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Technology & the Law: Opportunities for the Legal Profession

Event date: 
29 June 2017
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Law Society of New South Wales 170 Phillip Street Sydney, NSW 2000
A panel discussion on Technology and the Law: Opportunities for the Legal Profession
Pauline Wright, Lyria Bennett-Moses, Lachlan McKnight, Sapna Patel

Fearing that you will be replaced by a robot?

Want to know how you can harness technology to advance your career?

Want to learn how to take advantage of the new opportunities in the digital age?

Join us on 29 June 2017 as UNSW Law Alumni’s Look Who’s Talking series kicks off with a panel discussion on Technology and the Law: Opportunities for the Legal Profession, kindly hosted by The Law Society of New South Wales.

From the incorporation of innovative technology into practice management, to the rise of NewLaw, Big Data, artificial intelligence and legal document automation, the panel will explore how cutting-edge technologies and practices are shaping the future of the legal profession. Our panel of experts will explore the unique opportunities presented by the unfolding technology ‘revolution’ and give you the answers you need to advance your careers now and into the future.

Panellists include:

Moderator: Michael Legg, Associate Professor at UNSW Law.

Q&A and networking drinks & canapes will follow the panel discussion.

Panellists Bios:

Pauline Wright

Pauline is the 2017 President of The Law Society of New South Wales and a Partner at P J Donnellan & Co, a boutique Environmental, Planning and Development law firm in Gosford NSW. She chairs the Environmental Planning & Development Law committee and is Deputy Chair of the Future Committee. She is the Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, having been involved with the Council since 1988, and serves on the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice, National Criminal Law Liaison and Equality of Opportunity in the Law committees. A former Director of the Law and Justice Foundation and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, Pauline chairs Legal Aid’s Monitoring Committee and has sat on its Human Rights committee as well as a range of panel selection committees. In addition to her expertise in local government, planning and environmental law, Pauline has had considerable experience in property law, commercial litigation and criminal law.

Lyria Bennett-Moses

Lyria is an Associate Professor at the UNSW Law Faculty and a Key Research and Project Leader on the Data to Decisions CRC. Her areas of expertise include law and technological change, data associations in law enforcement and national security, property law and equity. She has written extensively on the relationship between technology and the law. In 2016, she was awarded first place in the Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize for her submission which explored the impact of technological changes on the legal discipline. Lyria is also Chair of the Australia Chapter of the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology, Academic Co-Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, Chair of the Law, Technology and Innovation Research Network at UNSW Law and a PLuS Alliance Fellow. She graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws, and holds a Doctor of the Science of Law and a Masters of Laws from Columbia University.

Lachlan McKnight

Lachlan is the CEO and founder of LegalVision, a commercial law firm that delivers efficient, high-quality and cost-effective legal services for SMEs, startups, and corporations. LegalVision has won multiple awards for its leadership in the field of legal technology innovation, including Innovator of the Year at the 2016 Australian Law Awards and Professional Services Business of the Year at the 2016 Optus MyBusiness Awards. Lachlan has an extensive background in banking and finance, having worked as a banking and finance lawyer at Norton Rose and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an investment banker at Barclays Capital and a consultant at Lausanne Consulting Group. He is passionate about assisting startup founders to raise capital and grow their businesses. Lachlan holds an MBA from INSEAD and is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the Supreme Court of NSW.

Sapna Patel

Sapna is the founder of ImmiAdvisor, an award-winning immigration tech startup that links visa applicants with verified the Australian registered migration agents that are best suited for their circumstances. ImmiAdvisor was selected as the 2017 UNSW Innovations Founderlab Winner, the 2016 UNSW CEO Institute Scholarship inaugural winner and the Clayton Utz Startup Program of 2015-2016. Previously, Sapna worked in Global Immigration at Ernst & Young as a solicitor and registered migration agent, as well as in the Mergers & Acquisition tax team. She has also taught Marketing at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

Technology & the Law: Opportunities for the Legal Profession