February 1st, 2019 | New York City
What is Inspire.Legal™?
Too often, legal technology and innovation conferences simply rehash the same tired conversations and revolve around the brightest, shiniest new tech widgets in the market–widgets that frequently feel like solutions in search of problems.
Inspire.Legal™ is different. We’re gathering together a diverse set of lawyers, clients, technologists, and other legal innovators to crowdsource a curated set of the most pressing problems facing our industry, collaborating to better understand and define the challenges crying out for more focus and inspiring creative new solutions through interactive programming and ecumenical dialogues.
Poor lawyer-technologist communication
Effective communication channels rarely exist between the lawyers in the trenches experiencing acute pain and those with the technological skill or innovation experience to help
A legal innovation echo chamber
Legal innovation conversations often happen in bubble starved of original thought and rife with recycled ideas and regurgitated tropes
Immense status quo inertia
The legal industry faces immense obstacles to progressive change–the combined force of which provides for an immense pressure to continue business as usual
A deeply Balkanized legal ecosystem
Despite often facing similar challenges, players in different regions of the legal landscape rarely have opportunities interact, ideate together, and cross-pollinate learning and inspiration
The programming revolves around the “Legal Problems Forum,” a workshop-driven effort to crowdsource and curate two outputs:
Legal Problems Report
A report identifying those legal problems and gaps in the legal market that should be priorities for legal innovators moving forward.
Request for Startups List
A list identifying the companies/products tomorrow’s legal innovators should be building.
Come prepared to contribute! (To get the ball rolling, we’ll be asking for a Problem Statement in connection with registration.)
In addition, to challenge and inspire attendees as they prepare for their Forum sessions, our Luminaries will lead provocative, interactive discussions to dive deep into key issues on the most critical fronts on the legal innovation landscape, including:
training the lawyers of tomorrow;
the evaluation of legal tech;
the composition of legal-service-delivery teams;
the evaluation of outside counsel; and
knowledge management in the age of security.
The Unpanels will feed into our Forum workshopping, so stay tuned for descriptions as we analyze the Problem Statements you submit!
Location & Schedule
Inspire.Legal™ will take place on February 1, 2019, at New York Law School (185 West Broadway New York, NY 10013).
Our Luminaries & Unpanel Moderators
We’ve recruited a couple of dozen thought leaders in legal innovation to help us keep the discussion focused on where it can do the most good and season the process with a healthy dose of market intelligence and legal innovation experience.
Bas Boris Visser
What types of "legal problems" are we talking about?
That’s up to you! One of the great hurdles in legal innovation is that too few front-line lawyers and clients are in the room for the dive-into-the-weeds-type legal innovation conversations. Moreover, lawyers, clients, and other would-be-consumers of legal services are often facing the same sorts of challenges in different parts of the legal market, and the balkanization of the legal landscape prevents constructive cross-fertilization and insight-sharing.
Inspire.Legal™ is an effort to break down these barriers and spark the conversations we’re not having. We’ll put our heads together to understand and define where our industry’s collective focus should be.
It all starts with you: the registrant Problem Statements
To get the ball rolling and the juices flowing, every registrant (including our Luminaries) will identify one compelling un-addressed problem they’re facing that they believe is crying out for a solution. We’ll be building on and refining that preliminary problem set on Feb. 1.
You can lean more about the problems we’re trying to address and how the registrant problem statements should work by clicking the button below.
What goes on the "request for startups" list?
In addition to some big, complex challenges facing the legal industry, there’s LOTS of low-hanging fruit that innovators can and should harvest. (We lawyers tend to be very risk-averse, which means that not as many domain experts have taken the leap to fix their own headaches as you might expect!)
When we identify problems that have clear, discrete, but as-of-yet unmet solutions, we’re going to put them on a public list so tomorrow’s innovators and can easily pick up one of these pre-vetted balls and just start running.