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Preparing for the future of the legal profession means looking beyond the “threat of robot lawyers”, a US legal academic told an audience of more than 400 lawyers at the FLIP Conference on 14 September.

Keynote speaker Professor Daniel Katz, from the Chicago Kent College of Law and Director of Law Lab, lamented that mainstream media tended to focus on artificial intelligence and chat bots taking over legal work. However, a diverse range of topics and technology presented at the FLIP Conference hosted by the Law Society of NSW at Sofitel Darling Harbour highlighted that changes to the profession were far more expansive.
A legal who’s who of more than 50 international and Australian speakers, law tech experts, members of the judiciary, academics and regulators spoke at the conference, offering a snapshot of the near future for lawyers and outlining how they should embrace innovation and new technologies if they want to achieve greater professional success.

Mark Cohen, author of The Future You – Legal Professionals in the Uber Era, and Chrissie Lightfoot, who penned Emotionally Intelligent Humans with Artificially Intelligent Machines, also featured in the star-studded lineup.
Law Society President Doug Humphreys said the event inspired an “incredible wealth of information, ideas and thought-provoking discussions for the profession on so many levels”.

“What was made abundantly clear at the FLIP Conference is that at no time in the brief history of legal technology has there been a convergence of so many powerful new innovations, each creating both opportunities and perils for how lawyers can serve their clients,” said Humphreys.