Focus On

Legal Innovation


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

Hey Bell: Let’s talk about ... hypocrisy | Jordana Goldlist

Wednesday Jan. 29 is Bell “Let’s Talk” Day, the day on which Bell Canada contributes five cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of its Snapchat filter or Facebook frame towards mental health initiatives in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

U of T’s experiential program makes learning about the law ‘come alive’ Kim_Snell

Emma Weiss, a second-year law student at the University of Toronto, recalls feeling shocked as she sat in startup advisory board meetings in the fall of 2019. “I’m used to being a student and having no answers,” she said. But the startup teams “expected me to have answers to things. ... It was a learning moment for me that when I’m out of law school, all of the sudden I’m going to be in this trusted adviser position.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:10 AM - Last Updated: Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 2:59 PM

Report on law society racial issues seriously challenged | Sam Goldstein

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics,” Mark Twain wrote. Meaning, you can prove just about anything by manipulating numbers. Based on an analysis by Murray Klippenstein, a good example of Clemens’ hypothesis is the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees report adopted by the Law Society of Ontario on Oct. 30, 2014, which was then used by the society to justify a wide range of policy recommendations, including the fugacious Statement of Principles. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

B.C. law society seeking public input of what legal practice will look like over next decade B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia wants to hear from you about the future of the legal profession. The law society’s futures task force is seeking input from lawyers, notaries, paralegals, the judiciary, organizations and the public to assist in its consideration of what legal practice will look like over the next decade ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Quebec Justice Ministry’s ‘ambitious’ strategic plan spurs questions Jean-François Roberge

An ambitious strategic plan unveiled by the Quebec Ministry of Justice outlines measures the provincial government expects to implement over the course of the next three years to curb criminal and penal court delays, accelerate the deployment of technologies in the justice system, boost the use of alternative dispute resolution and improve access to justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

Thinking like a startup: Why law firms should hire entrepreneurs-in-residence | Ashley Greene

With the increasing industrialization of law, thinking more like a startup can be helpful for firms looking to keep up with and get out ahead of market changes. While the overall outlook for growth in the Canadian legal industry remains positive for the next four years according to IBIS World’s industry analysis, the data also points to firms feeling the symptoms of the growing commoditization and disaggregation of legal services through increasingly constrained revenue growth. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Women in rural, remote communities get long distance legal help Woman_with_laptop

Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Those who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare. After hearing repeatedly about the lack of access to legal representation for women in northern and small communities, Luke’s Place decided something needed to be done. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Traffic tech reporting long way from radio station eyes-in-the-sky car at light

Technology continues to have an impact on the prosecution of criminal and regulatory offences as well as their detection. Some radio stations used to make reports on where photo radar or traffic enforcement locations were being held; drivers commonly flash their lights to warn people of upcoming police speed enforcement. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

This year in legal tech is all about the 3 C’s legal_tech_sm

Cash, collaboration and Canada — three words to remember this year when thinking about legal technology.  ... [read more]