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‘Think tank’ targeting legal professionals reveals advisory board

‘Think tank’ targeting legal professionals reveals advisory board


An innovation-focused ‘think tank’ designed to assist lawyers in navigating disruption affecting the legal profession has announced its inaugural 12-person Advisory Board.

The Centre for Legal Innovation (CLI) has announced its 12-member Advisory Board, which will provide advice on the work of the centre.

Established by the College of Law, the CLI works to support legal professionals in disruption affecting the business of law, ranging from technology hitting the market to evolving client needs.

The Advisory Board consists of Jodie Baker, CLI co-chair and managing director at Xakia Technologies; Joel Barolsky, managing director at Barolsky Advisors Pty Ltd; Neville Carter, chief executive officer at the College of Law; Sharon Eacott, general counsel and company secretary at Alinta Energy; Milan Gandhi, founder of The Legal Forecast; Catriona Macleod, CLI co-chair and director at Cullen Macleod Lawyers; Terri Mottershead, CLI director; Mitch Owens, chief technology officer at Gilbert + Tobin; Sumith Perera, chief technology officer at Hall & Wilcox; Suzie Thoraval, head of risk at the Department of Premier and Cabinet; Gene Turner, New Zealand managing director at LawHawk Ltd; and Caren Ulrich Stacy, USA founder of Diversity Lab/OnRamp Fellowship.

CLI director Terri Mottershead said the diverse range of experiences of members of the Advisory Board will “ensure the centre is connected to innovation in the profession, wherever that is evolving, both inside and outside traditional channels”.

“Our Advisory Board reflects the changing profile of the workforce in the legal industry today – multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, multi-cultural and multi-talented,” she said.

“Each Advisory Board member is an industry leader who understands how the legal marketplace is changing. Innovation is part of their daily lives. It is what drives and ensures their organisations remain competitive and it has become a core capability for all their people.”

Ms Mottershead noted that the CLI is the first organisation in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to the study of the practical impacts of innovation, as well as the dissemination of ideas on innovation, disruption and technology in the legal profession.

“The centre is a borderless and global organisation that attracts leading thinkers, regardless of nationality or location. We know there is much our industry can learn from other professions and other countries. That is why we have advisors from within and outside the profession, as well as from New Zealand and the USA on the Advisory Board,” Ms Mottershead added.

“The Advisory Board will have an input into all aspects of the centre, including the development of innovation-focused courses for the College of Law, and determining topics for our future roundtables, events and white papers.”

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