Lawyers Are Safe From Becoming Extinct @The Hands Of Technology -Shittu

According to the Honourable Minister for Communication Technology, Barr. Shittu Adebayo, lawyers are safe from becoming extinct at the hands of technology.
The Minister made this statement at the just concluded maiden edition of #TechLaw Series organized by mobile Monday Nigeria, where he delivered the Keynote Address on the theme ‘Technology and The Law’. Shittu also described the power of technology one that makes everyone a deity saying, “…in the world of computing, we are deities, very small deities… but still deities”. Although the first in series, the event had in attendance representatives of relevant stakeholders comprising lawyers, technology enthusiasts, start-ups, innovators, government officials and policymakers.

Prior to this, there was a private session hosted by the Honourable Minister for Communication Technology, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, with select FinTech Start-Ups and the Y Combinator Alumni Network in Nigeria. During this closed-door meeting, robust discussions on industry challenges and peculiar issues were held in order to explore how government can add value and assist startups with the right policies to scale their businesses. 

The event featured seasoned speakers such as: Academic Director, Lagos Business School, Dr. Yinka David-West; Courteville Business Solutions, Dr. Adebola Akindele; Managing Associate, Jackson Etti & Edu, Abayomi Adebanjo; Barr. Seni Adio (SAN) and Co-founder & CEO, Flutterwave, Iyin Aboyeji. Others present were also: Ngozi Aderibigbe, Head, Technology, Media & Entertainment, Jackson, Etti & Edu; Akinkunmi Akinwunmi of Chris Ogunbanjo Legal Practice; Co-Founder,, Odunoluwa Longe; Former Company Secretary, Old Mutual, Sola Mabadeje; Managing Partner, Team Apt, Tosin Eniolorunda; Bloomfield Law Practice, Ebele Ikpeoyi speaking exhaustively on topics like Technology and Our Legal future: Emerging Areas, Skills and Ecosystem, The Emerging Law & Technology Ecosystem in Nigeria, Digital Financial Services & Law: Stretching Boundaries to Add Value over two (2) main sessions. Other topics explored were: Technology: an enabler or competitive edge? and Technology & The Legal Dilemma: Is there a way forward? 

In his welcome remarks, the Mobile Monday Patron & Former Lagos State Commissioner for Science & Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje thanked participants noting that, ”…from my experience in business and public service, I can attest that technology as an application of scientific concepts, in spite of its limitations and challenges; is a proven and tested catalyst to human growth and development at all times”.

The event was held on 22nd of January, 2018 at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and attracted well over 250 legal practitioners, startups and corporate organisations. With issues arising in cyber-crime, artificial intelligence, volume of data and protection, internet of things and fintech to mention a few, professionals in the legal sector took to note the impact of the technology revolution if not embraced by the sector urgently as well as how to leverage rather than overlook it. It was indeed an eye-opener to many who still run the legal practice in the traditional way.

Some other participants and firms represented at the event include: Representatives of the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Representatives from Ministry of Communication Technology, Bloomfield Law Practice, EchoVC, Chris Ogunbanjo LP, Venture Garden Group, Riby, Lex Colony, Tech Advance Limited, Law Pavilion, Mavin Records, Itex Integrated Services Limited, Accendolaw, AEC Legal and the Lagos Business School to mention a few.

The climax of the MOMO #TechLaw Series is the joint consensus between FinTech startups, government officials and policymakers, investors and lawyers present on the need for legal practitioners to continuously incorporate digital into their core operations, empower their workforce through training and providing adequate tools, in order to increase capacity and transform their products digitally with early Introduction of technology to law students in all institutions in the country. 

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