"A chance for law and tech geeks to learn about topics at the intersection of those fields. A short presentation on a work in progress, recent article or experience, followed by Q&A"
January 13: Sara Parker, Director, Encode Justice Canada
Sara is the Director of Encode Justice Canada, the Canadian chapter of the international AI advocacy group, Encode Justice. She also researches the social dimensions of AI at McGill University, and is looking forward to chatting about the politics of tech.
January 14: Jason Morris “Blawkx & Current Topics in Digital Law”
Jason is the instructor of Coding the Law at UAlberta Faculty of Law and recent recipient of the first interdisciplinary degree granted between the Faculty of Law and the Department of Computer Science.
January 27: Matt Scrivens, Head of Legal Innovation, Goodlawyer.
Matt will share some insights from his work to bridge lawyers and clients at Goodlawyer, a legal tech company on a mission to make lawyers more accessible. Goodlawyer's mission is to connect entrepreneurs and business owners to specialized lawyers from across Canada, all on a user-friendly platform at prices well under the national average.
January 28: Colin Lachance: Executive Director of the Legal Innovation Data Institute. “Current Opportunities and Perspectives on Digital Law in Canada”
February 10: Nidhi Hegde, Computing Science Professor at UAlberta.
Professor Hegde has a special focus on privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence (AI). She brings extensive practical experience with AI to her academic work. Come ask Professor Hegde about how her work intersects with access to justice and law.
February 11: Kyla Sandwith: Founder, DeNovo Inc.
“Legal Service Innovation in Alberta”
February 25: Nidhi Hegde, Professor, Computing Science
“Privacy, Fairness and Bias in Machine Learning”
September 16: Mark Doble, Co-Founder and CEO at Alexsei.
Mark is a software developer with a passion for leveraging software to make the law more affordable and understandable. Alexsei’s advanced Artificial Intelligence platform delivers affordable and high-quality answers to legal questions in memo format.
September 23: Ryan Bencic, Business/Startup Lawyer at Harper Grey LLP.
Ryan has taken an unorthodox career path – from co-founding a legal tech startup (PainWorth) to now serving as a trusted legal advisor in Vancouver (Harper Grey LLP). Ryan works with high growth tech companies and venture investors at all stages of the business life-cycle: from the “crazy idea” phase through formation, onboarding and issuing equity to key talent, raising angel, seed and series capital, and successful exits. And all the other fun along the way.
October 7: Raj Oberoi, Co-Founder at River City Entrepreneur Legal Support.
Raj is co-developing a legal clinic to support startups in the greater Edmonton region. Come join us to learn more about this emerging work, geek out about how law and start up worlds intersect, and how you can get involved in legal tech and access to justice work here in Alberta!
October 21: Mat Brechtel, Founding Partner at Seastone IP.
Mat Brechtel is passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect their reputation, defend their rights, and build their following. Following extensive experience representing well recognized brands and other clients before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia, before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Courts, the Trademarks Opposition Board, and in several international arbitrations, he recently became a founding partner at Seastone IP. What does the next frontier of digital law hold? Come ask Mat.
November 4: Brynn Doctor, Founder/Owner/Lawyer at Doctor Law.
Brynn has created Doctor Law, a legal practice that puts people at the centre of the work, re-imagines who lawyers serve and sets out to help people heal and move forward through family conflicts that involve the legal system. That means using tech well, and creating a whole new type of legal work.
November 25: Len Polsky, Manager, Legal Technology and Mentorship at the Law Society of Alberta.
On October 1, 2021, the Benchers approved the creation of an Innovation Sandbox at the Law Society of Alberta. The Innovation Sandbox allows the Law Society to support innovators in testing new ideas and models for the delivery of legal services in a controlled environment, with the Law Society providing both guidance and oversight. Come find out more about this exciting new development from Len Polsky.