3 Instructional Hours

Analytical Decision Making for Legal Professionals

About the program

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Presented in partnership with Fasken.

Making business decisions has never been easy. The uncertainty and complexity of the modern landscape make choices harder than ever, especially those involving new products and ventures.

In the era of big data and analytics, legal practices are under increasing pressure to improve decision-making by harnessing the extraordinary volumes of data collected.

But how can managers convert vast quantities of ill-structured data into manageable amounts of organized information to help them sharpen the decision-making process? And how can a complex decision even be made with conviction in such an unpredictable environment?

This program is part of the Analytics and Innovation for Legal Professionals series. Take any number of these programs or complete the full series.

Buy five programs and get the sixth program free.

In this program you will:

  • Learn to blend analytics and intuition
  • Discover different tools and frameworks for structuring and modeling decision problems
  • Learn to apply new tools to situations involving uncertainty and risk.

Who should attend

This program is designed for anyone in the legal profession.

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This program has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario and is eligible for CPD professional development credits, across Canada. For participants outside of Ontario, we are happy to help with the application process for CPD credits. Please contact us at execed@queensu.ca for assistance.

Personal benefits

  • Position yourself as a leader within your firm's digital transformation
  • Increase your department's effectiveness and performance by using information you have available to you in new ways
  • Build frameworks to measure and learn from your business - so you continue doing what works and stop doing what doesn't

Organizational benefits

  • Equip managers and leaders with tools and information to strategically apply the data at their disposal
  • Increase effectiveness and reduce risk through improved management decision-making
  • Benefit from optimizing revenue management, dynamic pricing, and business modelling

Program Content

This session will explore how the best decision-makers blend intuition and analytics to both make strong choices and influence the decisions of others.

You will learn how to break down decision-making problems into more manageable pieces, including those that involve uncertainty and risk. To do so, you’ll master a variety of tools and frameworks to help you assess and measure your available options.

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll discover how to embrace uncertainty as an integral aspect of the legal environment environment, and account for its impact as part of determining your optimal next best step.

Session Leaders

Our session leader combines deep industry expertise with excellent teaching skills – able to cut through jargon and translate complex topics into accessible, practical concepts.

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics at Smith School of Business in Kingston, Canada. His research interests include, on the theoretical side, behavioral operations, revenue management and environmental sustainability. On the applied side, he studies data-driven applications in business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Anton’s work has been published in the leading academic journals. One of his academic papers was recognized as the finalist of the 2009 Junior Faculty Best Paper Competition held by the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and his applied work was recognized as the finalist in the 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing section Practice Prize. In 2015 Anton received the Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability from the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) for his work on sustainable operations. His case studies also won several awards, including the 2005 and 2011 INFORMS Case competitions. Anton organized several conferences and is on the editorial review boards of two leading operations management journals; his contributions to the academic community also received multiple service awards.

Samuel Dahan is a National Scholar and Assistant Professor of Law and at Queen’s University, as well as a lawyer and mediator. He is cross-appointed to both the Smith School of Business and Cornell University Law School, and is an affiliate faculty member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Dahan is the founder and Director of the Conflict Analytics Lab, a global consortium (Queen’s-McGill-Columbia-HEC) concerned with the application of data science and Artificial Intelligence to dispute resolution and law. He is also the founder and developer of MyOpenCourt, a platform that improves access to justice through predictive dispute resolution research.

Samuel Dahan was a référendaire (legal secretary) at the Court of Justice of the European Union and clerked for the Conseil d’Etat (French Administrative Supreme Court). During the financial crisis of 2008-2009, he served as an advisor to the EU’s chief negotiator for the financial assistance program in Latvia. He also worked as an associate for White & Case and Essec-Irene, leading firms specializing in dispute resolution (2010-2014).

Dahan holds a doctorate in law from the University of Cambridge and studied law and dispute resolution at Harvard Law School; the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS-Ulm); the Sorbonne Law School; Leuven University in Belgium; and the University of Nice. He was a bronze medalist at the French and UK championships in kickboxing and Taekwondo.

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Upcoming Sessions

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  • Nov 19    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST


$800 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
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