Legal futurist Richard Susskind to deliver Criser Lecture

Published: September 3rd, 2013

Category: Feature

richard-susskindBy Matt Walker

We all know by now the legal profession is rapidly changing, with tried-and-true traditions falling by the wayside to make room for technology, globalization and a new generation. But few understand this better than Richard Susskind, a renowned legal “futurist,” author and adviser who has written extensively on the future of the legal industry and how to best prepare for changes to come.

Susskind will deliver the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Marshall M. Criser Lecture Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in UF Law’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. Following the lecture, small groups of students will have an opportunity to eat lunch and engage in an informal discussion with one of a number of distinguished legal professionals. In the afternoon, legal professionals will participate in a roundtable conversation in HOL 180. The law school community is urged to attend.

Susskind’s most recent book, Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, is the cover story of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice magazine and has received praise from across the legal field.

“One of the challenges facing legal education today is that if we don’t pay attention to the massive changes now occurring in the legal profession, we will end up preparing our students to practice in a world that doesn’t exist anymore,” said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry. “Richard Susskind’s visit will provide the UF Law community with an opportunity to hear directly from one of the premier thinkers about the future of the legal profession.”

1L students may pick up tickets to the lecture and lunch in Student Affairs starting today through Thursday. If space permits, 2Ls and 3Ls may pick up tickets beginning Friday in Student Affairs. Students will also sign up to eat lunch with one of the guest panelists at this time. Students who are unable to attend the 10:30 a.m. lecture may still obtain tickets to participate in the informal lunch and are welcome to attend the afternoon panel discussion. Space will be limited, so it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The roundtable conversation will be held from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Susskind and guests will discuss the future of the legal profession in a panel facilitated by UF Law Professor Amy Mashburn, director of the Lawyering and Professionalism Program.

The panel will include David Vetter, general counsel for TechData; Renee Knake, professor of law at Michigan State University; Gwynne Young, immediate past president of The Florida Bar and partner at Carlton Fields; Roger Blair, economist at UF’s Warrington Business College; Judge Anthony Porcelli, U.S. magistrate, Middle District of Florida; and William Hamilton, UF Law adjunct professor, partner at Quarles and Brady and executive director of the the International Center for Automated Research .

The Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2007 by Lewis Schott (B.A. 1943, LL.B. 1946) of Palm Beach, Fla., as a tribute to his fellow UF Law alumnus, former UF President Marshall Criser (JD 51). The goal of the speaker series is to host prestigious national and international speakers every year on topics of particular interest to law students. Past speakers have included retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former American Bar Association President Stephen Zack (JD 71).