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Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Top OBA leadership begins new era of diversity Charlene Theodore sm

As a longtime advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Charlene Theodore says she’ll continue that work in her new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), while supporting members still grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 1:25 PM

Revenue generation: What law firms can learn from tech companies | Sumathi Pundit

For years, tech companies have been leading the way when it comes to creating scalable revenue engines. With many tech darlings like DocuSign, HubSpot and Salesforce experiencing extremely fast growth and market domination, it begs the question — what’s their secret sauce? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 3:04 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Consultant’s study seeks complete technology solution for Ontario Superior Court Mohan Sharma sm

The Superior Court of Justice and the Ministry of the Attorney General have hired global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to recommend an end-to-end technology solution to meet the needs of the Superior Court of Justice and all its stakeholders, including judges, lawyers and litigants — especially the growing number of self-represented litigants. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 11:54 AM

Relationships, issues around intellectual property, emerging technologies Robot typing

What is the relationship between emerging technologies and intellectual property (IP)? Innovations in emerging technologies often bring new products to market, create differentiated services, or change how consumers interact with existing products and services. IP intersects with emerging technologies in various ways, some of which are more significant than others. This note is an overview of some of the more substantial ways that IP intersects with emerging technologies, and how in turn this may influence trends in global IP law and governance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Embracing the change | Karen Heath

The incessant tap-tapping of an enthusiastic typist is part of the steady thrum of courtroom din that you become accustomed to during a lengthy matter. The feverish note taking of a second chair grasping on to each uttered word from the witness is often punctuated by the distinctive tap of the enter key. A new line, a break in thought, nary a breath taken by the witness; and the melody resumes. For opposing counsel (and maybe even co-counsel) it is likely a nuisance. Depending on the real estate of the courtroom, it may border on intrusive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Fifty shades of compliance: Automating privacy impact assessments automated_privacy_assessment_sm

What we consider to be private is subjective and contextual. Our views on privacy vary depending on the nuances of the culture, values and technology our personal data is handled within. This is why privacy does not always fit within the black and white letter of the law. Rather, privacy is a myriad of shades of grey. What further adds to the complexity of privacy is our fluctuating level of trust with companies that collect, use and disclose our personal information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

After COVID-19 we can never go back | Gary Joseph

The pandemic has most abruptly changed the legal landscape and the practice of family law. The speed within which change has occurred is breathtaking. I am often a severe critic of the court system, but I take this opportunity to extend sincere appreciation to those directing the change and most definitely to the court staff who are at the forefront of the recent innovations. Please, I beg you, let’s never go back to the old normal. Let me be more specific and more clear. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 3:50 PM

Virtual criminal case management courts pilot launches Aug. 10 in Ontario

The Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) is launching a pilot project Aug. 10 to test a virtual criminal case management courts system in Kitchener and Ottawa. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Access to justice isn’t just a money problem, but a perception problem | Isabela Bibulovic

It’s time we addressed the elephant in the room: lawyers don’t have a good rep. Tell someone you’re a doctor and then correct yourself and say, “No actually, I’m a lawyer,” and see the reaction. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Justice and the pandemic: What has to change Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the last of a five-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]