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Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

Lawyers getting up to speed on machine learning humaniod_robot_lawyer_sm

Lawyers spend an inordinate amount of time learning the law, following trends and attempting to analyze the law. This learning doesn’t end in law school but continues into practice on files and through continuing professional development (CPD). ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 1:13 PM

Do law firms need big digital marketing programs? | Kim McLaughlin

If I had a dollar for every lawyer who said, “Kim, I don’t need a big digital marketing program,” I would own an island. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Incoming CBA vice-president passionate about organization’s advocacy work Brad Regehr sm

The Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) incoming vice-president, Brad Regehr, will be the first Indigenous person to hold the position of president when Vivene Salmon’s term ends in 2020. His goal as VP is to support Salmon’s goals for the organization, but looking ahead, Regehr would like to increase continuing professional development and focus on reconciliation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Estate planners: Getting ready for the digital age digital_esate_sm

What do estate planning lawyers need in readiness for estate planning in a digital world? It boils down to understanding three new realities that fundamentally impact both estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Why I’m calling for complete repeal of statement of principles | Sam Goldstein

People have asked me why I did not support the compromise motion at the June 27 meeting of Convocation that would have made the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial requirement that all licensees adopt a statement of principles (SOP) endorsing the society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives voluntary. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Law society aims to save role of paralegals, law students and articling students post-Bill C-75 Malcolm_Mercer_sm

At its next Convocation, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will vote on regulatory changes for paralegals, law students and articling students in a bid to keep non-lawyer agents in play when new federal rules come into force barring them from acting in summary offence cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Fine balance needed by courts in third-party litigation funding darkfacebehinddollars_sm

The first time that third-party funding was approved for an Ontario class action was Dugal v. Manulife Financial Corp. [2011] O.J. No. 1239. Justice George Strathy took a deep look at the nature of class actions and decided to approve it. Several years later, Justice Paul Perell has taken the court’s supervision of the process one step further. Previously, the view was that the judge could either approve the litigation funding agreement or not. In Houle v. St. Jude Medical Inc., 2017 ONSC 5129, Justice Perell took the innovative step of directing the plaintiff and its funder to make specific changes to the funding agreement. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 3:18 PM

Internationally trained lawyers should tap into networking, social media, advises panel (L-R) Melissa Chan, Luis Chacin, Kim Gale, Richa Sandill sm

Networking through events and social media is key for internationally trained lawyers as they find articling positions or jobs in a city far from where they studied. The importance of joining associations and networking effectively was highlighted by a panel of internationally trained lawyers speaking about the role of National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) candidates in creating a diverse and inclusive profession. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 11:05 AM - Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

G7 leaders urged to protect lawyers from harm, ensure AI doesn’t oust human decision making Raymond Adlington

Next week bar association presidents from Canada and the other G7 nations will jointly urge their countries’ political leaders to legally protect lawyers and the confidentiality of the lawyer-client relationship, as well as to ensure that the emerging use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms in legal decision making doesn’t harm human dignity, fundamental rights and access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

LSO reduces number of committees, extends appointments of former benchers on tribunal Malcolm Mercer sm

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers met on Aug. 8 to determine appointments to the organization’s various committees, unanimously deciding to limit the number of committees. They also decided that former benchers Raj Anand, Christopher Bredt, Barbara Murchie and Peter Wardle’s appointments to the Hearing and Appeal Divisions of the Law Society Tribunal should be extended to May 28, 2021. ... [read more]