Disruptive Technologies: Artificial Intelligence

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May 2, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Deloitte LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, 22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario

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In transitioning from the paper to the digital age, the legal market has had to adapt to the shifting landscape by embracing and adopting innovative technologies that provide quicker, cheaper and more efficient answers. The newest legal products leverage artificial intelligence to perform menial and repetitive legal tasks, which are often delegated to more costly junior lawyers. We welcome you to join us at our event, where our esteemed panelists will discuss the impact of disruptive legal technologies, including artificial intelligence, on the practice of law.

Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 pm.


Benjamin Alarie (presenter), M.A., J.D. (Toronto), LL.M. (Yale) holds the Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto and is the co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal. Before his academic appointment, Professor Alarie was a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada (2003-2004). Over the years his publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Business Law Journal, the British Tax Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the Canadian Tax Journal, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and the University of Toronto Law Journal. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. He is coauthor of several editions of Canadian Income Tax Law (LexisNexis), including the most recent 5th edition.

Noah Waisberg (presenter), CEO and co-founder of Kira Systems. Prior to founding Kira Systems, Noah practiced at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, where he focused on private equity, M&A, and securities. Noah is an expert on contract analysis, legal technology, and artificial intelligence; has spoken at conferences including SXSW Interactive, ILTACON, and ReInvent Law; was named 2016 ILTA Innovative Thought Leader of the Year; and is the author of Robbie the Robot Learns to Read, the world’s first ever children’s book on machine learning. Noah holds a J.D. from the NYU School of Law, an A.M. from Brown University, and a B.A. with honours from McGill University.

Ken Block (presenter), is the Manager of Sales, North America for RAVN Systems. He joined RAVN to establish a domestic presence for the company in 2015, after having resold RAVN products in previous years. He has been in business development in the legal/professional services industry for over 20 years, including PurchasingNet, Thomson Elite, Billback and DocAuto. He holds an engineering degree and MBA, and has been a key contributor to new product development and enhancements throughout his career.

Marc Hayem (presenter), is a Partner in the Advanced Analytics Practice of IBM GBS. Marc’s team specializes in solving complex business problems for IBM customers using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Marc is also in charge of creating reusable solutions with the work produced in his team. Marc has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. working with customers in many markets and in more than 20 countries. During that time Marc has managed technical teams specialized in business intelligence, SQL and NoSQL databases, CRM, Big Data and machine learning. Marc lives in New York, he holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from ENSEIR Bordeaux (France).

Abrar Huq (moderator), is a Manager in the Legal Project Solutions group within Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice. Abrar specializes in Contract Management and Review, advising clients on contract management processes and leading contract review projects. Prior to joining Deloitte, Abrar earned his J.D. from the University of Toronto and worked at a full-service Toronto law firm as well as the legal department of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Andrea Taylor (moderator), leads the Legal Project Solutions group within Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice. By merging project management methodology with human expertise and technology accelerators, LPS helps clients manage large documentary discovery and due diligence projects.  Andrea spent the first several years of her career as a commercial litigator at a Toronto law firm.


Cost for attendance: ten dollars ($10) for members and students, twenty dollars ($20) for non-members, payable at the meeting. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group.


The cost of membership for lawyers is fifty-five dollars ($55), and articling students and law school students may join the TCLG free of charge by indicating that they are “students” on the membership application form. Please see the online membership page for further details: http://www.tclg.org/membership.


Please register before 10:00am Friday, April 28, 2017. Registrations will not be confirmed. Substitutions are permitted anytime. Registrants who do not attend and do not cancel or send a substitute may be invoiced for lunch. Please e-mail registrations or cancellations to: secretary@tclg.org.

When registering, please advise if you have any dietary restrictions.


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