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September 15, 2017
It is difficult to imagine a Supreme Court of Canada without Beverley McLachlin. For 17 years, she was the court’s rudder, steadying it in choppy legal waters...
Few would disagree that she was a stabilizing influence, bringing a degree of consensus to the Court that made its rulings easier for governments to understand (or at least harder to ignore). She will leave the bench effective Dec. 15.
No one knows yet how the post-McLachlin court will function – whether it will be more activist or less, whether it will maintain its recent habit of collegiality or deliver more split decisions. But everyone agrees that the next 10 years will see the court deliver game-changing decisions in several areas of law...
April 29, 2019
Written by Anita Balakrishnan
Ryerson University has a proposal that would allow graduates to bypass articling by putting practice preparation directly into its law school curriculum.
The Integrated Practice Curriculum would be offered at a new school that would begin accepting applications this August and would open in September 2020, according to a report released April 25 by the Law Society of Ontario’s Professional Development and Competence Committee.
Convocation approved the plan unanimously at the April 25 meeting.
Supporters say the proposal, if successful, could move Ontario away from long-standing problems posed by the traditional articling model.
Ryerson’s revised law school proposal comes after an earlier curriculum — which got the go-ahead from the Law Society of Ontario and Federation of Law Societies of Canada — was refused program approval by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
November 16, 2017
Written for the Financial Post by Julius Melnitzer
AI is changing the stereotypical image of the beleaguered coffee-serving, briefcase-bearing lackey associates who spend long hours in windowless deal rooms figuring out where to start due diligence for a merger or acquisition... But with the drudgery out of the way, you end up with more energy and time doing the things for which you went to law school... Things you might not have caught are more likely to come to your attention.
Quite apart from their functional utility, investing in AI has become an important talent attraction and retention tool for law firms... Firms are signalling to associates and recruits that it is looking to the future by investing in tools that will attract clients and help them stay ahead of the game.
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