Building the Law Firm of the 21st Century

Building the Law Firm of the 21st Century

This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 1.0 Professionalism Hour

The global economic crisis was a wakeup call to law firms all over the world;  we need to rethink and rebuild the way we deliver legal services to our clients. The old ways that served us well for decades have come to the end of their life cycle. In addition, technological change is driving new opportunities while a new generation of clients are demanding more for less, and are increasingly less tolerant of “business as usual.” Join the discussion in this session as we create a  law firm that provides better, faster and more affordable legal services so that access to justice is not just a “pipe dream.”

Mitch Kowalski is the author of the ABA best seller, Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century. He holds a LL.B. and a M.A. in Political Science from the Western University as well as a LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. For much of his 20-year legal career, he practiced law with the Toronto office of Baker & McKenzie, before moving to Aylesworth LLP which later became Dickinson Wright LLP. He also served as in-house counsel for the City of Toronto and had a business role with First Canadian Title. Mitch maintains a boutique law practice, owns and operates Toronto Writers’ Centre and writes/speaks on a variety of legal topics. He blogs regularly on legal matters for The National Post’s blog, The Legal Post and for Slaw. Follow him on Twitter @mekowalski or visit his website www.kowalski.ca.

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