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Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 10:31 AM

Lessons learned from online bar exam technology fail Back to law school logo

I had a nightmare a few weeks before writing the barrister exam. I was sitting at my computer unable to connect with my virtual proctor, watching the minutes go by. 10:29 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:31 a.m. My exam time came and went. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

Best of both worlds: The virtual door to opportunity | Bo Kruk Back To Law School

The second week of March 2020 forced a dramatic change on a profession steeped in tradition. In a matter of days, classes that had remained much the same since the days of slates and chalkboard were teleported to the 21st century. As COVID-19 swept around the globe, five words became a common refrain: “Hold on, you’re on mute.” ... [read more]

Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

B.C. law society authorizes two new projects through ‘innovation sandbox’

The B.C. law society has authorized two new proposals aimed at improving the availability of employment law services for those who cannot afford a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 12:08 PM

Tories propose pandemic financial supports, regulatory reforms, new offences and mandatory minimums Erin O'Toole

The Conservative Party’s self-described “very detailed” election platform contains dozens, if not hundreds, of promises of note to lawyers practising in diverse areas, including in-house, criminal, intellectual property, corporate-commercial, environment, tax, trade, immigration, labour and employment, charities, mining, oil and gas and other natural resources. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 9:43 AM

Backlogs at court, A2J for jury trials at risk as pandemic persists Michael White, president of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association

Despite the justice system’s massive pivot to adopt technology and remote hearings at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, legal organizations and lawyers have noted that a backlog persists creating an access to justice issue in areas of practice that require jury trials.   ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 2:22 PM

COVID-19 judicial action committee publishes progress report

A special committee established to help Canada’s courts deal with the pandemic has “sparked innovation” and created “a window of opportunity to make lasting changes to the justice system,” states the federal government. ... [read more]

Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

Tools, tips and AI regulatory review highlighted at OBA TECHxpo session Carole Piovesan, co-founder and managing partner at INQ Law

The benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) to the practice of law, as well as a regulatory review, were highlighted by speakers at the Ontario Bar Association’s TECHxpo, with an emphasis on lawyers being able to “automate the small stuff.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

The privacy officer: Don’t give me a legal memo, tell me what to do Corporate man protecting employees logo

Since privacy has been in the spotlight, businesses have been scrambling to get their house in order to minimize their risk exposure. Although privacy risk is not just a legal issue, c-suites are increasingly expecting in-house counsel to take over the privacy officer role. ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Digital assets inventory: Making sense of volume Gold bars inside a laptop

Part one in this estate planning series introduced the subject of a digital assets inventory. This second part provides a deep dive on a digital assets inventory using examples from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) inventory. Expect to see a version of the digital asset inventory everywhere client checklists and onboarding documents exist for financial, funeral, insurance, gift and estate planning. Coupled with this will be a swath of online tools and solutions to address a client’s growing online account inventory, bridging the estate planning and estate administration lifecycles. ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 1:53 PM

Access to justice in estate law: Are we moving fast enough? Hand coming out computer screen signing document

The Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (AAJA) received royal assent on April 19. The changes implemented through this legislation touch on a wide range of sectors — from judicial appointments, to the organization of Ontario’s land tribunals, to estates law. The overarching goals of the legislation are to modernize processes and remove barriers in Ontario’s justice system. ... [read more]