Forgive the self-serving post, but I thought some readers might be interested in Suffolk University Law School's new Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.
The Institute launches next Thursday, April 18th, at 4:00, with a program featuring Richard Susskind and a terrific panel consisting of Jordan Furlong (partner at Edge International Consulting and an advisor to North American law firms on the changing legal marketplace), Krish Gupta (Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at EMC), and Regina Pisa (Chairman of Goodwin Procter). (I am moderating the panel and am the Institute’s inaugural director.)
The Institute was created to study how technology is transforming law practice and creating new challenges and opportunities for lawyers in every practice setting. The Institute will offer programs, classes, and other information for lawyers, law students, and legal industry professionals who want to learn more about the ways in which technology is changing the delivery of legal and law-related services. For example, the Law School offered a new class this fall by legal tech pioneer Marc Lauritsen called Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines, and we hope to offer additional such classes, including one by Jordan Furlong, in the near future. (This story highlights one of our students who is already making good use of this new kind of training.)
The Institute is not just offering programs on technology’s transformation of law practice; it's also using that technology in new (though admittedly modest) ways. For example, the Institute created this “Massachusetts Litigation App,” which pulls together a variety of state and federal legal resources for easy access on the fly. (Give the app a look on a mobile device.) I also applied for – and won – an opportunity to be an early adopter of Google Glass, an exciting new wearable technology. I hope to try it out in the classroom and explore how students and lawyers might use it in practice. (The links take you to my "applications," which had to be no more than 50 words and 15 seconds worth of video. In other words, they are short!)