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.

No Easy Answer on Access to Justice

When lawyers say they can’t afford their own services, you might have an access to justice problem.

CBA Futures | October 25, 2013 | Comments

How can legal services be changed to increase access to justice?

Access to justice in Canada is an ongoing issue.  There are an increasing number of unrepresented litigants, longer delays to get to court, and cuts to legal aid funding.  Many changes are influencing the legal profession in Canada, and access to justice cuts across all of them.

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | October 21, 2013 | Comments

How would you improve CLE?

Is continuing legal education the professional equivalent of renewing your driver’s licence – requiring little of you beyond that you show up, pay your fee and get your picture taken?

That was one of the questions asked during Tuesday night’s Twitter chat this week, where the discussion focused on the utility – or futility – of CLE.

CBA Futures | October 18, 2013 | Comments

How do we learn the law?

Over a hundred years later, a wealth of new ideas and technology is changing how we think about learning, in and out of universities.

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | October 11, 2013 | Comments

On the utility of articles

An interesting perspective on the Canadian system of articling was offered up during this week’s Twitter chat by Valarie, @YoungSmartLegal, who has recently moved here from the United States.

CBA Futures | October 10, 2013 | Comments

What are the advantages and limitations of the articling system in providing an appropriate level of professional training to prospective lawyers? Are there other options?

The report of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Articling Task Force late last year sparked an intense debate about the merits of the current articling system in Canada. The report recommended an alternative Law Practice Program (LPP) in which students will complete four months of LLP training and a four month work placement. This system is on course to be offered in Ontario in the 2014-2015 articling year.

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | October 7, 2013 | Comments


What was supposed to be a half-hour discussion about objectives and obstacles turned into more than two hours of enthusiastic participation from across the country. Mitch Kowalski summed up the responses about 75 minutes in: “So we’ve seen tuition, diversity, maturity, practicality, length of study are issues. Solutions?”

CBA Futures | October 3, 2013 | Comments

The Objective(s) of Legal Education

Asking what the objective of legal education should be may seem like a facetious question. Law schools educate future lawyers. But there’s a whole lot more to it than that. What kind of future lawyers are we educating, and what kind should we be educating?

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | September 30, 2013 | Comments