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The ABA’s National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services

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Commission of Future of Legal ServicesCo-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and Stanford Law School, this national summit was designed to challenge thought leaders to find new ways to increase access to justice. Hosted by ABA President William Hubbard and co-chaired by the Honorable Jeremy Fogel and Professor Deborah Rhode, this invitation-only event featured some of the biggest names in law. From state supreme court justices and presidents of the NAACP to general counsels, founders and CEOs of major U.S. companies, there was much to learn and talk about.

ABA President William Hubbard

American Bar Association President William Hubbard

The speakers were well-prepared and the presentations, excellent. Although technology was addressed to solve many problems in the legal field, there was great focus on the gaps in justice. Whether it was the high cost of legal services, shocking statistics about pro-se clients, or disenfranchisement due to racism, what was learned was scary, necessary, and enlightening at the same time.

The following series of interviews recap many of the presentations made. Tune in to the hear some of the finest legal minds discuss issues like who is left behind in our legal system, the reluctance to innovate, and the importance of family and mentorship. Among the many who joined us on the air are, William Hubbard,
president of the ABA, Richard Barton, founder of Expedia, Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo, and Chief Judge Ann Aiken of U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

Podcast Interviews

 

Interview with ABA President William Hubbard

President Hubbard discusses the National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services and how it’s addressing the lack of civil justice for 80-85% of the U.S. population through thought leadership from regulators, lawyers, judges, professors, and technologists. You can learn more here: President William Hubbard at the 2015 ABA National Summit.

‘Programs that Bridge the Gap’

These interviews feature Professor Andrew Perlman, Shantelle Argyle, Dwight Smith, Judge Laurie White, Terri Mascherin, Chief Judge Ann Aiken, and Steven Crossland discussing different programs that are helping bring the law and justice to those who can’t afford it or otherwise find themselves unable to access it.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Programs that Bridge the Gap’.

‘Focus on the Client’ Mini Presentations

These interviews feature Judge Lora Livingston from the 261st Civil District Court in Travis County, Texas, Joseph West from Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Eleanor Acer from Human Rights First, Judge Charles V. Harrington from Arizona Superior Court, Pima County, and Alex Gulotta from Bay Area Legal Aid. Together, they recap these Ted talk style presentations that address changes in the practice of law including improved access for immigrant minors, money generating corporate counsel, and how courts are using kiosks to provide better customer service to the public.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Focus on the Client’ Mini Presentations.

‘Challenges to Innovation’

These interviews feature Professor of Law Gillian Hadfield from University of Southern California, Professor Marshall Van Alstyne from Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Mark Britton, the founder and CEO of Avvo. Together, they discuss the barriers to innovation in the legal profession as well as suggest ideas that could help practitioners provide better service to more people.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Challenges to Innovation’

‘Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere’

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judit Rius Sanjuan from Doctors Without Borders, Ron Dolin from Stanford Law’s Center on the Legal Profession, Denis Weil from Harvard University, and Professor Manny Medrano, broadcast journalist and adjunct law professor. Together, they review the panel discussion ‘Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere’ which addressed how ideas from outside the legal profession could help bring greater access to law and justice. You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere’.

A Legal Mentor with Judge Charles Harrington and Mark Britton

Fellow at CodeX Monica Bay interviews Judge Charles Harrington and Avvo CEO Mark Britton at the 2015 ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. As Britton’s uncle and mentor, Judge Harrington talks about the importance of giving advice to younger lawyers while Mark reflects on his support systems and discussing key decisions with family.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: A Legal Mentor with Judge Charles Harrington and Mark Britton.

Online Dispute Resolution with Richard Susskind

CodeX Fellow Monica Bay interviews keynote speaker Richard Susskind at the 2015 ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Together, they discuss using technology for dispute resolution and containment. Tune in to hear his specific suggestions for a three-tiered system of internet resources for legal issues.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: Online Dispute Resolution with Richard Susskind.

‘Barton’s Laws of Disruption’

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Richard Barton, the founder of Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor. Together, they discuss how his laws of disruption apply to innovation in access to justice.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Barton’s Laws of Disruption’.

‘Innovations Within the Legal Sphere’

This interview features Professor Oliver Goodenough, Margaret Hagan, John Suh (CEO of LegalZoom), Lucy Bassli, and James Sandman, who were panelists on the ‘Innovations within the Legal Sphere’ speaking event at the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Together, they analyze the extent to which the legal system is not working for low income and middle class people plus what happens when the population feels disenfranchised by the legal system (like the Baltimore protests). You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Innovations Within the Legal Sphere’.

‘Reporting Out with Reaction’

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jordan Furlong, Professor David Wilkins, and Professor Deborah Rhode who were panelists at the ‘Reporting Out with Reaction’ speaking event during the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Together, they discuss ideas like rethinking legal education, establishing different levels of legal representation, and non-lawyer third party ownership of legal service providers.  You can learn more at ABA National Summit: ‘Reporting Out with Reaction’.

Photos from the Event

ABA TECHSHOW 2015: Presentations and Speakers to Help Your Practice

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by Laurence Colletti

We recently traveled to Chicago for the annual ABA TECHSHOW. This year’s show was chaired by Brett Burney and brought with it many wonderful speakers and events. Legal Talk Network had the privilege of interviewing many of these presenters in an effort to bring a sample of it to you, our listeners.

ABA TECHSHOW 2015

ABA TECHSHOW Chair Brett Burney

For attendees, there are numerous opportunities to improve their law practice efficiencies and quality of service. With its multiple tracks of interest, attendees were free to pick and choose the events that would help their practices where they needed it most. Whether it was the Microsoft
Office, Paperless, and iPad tracks or the Cloud, Mac, and Mobile tracks, attendees learned new ways to save time, money, and energy in their daily practice life.

Whether you are a techno evangelist or novice, ABA TECHSHOW will offer new insight. With over a year of preparation for each show, the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board hand picks speakers who can not only deliver breaking technology information during their presentations, but who also answer questions after. If there were one word to describe the relationship between presenter and attendee, it would be access.

Whether you are a techno evangelist or novice, ABA TECHSHOW will offer new insight. With over a year of preparation for each show, the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board hand picks speakers who can not only deliver breaking technology information during their presentations, but who also answer questions after. If there were one word to describe the relationship between presenter and attendee, it would be access.

Judge Dixon, Jonathan Lomurro, and Bjorn Christensen

Left to Right: Jonathan Lomurro, Judge Herbert Dixon, and Bjorn Christensen

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