The presentation will offer an overview of the changing legal profession, offer concrete prescriptions for how lawyers can use technology and innovation to compete more effectively, and provide an overview of how law schools and bar associations are helping lawyers prepare for the future.

Presenter's Biography

Portrait of Suffolk University Law School Dean Andrew Perlman.

Andrew Perlman is the dean and a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School. Andy was the chief reporter of the American Bar Association Commission on Ethics 20/20, which was responsible for updating the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct to reflect changes in technology and increased globalization. He also has served the vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services;
the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation; and the co-chair of the innovation committee for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Project, Making Justice Accessible: Designing Legal Services for the 21st Century.

Andy was the founding director of Suffolk’s Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology as well as the related Legal Innovation and Technology Concentration. In 2015, he was recognized by FastCase as one of 50 “entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers … who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services.”

Andy has written numerous articles on professional responsibility that have appeared in some of the nation’s leading law reviews. He also is a co-author of a civil procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (with Professors Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) that has been adopted at more than 80 law schools. He regularly speaks about professional responsibility and the future of legal services at academic conferences, bar association programs, legal departments, and local and international law firms.

Prior to entering academia, Andy clerked for a federal district court judge in Chicago and practiced as a litigator there. He is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and he received his LL.M from Columbia Law School.