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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Cognitive biases, heuristics in everyday legal practice Two blue heads

Given our profession is one that operates in a system that, quite literally, is defined by decisions, scientific research about decision making can have profound implications on the practice and the study of law. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 2:16 PM

Emojis are law, says U.S. justice system Emojiline

In an article reported in CNN Business, legalites in New York began to discuss the increasing presence of emojis in court cases. Specifically, emojis such as hearts from managers and C-suite executives, and threatening emojis depicting violent tools, like knives, could potentially constitute evidence of sexual harassment or violence. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

More outreach, less paper to be focus of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench: annual report

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is looking to increase accountability, harness new technologies and reduce its reliance on paper as it looks to its future. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Marriage of Big Law and alternative legal services electronic_legal_sm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Or better still, have them join you. Is that, perchance, the evasive formula for satisfying the ever-more complex expectations that clients and in-house counsel have of their law firms? ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

France prohibits case analysis using deep learning Gears inside head

Algorithms can rewrite themselves through a process called deep learning. Our limited ability to fully understand and control how deep learning algorithms function have led some jurisdictions to consider how to limit the use of new artificial intelligence technologies. Last month, France amended Article 33 of the Justice Reform Act, making it illegal to use a judge’s name for the purpose or effect of evaluating, analyzing, comparing or predicting his or her professional behaviour. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

StopSOP benchers will continue to oppose Statement of Principles | Michael Menear

On May 1, 2019, Ontario’s legal profession elected the StopSOP slate to repeal the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) mandatory requirement that all licensees adopt a Statement of Principles (SOP). The SOP is a statement of values determined, defined and enforced by the society. At the June 27 Convocation, the StopSOP slate did what it was elected to do — it put forward a motion to repeal the requirement that Ontario lawyers adopt and promote an SOP. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal shuts many out | Michael Lesage

Access to justice is increasingly an issue in Ontario. Over tea and crumpets, posh debating societies have determined it to be serious enough to warrant discussions and committees. Meanwhile, judges have spoken out, warning that justice is increasingly available only to the rich and that our “fossilized Jurassic Park” of a legal system is at risk of becoming an “irrelevant museum piece.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Incoming OBA president will focus on innovation in profession, access to justice Colin Stevenson sm

“Innovation” is the theme for Colin Stevenson’s upcoming presidency at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The litigator noted that “society is changing rapidly” and lawyers need to “keep up.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Why Libra could be a cryptocurrency game changer Libra_coin_sm

Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, that looks to shake up the cryptocurrency marketplace in at least the same degree as the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 changed the concept of money. Moreover, it offers real potential to profoundly modify international commerce. Libra is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Foreign trained lawyer in land of opportunity | Alexandar Pavlov

June 27 is National Multiculturalism Day. Coming five days before Canada Day makes it the perfect time to reflect on why I am glad to be pursuing a law career in multicultural Canada. ... [read more]