Blockchain and the Judiciary

In Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott discuss the potential for blockchain in changing our world. Blockchain is a list of records (blocks) that are linked using cryptography. The list of records are permanent, open, and time stamped. The records are linked using … Continue reading Blockchain and the Judiciary

The Ethics of Big Data in the Law

A basic premise of our legal system is that you are innocent until proven guilty. But what if we could predict who would offend using Big Data? At its core Big Data is about predictions. It’s about taking large data sets and applying math to infer probabilities.  In the Future of the Professions, Susskind predicts … Continue reading The Ethics of Big Data in the Law

Predicting the Outcome of Legal Cases: How Technology Promises to Help

Predicting the outcome of a case may be getting easier. The Toronto based product Tax Foresight, part of Blue J Legal, promises to do just that. Users enter facts into the program and an answer is provided. Professors Benjamin Alarie et al, explain in “Computational Legal Research and the Advocates of the Future” that the … Continue reading Predicting the Outcome of Legal Cases: How Technology Promises to Help

Weaponized Social Media

In the article, “Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media” by Carole Cadwalladr, Cadwalladr discusses the power of social media. For example, Facebook can be used to predict a person’s personality. This is done by measuring 150 “likes”. “[W]ith knowledge of 150 likes, their model could predict someone’s personality better than … Continue reading Weaponized Social Media

Virtual Reality in the Courtroom

Virtual reality has arrived, and its awesome. It has the potential to revolutionize the way we learn, the way we conduct business, the way we interpret medical imaging, the way we litigate, and so on. If admitted into evidence, virtual reality would change the way we present medical imaging and present expert testimony in the … Continue reading Virtual Reality in the Courtroom

Saaditi v Moorhead: Case Comment

In Medieval Europe, deciding guilt or innocence was sometimes decided by trial by ordeal. It was believed that the holy water would reject a liar. So they would tie up an accused person and throw him in the water. If you floated, you were guilty. If you drowned, you were innocent. Has the law evolved much … Continue reading Saaditi v Moorhead: Case Comment

What makes a business disruptive?

In the television show Billions, hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod tells his wife Lara why her business won’t succeed: Lara: It was a bullshit meeting. Treated me like my business wasn’t ready. … Axelrod: You weren’t ready … What is that you do that you are the best in the world at? You offer a service – … Continue reading What makes a business disruptive?

Legal Pedagogy: Broadening the Conversation

Richard and Daniel Susskind argue in the Future of the Professions that technology will displace traditional ways of working. To respond to this, our law schools need to go beyond teaching black letter law. We need to embrace inter-disciplinary education. It is not enough to just select students from different faculties. We must also select teachers from … Continue reading Legal Pedagogy: Broadening the Conversation

Court Forms: Confusing by Design

You name it, there is probably a court form for it. A form for service. A form for requisitioning something. A form for confirming something. A form for costs. A form for a back page. And so on. Navigating these forms requires experience and ideally a law degree. But the increasing numbers of self-represented litigants … Continue reading Court Forms: Confusing by Design

Tomorrow’s Law Firm

In The Future of the Professions Richard and Daniel Susskind state that we are starting to see technologies displace traditional ways of working. We are still in a transitionary phase between the era of the print-based society and the Internet based society. During this transitionary phase, traditional professionals working in conventional institutions will still be needed … Continue reading Tomorrow’s Law Firm