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Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Access to justice? Expert says there should be an app for that

Cellphone apps could improve access to justice and lawyers should push for such technological innovations if they don’t want their role in delivering legal services to be supplanted by others, an expert on law and economics argues. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Closing gap in legal services is major challenge, Cromwell warns

The legal profession must urgently facilitate — rather than impede — regulatory reforms that could alleviate the public’s vast unmet needs for affordable legal services, former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell says. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Letting the electrons do the work

Artificial intelligence and automation: Do they mean the end of lawyers? That seems to be the focus of the debate. Unfortunately, it misses the real opportunity. We should be asking what do they do for your practice today? And what might they do tomorrow? Could they make your practice more efficient, or help you serve your clients in a more timely or effective way? Those who would like to serve your clients will be looking at these evolving technologies. Maybe it is time to step back, look at how AI and automation are being used and consider the possibilities for the future. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Age of machines has huge implications for law

The business of law is going back to the future. Driverless vehicles, seek-and-destroy military drones and artificial intelligence doctors — things that were seen as futuristic not that long ago — are here, revolutionizing society and raising all kinds of questions for the legal profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Mapping out next legal evolution

This marks the first stage of an ongoing examination of how legal innovation can fit into a lawyer’s practice, now and in the future. There are many initiatives being worked on. They underscore the importance of the topic. Legal incubators, firm and professional association projects are among them. Clearly legal practice is evolving in terms of ownership, service delivery avenues and technology adoption. What the future holds is change and challenge. The only certainty is that it will be different from the present. We will be asking some thought leaders how, and why. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Space: The final financial frontier, legally speaking

Space may be the final frontier but it represents the start of a whole new world to the mining industry. With rising concerns about the sustainability of global natural resources reserves, the stage is slowly being set to exploit minerals on the Moon and even on the countless asteroids orbiting the Earth. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Winds of change gathering over profession, chief justice tells CBA

The Chief Justice of Canada has put fresh wind in the sails of lawyers pushing to lift the regulatory ban on non-lawyer ownership of law firms, say proponents of alternative business structures (ABS). ... [read more]

Thursday, February 05, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Lawyers see ‘considerable’ risk, scant prospect of reward in ABS

The growing debate over non-lawyers owning law firms should be resolved as part of a larger conversation regarding modernization of lawyer regulation, says the County and District Law Presidents’ Association. ... [read more]