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Wednesday, November 06, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Bank encourages law firms to consider candidates for Patent for Startups program Josh Death sm

TD Bank has expanded its Patent for Startups program to assist cleantech companies, fulfilling a commitment to support a low-carbon economy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Breakthrough Innovation: New models for practice of law | Kurt Sandstrom

With the exception of technology, the basic model of the practice of law has not changed in any drastic way over the last 30 years, likely longer. While there are pockets of innovation, for the most part, a client usually seeks out a legal professional according to a set number of already established “problem areas” in which lawyers advertise their assistance: wills, estates, personal injury, family law, etc. However, it is very clear from statistics that the vast majority of people’s legal problems cannot be served through this model.  ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

In-house legal at pivot point of innovation leading_innovation_sm

A recent Altman Weil study found that the number one reason firms weren’t doing more to change the way the way they deliver legal services is because clients weren’t asking. Yes, a law firm not proactively improving client services has poor business strategy; but that is pretty rare. The problem of how to improve the delivery of legal services is more complicated than that. What incentives are clients giving for law firms to improve? ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Selling tech solutions to key law firm decision makers selling_techsolutions_sm

My presentation was polished and my talking points were front and centre in my mind. I had a new technology solution, a great team behind me and a passion for the legal industry that stemmed from my experience as a former corporate lawyer. I had my pen in-hand ready for the firm to sign up for our service. This was my first meeting with the firm and it went great! ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Ryerson gets OSAP funding for new law school, still in search of full-time dean Michael Benarroch sm

Ryerson University’s new Faculty of Law has secured Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding and is “absolutely on track” to open its doors in September 2020. According to Ryerson’s provost, Michael Benarroch, the school is still searching for a dean and is in the process of hiring practitioners to teach alongside faculty. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:02 AM

Digital estate myth #2: Hard copy, password managers the answer digital_things_sm

Digital assets remain one of the least understood aspects of estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

‘Hierarchy based on expertise’ model changes way tax law firm works Peter Aprile sm

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Colin Stevenson, who stepped into the role on Sept. 1, was inspired to make innovation the organization’s theme this year. This was motivated in part by the OBA’s innovator-in-residence, Peter Aprile, who, along with other legal professionals at Counter Tax, have undertaken a “hierarchy based on expertise” model at their firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

OBA president calls new Innovator-in-Residence, Ryerson LIZ a ‘world leader’ Colin Stevenson 2019 sm

The Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) will be the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) next Innovator-in-Residence, helping build on OBA president Colin Stevenson’s theme for his term. “The Innovator-in-Residence Program leads and supports the Ontario bar to, and through, innovative change with the information, education, practical advice and tools that lawyers need to succeed in a rapidly changing market,” said Stevenson on the appointment announcement on Oct. 7.  ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Law society does not have ‘Label Town’ address | Ian Wilkinson

What a strange sensation creeping over me. I remember a fleeting feeling something like it when I heard family law was going to be put in scope for paralegals. It came back again when, excluding myself, the Stop the Statement of Principles (StopSOP) slate was elected. I felt it again when I watched Convocation approve criminal scope for paralegals and rescind the Statement of Principles (SOP). Could it be? No? Is this what it feels like to be proud to be part of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO)? Well that’s new, at least for me. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada: Recent trends | Lawrence David

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) gives Canadians many reasons to be proud of its important work. For one, Canadians can boast about their Supreme Court being the only bilingual and bijuridical apex judicial institution in the world. Appeals are heard in English and French and, reflecting Canada’s legal diversity, from both the common law and civil law traditions. ... [read more]