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

What do we really mean, when we talk about diversity?

The issue of diversity – or the lack of it – extends across most spheres but studies have shown the legal profession to be a particularly noted offender; Dr. Arin Reeves, speaking at the 2013 CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon this summer said this is the case no matter the country.

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

Drivers of diversity in the legal profession

It is common knowledge now that the legal profession in Canada is not reflective of the diversity of our population. Studies done in British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario, and Canada as a whole have all found a lack of diversity. What is causing this imbalance, and how can we change it?

New Voices - Des nouvelles voix | October 25, 2013 | Comments

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