Almost everyone is familiar with emojis – the tiny pictures of facial expressions and objects used in texts, emails and social media to mimic non-verbal cues. The hyper-condensed nature of emojis leaves room for interpretation, creating a brand new set of challenges for legal professionals.
Innovation and Technology
For the second year in a row, LawCPD participated in the Disrupting Law Hackathon in Perth. Over 54 hours, five teams of law students came up with creative, innovative, technology-based solutions to a range of real-life issues facing the legal profession.
Read on to learn more about their exciting solutions and what might be the next big innovation in the law.
Mitch Kowalski is an international advocate for legal innovation, frequently invited to speak on the topic at conferences and universities across the globe. Author of our popular online CPD course, "Lawyers, Technology and Innovation", Mitch was recently in Australia. We took the opportunity to sit down with him to talk about his thoughts on legal innovation in the profession at a global level, and how Australian law firms match up to their international counterparts.
Every year, community legal centres (CLCs) lose thousands of precious hours triaging calls from prospective clients. The winning team from the inaugural UWA Legal Hackathon aimed to solve this issue with Lawra - a digital assistant that could quickly direct people to the CLC that best suited their legal needs. Almost one year on, Lawra is well on its way to becoming a reality.
LawCPD co-founder, Sarah Mateljan, sat down with the Lawra team (Georgina Due, Astrid Sweeny and Linda Mulenda) to gain insight into their journey from initial concept to viable technical solution.
In this day and age, social media has found its way in to all areas of our life from work to home – but there is somewhere it just doesn’t belong, the jury room.
Recently Sarah Mateljan, Co-Founder and Director of LawCPD.com.au, was a roaming mentor at the inaugural Disrupting Law Hackathon in Perth – organised by the Legal Forecast and hosted by UWA law school. Over 54 hours, 35 students working in 7 teams came up with innovative, creative and disruptive solutions to real-world legal problems.
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Last month Sarah Mateljan, Co-Founder and Director of LawCPD.com.au, attended the Practice 360 Conference in Washington DC. The conference is an annual event hosted by the District of Columbia Bar Association, designed to help lawyers build and grow their practices. At this year’s conference, there was a clear focus on the challenges and opportunities new technologies provided for lawyers – particularly how lawyers could use technology to remain competitive. This was one of the major themes of the opening keynote “Bringing Artificial Intelligence to the Law” presented by Thomas Hamilton from ROSS Intelligence. Rather than focusing on the traditional ‘doom and gloom’ narrative that robots are going to render lawyers obsolete, Hamilton focused on how AI would equip lawyers to achieve more. Read more
This year for Law Week, LawCPD is taking a look at four real-world examples of how technology can help improve access to justice in Australia and abroad.