Professor Richard Susskind, OBE, a British author, speaker, and independent adviser to international firms and national governments, will give the 2012 Richard S. Levitt Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., in the Levitt Auditorium. His lecture, entitled, “Tomorrow’s Lawyers,” is open to the public.
Susskind’s main area of expertise is the future of legal service, with particular reference to the impact of information technology. His views have influenced a generation of lawyers around the world.
He has written numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (Oxford, 1987), The Future of Law (Oxford, 1996), Transforming the Law (Oxford, 2000), The End of Lawyers? (Oxford, 2008), and (forthcoming) Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (Oxford, 2013). He has written over 100 columns as a columnist for The Times and his work has been translated into more than 10 languages.
Richard has been invited to lecture in over 40 countries, and has addressed legal audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000.
Since 1998, Richard has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. From 2003 until 2008, he was Chair of the UK’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (a non-departmental public body set up by the Cabinet Office in 2003, and now part of the Ministry of Justice). During 2009 and 2010, Richard was a member of the Supreme Court IT User Group, the body that designed the (advanced) computer systems for the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
Richard is President of the Society of Computers and Law. He is Chair of the Advisory Board, and Visiting Professor in Internet Studies, at the Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford. He is an Honorary Professor at the Law School in University College London, Emeritus Law Professor at Gresham College in London, and a part-time law professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
He has a first-class honours degree in law from Glasgow University and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen for services in IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.