The legal profession is facing disruption driven by rapidly evolving technologies and new and innovative ways of packaging and providing legal services.
There is no ethical impediment to appropriate use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in practice. In fact, it would be a failure on our part not to consider use of emerging technology to enhance the efficiency of legal services.
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The QLS Council has formed an Innovation Committee to explore how the legal profession is meeting disruption driven by rapidly evolving technologies and new innovative ways of packaging and providing legal services.
The Committee has developed a number of streams of work to assist members adapt to these changes, including:
- The Innovation Committee Report 2021
- Hybrid work checklists and panel discussion
- The Game Changers Proctor series
- Innovation Insights Video series
Innovation Committee Report
- What are the hallmarks of successful use of technology in legal practice?
- Does having a law degree make you a good lawyer?
- Should there be a requirement to keep up to date with the benefits and risks associated with technology?
- What is needed in the transition from law student to lawyer and from lawyer to business operator?
- What challenges and opportunities does working remotely present?
- How can law firms use innovation to be sustainable?
- What are the opportunities for improving access to justice that technology can bring?
The question is no longer should we or do we have a hybrid workforce in the legal profession in Queensland – it’s a resounding ‘yes’. The Innovation Committee was quick to realise that this is one of the biggest topics facing our profession at the moment, and sought to provide guidance on how to make it work for small and micro firms right through to large firms with dozens of support services.
A Panel Discussion
The QLS Innovation Committee’s hybrid work taskforce has developed a series of checklists that look at hybrid work from a number of different angles, to provide guidance to firms on making hybrid work. Hear from the taskforce as they talk through the checklists and explore some of the major issues which came up in their work preparing them.
Game Changers is a short series of conversations with innovators in Queensland legal practice. It is an initiative of the Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee.