AI takes center stage at Great Lakes Legal Conference June 14-15

Worried, or curious, about how artificial intelligence is affecting the legal profession, and what’s on the horizon? Learn more at the Great Lakes Legal Conference, the State Bar of Michigan’s premier continuing education and leadership development event taking place June 14-15 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The keynote presentation, “Balancing Act: Ethics, Efficiency, and AI in Legal Practice,” will be given by  John W. Allen of Varnum LLP in Kalamazoo and Dennis M. Kennedy of Dennis Kennedy Advisory Services LLC in Ann Arbor.

Kennedy is executive director and chief innovation officer of Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory and offers advisory services and consulting on innovation, legal technology, and productization. A fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, he has chaired the board of the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center and has been a pioneer in the digital legal landscape since the 1990s. Kennedy serves as director of the Center for Law, Technology & Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law and also teaches courses at the University of Michigan Law School.

Allen practices in the areas of commercial law, litigation, family law, and professional responsibility. Allen has more than 40 years of experience in law office management, practice groups, engagement, fees and fee disputes, quality control, and other issues. “Michigan Lawyers Weekly” named him as one of the Top 25 Michigan Leaders in the Law for 2012. He is also recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” and as a Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyer. Allen has served in many capacities with the American Bar Association, including the governing council of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, and is a member and leader in several other Michigan bars and organizations.

Registration is open through June 14 at The cost is $275.

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