A panel of innovation experts discuss how the legal profession might benefit by examining how organizations in other sectors are adapting to the changing demands of clients and evolving technology during “Innovation Beyond the Legal Sphere,” a May 3 program of the National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. Panelists include Denis Weil, former McDonald's vice president of concept and design; Judit Rius Sanjuan, Doctors Without Borders’ access campaign manager; and Ron A. Dolin, a legal technologist and research fellow at Stanford Law’s Center on the Legal Profession.
The ABA co-sponsored with Stanford Law School the national summit May 2-4 to spur fresh thinking on addressing the justice gap by making the delivery of legal services more innovative, efficient and effective. At the summit, 200 legal leaders joined innovators in the law and other industries to develop action plans for increasing access to justice.
The summit is a key event of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, created by Hubbard. Speakers included Richard Susskind, author of the renowned 2013 book "Tomorrow's Lawyers," in which he predicts legal institutions and lawyers will change more radically over the next two decades than they have over the last two centuries. Participants also heard from legal innovators such as Mark Britton, founder and CEO of legal services website Avvo; Colin Rule, founder of online dispute resolution company Modria; and John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom. Testimony was also provided by representatives of other industries including Richard Barton, founder of travel services website Expedia, online real estate sales company Zillow and employment website Glassdoor.
The summit was co-chaired by Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center, and Deborah Rhode, director of Stanford University's Center on the Legal Profession.