31 August 2018, Friday
SMU School of Law
Function Hall 1.3, Level B1
5:00pm - 6:45pm

Kindly note that registration starts at 4:30pm


Operationalizing Innovation: The New Work of Legal Operations and the Future of Work in the Legal Profession

In this talk, Professor David B Wilkins - Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School -identifies the key trends reshaping the global market for legal services, and discusses how the best law firms and in-house legal departments are responding to these challenges. The talk incorporates original research about the practices of firms and companies in both mature and developing legal markets, and will identify concrete steps that can be used to drive innovation and change that provides real and measurable value to clients, to professionals, and to society.

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Featuring Guest of Honour:
Mr Edwin Tong, SC, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health

Edwin was Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department at Allen & Gledhill. His core practice areas was in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and in international arbitration.  Edwin is an elected Member of Parliament in Singapore for Marine Parade GRC and was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health, with effect from 1 July 2018.



Welcome Address
Associate Professor Goh Yihan, Dean of SMU School of Law

Opening Speech
Guest of Honour Mr Edwin Tong S.C., Senior Minister of State for Law and Health

Introduction of Speaker
Ms Sushma Jobanputra, Partner-in-Charge (Singapore Office), Jones Day

Professor David B Wilkins

Panel Discussion
Panellists: Professor David B. Wilkins, Dean Goh Yihan, Ms Sushma Jobanputra

Professor David B. Wilkins, Dean Goh Yihan, Ms Sushma Jobanputra

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This event is a SILE CPD Accredited Activity.

Points: 1.5 

Practice Area: Contemporary Issues in Legal Practice

Training Level: General

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Please click on this link to download the paper from the presentation.


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