FROM 9:30 TO 10:15 (sessions running concurrently in different rooms)
Computing the Law presented by Prof. Daniel Katz
Every single day lawyers and law firms are providing predictions to their clients regarding their prospects in a particular piece of litigation. How are these predictions being generated? Precisely what data or model is being leveraged? Could a subset of these predictions be improved by access to outcome data in a large number of “similar” cases. This is the era of “big data” and soft artificial intelligence. Increases in computing power and decrease in data storage costs are fundamentally altering the scope of scientific inquiry. With respect to the delivery of legal services, the implications of ‘big data’ are significant. Namely, increasing access to large bodies of semi-structured legal information raises the possibility of significant improvements in quantitative legal prediction.
Daniel Martin Katz is an Assistant Professor of Law at Michigan State University. His wide variety of academic interests include positive legal theory, quantitative modeling of litigation and jurisprudence, and the impact of information technology on the market for legal services. Professor Katz has published articles in scholarly journals such as Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Virginia Tax Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Journal of Legal Education, and the Journal of Law and Politics. His work also has been featured in print and online outlets including the New York Times, Wired Magazine Blog, U.S. News & World Report Blog, Financial Times Blog, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, and Marginal Revolution. Professor Katz is also an avid blogger; his posts can be found athttp://computationallegalstudies.com/
Meeting the spirit of “Free Access to Law” – implications of law that is “born digital” presented by Colin LaChance
The evolution from printed law that is digitized to the inevitable state where official publications of primary law are “born digital” carries implications for governments in how far they must go to make law known and accessible to people. This goes beyond permitting “free access to law” and into the realm of positive obligation to help citizens overcome barriers associated with poverty, disability and availability of basic internet access. The presentation will touch on academic research, legal philosophy, CRTC regulatory frameworks, government policy and the role of CanLII. Active participant engagement will be strongly encouraged as, to paraphrase the opening lyrics of the Tragically Hip song “Bring it all back”, the answers are hiding in ivory (*towers*) that we must carve to see what form they take.
Colin Lachance (B.Comm., LL.B.) recently assumed the role of President and CEO of CanLII following a 16 year telecommunications law, marketing and policy career. He attends the University of Ottawa on a part-time basis in pursuit of an LL.M. with concentration in law and technology. Colin has participated directly and actively in national debates surrounding Canada’s communications, internet and digital economy policies, including, from within both marketing and lobbying roles, ISP competition and usage based billing issues. In his current role with the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), Colin has a mandate to grow and enhance CanLII to support the legal profession in the performance of its duties while providing the public with permanent open access to the legal heritage of all Canadian jurisdictions. CanLII is a signatory to the Montreal Declaration on Free Access to Law: http://www.canlii.org/en/info/mtldeclaration.html
Privacy Considerations in Contracts presented by Gavin Magrath
Privacy concerns extend well beyond frustrated Facebook users. Legislation is in place both provincially and federally that governs the rights and obligations of those collecting personal information, and these augment the common law rights of individuals and consumers in respect of their personal privacy. Failure to respect your users’ privacy rights – or selling their personal information – can result in civil claims and even quasi-criminal prosecution. This session aims to introduce attendees to the key principals and legislation in this developing area of law.
Gavin Magrath is one of the founding partners of Magrath O’Connor LLP, a Toronto litigation boutique that serves businesses and individuals in a wide range of civil claims. Gavin’s practice focuses on liability arising out of the international sale and transportation of goods, but includes advice on a range of commercial issues including arbitration and dispute resolution, contract disputes, employment litigation, and privacy and e-commerce issues. www.magrathoconnor.com
FROM 10:30 TO 11:30 (tracks running concurrently in different rooms)
SOCIAL MEDIA TRACK
Social Media and the Courts presented by Omar Ha-Redeye
Should reporters and members of the public be allowed to live-tweet courtroom proceedings? How much weight should Facebook photos and comments be afforded in litigation? Should jury members be restricted from all social media use during trial? Social media has changed the way information is distributed in society. In the absence of specific regulations, the role of social media in the courts has largely been left to judicial discretion. But is the judiciary necessarily the best arbitrator on what the balance between competing interest should be, especially when they are not necessarily active users of social media? Come share some of your thoughts based on your own social media and legal experiences.
