The Process: Developing the Legal Futures Initiative

Phase 1 – The first step in the process was to conduct extensive research to understand where we are, and where we might be headed. The Legal Futures Initiative’s June 2013 Report, The Futures of Legal Services in Canada: Trends and Issues, (LINK) synthesized our findings and provided the foundational themes for the next step: our consultation phase.

Phase 2 – From June 2013 to January 2014, we gathered input to determine how key stakeholders view the future of legal services in Canada. We invited comment from more than 300 national institutions and organizations, coordinated in-person consultations with stakeholder groups, and led vibrant discussions on Twitter and through our website. With the careful work of three dedicated teams from diverse perspectives in the areas of education, innovation and regulation, we integrated consultation feedback into a report that shows little agreement, but much opinion, about the future.

Phase 3 – In August 2014, after two years of study, consultations and research, we released a comprehensive report, Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada. (LINK) Along with tools and resources, the report provides a series of recommendations to the legal profession for remaining relevant, confident and ready to deliver the services clients want and need in a changed legal marketplace.