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Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 08:58 AM

New website offering practical legal information launches in Ontario

Steps to Justice was unveiled in Ontario last week, providing Ontario residents with step-by-step information on common legal issues they may encounter in their lives. A project of The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG), the website covers questions and concerns from a wide variety of legal areas such as family, housing and employment. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 07:00 PM

High legal costs block access to justice

Gillian Hadfield doesn’t mince words: millions of people in the United States and Canada don’t have access to the legal help they need and are shut out by a legal system too complicated for many of them to navigate alone. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Office walls come tumbling down

Gentle curves softening hard-angled power positions. Open spaces replacing corner offices. Sunlight bursting through oceans of glass to brighten the entire suite. Welcome to the law office of the 21st century, a working milieu where rites of privilege are slowly giving way to a more collaborative, egalitarian environment. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Innovative law school could fill void, experts say

On the heels of a proposal by Ryerson University to establish a new Toronto law school, a provincial report calculates that Ontario will graduate 1.6 new lawyers for every new practising position over the next decade. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Technology startups in limelight at CBA

All that was missing was reality TV judge Simon Cowell. Apart from him, “The Pitch” had everything you’d expect from a talent competition, including bright lights, loud music, excitement and drama. But it wasn’t on TV and it had a serious purpose. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Access to justice? Expert says there should be an app for that

Cellphone apps could improve access to justice and lawyers should push for such technological innovations if they don’t want their role in delivering legal services to be supplanted by others, an expert on law and economics argues. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Closing gap in legal services is major challenge, Cromwell warns

The legal profession must urgently facilitate — rather than impede — regulatory reforms that could alleviate the public’s vast unmet needs for affordable legal services, former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell says. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Letting the electrons do the work

Artificial intelligence and automation: Do they mean the end of lawyers? That seems to be the focus of the debate. Unfortunately, it misses the real opportunity. We should be asking what do they do for your practice today? And what might they do tomorrow? Could they make your practice more efficient, or help you serve your clients in a more timely or effective way? Those who would like to serve your clients will be looking at these evolving technologies. Maybe it is time to step back, look at how AI and automation are being used and consider the possibilities for the future. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Age of machines has huge implications for law

The business of law is going back to the future. Driverless vehicles, seek-and-destroy military drones and artificial intelligence doctors — things that were seen as futuristic not that long ago — are here, revolutionizing society and raising all kinds of questions for the legal profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Mapping out next legal evolution

This marks the first stage of an ongoing examination of how legal innovation can fit into a lawyer’s practice, now and in the future. There are many initiatives being worked on. They underscore the importance of the topic. Legal incubators, firm and professional association projects are among them. Clearly legal practice is evolving in terms of ownership, service delivery avenues and technology adoption. What the future holds is change and challenge. The only certainty is that it will be different from the present. We will be asking some thought leaders how, and why. ... [read more]