Law and Ethics in the Age of Technology

Law and Ethics in the Age of Technology

This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 2.0 Professionalism Hours

With every advance in technology, the legal profession must revisit its ethical obligations and professional responsibilities afresh.

Social media and the internet pose new challenges that seem to emerge on a nearly daily basis, with lawyers, our regulators and the courts engaging in what sometimes appears to be a never-ending game of catch-up.

And in a digital world that moves with increasing speed, complexity and innovation, novel questions certainly abound:

  • What are the ramifications of cameras in the courtroom in an age of live-tweets and micro-commentary?
  • What copyright protections should be granted with respect to court documents and the lawyers that draft them?
  • Should the LSUC’s civility rules be enforced on social media, and if so, who will police this?
  • The criticism of the judiciary on US law blogs at times appears boundless. Are Canadian bloggers and legal commentators too reserved in addressing judicial overreach and misbehaviour? Is the public well served by this?
  • How can the profession respond proactively to security issues in the Cloud?
  • Based on the contextual analysis set out in Baglow and Smith, is it the law of Ontario that what can be said freely on one online publication could be considered defamatory if published on another? What are the ramifications of this?
  • Should there be ethical or legal limitations imposed on  lawyers and other employers using Facebook and similar social media to conduct online investigations and research?

Join Garry J. Wise, Mitch Kowalski, Bob Tarantino and Omar Ha-Redeye for an interactive panel discussion on these topics and more.

Bob Tarantino is a partner in the Entertainment Law group at Heenan Blaikie LLP and focuses his practice on the interface between entertainment and intellectual property law. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of production, from development to delivery and exploitation.

In 2010 he launched Heenan Blaikie’s Entertainment & Media Law Signal, a collaborative blog by members of the firm’s Entertainment Law group, which was recognized as a co-winner of the Best New Law Blog in the 2010 Canadian Law Blog Awards. A past vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section, Bob is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law and holds graduate degrees in law from Osgoode Hall and the University of Oxford. Bob has also been recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of entertainment law in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White).

In addition to being a frequent panellist and commentator on various matters relating to law and intellectual property, Bob is also a freelance writer. His writing has been featured in publications ranging from This Magazine and the National Post to the Canadian Bar Association’s PracticeLink. His academic articles in the field of entertainment law have been published in the University of California Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent) and the peer- reviewed Intellectual Property Journal,Canadian Intellectual Property Review and Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

Mitch Kowalski is an innovative thinker, lawyer, writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century to be published by the American Bar Association.

He holds a LL.B. and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario as well as a LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. For much of his 20-year legal career, he practiced law with the Toronto office of Baker & McKenzie, before moving to Aylesworth LLP which later became Dickinson Wright LLP. He also served as in-house counsel for the City of Toronto and had a business role with First Canadian Title.

Mitch maintains a boutique law practice, owns and operates Toronto Writers’ Centre and writes/speaks on a variety of legal topics. He blogs regularly on legal matters for The National Post’s blog, The Legal Post.

Follow him on Twitter @mekowalski or visit his website

Omar Ha-Redeye is a civil litigator practicing out of Fleet Street Law, and General Manager of My Support Calculator, the only free and accurate child and spousal support calculator available to the public.

He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Ontario Bar Association, and in 2011 was named one of the top 12 social media influencers practicing law in Canada.

Omar recently co-authored an article with Bob Tarantino of Heenan Blaikie LLP on the Rules of Professional Conduct and their Application to the Legal Profession Online Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, and has several publications primarily in the health sector.

He is a regular commentator in the news on law and technology issues, and teaches part-time at Ryerson University in a law-related technology elective. You can find more information about him at

Garry J. Wise graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1984 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986. He practices with Wise Law Office (, a Toronto litigation firm he founded in 1986, with focus on Employment Law, Family Law, Estates Litigation and Civil Litigation.

He is primary contributor to the award-winning Wise Law Blog, featuring timely legal news, updates and commentary.

Garry has contributed to Bar-eX News, Huffington Post, CCH Labour & Law Newsletter, Canadian Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Addendum, Divorce Magazine and CCH Canadian Family Law Guide. He has been a Continuing Legal Education presenter on professional ethics, social media, Web 2.0 and security issues affecting the legal profession. Garry has been featured in the National Post, Toronto Star, LawPro Magazine,Lawyer’s Weekly, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, CCH Student E-Monthly and Toronto’s Now Magazine.

In addition to his professional and blogging activities, Garry dabbles as a writer and musician.. Follow him on Twitter @wiselaw or visit Garry J. Wise can be reached directly at 416-972-1800.



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