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Lawyering in the 21st Century: How to succeed through innovation

LexisNexis Canada & Legal Innovation Zone

Monday, 15 May 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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LexisNexis Canada and the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University are hosting a one-day interactive summit which will feature first-hand stories of innovation and transformation in law firms and legal departments. Participate in workshops tailored to develop specific skills to drive change in your business. Be inspired by global leaders who successfully implemented innovation in their organizations. 

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This program contains 4 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 2 Substantive Hours. LexisNexis Canada has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of  Upper Canada.


Who Should Attend?

Lawyering in the 21st Century is for lawyers interested in leading in the new age of the consumer. Whether you are In-House Counsel, a Managing/Senior Partner or a Sole Practitioner, you will benefit from acquiring practical skills to implement innovation and drive positive change in your organization, regardless of its size – from start-ups to global corporations.



08:00 – 08:45 Registration & Light Breakfast

08:45 – 09:15 Welcome and Overview

09:15 – 10:00 Keynote I: Ben Heineman Jr. - The Inside Counsel Revolution: The changing role of the global general counsel. 

In the past 25 years, there has been a revolution in the legal profession. General Counsel and other inside lawyers have risen in quality, responsibility, power and status. Once second class citizens in corporations and the profession at large, they have become core members of top corporate management, equal in importance to the Chief Financial Officer and the finance function. Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. led that revolution in his nearly 20 years as the head lawyer at GE. He will describe the essence of that transformation and the modern role of inside counsel, including the key functions, relationships, issues, problems and dilemmas, and will argue for the role of inside counsel as lawyer-statesman, motivated not just by the desire for income, but by broader values of integrity and corporate citizenship.


10:00 – 10:20 Networking Break 

10:20-11:50 Workshop I: Law by Design: Margaret Hagan - A movement to make the law more accessible, more usable, and more engaging.

We all know that legal organizations need to be “innovating,” but how can that actually be achieved? How do we get from speculative talk to action and implementation?

Design holds promise in this area. Design helps you scout ripe areas for creating new services and products. It gives you a structured process to follow, to ensure you are developing something that your audience will use and value. And it prevents innovation efforts from falling prey to the main causes of failure: either getting stuck in around-the-table discussion or becoming the “big idea” that ends up as an expensive flop.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn what “design thinking” means in practice, and how it can be applied to legal services. We will spotlight existing projects and applications that have come out of this approach, and participants will depart with a valuable new toolset to use when exploring opportunities for innovation and developing initiatives.


11:50-12:50 Lunch

12:50-1:35 Keynote II: Zev J.Eigen - Turning Big Data into Big Insights.

Zev Eigen is a leading innovator in the application of artificial intelligence (“machine learning”) algorithms, econometrics and statistics to legal decision making. Discover how to drive profitability with data and related insights. Find out how Big Data will help you get - and stay - ahead of the evolving legal landscape.


1:35-2:00 Networking Break

2:00-3:30 Workshop II: Carla Goldstein - The Lean Approach to Law: Innovating legal process management.

The Lean methodology was first explored by Henry Ford and then brought back into focus by Toyota to create a more efficient process for the manufacturing of their cars. It wasn’t until 2005, when the law firm, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, looked at Lean Six Sigma as an possible approach to be followed to deliver their legal services more efficiently, more aligned with the value expected by the client and for a price that is predictable and matched their client’s goals and objectives.

We will provide you with an overview of the Lean methodology and the most relevant tools for use with the delivery of legal services. The majority of the workshop will be hands on exercises for you to experience, in real time, how the tools work and how they can be applied to any area of practice. We intend for you to leave with an implementation plan made up of manageable first steps, so when you get back to your desk at work you can start to put your plan into action.


3:30-4:30 Keynote III: Cheryl Cran - The Future Of Work Is Now - Embracing Innovation In The Legal Industry.

The future of work is fast upon the legal industry, technology change, leadership approaches are changing, generations are impacting the workplace and there is disruption happening in industries globally. The future of work needs leaders who have an ‘upgraded operating system’ the way they think/do/share. The future workplace will have a very different culture and will require everyone to be innovative, creative and flexible. In this closing keynote, Cheryl Cran will provide inspiration, ideas and examples of companies who are future of work ready and how we can learn from them to enhance our practices.


4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks

4:45-6:00 Cocktails at JOEY Eaton Centre


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LexisNexis Canada

Andrea Hesse


Legal Innovation Zone

Vanessa Francone




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Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

Monday, 15 May 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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