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Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 2:38 PM

UOttawa first Canadian university to hold moot trial in metaverse Metaverse courtroom

The University of Ottawa’s (uOttawa) Common Law Section is taking mooting to the next level by holding a trial in the metaverse on March 26. According to the school’s website, it will be the first Canadian university to “harness the power of virtual reality [VR] to simulate a trial, giving students technical competence that will be required in the future as the courtroom moves online.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 8:57 AM

On gowns | Gabriel Latner

Let’s dispense with conspiracy theories: I do not believe our judiciary is in the (undoubtedly voluminous and exquisitely lined) pocket of Big Gown. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 2:03 PM

Corrections innovation: Time is right | Lee Chappelle

We’ve all dealt with our share of adversities these past couple of years, and the COVID-19 pandemic itself has been one hell of wedge issue. Yet, most, have found innovative ways to adapt. And, now is the time for the Canadian criminal justice and correctional systems to follow suit. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 9:04 AM

Tips on the art of virtual meetings Comuter screen on desk with online meeting participants

Advancements in technology can, and usually do, improve efficiencies in operations in virtually any office or industry. The legal industry often seems like the last to jump on the technology bandwagon. It may be a function of due diligence: ensuring that the technology is safe, secure and a worthwhile expense in terms of cost vs. efficiency. It may be a function of how many of us are dinosaurs and stuck in our old ways, unwilling to embrace new technology because the old way works just fine. It may be a combination of both. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 8:54 AM

The metaverse: Personal property security in digital assets A person with virtual glasses

The metaverse is a far-reaching concept being discussed in many different spheres of business. However, much confusion still exists in the lending, borrowing and insolvency spaces as to “what is the metaverse?” and what are its implications? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 1:23 PM

The move back to live courts: What’s the rush? | Gary Joseph

I have never written to be popular. Those of you who know me can confirm that I say what I think and accept the consequences. So here goes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 9:05 AM

International cybersecurity: Avoiding the dreadful phone call Padlock with bullet hole in it on computer board

It is a frightening situation. It is fast moving and devastating. One might think that the possibilities of confronting it are remote. Until it suddenly happens. In a world where information and data are among the most valuable assets, the chief legal officer of a major multinational company received a dreadful call from the company’s chief information officer at 3 a.m. on a Sunday: “There’s been a data breach, and it affects our operations in 147 countries.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 8:49 AM

The Coach: The COVID-19 law firm goes virtual | Gary Mitchell

As I wrote in the preface of my latest book, Growing a Law Practice during Covid-19: “Just a short while ago the concept of allowing lawyers and support staff to work from home seemed like a pipe dream. It could never work. The sky would fall. Nothing would get done. And then along came Covid-19 and kicked the world and the legal industry in the ass! And the sky didn’t fall. And the work got done!” ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 9:28 AM

B.C. law society continues work on governance report, pronoun initiative to be ‘rolled out shortly’

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is continuing its work on a recent report which made several recommendations to reshape governance at the regulator, and it is also saying the ability for lawyers to identify their pronouns and chosen name on the law society directory will be available soon. ... [read more]

Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 2:28 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 8:32 PM

More work needed on digital transformation in courts, legal aid in B.C., Alberta: CBA presidents CBA Alberta president Bianca Kratt

Representatives of the bar in both British Columbia and Alberta are applauding their respective provincial governments for continuing to commit to the digitization of the legal system brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their most recent fiscal plans, but are also saying there needs to be more focus on legal aid funding and eligibility. ... [read more]