FLIP Stream Seminar

In collaboration with UNSW

Wednesday 10 April 2019


1.00pm - 5.45pm

Join the Law Society of New South Wales and UNSW Law as they present research findings into issues raised by the 2017 The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) report at  the 2019 FLIP Stream Seminar.

The seminar will address the following contemporary areas of concern for lawyers:

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession
    These days it’s nearly impossible to read a legal blog, pick up a legal journal or see a firm media release without coming across a reference to AI. This seminar looks at the different ways that AI is being used in legal services, from document automation to predictive analytics, and how it is impacting firms both large and small. Professor Legg and Dr Bell identify the points of tension between these applications of AI and lawyers’ professional ethical obligations. What must lawyers be mindful of, and how can they use AI most effectively to enhance what they do?
  • Technology, Innovation and Lawyer Wellbeing
    New technology is changing the practice of law, and lawyers’ working lives, in profound ways. But what does this mean for lawyers’ wellbeing? On one view, a reduction in tedious and repetitive tasks, greater flexibility, and capacity to focus on more interesting, higher level work. On another, an intensification of competition, relentless connection to work, and continuous pressure to adapt and innovate. This seminar examines both the potential and threat of new technologies. How can lawyers’ wellbeing be supported in a time of extreme technological change?
  • The Future of Justice - Disruption Under Law
    The civil justice system is ripe for disruption due to cost, delay and citizen’s expectation of an online option. Jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, Canada and China, are reinventing court systems by embedding technology and online dispute resolution in mainstream civil justice.  This seminar explains the new three-step approach to civil justice that pervades the approach adopted by reforming jurisdictions.  The seminar then examines the ramifications of this new approach for lawyers and the court system.  Will the answer to access to justice be ‘delawyering’ and a reconceptualization of what ‘justice’ is? Or will judicial and legal norms prevail so that there can only be disruption under law?
  • Panel: The Future of Legal Education
  • Changes to legal practice, through AI and other technologies, would seem to call for a new set of legal skills and therefore a different type of law degree. In this panel, three law deans explain what the ‘automated world’ means for legal education. How does it alter the blend of attributes that a law degree must develop in an aspiring lawyer and the values it seeks to instil? Will law students need more technical skills and/ or more ‘human’ ones, like collaboration and empathy? This session will cover key innovations of law schools adapting to this dynamic environment. It will also examine the threats and challenges for legal education posed by the automated profession.

Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the 2019 President's charity - Our Watch.

We look forward to welcoming you.


  • The Honourable T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales | Read Bio
  • Elizabeth Espinosa, President, The Law Society of NSW | Read Bio
  • Professor Michael Legg, Law Society of NSW FLIP Stream Director at UNSW Law| Read Bio 
  • Dr Felicity Bell, FLIP Stream Research Fellow, UNSW Law | Read Bio
  • Dr Justine Rogers, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Law Society of NSW FLIP Stream at UNSW Law | Read Bio
  • Professor George Williams AO, Dean, UNSW | Read Bio
  • Professor Collin Picker, Dean, School of Law, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong | Read Bio
  • Professor Tania Sourdin, Head of School and Dean, Newcastle Law School, The University of Newcastle | Read Bio


  • Date Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Time 1.00pm - 5.45pm
  • Venue  Banco Court
                   Supreme Court of New South Wales
                   Level 13, 184 Phillip Street
                    SYDNEY NSW 2000
  • Registration  FLIP Stream Seminar
                                Member - $275 incl GST | Register here
                                Non-Member - $675 incl GST | Register here

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