Making Sense of New Law and Alt Law

Yesterday I spent a good chunk of my day following the twitter conversation around #lextech16, a one day conference held in Toronto about the future of law.  One problem with paying attention to these sorts of things is that words like “innovation” “the future” and “change” start to lose all meaning because they’re thrown around so much.  What does New Law and Alt Law really mean?  How does it all connect?

In an attempt to get my head around it all, I made the following mind map.  Am I missing anything?  Two things are not included as boxes:  ethics and access to legal services/access to justice.  That’s because, in my opinion, they permeate everything that a lawyer or someone working in legal services does.  The ultimate goal is providing justice in an ethical manner.  Everything else is just details.

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