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Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Ontario steps up | Karen Heath

In the first two articles in this series, it would be fair to say that my musings on modernizing Canadian courts have carried somewhat of a disparaging tone. It is true, I rode in from The Hague on a high horse, armed with technology best practices from the International Criminal Court I thought were sorely lacking in our justice system. While I do stand by my previous convictions, I offer something different today: a rosier outlook. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal launches public portal of digital management system

The Alberta Court of Appeal has launched the public portal of its digital Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS). ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Thriving as a law student in COVID-19 era | Nadine Tawdy Back to Law School

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected all students and professions across the world. While some have witnessed their businesses crash, other have seen their businesses bloom. While some found themselves to be more productive at home, others had to face the reality of spending days at home in precarious conflictual situations, all while maintaining productivity. Mental health is at an all-time low and working from home turned into living at work. This has sparked many discussions surrounding students and professionals’ habits and routines, namely how to remain efficient and motivated through a completely virtual world. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 9:48 AM

Report warns against increasing use of algorithmic policing technology Cynthia Khoo sm

Canadian governments and privacy watchdogs must act now to monitor and curb the expanding use of frequently invasive, data-driven, police surveillance technologies that could violate Charter rights, says a new study. Co-authored by the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Citizen Lab at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, the 179-page report is based on a two-year investigation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

COVID-19 pandemic brings sea change to law schools as classes shift online Back to Law School image sm

A new school year can often bring apprehension and anxiety for students, as thoughts go through their head of what their next eight months will look like as they walk among the trees and ivy-covered walls of campus. But this year law students are being faced with a new reality — coping with a massive shift to online learning as universities from coast-to-coast continue to adjust to the new realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Today’s law firm recruiting takes massive stakeholder co-operation | Julius Melnitzer BTLS

A monumental, pressure-packed collaboration has headed off the threat that COVID-19 presented to the 2020 law firm recruiting season. ... [read more]

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian law students | Serena Eshaghurshan btls 320x210

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and challenges, and law students are not exempt from facing these obstacles. In a time of so much uncertainty, many law students have grappled with remote classes, job scarcity and economic uncertainty. As many JD students prepare to enter the job market, it has become an unfortunate reality that articles are becoming fewer and harder to find. Fortunately, students and law schools are resilient and have proposed alternative learning and employment options to cope with the pandemic. While it has been challenging and overwhelming at times, students know they are not alone and can reach out for guidance and support. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

Why you should care about employer value proposition Businessmaninspotlight.jpg

I am sure most readers here have all connected with a legal marketing and business development specialist who has told them that they need to identify their firm’s value proposition to their clients. If not, essentially, the value proposition is the reason why a client should choose to work with you and your firm, over another lawyer/firm. How will you add value to your services? It’s not enough these days to just “do the work” and keep clients engaged. You have to do the work AND ... ... [read more]

Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 3:48 PM

Ontario Court of Justice continues roll-out of virtual criminal case management courts

The Ontario Court of Justice has announced that provincewide implementation of virtual criminal case management courts will start Aug. 24, when virtual court appearances for out of custody accused will resume in Cayuga, Goderich, Guelph, Orangeville, L’Orignal, Pembroke, Saint Thomas, Simcoe, Stratford, Windsor and Woodstock. The virtual court appearances will be carried out using videoconferencing or audioconferencing. ... [read more]

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Top OBA leadership begins new era of diversity Charlene Theodore sm

As a longtime advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Charlene Theodore says she’ll continue that work in her new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), while supporting members still grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]