What is The Legal Forecast (TLF)?
TLF aims to advance legal practice through technology and innovation. It is a not-for-profit run by early-career professionals in Australia who are passionate about disruptive thinking and access to justice. TLF is designed as a community and rite of passage for law students and early-career legal professionals who are creative, entrepreneurial-minded and believe technology has an important role to play in legal practice and access to justice.
Our headquarters are in Brisbane, Australia and, as of 2017, we have representatives in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Our members undertake their duties pro bono, for intellectual and social satisfaction and to further access to justice for everyday Australians. Additionally, we are committed to raising money and awareness for mental health charities.
What does TLF do?
2017 has certainly been a busy year for us! We run discussion panel events about legal innovation hosted at our six law firm partners: Allens Linklaters, DLA Piper, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons and McCullough Robertson. TLF also hosted its first ever Mental Health Forum, breaking down the stigma associated with mental health and resilience.
We write a monthly publication about legal innovation and technology for the Queensland Law Society Proctor, which gets distributed to every single Queensland lawyer. We also host TLF Chats, a series of informal discussions about legal innovation over tapas and Tanqueray.
Our biggest event of the year, Disrupting Law, is coming up the 4 – 6 August and we are over the moon with the support it has received since our very first Disrupting Law last year. Disrupting Law 2017 is a unique 54-hour hackathon / design jam for tertiary students focused on finding new opportunities in the legal industry. The event is an unparalleled opportunity to work closely with lawyers, entrepreneurs, technology professionals, management consultants and others from different industries, to practice creative problem solving, learn about the business and practice of law, and hone pitching skills.
On top of all that, we love supporting our friends who also operate in this space. 2017 has seen us support the University of New South Wales HackJustice, the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations and other initiatives. Milan Gandhi, TLF’s Founder, is on the College of Law Centre for Legal Innovation Board.
How can Kiwis get involved with TLF?!
We love our neighbours across the pond, especially when they say ‘deck’. 2017 has seen TLF expand successfully to major cities in Australia and we look forward to expanding to the beautiful New Zealand! If you are genuinely interested in assisting us with that process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org about how you connect with TLF and how you would be able to assist us. It does not matter if you are a first-year student or a senior partner of a law firm – we want to hear from you.
In the meantime, we think it is a bit much for you to fly over for an informal TLF Chat (we will love you if you do) but we would appreciate your help contributing articles to our publications. It is a brilliant opportunity to expand your network to every single Queensland lawyer and this excellent platform set up by LexisNexis NZ! If you are interested, please email our Editor in Chief, Michael Bidwell via LLL.
We look forward to hearing from you!