Commentary

Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

Taking a bite out of the sharing economy

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Hail, hail the sharing economy! It’s putting lawyers to work.
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

Editorial: A great Canadian

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Last month Canada lost one of its most important and influential voices when Alan Borovoy died of heart failure at the age of 83.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

When ‘no comment’ doesn’t cut it

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I’m tired of “no comment.” It’s a hackneyed phrase that lawyers (and organizations) rely on far too often and doesn’t serve a client’s interest. There’s nothing that suggests guilt more than seeing a lawyer or client running the media gauntlet trying to shove cameras out of the way or cloak their faces as they barge by a pack of microphones and TV cameras.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

‘Minivations’: start small

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“Minivation.” That’s what Bill Pentney, who runs Canada’s largest law firm, calls the first and most important step to innovation.
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

Size matters for KM

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_April_Tech.jpgKnowledge management at law firms is about externalizing the knowledge held in lawyers’ heads. Because we can’t remember everything and everyone, we need to tap into a centralized system or repository as extensions of our brains. Think of Google. Most of us now outsource to Google some of our thinking selves — which grapes go into a Bordeaux blend? In fact, our smartphones now act as personal knowledge management devices or memory banks — people’s phone numbers, birthdays, meeting start times, to-do lists, and even interesting articles saved for future use.
Formal KM departments attempt to do this but on a much bigger scale.
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

Seeing justice done

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Here’s what we do know: the Law Society of Upper Canada is conducting some type and/or number of investigations into document reviewers working in Ontario. What we don’t know: pretty much everything else.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

It’s time to scrap articling

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As the law school year winds down across the country, Canada’s medium and large law firms begin preparations for the annual legal rite of passage — articling. That’s when hordes of lawyer wannabes, fresh out of torts and civil procedure, disperse across law firms, and anxiously seek to dip their toes in the legal waters.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Recognizing lawyers’ unique role

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While no lawyer was ever affected by the stringent reporting rules in the federal government’s money-laundering legislation that some said would turn them into “agents of the state,” last month’s unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada has literally set lawyers apart from other professionals on this front.
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

The great debate of 2015

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The great debate of 2014 was the future of articling. That issue has by no means been resolved; the Law Society of Upper Canada’s experimental alternative to articling has yet to prove itself worthy. As the first group goes through the Law Practice Program, there are definitely differing points of view on its value. But only time will tell how well prepared those LPP students will be to practise but also how those students will be accepted and valued in the profession compared to colleagues who went through traditional articles. Stay tuned on that.
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

Balancing the tensions of legal technology

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Is it just me or have the last couple of years heralded ever-increasing pressures on legal technology in our firms, whether large or small? And they don’t seem to be any cute, simple pressures either — they’re a bunch of competing tensions that constantly threaten to throw us off-track.
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