About the Blog

This blog plays a vital role in our Legal Futures Initiative, providing a venue for posts from our education and training, ethics and regulatory issues and business structures and innovation teams, as well as from thought leaders commenting on the issues raised and progress to date. As well, it provides an opportunity for discussion by stakeholders on those issues. Come back regularly for updates and to join the conversation.

Innovation and the Legal Profession

The CBA Future’s Initiative is hosting a twitter chat this Tuesday at 7pm ET to discuss the concept of ‘Innovation’ in the legal profession, where it is and isn’t happening, what’s driving it and what’s impeding it.

Legal Futures Initiative Voices | November 4, 2013 | Comments

Negative feedback cycle in technology innovation

The Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to feature posts from team and Steering Committee members. Today’s post is authored by Monica Goyal, a member of the Business Structures and Innovation Team.

Legal Futures Initiative Voices | September 10, 2013 | Comments

Should Starbucks be able to own your law firm?

The Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to feature posts from team and Steering Committee members. Today’s post is authored by Lisa Fong, a member of the Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team.

Legal Futures Initiative Voices | September 3, 2013 | Comments

Got any bright ideas?

Innovation will be a hallmark and creativity will be absolutely mandatory for lawyers and law firms hoping to succeed in the next decade and beyond, participants at a Futures Initiative-sponsored professional development session on innovation were told at the 2013 CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon.

CBA Futures | August 27, 2013 | Comments
Tags: Business

The future of the legal profession: Shaken? Stirred?

A vodka martini is the libation of choice for the James Bond of film – famously shaken, not stirred. The actor may change but Bond’s drink remains the same: the viewer understands that he likes its taste, he likes its style, its strength; that he has a comfort level with it that will not change.

CBA Futures | August 19, 2013 | Comments
Tags: Business

Agents of change

Your tools are a law degree, and a country bound by the rule of law.

Your obstacles are law school debt; an ever-growing access to justice crisis; an economic downturn that has raised the volume on client demands for more services at a lower cost; and a regulatory system made increasingly complex by the globalization of business and trade.


CBA Futures | August 13, 2013 | Comments
Tags: Business

Get me some help here, stat!

In a busy hospital emergency room, a triage nurse can literally mean the difference between life and death, as he or she makes the call on who needs to be seen right away, and who can wait for help.

Within the Legal Futures Initiative’s consultation, some tell us that the legal system similarly needs a good triage system “to move parties to the resources they need and to facilitate more efficient use of resources.”

CBA Futures | August 6, 2013 | Comments
Tags: Business

Is Femininity the “Operating System of the Future”?

The Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to feature guest posts from new voices. Today’s post is authored by Rebecca Bromwich.

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | July 31, 2013 | Comments