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Presenter Profile: Prof. Amy Salyzyn | Lawyer Technological Competence

Amy Salyzyn is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. Amy received her J.S.D. from Yale Law School for her dissertation exploring the judicial regulation of lawyers in common law jurisdictions. She also received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School, where she was awarded the Dean’s Key upon graduation. Before coming to the University of Ottawa, Amy served as a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and practiced at a Toronto litigation boutique. Her litigation practice included a wide variety of civil and commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, tort, professional negligence, securities litigation and employment law as well as administrative law matters.

Amy has written extensively in the area of legal ethics, lawyer regulation, the use of technology in the delivery of legal services and access to justice, having now published over 10 articles in Canadian and international peer-reviewed journals on the topic. She is also the author of two book chapters, including a chapter on client confidentiality in the leading Canadian legal ethics textbook. Amy is a regular legal ethics columnist for Slaw.ca, a Canadian online legal magazine, and has contributed to Jotwell.com.

Lawyer Technological Competence is now available on-demand. This program was originally presented as a webinar in our 2021 Alberta Legal Technology Conference. The fact that there now exists a formal duty of technological competence raises the question of what, exactly, does this duty entail? What does this duty require from lawyers? In her presentation, Professor Amy Salyzyn presents “6As” taxonomy for thinking about lawyer technological competence – modern lawyers need be Automated, Aware (of technological risks), operate as Avatars (i.e. competently deliver services digitally), use AI to Augment their legal practices, be Acquainted with emerging AI technologies and be Attentive to how AI in being used in the justice system.