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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Over 40 researchers commit to AI project aimed at improving access to justice Nicolas_Vermeys_sm

According to Nicolas Vermeys, the vice-director of the Cyberjustice Laboratory in Montreal, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming, and the legal profession needs to prepare. “There’s no way around it. So how do we make sure that companies or individuals who are developing AI applications for the legal system do so in a manner that will not jeopardize the pillars of our system? That it will not affect the principles of equality?” he asked, while explaining a newly launched research partnership centred around these very questions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 9:47 AM

Quebec judge’s actions draw rebuke from Appeal Court Emmanuelle Bernheim

A Quebec judge who refused to hear a quarrel between neighbours and emphatically insisted that they negotiate a settlement before adjourning without cause a hearing over which he should have presided the same day has been sanctioned by the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Access to Justice: Diana Lowe on the theory of change | Thomas Cromwell

Alberta has been engaged for several years in an ambitious family law reform effort. I spoke to Diana Lowe, co-lead of the Reforming the Family Justice System initiative, about what they have been doing and what’s ahead. Here is what she told me. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

How law schools can teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

In an article earlier this month, I argued that legal education should place more emphasis on teaching innovative thinking, not just logical analysis. Though this may seem antithetical to the study of law, there are various ways that innovation can be taught in law schools. Legal education can learn from other disciplines that have effectively and explicitly incorporated innovation into their teaching models. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

B.C. launches online tool for joint-filed divorces Leena Yousefi, YLaw Group

People can buy music and order pizza with the simple click of a mouse. And now, people in B.C. will be able to start the process of getting a divorce without having to leave the comfort of their armchair. The provincial government has launched the Online Divorce Assistant (ODA) application, which helps with completing documentation for joint-filed divorces in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in cases without children. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

In blockchain we trust Manoncomputerchip_sm.jpg

The first thing we do, let’s disintermediate all the lawyers. Imagine a virtuous world where someone says they would do something and then actually did it. Blockchain promises to revolutionize the economy since the need for virtue simply disappears. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Police turning to 3D technology for crime, accident scene investigation Brian Harder

As 3D scanners are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for police departments across the country to use while investigating accident and crime scenes, it makes sense for lawyers to have a better understanding of how the technology works and how it is used. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

New judge advocate general vows to correct delays and inefficiencies that mar Canada’s military justice system Exclusive

Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez says she and her team at the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are working to fix the delays and inefficiencies in the military justice system that were spotlighted by Auditor General Michael Ferguson in his recent hard-hitting report. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Why law schools must teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

Innovation is everywhere these days, even in the legal profession. Lawyers aren’t typically described as such, but it is a characteristic that is increasingly sought after. As the legal landscape shifts — for economic and technological reasons among others — lawyers must do the same to keep up. And being innovative is key to this process. However, it’s not a quality that is traditionally developed in law school. Legal education must also move with our dynamic profession and build innovation into law curricula to adequately prepare future lawyers for practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

Fasken uses HighQ’s cloud-based tech for client collaboration portal Robert Garmaise

In a move that will allow the firm to better collaborate with clients and share information, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is launching a cloud-based client portal. “We see opportunities to collaborate more richly on document authoring, review, archiving, signing documents, you name it. [We can let] clients launch new transactions that then become new documents. In our current framework, where we had things stored behind the firewall, we had great security here internally, but then we’d go to e-mail things and the security kind of disappears as soon as you do that,” said Robert Garmaise, chief innovation officer at Fasken. ... [read more]