Baker McKenzie partner, Tamara Levin, started her fellowship in June at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a ground-breaking collaboration in San Francisco, California. 

Tamara, a member of the Firm’s tax practice, is the first Baker McKenzie partner to serve as a Forum fellow. The placement is part of Firm’s longstanding and extensive commitment to the Forum and to innovation in the legal industry. Through hubs and partnerships around the globe, Baker McKenzie is building an innovation ‘ecosystem’ where the best minds can come together to reimagine the business of law.

“We are thrilled to have Tamara represent the Firm as part of our collaborative partnership with the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Ben Allgrove, chairman of Baker McKenzie’s Innovation Committee said. “These fellowships are an important opportunity for our lawyers to both contribute to society and gain knowledge about innovation.”

Based in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco office, Tamara has extensive experience working with the technology industry. Through the fellowship, she will be working on projects involving blockchain and distributed ledger technology. This project team is focused on advancing the principles of good governance to support the distributed ledger technology infrastructure and applications.

“I am delighted to serve as a fellow and look forward to working at the Centre and with the blockchain project team,” added Tamara.

Opened in March 2017, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings together leading businesses, dynamic start-ups, civil society, academia and international organizations to co-design the innovative governance protocols and policy frameworks needed to maximize the benefits of science and technology for society.

Tamara is the second in a series of Firm fellowships. In April, Yoon Chae, an intellectual property associate completed his placement with the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning project team.

Recognizing that the future of law is open and collaborative, the Firm is exploring different models to foster innovation. In addition to the Baker McKenzie’s partnership with the World Economic Forum,  the Firm has launched three other major collaborative models including the Whitespace Legal Collab in Toronto, ReInvent Law in Frankfurt and Ulster University’s legal innovation centre in Belfast.

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