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Chris Bentley

Legal Innovation Zone

Chris is the Managing Director (co-founder) of the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ), and (co-developer) of the Law Practice Program (LPP), Ryerson University, Toronto.

Chris was an MPP for London West from 2003-2013, and a Minister in 5 Cabinet posts: 4 years as Attorney General, as well as Labour, Training Colleges and Universities, Aboriginal Affairs, and Energy. He drove change initiatives such as Justice on Target (reduced, for the first time in 18 years, the time to trial and the number of court appearances per criminal case), a health and safety initiative that reduced workplace injuries by 20 % in 3 years, the 4 Pillars of Family Reform, Civil Justice Reform, the (then) largest funding increase in Legal Aid’s history, and was part of a new approach to indigenous relations recognized by the United Nations.

Before politics Chris practiced criminal defence and labour law for 23 years. He taught part-time for 10 of those years at Western’s Law School, and helped establish and became the first Chairperson of Neighbourhood Legal Services, London and Middlesex.

U of T Law and Cambridge U grad, Chris has run 3 Boston Marathons.

My Sessions

Does It Compute: The Limits of AI

Grand Ballroom B

AI may supplant computational and other skills, but what’s left over? Look to creativity, decision making, empathy, and the ability to integrate information as a few examples. Dig into how honing these skills can help you maximize value for your clients.

Artificial Intelligence
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Bridging the Justice Gap: AI and A2J

Grand Ballroom B

AI promises to provide legal solutions to the millions of consumers who cannot afford attorneys. What are the tools available now and what can we look forward to? This session includes both the practical – what you can use in limited scope representation situations – and pie-in-the-sky ruminations.

Artificial Intelligence
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