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POSTPONED Modernizing Legal Regulation: Supporting People, Businesses and Jobs

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


COVID-19 Update

As a result of the growing concerns and risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to postpone our “Modernizing Legal Regulation: Supporting People, Businesses and Jobs” conference on Wednesday, March 18th at 9am.

We are grateful for the support received from all of our attendees and international and local speakers who were coming together to shed light on this important topic. We look forward to bringing all of you together in the near future and continuing to drive innovation in the legal world to better support people, businesses and jobs.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but at this time we feel it is the right decision to make.

If you have questions, please contact us at liz@ryerson.ca

Save the Date!

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Legal Innovation Zone is hosting a conference on Modernizing Legal Regulation : Supporting People, Businesses and Jobs.

More details to be announced soon.

About the Speakers

Andrew Arruda

Andrew Arruda is a Canadian entrepreneur and attorney. He is Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of the artificial intelligence company ROSS Intelligence, a leader in the legal technology industry. Arruda speaks internationally on the subjects of AI, legal technology, and entrepreneurship and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, BBC, Wired, CNBC, CBS, Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc., Forbes, TechCrunch, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. A member of the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2017, as well as a 2016 TED speaker, Arruda aims to forever change the way legal services are delivered. Prior to cofounding ROSS Intelligence, Arruda worked at a Toronto litigation boutique and with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development in Lisbon, Portugal. Arruda is proud to serve on the Board of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) as well as serve as the Subcommittee Chair of the Alternative Business Services and Multi-Disciplinary Practices subcommittee of the State Bar of California’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Service (ATILS).

Mark Benton

Mark has been a lawyer since 1980 and has served as the CEO of the Legal Services Society in British Columbia, Canada since 2003. LSS is BC’s legal aid program and largest public legal education provider.

He serves as the Vice-Chair of Canada’s Action Committee on Access to Civil and Family Justice, he has had a central role in that collaboration of government and non-government organizations since 2008 including chairing its Access to Legal Services Working Group. Since publishing its report in 2013 the Action Committee has been active in promoting access to justice research, initiatives, and collaborations, across Canada’s 14 justice jurisdictions. The Committee has developed and published its own Justice Development Goals to support this work.

Mark’s legal experience includes general practice, appellate advocacy in the BC Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and four years as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty Of Law. He is a past chair of the Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada and contributes to a number of Canada’s government and non-government justice task forces and is a founding member of Access to Justice BC. He is currently an Executive Committee member of the Board of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Forum for Civil Justice.

Mark’s recent work includes presentations to Canadian Parliamentary and Senate Committees on justice effectiveness and timeliness and in 2019 was part of Canadian delegation to the UN addressing the Sustainability Development Goals. His experience also includes advising several governments, Justice Ministries, and NGOs on the development and administration of legal aid programs outside Canada.

Mark has been recognized in the B.C. Legislature as “a passionate advocate for access to justice for the economically disadvantaged in British Columbia, and he brings along with that passion great creativity in the search for solutions for how to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Gillian Hadfield

Gillian Hadfield, B.A. (Hons.) Queens, J.D., M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Stanford, is Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto and holds the Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society. She is the inaugural Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Her research is focused on innovative design for legal and dispute resolution systems in advanced and developing market economies; governance for artificial intelligence; the markets for law, lawyers, and dispute resolution; and contract law and theory. Professor Hadfield is a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto and at the Center for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California Berkeley and Senior Policy Advisor at OpenAI in San Francisco. Her book Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Professor Hadfield served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Southern California, New York University, and the University of California Berkeley, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Columbia, and Hastings College of Law. She was a 2006-07 and 2010-11 fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1993. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Agile Governance and was previously on the Future Council for the Future of Technology, Values and Policy and the Global Agenda Council for Justice. She is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Education and is an advisor to courts and several organizations and technology companies engaged in innovating new ways to make law smarter and more accessible.

Justice Deno Himonas

Justice Deno Himonas has served as a member of the Utah Supreme Court since 2015. Prior to his appointment to the high court, Justice Himonas served as a trial court judge for over ten years. During his trial court tenure, Justice Himonas tried hundreds of civil, criminal, and family law matters; ran a felony drug court; served as the Associate Presiding Judge; taught as an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah (trial advocacy and civil process); and lectured abroad about the American trial system. .

Since becoming a Utah Supreme Court Justice, Justice Himonas has chaired several programs specifically aimed at improving the access-to-justice gap. To date, he has led the successful effort to create a new legal profession in Utah—the Licensed Paralegal Practitioner, chaired the successful launch of Utah’s Online Dispute Resolution Program, and co-chaired its ongoing effort to reform the regulatory structure overlaying the practice of law. He is also presently involved in seeking to reform the legal education system in the United States. Justice Himonas has crisscrossed the country to help educate the bench and bar about these efforts. For his efforts, Justice Himonas has been awarded the Judicial Excellence Award from the Litigation Section of the Utah Bar and has been recognized as an Honorary Alumnus of the Year at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Before taking the bench, Justice Himonas had a successful complex commercial litigation practice for fifteen years. He also served as the Chair of the Litigation Section of the Utah Bar.

Justice Himonas graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah in 1986 in economics and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1989.

Justice Himonas and his spouse (Lisa) are the annoyingly proud parents of two wonderful daughters (Alexa, 25, and Kate, 24). When he is not working, Justice Himonas can be found playing squash.

Crispin Passmore

Crispin Passmore is the founder and principle of Passmore Consulting. In this role he works with a select group of legal businesses and law firms in the UK and US, offering strategic advice to Boards CEOs and General Counsel. He also works with regulators around the world that are modernising or reforming their regulatory approach.

Previously, Crispin was Executive Director at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) where he led the regulatory reform programme including the sanctioning of multi disciplinary practices, freedom for lawyers to work in more flexible models of delivery and a shorter and more flexible set of Standards and Regulations. In his last year at the SRA he also led the supervision and investigations teams.

In 2009 Crispin helped set up the Legal Services Board (LSB) as the effective deputy to the CEO. The LSB was created to change the way legal regulation operated. This involved setting up its own regulatory model to oversee existing professional body regulators (including the SRA) from scratch.

Crispin’s deep and broad knowledge of the legal market has been built over more than 25 years in the legal market in a number of roles including running the UK’s largest Law Centre and as Executive Director in legal aid.




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