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Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

From Estonian AI judges to robot mediators in Canada, U.K. Robot&manhandshake_sm.jpg

Having previously written about Estonia’s pilot AI judge, it comes as no surprise that I am here to report that a “robot mediator” has settled a court case for the first time, demonstrating a further shift towards the embrace of legal technology and tools to efficiently and effectively litigate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

Ryerson setting up for law school applications in August, still working on OSAP eligibility Anver Saloojee sm

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is positioning itself as “the new kids on the block” in legal education. With classrooms in downtown Toronto, a focus on technology and a designated integrated practice curriculum (IPC), the faculty’s interim dean, Anver Saloojee, is encouraging the legal community to get “on board.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal professionals should not be dealing with age discrimination in 2019 Age Discrimination

In the legal profession, ageism usually exists in subtle ways because legal professionals tend to normalize and accept age discrimination. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Technology decisions just ‘tip of the iceberg’ in innovation: panel Friedrich_Blase_Mark_Le_Blanc_Joe_Milstone_Martine_Boucher_sm

Innovation, whether through technology or process changes, requires an “initial leap” and the possibility of failure, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference said, encouraging in-house counsel to find allies within their organization to help them make a change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Blockchain and smart contracts: Hype or opportunity? blockchain_conracts_sm

With all the current volatility in cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to dismiss them as a passing fad. However, the technology used does have some long-term utility and will likely change many aspects of modern commerce and potentially the practice of law. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Access to Justice: Action Committee summit all about change | Beverley McLachlin

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’ ” In order to truly achieve access to justice across Canada, the justice sector needs to embrace change. The discussions at this year’s Annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters reflected this need. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Is AI coming to a legal transcript near you? voicerecognition_button_sm

We ask Alexa to play songs from the ’70s. We ask Siri for a weather report. We dictate e-mails and text messages to our phones. We speak into machines and they do things for us. They seem to understand us. But is this technology up to the task of preparing important documents like legal transcripts? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Parental benefits: one size does not fit all prof w baby_sm.jpg

“Your Honour, before we begin I just wanted to apologize for my attire. I had a baby eight weeks ago and don’t yet fit back into my robes.” This is what I uttered at the beginning of a guardianship hearing in February 2018. No longer pregnant, it was not obvious why my robes didn’t fit and I didn’t want my open waistcoat to become a distraction or make me appear forgetful or sloppy. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Determining best interests of trans and gender non-conforming children Transgender_jpg

Family court judges are increasingly being asked to make decisions revolving around a child’s transgender identity or gender non-conforming (GNC) behaviour. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 1:10 PM

Settlement of legal dispute using B.C.-produced robot mediator called first ever Graham Ross

Although the use of technology and artificial intelligence in the judicial system may conjure up images of Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone, a dispute in the U.K. was recently solved through the use of a system designed by a B.C.-based company in a situation a lawyer involved in the case is calling the first of its kind. ... [read more]