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Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Evaluation and implementation ediscovery_software_sm

The need for e-discovery is well documented. So, now that we’ve gotten the “why” out of the way, let’s look at the “how” part of the story. It’s one thing to say, “I want an e-discovery solution,” but knowing how to choose, implement and run one is an entirely different matter. And it’s where even the best intentions go to die. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Religious inclusion in legal profession | Nour Farhat and Derek Ross

We are both openly religious. We are also lawyers. We see no contradiction in this. To the contrary, our faith motivates and supports us in meeting our commitment to “fulfill the duties of the legal profession with honesty and justice” and to “champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons” (as set out in the Quebec and Ontario oaths, respectively). ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Boosting the rate of technology adoption | Aaron Baer

For many observers of the legal industry, the seemingly glacial change of innovation can be astounding. After all, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how the use of data analytics, process mapping or new technology within a law firm can be considered to be innovative. But the reality is that lawyers (and law firms) are often resistant to change. Being trained to identify all potential risks and being subject to a system that relies so heavily on precedent doesn’t exactly align itself well to change. And of course, there’s the incentive misalignment that will remain present in the legal profession so long as the billable hour reigns supreme. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

The inevitable collision between AI and law of arbitration AI_arbitration_sm

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve disputes is a market disrupter. The legal profession has yet to feel the effects of AI nor is it prepared to deal with it. As it relates to the law of arbitration, there is an inevitable and imminent collision coming that will bring uncertainty to arbitration itself. ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Myths and misconceptions ediscovery_software_sm

It’s no exaggeration to say that the legal profession is at an existential crossroads. There is no aspect of the law business that isn’t in flux, and in many cases, those changes are the direct result of technological innovations that are rendering old models obsolete. It should be no surprise that technology is affecting every aspect of law, and no area is experiencing a more profound shift than discovery. Firms know that they need to adopt e-discovery, but they’re not sure how to implement or manage the transition. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

Hey Bell: Let’s talk about ... hypocrisy | Jordana Goldlist

Wednesday Jan. 29 is Bell “Let’s Talk” Day, the day on which Bell Canada contributes five cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of its Snapchat filter or Facebook frame towards mental health initiatives in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

U of T’s experiential program makes learning about the law ‘come alive’ Kim_Snell

Emma Weiss, a second-year law student at the University of Toronto, recalls feeling shocked as she sat in startup advisory board meetings in the fall of 2019. “I’m used to being a student and having no answers,” she said. But the startup teams “expected me to have answers to things. ... It was a learning moment for me that when I’m out of law school, all of the sudden I’m going to be in this trusted adviser position.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:10 AM - Last Updated: Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 2:59 PM

Report on law society racial issues seriously challenged | Sam Goldstein

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics,” Mark Twain wrote. Meaning, you can prove just about anything by manipulating numbers. Based on an analysis by Murray Klippenstein, a good example of Clemens’ hypothesis is the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees report adopted by the Law Society of Ontario on Oct. 30, 2014, which was then used by the society to justify a wide range of policy recommendations, including the fugacious Statement of Principles. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

B.C. law society seeking public input of what legal practice will look like over next decade B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia wants to hear from you about the future of the legal profession. The law society’s futures task force is seeking input from lawyers, notaries, paralegals, the judiciary, organizations and the public to assist in its consideration of what legal practice will look like over the next decade ... [read more]