, need to be a part of the movement,' Ms Brundage said.

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