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Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Legal writing in the digital age | Neil Guthrie

All kinds of questions arise from the new (or newish) technology we use in legal practice. Should you communicate with your clients by text message, for example? The answer is probably not: there are security and privacy issues, privileged and confidential information may find its way to servers in the United States (and therefore be subject to scrutiny by U.S. government officials) and your chat history may be difficult — or impossible — to retrieve if you need to establish exactly what was said and when. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Digital assets deep dive: Tech solutions digital_lightbulb

In my practice, I have spoken at many workshops and conferences with estate lawyers, estate planners, clients and the general public. Regardless of the audience, some of the first words often blurted out are, “password managers,” or the question is asked, “what about password managers” in an effort to tidily solve the entire digital assets dilemma in one fell swoop. We live in a complicated world where every minute of the day is taken by orchestrating client commitments, and we just don’t have the time to investigate a new and evolving digital domain that requires more research than can be handled with a passing comment. ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Post trial physical, mental storm normal | Kyla Lee

After a particularly effective cross-examination, I called my law partner while driving home. Triumphantly, I declared myself the queen of cross-examination. He listened dutifully, as law partners to trial lawyers do, while I recounted how I had ensnared the witness and got him to admit his numerous errors. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New SCC clerkship interview process: Equity and sound public administration | Lawrence David

Cambridge doctoral student Paul Warchuk messaged me this morning with the following news: ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Complex Nova Scotia court case goes hi-tech Michael_Wood_sm

Nova Scotia’s court system has taken a big leap in its embracing of technology after a recent high-profile financial fraud case went almost completely digital. This latest move towards greater use of technology in the justice system came in the form of enhancements to Courtroom 502 at the Halifax Law Courts — changes made in preparation for the September appeal of disgraced tech executives Daniel Potter and Blois Colpitts. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 7:51 AM

Cloud security myth: Client data stored in Canada more secure cloud_security_sm

One of the key attributes of modernizing the tools and software used by law firms is migrating to cloud solutions, which offer greater reliability, features and security vis-a-vis on-premises software solutions. Despite the benefits, I routinely encounter the great myth of cloud technology within the first few minutes of any call, notably “Where is the data stored?” or “Is everything stored in Canada?” ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Bank encourages law firms to consider candidates for Patent for Startups program Josh Death sm

TD Bank has expanded its Patent for Startups program to assist cleantech companies, fulfilling a commitment to support a low-carbon economy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Breakthrough Innovation: New models for practice of law | Kurt Sandstrom

With the exception of technology, the basic model of the practice of law has not changed in any drastic way over the last 30 years, likely longer. While there are pockets of innovation, for the most part, a client usually seeks out a legal professional according to a set number of already established “problem areas” in which lawyers advertise their assistance: wills, estates, personal injury, family law, etc. However, it is very clear from statistics that the vast majority of people’s legal problems cannot be served through this model.  ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

In-house legal at pivot point of innovation leading_innovation_sm

A recent Altman Weil study found that the number one reason firms weren’t doing more to change the way the way they deliver legal services is because clients weren’t asking. Yes, a law firm not proactively improving client services has poor business strategy; but that is pretty rare. The problem of how to improve the delivery of legal services is more complicated than that. What incentives are clients giving for law firms to improve? ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Selling tech solutions to key law firm decision makers selling_techsolutions_sm

My presentation was polished and my talking points were front and centre in my mind. I had a new technology solution, a great team behind me and a passion for the legal industry that stemmed from my experience as a former corporate lawyer. I had my pen in-hand ready for the firm to sign up for our service. This was my first meeting with the firm and it went great! ... [read more]