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Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:20 PM

Ryerson Innovation Zone launches free program for legal tech entrepreneurs

The ​Legal Innovation Zone​ (LIZ) at Ryerson University announced that it is launching a new program to support legal tech entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. Launching this fall, Sprint Studio​ is an interactive online, free, 12-week intensive program that helps entrepreneurs develop their proof of concept into a market-ready product. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Ethics during the pandemic: Avoiding Faustian bargain | Joël Roy

As trial attorneys, to say our professional (and, often, personal) lives have been turned upside down by COVID-19 would be a major understatement. Postponed trials, anxious clients and a growing sense of helplessness have surely marked our practices in these troubled times. Yet, many of us see the justice system’s increased openness to technology as one potential silver lining. Indeed, courts now seem more and more willing to engage in remote hearings, virtual discovery and e-filing, which is truly something to celebrate amidst the otherwise chaotic state of litigation across the country. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Alberta and Ontario courts warm to videoconferencing zoom_screen_sm

Despite differences in the applicable court rules, recent cases from Ontario and Alberta in the context of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions demonstrate a similar willingness to use videoconferencing to facilitate cross-examinations on affidavits and questioning for discovery. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Expert to lecture Manitoba lawyers on ‘practice portability’ Barron_Henley_sm

Lawyers turning to the latest technology to create reliable electronic case filing systems will be a key to having a “flexible office” when working remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis and beyond, says an expert set to lecture on the subject. Barron Henley, a tech expert with the Ohio-based Affinity Consulting Group, will speak to this for a June 24 webinar the Law Society of Manitoba is offering to its members. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Validation of non-compliant testamentary documents in B.C.: Unsuccessful cases hand-_written_sm

In a previous article, cases where applications under s. 58 of the Wills Estates and Succession Act (WESA) were successful in curing deficiencies in testamentary documents were discussed. Those cases, as well as decisions such as Hubschi Estate 2019 BCSC 2040, where a document on a computer was found to be a valid will, may leave readers with the impression that s. 58 is limitless in scope. Cases reviewed here will address circumstances where s. 58 applications were unsuccessful, emphasizing the unpredictability of these decisions. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Nothing good ever comes for free: Contact tracing apps and COVID-19 | Kay Wu

It goes without saying — the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed every aspect of society as we know it. Businesses, employers, markets and schools are struggling to adapt in light of social distancing measures. People have been forced to find new alternatives to carry out their daily operations amidst these unprecedented times. However, our modern methods for dealing with this age-old problem may pose certain privacy issues. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

World’s first restorative justice lab opens at Dalhousie University Jennifer Llewellyn

In the interests of justice — restorative justice — Dalhousie University opted to move forward with an historic initiative despite the constraints imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the world’s first restorative justice lab is now up and running. “In a perfect world, you would have opened a physical space, but we decided not to hold off,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, a law professor at the Schulich School of Law and chair of the newly launched Restorative Research, Innovation & Education Lab (RRIELab). ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

Digital assets technology awareness: Adapting to change digital_toolbox_sm

Don’t look now but COVID-19 just added a digital estate to your client’s estate plan. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 9:36 AM

Task force aims to help modernize justice system and role of advocates Guy Pratte

Some of Canada’s greatest legal minds are coming together to contemplate the future of the country’s justice system beyond COVID-19. The Modern Advocacy Task Force, officially launched June 9 by The Advocates’ Society, will be made up of members from across the country and guided by a blue-ribbon advisory panel that will include former chief justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin and former Supreme Court of Canada justices Ian Binnie, Thomas Cromwell, Marie Deschamps, Clément Gascon, John C. Major and Marshall Rothstein. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 12:58 PM

Clear communications during global pandemic languages_world_sm

It is critical that in-house counsel and lawyers in private practice communicate effectively with their clients. Quick, concise communications become especially crucial during crisis situations, such as responding to a global pandemic. ... [read more]