The College of Law Practice Management (COLPM) asks: “What happens when you put 130 legal practice innovators together with 10 pioneers and leading-edge thinkers for two days of brainstorming and problem-solving at one of the country’s most innovative law schools?”

The answer is COLPM’s national 2014 Futures Conference here at Suffolk Law on October 16 and 17. The conference will use a TED-talk like format to hear from legal practice innovators who will share their visions on where the legal industry is heading.

Small groups will brainstorm new approaches and new products for making law more accessible, practical, and sustainable. The program culminates in a Shark Tank-like competition at which participants will pitch their newly-developed solution concepts to a panel of judges.

During the conference, Suffolk Law faculty and students will talk about the school's innovative programming.   

  • Associate Dean Ilene Seidman will talk about a brainstorm that eventually grew into a ground-breaking program to train Suffolk Law students to provide legal service for average-income people through a fee-generating law firm located inside the school.
  • Professor Andrew Perlman will talk about the genesis of the Law Technology and Innovation academic concentration, the first of its kind in the US, and the reasoning behind the school’s approach to legal technology.
  • Courtney Burgess ’14 will share her experience in the law school’s Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines course and Jeremy Derman ’14 will look at how the Legal Project Management and Process Improvement course changed his way of thinking.
  • Recent graduate, Bill Palin, will talk about the app he developed that won first place at the ABA Journal/Suffolk Legal Hackathon

The keynote speaker is Tom Sager, recently retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DuPont, American Lawyer Top 50 Legal Innovator, and recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.