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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

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]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Quebec Justice Ministry’s ‘ambitious’ strategic plan spurs questions Jean-François Roberge

An ambitious strategic plan unveiled by the Quebec Ministry of Justice outlines measures the provincial government expects to implement over the course of the next three years to curb criminal and penal court delays, accelerate the deployment of technologies in the justice system, boost the use of alternative dispute resolution and improve access to justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Women in rural, remote communities get long distance legal help Woman_with_laptop

Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Those who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare. After hearing repeatedly about the lack of access to legal representation for women in northern and small communities, Luke’s Place decided something needed to be done. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Traffic tech reporting long way from radio station eyes-in-the-sky car at light

Technology continues to have an impact on the prosecution of criminal and regulatory offences as well as their detection. Some radio stations used to make reports on where photo radar or traffic enforcement locations were being held; drivers commonly flash their lights to warn people of upcoming police speed enforcement. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

This year in legal tech is all about the 3 C’s legal_tech_sm

Cash, collaboration and Canada — three words to remember this year when thinking about legal technology.  ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 5:53 AM

Université de Montréal AI initiative seeks to improve access to justice Karim Benyekhlef

Nearly a decade after co-founding Cyberjustice Laboratory, a hub that analyzes the impact of technologies on justice while developing concrete technological tools that are adapted to the reality of justice systems, Karim Benyekhlef and Fabien Gélinas have set their sights on artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Three easy steps to a better relationship with your smartphone Man with head in cellphone

We have become overly reliant on technology to keep us stimulated and withdrawal becomes almost like a drug addiction. While some argue that the only way to deal with this is by turning everything off, most know that this solution is a temporary fix. Instead of focusing on the rules — don’t do this or that — several of my coaching clients have benefited from focusing on the outcome. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Top trends for law firms on social media in 2020 Lawyer surrounded by computers

To stay relevant in today's social media environment, law firms must keep an eye on emerging social patterns. Social media, when used properly, can be a useful tool when it comes to establishing industry relationships, connecting with new clients and staying up to date on business trends. As 2020 approaches, law firms must start planning their social strategy for the new year. ... [read more]