Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?
I help people; I help clients understand pain points and solve problems, I help connect teams by acting as a conduit between law and technology, I help create efficient and data driven systems and processes to improve lawyer satisfaction and well-being, and I hope to inspire, develop and educate the legal tech industry.
What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?
Potential through difference.
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?
Change from the ground up; to the language used in job descriptions to attract diverse candidates, to the recruitment process to avoid hiring based on like for like, to ensuring that organisation is driven by strong and purpose led values which instils inclusiveness, flexibility, transparency and openness. This has to be created at the top and actioned by everyone – from the leadership team for leading by example with fairness and integrity and ensuring that every staff member has a safe environment to ask questions, to every staff member to speak up when things are not right and to question the status quo.
What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?
I studied computer science and law through a combination of a passion for data, systems and analytics as well as reasoning, problem solving and judgement. However, I have always enjoyed the data and process behind the giving of legal advice more than the practice of law itself, so have used my legal subject matter expertise in the legal tech industry. I thrive on the opportunity to help create systems and solutions for legal teams based on efficiencies and structured data.
Amanda is the Head of Legal Technology at LOD