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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]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 1:25 PM

Revenue generation: What law firms can learn from tech companies | Sumathi Pundit

For years, tech companies have been leading the way when it comes to creating scalable revenue engines. With many tech darlings like DocuSign, HubSpot and Salesforce experiencing extremely fast growth and market domination, it begs the question — what’s their secret sauce? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 3:04 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Consultant’s study seeks complete technology solution for Ontario Superior Court Mohan Sharma sm

The Superior Court of Justice and the Ministry of the Attorney General have hired global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to recommend an end-to-end technology solution to meet the needs of the Superior Court of Justice and all its stakeholders, including judges, lawyers and litigants — especially the growing number of self-represented litigants. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 11:54 AM

Relationships, issues around intellectual property, emerging technologies Robot typing

What is the relationship between emerging technologies and intellectual property (IP)? Innovations in emerging technologies often bring new products to market, create differentiated services, or change how consumers interact with existing products and services. IP intersects with emerging technologies in various ways, some of which are more significant than others. This note is an overview of some of the more substantial ways that IP intersects with emerging technologies, and how in turn this may influence trends in global IP law and governance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Embracing the change | Karen Heath

The incessant tap-tapping of an enthusiastic typist is part of the steady thrum of courtroom din that you become accustomed to during a lengthy matter. The feverish note taking of a second chair grasping on to each uttered word from the witness is often punctuated by the distinctive tap of the enter key. A new line, a break in thought, nary a breath taken by the witness; and the melody resumes. For opposing counsel (and maybe even co-counsel) it is likely a nuisance. Depending on the real estate of the courtroom, it may border on intrusive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Fifty shades of compliance: Automating privacy impact assessments automated_privacy_assessment_sm

What we consider to be private is subjective and contextual. Our views on privacy vary depending on the nuances of the culture, values and technology our personal data is handled within. This is why privacy does not always fit within the black and white letter of the law. Rather, privacy is a myriad of shades of grey. What further adds to the complexity of privacy is our fluctuating level of trust with companies that collect, use and disclose our personal information. ... [read more]