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Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Unlocking the mysteries of the ‘smart contract’ smart_contract_sm

Smart contracts are a source of intrigue and speculation among the legal profession. Counsel are well-served to understand the smart contract and position themselves to advise on whether implementation is both practicable and advantageous. In a word, smart contracts have transformational potential, but their application is not all-encompassing; there are inherent flaws and limitations. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Breaking down organizational barriers helps access to justice, panel says TAG

Family law is in the midst of a crisis, as an increasing number of self-represented litigants attempt to tackle complex legal issues in an overloaded court system. In response to the many access to justice issues the family bar is facing, legal organizations have turned to teleconferencing, plain language documents and interdisciplinary relationships to try to close the gap in representation. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

LSO approves 2019 budget, improvements to Practice Management Helpline Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved enhancements to its Practice Management Helpline to further assist lawyers and paralegals with “just in time” guidance on critical issues in their practice. “This is a success story. We want it to continue to be a success story and we want the helpline to continue to grow and innovate,” said Peter Wardle, chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, at Convocation on Oct. 25. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Judgment Day: The rise of AI in immigration robot_business_sm

Fans of The Terminator series understand “Judgment Day” as the day that the artificial intelligence Skynet becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear strike, killing three billion people in its wake. While this is the material of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automated decision making is a part of our reality and already deployed in myriad ways whether we know it or like it. ... [read more]

Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Live streaming appeal a next step to open courts in Saskatchewan, says chief justice Robert_Richards_sm

Live streaming is “likely the future” for Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court, says its chief justice following the media’s successful streaming of a convicted killer’s high-profile appeal. Chief Justice Robert Richards told The Lawyer’s Daily that while the court is still “experimenting” with this type of live coverage, “it’s not too hard to imagine a world where live streaming will become a fairly commonplace thing for us.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

Artificial intelligence used in immigration systems raises human rights concerns, report says Petra Molnar sm

A new report released by the University of Toronto (U of T) is drawing attention to the use of automated decision-making technologies in Canada’s immigration and refugee systems, with academics calling on the government to implement best practices to protect vulnerable peoples. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Carleton seeks volunteers for family law co-parenting survey

Carleton University is looking for volunteers for a survey into how online technology applications are being used, and can be better used, in the family courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Survey will reveal how well apps support human solutions to co-parenting issues parentingapps_sm.jpg

Working as director of the graduate diploma in conflict resolution program at Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies, I am grateful to have received a $45,000 research grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Access to Justice Fund to take a closer look at the practice. Over the next year, I will be circulating surveys and asking questions of those of you who are experts in the field of family law to learn more about your experiences. I look forward to hearing from you! ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Specialist vs. generalist: Profiling the modern lawyer multitaskingwoman_sm.jpg

Are you better off advancing your career as a specialist or as a generalist? Studies on this topic have traditionally produced mixed reviews. ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

OBA Innovator-in-Residence looks to human touch to make law firms ‘nimble and engaged’ Peter_Aprile_sm

Developing the “critical human element” of law firms will mark the inaugural year of the Ontario Bar Association’s new Innovator-in-Residence program. According to a statement from the OBA, the program, launched Aug. 2, will “offer the profession the fresh perspectives, knowledge, skills and connections necessary to drive change and keep pace with the speed of innovation.” ... [read more]