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London hosts LawTechCamp conference on new technology for the legal profession

Law 28 June 2012

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Legal professionals, leading entrepreneurs, scholars and technology experts from across the globe will meet at the LawTechCamp conference in London on, Friday 29th June, to examine and discuss how technology will benefit legal practice in the future.

The event has been organised by the Michigan State University College of Law (East Lansing, Michigan), the School of Law at the University of Westminster, and The College of Law.

Speakers at the conference include Professor Richard Susskind, independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments and Chris Kenny, Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Services Board who examined technology, law and innovation in the wake of UK deregulation. Participants will also have the chance to hear a number of other prominent members of the legal profession, including Kevin Doolan, Partner Eversheds; Ajaz Ahmed, Founder of Legal365 and Geoff Wild, Director of Governance & Law at Kent County Council. John Sheridan Head of Legislative Services at the National Archives will make a special announcement regarding a new tool for legislative tracking.

Building off the strength of LawTechCamp Toronto, LawTechCamp London is the first such event held outside of North America. The conference will address a range of topics, including new markets for legal services, new roles for technology, advances online and in the cloud, new media and new spaces, law and technology meets big data and the challenges for innovation in law and technology.

Professors Renee Newman Knake and Daniel Martin Katz of Michigan State University, said: “LawTechCamp London is the first event of its kind to be held outside of North America. Given the recent innovations in the law market following the passage of the Legal Services Act, we believed it made sense to bring this highly successful event to the UK. Attendees will benefit greatly from hearing CEOs and Chief Executives from many leading legal startups and informatics companies as well as leaders from large and small firms and new alternative legal service delivery firms.”

Knake added, “The event is the capstone to our 21st Century Law Practice Summer School, a cutting-edge programme between Michigan State Law and Westminster Law that provides students sophisticated training in law and technology. The LawTechCamp brings  together a unique mix of law and technology entrepreneurs, regulators, scholars and students.”

Professor Andy Boon Dean of the School of Law University of Westminster said, “The University of Westminster and the School of Law are delighted to host colleagues and students from MSU for the LawTechCamp, the culmination of their Summer School, based at the University. The Centre for Legal Profession and Legal Services, one of the key research centres in University of Westminster School of Law, has been at the forefront of academic thinking on the legal profession for over ten years. This event reflects our commitment to mapping and understanding innovation in the delivery of legal services, to establishing networks with leading thinkers in the area and to enhancing the impact of our research. Our MSU colleagues, Dan Katz and Renee Knake, have lots of ideas and energy and they worked hard with Lisa Webley and John Flood to develop a fascinating programme. We learned much about the future delivery of legal services.”

Jon Harman, Learning Design and Media Director at The College of Law, said: “The College is very proud to be associated with this event where technology and law meet as it reflects our ambitions regarding the development of cutting-edge learning methodologies and technologies to enhance the experience of our students. The world of legal practice is becoming increasingly driven by the use of technological tools and applications and therefore bringing together practitioners and managers, software engineers and start-up businesses in one event to share and learn from each others' experiences is very much in demand.”

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Notes to editors:

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York. We are widely regarded as experts in legal training – all of our tutors and course designers are qualified solicitors or barristers and have practice experience. We work closely with law firms and chambers of all sizes and exclusively deliver the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to trainees at many of the leading global law firms.

The College is proud of its record of empowering students from all backgrounds to achieve their legal career goals. As well as being a leading provider of the LPC, we support qualified lawyers throughout the profession with a comprehensive programme of professional development courses and in 2008 we launched our Master’s LL.M programme in professional legal practice. We also provide the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to give non-law graduates an entry route into the profession and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for prospective barristers.  In 2006 the College was the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers. In September 2012 we will be launching a two-year undergraduate LL.B law degree focusing on employability and professional legal skills. For further information about the College please visit www.college-of-law.co.uk

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