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Monday, 30 January 2017 09:00

Deep smarts: the next generation

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Deep smarts: the next generationAt a recent legal technology innovation event, one of the startups introduced its new technology as targeting the Final Frontier of Knowledge Management: turning the tacit into the explicit. The Star Trek reference had me imagining my team and I in shiny Federation uniforms stepping boldly into the new and as yet unexplored world of KM beyond our borders.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:00

Launching an airport food fight

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Competition commissioner John Pecman
Competition commissioner John Pecman
Competition commissioner John Pecman has interesting regulatory culinary tastes. Since being appointed Canada’s top competition cop in September 2012, the Competition Bureau’s public merger reviews and investigations have looked into everything from hamburger and donuts to chicken, groceries, beer and chocolate.
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:00

Canada’s excellent justice system

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Canadian lawyers often complain about our justice system, as they should. There are countless problems that need fixing, both large and small. Our governments have severely underfunded legal aid, indigenous people are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate, the courts are run with antiquated paper-based technology and millions of Canadians can’t afford to pay for proper legal advice.
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Value beyond novelty

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Value beyond noveltyWhile shiny new objects can be fun, the real value in innovation is in the output
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Lightning strikes thrice?

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Dear Attorney General Yasir Naqvi,
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Innovation is not progress

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The word innovation has become the biggest buzzword of our time, and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of technology.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

Educating Sidney Green

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Sidney Green’s fight with the Manitoba Law Society has become the most expensive continuing education course that he never took.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

Hiring for diversity

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Our cover story this month is on the federal process for appointing judges, and as several experts told us, it is a highly secretive process. But the fact it lacks transparency is not really the biggest problem — it is the lack of diversity once the judges are picked.
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Let the robots help the public

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Let the robots help the publicYou might be forgiven if you are tired of hearing about machines versus lawyers, but the topic, much like our future robot overlords, is not about to be put to rest. Similarly, the definition of legal work and the practice of law are subject to more scrutiny than at any prior time in the history of the “profession” (air quotes intentional). As self-governing guilds, law societies and U.S. bar associations (which aren’t really regulators) are being confronted with uncomfortable questions requiring clear answers to plainly laid out (non-virtual) reality.
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Mining judgments for winners and losers

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Look out litigators, Premonition is coming to town, and with it a level of transparency not normally seen in the legal business.
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