The Institute for Global Understanding of Rule of Law at Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi (IGUL), in partnership with Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is hosting an international conference of legal educators, law students, lawyers, and judges. This conference is intended to bring together law students, law faculty, lawyers, and judges from around the world to discuss the future of legal education, the practice of law, and the judicial system. The Conference will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
Slightly more than a decade ago, Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi hosted the Law 2001: A Global Legal Odyssey conference which focused on “assuring quality legal education in the face of similarities, differences and rapid change.” Most recently IGUL hosted Legal Education and Lawyering in the Age of the “New Normal”. Disruption in the Legal Sector is a continuation of the dialogue begun in 2001 and a deeper exploration of the “New Normal”. It is envisioned that Disruption in the Legal Sector will bring together law faculty and law students from around the globe to explore the best pedagogies, curricula, and technology for preparing lawyers to practice in both global and domestic legal markets; lawyers from around the globe to explore how technology is impacting the practice of law; and judges from around the globe to explore how technology is impacting court systems, judges and access to justice. For several decades technology has been impacting the legal sector. The changes technology brought to the legal sector had been slow and methodical with individuals opting in to the use of technology. But, the impact of the global pandemic has changed the world we live in, including the legal sector from law school classroom to the courtroom. The global pandemic has forced the legal sector to embrace technologies that in the past would never have been considered, creating disruptions that are both positive and negative. This conference will explore those disruptions and the future they bring.