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Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

This year in legal tech is all about the 3 C’s legal_tech_sm

Cash, collaboration and Canada — three words to remember this year when thinking about legal technology.  ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 5:53 AM

Université de Montréal AI initiative seeks to improve access to justice Karim Benyekhlef

Nearly a decade after co-founding Cyberjustice Laboratory, a hub that analyzes the impact of technologies on justice while developing concrete technological tools that are adapted to the reality of justice systems, Karim Benyekhlef and Fabien Gélinas have set their sights on artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Three easy steps to a better relationship with your smartphone Man with head in cellphone

We have become overly reliant on technology to keep us stimulated and withdrawal becomes almost like a drug addiction. While some argue that the only way to deal with this is by turning everything off, most know that this solution is a temporary fix. Instead of focusing on the rules — don’t do this or that — several of my coaching clients have benefited from focusing on the outcome. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Top trends for law firms on social media in 2020 Lawyer surrounded by computers

To stay relevant in today's social media environment, law firms must keep an eye on emerging social patterns. Social media, when used properly, can be a useful tool when it comes to establishing industry relationships, connecting with new clients and staying up to date on business trends. As 2020 approaches, law firms must start planning their social strategy for the new year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Re-establishing B.C.’s Human Rights Commission, one year later | Kurt Sandstrom

Shortly after taking office in 2017, Premier John Horgan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to re-establish a human rights commission in British Columbia. At the time, B.C. was the only province in Canada without a human rights commission, the previous commission having been dismantled in 2002. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

What Quebec lifetime interlock rule means for impaired drivers Handingcarkeystorobot.jpg

As a result of changes to its Highway Safety Code, anyone convicted after Nov. 25, 2019, of a second drinking and driving offence while licensed in Quebec will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle they drive for the rest of their life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation Doug Downey sm

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 9:24 AM

LIZ launches global initiative to help legal tech entrepreneurs Chris Bentley and Hersh Perlis sm

Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) is branching out by launching a “globally accessible, interactive online, four-part service” for entrepreneurs growing their legal tech business. According to an announcement made on Dec. 4, the service includes two new programs, Concept Framework and Sprint Lab, as well as two programs already in place, Innovator’s Canvas and the LIZ’s incubator. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Legal writing in the digital age | Neil Guthrie

All kinds of questions arise from the new (or newish) technology we use in legal practice. Should you communicate with your clients by text message, for example? The answer is probably not: there are security and privacy issues, privileged and confidential information may find its way to servers in the United States (and therefore be subject to scrutiny by U.S. government officials) and your chat history may be difficult — or impossible — to retrieve if you need to establish exactly what was said and when. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Digital assets deep dive: Tech solutions digital_lightbulb

In my practice, I have spoken at many workshops and conferences with estate lawyers, estate planners, clients and the general public. Regardless of the audience, some of the first words often blurted out are, “password managers,” or the question is asked, “what about password managers” in an effort to tidily solve the entire digital assets dilemma in one fell swoop. We live in a complicated world where every minute of the day is taken by orchestrating client commitments, and we just don’t have the time to investigate a new and evolving digital domain that requires more research than can be handled with a passing comment. ... [read more]