Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone Brings Innovators Together to Make Progress on the Family Law Crisis

LIZ unveils portal developed to empower family law consumers, and help them know their rights, responsibilities and options.

Toronto – June 11, 2018 – Last Monday the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University brought innovators together at its Family Law Innovation Conference. The goal was to accelerate progress to substantially resolve the access to justice crisis in family law by June 3, 2019. Keynote speakers included Dayna Cornwall (National Self-Represented Litigants Project), Sherry MacLennan (MyLawBC), and Roger Smith (International Access to Justice Expert, UK).

Leaders in legal technology and family law highlighted innovative approaches to helping families resolve their separation and divorce issues faster, simpler, more affordably and with less confrontation. Those in attendance, and the many more watching, left with a better understanding of what is happening in different jurisdictions, and how they can work collaboratively to achieve access for families.

“Women, men, and children need our help. The goal of a faster, simpler, more affordable and less confrontational way to resolve family disputes is as elusive as ever,” said Chris Bentley, Managing Director of the LIZ. “Families deserve better. If we could leverage the power of the willing, starting with those who attended in person or remotely, we could achieve the goal of substantially solving the A2J crisis by June 3, 2019. That is a goal worth pursuing.”

As part of the LIZ’s Global Family Justice Initiative, Managing Director Chris Bentley unveiled the Family Law Portal, a personalized, user-friendly, interactive online portal developed to empower families going through the separation process. Families will be able to better understand their rights and responsibilities, the decisions they must make, and the options they might have. The portal is being developed in consultation with a team of experts led by Dr. Barbara Landau, Tom Dart, Yasemin Diamante, Sina Hariri, Judith Huddart, Neil Maisel and Daniella Wald and will be available (free) to the public later this year.


About Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University
The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) is a co-working space and the first dedicated legal tech incubator. It’s focus is on building better legal solutions for the consumers of legal services, and helps support, foster and develop legal products, services and a justice system that better serve consumers.

For further information, contact:
Hersh Perlis, Director, Legal Innovation Zone
hperlis@ryerson.ca or 416-562-9911