Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Report
The Law Society of NSW launched Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Report on Tuesday 28 March 2017. The report was undertaken by the Law Society’s Future Committee and informed by a Commission of Inquiry that heard from over 100 witnesses during 2016.
The report deals with a wide range of important issues for the legal profession and the community more widely, including legal technology, client’s needs, community needs and funding, legal education, regulation, diversity and globalisation. UNSW Law played an active role in supporting the initiative.
Associate Professor Michael Legg was a member of the Future Committee which directed the initiative. Michael was the only academic member and sat on inquiry panels that received evidence dealing with technology, new ways of working and legal education.
UNSW Law provided evidence to the Commission of Inquiry. The Dean, Professor George Williams spoke on legal education. Evidence was also given by Professor Graham Greenleaf, co-director AUSTLII, Associate Professor Anna Cody in her role as Director of the Kingsford Legal Centre and Christopher Lemercier, Director of Continuing Legal Education. Michael Legg gave evidence on alternative fee arrangements and unbundling of legal services.
UNSW Law students Adrian Agius (Commerce/Law) and recent alumni Veronica Mason (Arts/Law) were also contributors, speaking on legal technology and education. Adrian discussed the very successful UNSW Law hackathon – HackJustice which developed technology for the Refugee Advice and Case Work Service (the second UNSW Law hackathon #HACKJUSTICE2 is now open for registrations here). Veronica shared her experiences as an intern with Google and her thoughts on coding for law students.
UNSW Law is continuing its engagement with law and innovation in the profession through a curriculum review, chaired by Associate Professor Michael Legg, aimed at examining how technology may be further introduced into the law degree. The review was established at the beginning of 2017 and will also examine the FLIP report’s recommendations on legal education.
One example of technology being taught in the curriculum is the new elective course Designing Technology Solutions for Access to Justice.
UNSW Law has also recently formed a new research network exploring issues in law, technology and innovation, led by Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses. The network deals with a range of areas including Big Data, cybercrime and Fintech. The network will be supporting the curriculum review through a number of workshops in second semester.
An online copy of the FLIP report can be accessed here.