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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 10:43 AM

Criminal lawyers group urges courts to ‘implement systems’ for remote access in wake of COVID-19 Cassandra_DeMelo_sm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) rallied its 1,500 members to volunteer and be present at every courthouse in Ontario over the past week. According to a release, the goal was to “secure the release of hundreds of persons who might otherwise have been at high risk of infection while incarcerated.” However, with the risk to counsel being real as well, CLA president John Struthers released a statement that said it is “with regret, and in order to protect our members and the public: The Criminal Lawyers’ Association has determined that we must have our volunteers leave all courthouses after Friday, March 20th at 12 noon.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Everything’s interconnected in justice system, lawyers say in response to Alberta budget CBA Alberta president Ola Malik

Alberta’s recent budget funding package for the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General is meeting mixed reactions from observers in the legal community, who are saying the government’s focus on targeting things like rural crime is positive but could have a cascading effect across other sectors of the justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

Sedona Canada’s e-discovery initiatives: 2020 and beyond personal_information_security_sm

Sedona Canada is a very busy organization these days, with more projects underway in 2020 than at virtually any other time in the group’s history. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Evaluation and implementation ediscovery_software_sm

The need for e-discovery is well documented. So, now that we’ve gotten the “why” out of the way, let’s look at the “how” part of the story. It’s one thing to say, “I want an e-discovery solution,” but knowing how to choose, implement and run one is an entirely different matter. And it’s where even the best intentions go to die. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Religious inclusion in legal profession | Nour Farhat and Derek Ross

We are both openly religious. We are also lawyers. We see no contradiction in this. To the contrary, our faith motivates and supports us in meeting our commitment to “fulfill the duties of the legal profession with honesty and justice” and to “champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons” (as set out in the Quebec and Ontario oaths, respectively). ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Boosting the rate of technology adoption | Aaron Baer

For many observers of the legal industry, the seemingly glacial change of innovation can be astounding. After all, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how the use of data analytics, process mapping or new technology within a law firm can be considered to be innovative. But the reality is that lawyers (and law firms) are often resistant to change. Being trained to identify all potential risks and being subject to a system that relies so heavily on precedent doesn’t exactly align itself well to change. And of course, there’s the incentive misalignment that will remain present in the legal profession so long as the billable hour reigns supreme. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

The inevitable collision between AI and law of arbitration AI_arbitration_sm

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve disputes is a market disrupter. The legal profession has yet to feel the effects of AI nor is it prepared to deal with it. As it relates to the law of arbitration, there is an inevitable and imminent collision coming that will bring uncertainty to arbitration itself. ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Myths and misconceptions ediscovery_software_sm

It’s no exaggeration to say that the legal profession is at an existential crossroads. There is no aspect of the law business that isn’t in flux, and in many cases, those changes are the direct result of technological innovations that are rendering old models obsolete. It should be no surprise that technology is affecting every aspect of law, and no area is experiencing a more profound shift than discovery. Firms know that they need to adopt e-discovery, but they’re not sure how to implement or manage the transition. ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 7:46 AM

Access to Justice: Embracing technology through online courts | Beverley McLachlin

As we near the beginning of the second quarter of the 21st century, it is worth casting our thoughts ahead and asking what our justice system will look like 10 or 20 years from now. Everyone accepts that we are living in a technological era where change in how we communicate, do business and play is exponential. Business, education and medicine are radically altering the way they provide services to meet these changes and better serve their customers and the public. Why should the justice system be any different? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Innovating with the innovators: Law firms see value of working with startups | Shane Murphy

With digital technology widely predicted to be a key driver of the Canadian economy in the decades to come, it’s not surprising to see law firms jostling to attract the next generation of Canadian technology companies. In the process of attracting and serving these clients, law firms are embracing innovative changes to their service delivery models, billing practices and use of technology. ... [read more]