Virtual Book Talk: Richard Susskind’s Online Courts and the Future of Justice with David B. Wilkins & SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants, Thursday April 23, at noon

Please join the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession for a Virtual Book Launch of Professor Richard Susskind’s latest work, Online Courts and the Future of Justice (Oxford Univ. Press, 2019). Professor Susskind will present key ideas from the book, and we will hear comments from the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Honorable Ralph Gants, as well as the faculty director of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, Professor David B. Wilkins.

April 23, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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*Please note: The core program of the Virtual Book Launch will be from 12:00PM to 1:00PM ET, however given the intense interest, Professor Susskind has agreed to be available from 1:00PM to 1:30PM ET for those who have further questions.

Poster for Richard Susskind's book talk for Online Courts and the Future of Justice, Thursday, April 23rd at noon.

About Online Courts and the Future of Justice

In Online Courts and the Future of Justice, Professor Richard Susskind, the world’s most cited author on the future of legal services, shows how litigation will be transformed by technology and proposes a solution to the global access to justice problem.

Online courts provide online judging – the determination of cases by human judges but not in physical courtrooms. Online courts also provide tools to help users understand relevant law and to formulate arguments and assemble evidence. They offer non-judicial settlements such as mediation, not as an alternative to the public court system but as part of it. In years to come, court determinations may even be made by AI-based systems.

Online Courts and the Future of Justice is a case study in the digital transformation of a vital public service.

The book talk discussion will include:

Professor Richard Susskind, OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries. Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), and Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013).

Ralph D. Gants became the 37th Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in July 2014 when he was sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick. He was appointed as an Associate Justice on the Court in January 2009. Before joining the SJC, he served for more than eleven years as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and was Administrative Justice of the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session in 2008.

Professor David B. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.

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