Ontario Court of Appeal Hearing Some Appeals in Writing

In 4352238 Canada Inc. v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., 2020 ONCA 303, the Ontario Court of Appeal heard arguments on whether an appeal should be heard in writing only.  Deviating from the usual mode of oral and written submissions. The appellant objected to the matter being heard only in writing. Despite the objection, the court held that … Continue reading Ontario Court of Appeal Hearing Some Appeals in Writing

The Future of Our Courts: Online Courts

“The Future Has Arrived — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed Yet.” – William Gibson In “Online Courts and the Future of Justice”, Richard Susskind proclaims that our courts are moving towards radical change. Conceived in the dark ages and modified in the 19th century, our courts are now overwhelmed by paper and archaic processes. The operations … Continue reading The Future of Our Courts: Online Courts

Are the Big 4 Accounting Firms Poised to Dominate Law?

In Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Richard Susskind predicts that the Big Four Accounting Firms would overtake law firms in the years to come. Susskind explains that the accounting firms were forced to deal with disruption earlier than law firms. In the course of adapting to the disruption, the large accounting firms became more streamlined and became more … Continue reading Are the Big 4 Accounting Firms Poised to Dominate Law?

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

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

The Medium is the Message: The transformation of legal services

In “Legal Practice and Legal Delivery: An Important Distinction”, Mark Cohen argues that technology has transformed the delivery of legal services but not the practice of law. He defines delivery as “how services are rendered” and practice as “what lawyers do and how they do it”. The delivery of legal services is a play with many … Continue reading The Medium is the Message: The transformation of legal services

Be Like Water

Technology is evolving at an exponential pace. With this growth, comes radical change in the way information is “captured, shared, and disseminated” (Richard Susskind). Now that we are in the era of communication enabled by technology, lawyers must adapt and be like water. Don’t get set into one form. Adapt it, and build your own. … Continue reading Be Like Water

Data Creation: Data Visualization

It’s been said that “more data has been created in just the last two years than in the entire previous history of the human race, according to the Scandinavian research group SINTEF. ” With the rise of literacy after the printing revolution and the emergence of the internet-based information society, more and more information is … Continue reading Data Creation: Data Visualization

Digital Media at the Crossroads

(Speaker- Keith Rose) Over the weekend I attended the conference Digital Media at the Crossroads: A Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media. At the conference, Astra Taylor (author and documentary filmmaker, and activist) argued that when it comes to the media, we are in a rearrangement not a revolution. She asserted that we … Continue reading Digital Media at the Crossroads

The Motherload

The CBC recently aired a documentary titled The Motherload. http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2429069222/ In The Motherload different working mothers’ experiences are featured, including “Emilie, a prosecutor for the federal government and mother of three, who has just returned to work after her third and final maternity leave”. Emilie is the daughter of former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour. http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episodes/motherload Emilie … Continue reading The Motherload