Commentary

Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Trust is the crux of it all

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Illustration: Darcy Muenchrath
Illustration: Darcy Muenchrath
Trust and law. The optimal relationship between the two is an ethical conundrum at the heart of legal practice. How much can we trust each other? How much law do we need? Do unnecessary legal rules replace trust to the detriment of a truly civil society? Does increasing legalization — turning every problem, no matter what it is really about, into a legal issue — damage the fabric of our community?
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Augmentation, not automation

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kate-Simpson.jpgThe article “Beyond automation” in the June issue of Harvard Business Review has sparked many excellent legal and other responses since its publication, including a summary on the excellent 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Total ad ban a no go

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The Law Society of Upper Canada is looking at making changes to the rules governing lawyer advertising. It has stirred up a hornet’s nest.
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Abella! the musical

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Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
My latest project is Abella!

It’s a rock musical about the Supreme Court of Canada, featuring Rosie Abella, its most interesting and colourful justice. There will be singing and dancing. “It’s madness,” the editor of this magazine told me. I don’t think so.
I’m just going down the path laid out by our entertaining American neighbours. If it’s madness, there’s method in it.
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Editorial: Opportunities await

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A few weeks ago, I went to the very-well attended launch of LegalX, a new law-focused innovation hub at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The event, held in the airy and inviting atmosphere of MaRS, attracted many of the familiar faces of the New Law movement in Canada. LegalX was the brainchild of Aron Solomon and Jason Moyse, both “reformed” lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs.
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, 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, 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.
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