Omar Ha-Redeye is a 2010 graduate of the University of Western Ontario. A prolific writer and active user of social media and blogs, he is frequently contacted by the legal media and consulted by law firms on technology issues in the legal field. He is currently an Adjuct Faculty member at Ryerson University, and will be called to the Ontario bar on June 16, 2011. You can visit him at his personal website.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Key Elements for Social Media Policies presented by Lorraine Fleck
Social media has revolutionized marketing and how businesses can promote their brands. While social media presents a novel marketing channel, as with any innovation, there are risks. A comprehensive social media policy can assist businesses in managing risk exposure from using social media by addressing key issues such as privacy and intellectual property law. This presentation will address and provide practical tips on risk management in social media by addressing why social media policies matter, and the key issues that a social media policy should address.
Lorraine Fleck is a lawyer and trade-mark agent at Hoffer Adler LLP. When it comes to advising on social media issues, Lorraine does not only talks the talk, she also walks the walk – Lorraine tweets and blogs on advertising and marketing, contest, information technology, intellectual property, packaging and labeling, privacy and social media issues. Lorraine is active in the local and international IP and IT legal communities. She has served multiple terms on sub-committees of the International Trade-mark Association (INTA), currently serving on the Internet Governance Sub-committee. Lorraine is also a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Toronto Chapter executive, and is an incoming Member-at-Large of the Ontario Bar Association’s Information Technology and E-Commerce Section Executive Committee.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK ‘
Domain Name Disputes presented by Rosario Cartagena
The focus will be on domain name disputes and their resolution. We will talk about domain names as trade-marks, protest sites (so-called “sucks” sites) and other areas at the intersection of internet law and trade-mark law.
Rosario G. Cartagena is an associate in Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP’s Toronto office, practising in intellectual property law with a focus on trade-mark prosecution, privacy law and advertising and marketing law. Rosario is fluently bilingual (English/Spanish) and is a regular contributor to lawsof.com, E-Business, Privacy, and Technology Law Journal and the Canadian Bar Association IP Section Quarterly Reviews. Rosario has written on issues regarding, social media law and online privacy; trade-marks in virtual reality; data protection; and trade-mark law issues generally. She has also assisted in drafting domain name dispute decisions. Rosario also has previous experience completing an internship in New York City at one of the top intellectual property firms in the United States.
A Non-Traditional and Open Analysis of Intellectual Property Law presented by Felix Tang
The focus will be on understanding the big picture of intellectual property (IP) in business and how to balance that with the desire to have a more open and commons based approach to IP. We will talk about both how to attack and protect IP, and to demystify what a license and a contract are. Perhaps, we will learn about what trolls and non-practicing entities are about from a business and legal stand point. Lastly, we can talk about how to become a smart consumer of legal services.
Felix Tang is a partner and co-founder of Innovate LLP, an intellectual property and business law firm located in the MaRS Centre. A graduate of University of Ottawa’s law school, Felix has worked at Gowlings’ Toronto office’s intellectual property group. Felix also has a BASc in Engineering Science and a MASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a computer engineer for several years and his technical expertise is in embedded real time systems, digital image processing, machine vision and multimedia.
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT TRACK
Knowledge Management in the Legal Practice – Panel Discussion with Connie Crosby, Ron Carriere, Sanjeev Arora and Natalie Worsfold
The lawyers’ valuable contribution to client work involves knowledge: knowledge evolved from years of education and experience. Given that clients today are demanding increased efficiency, how can lawyers take the work they have done and find ways to use it again to save time? The big law firms’ answer to this question is to dedicate staff to this area, and put a lot of time and money into developing “Knowledge Management systems.” Are KM systems out of reach for small firms? Is there a cost effective way for them to get started? What about the role of wikis to manage as well as share knowledge between law firms? The panel will lead a discussion on what solutions (both tech and non-tech) might fill the gap.
Connie Crosby, a law firm library manager in a former life now consults in the areas of knowledge management, information management, library management and social media. She also teaches continuing education courses on social media at the iSchool Institute (http://www.institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/) at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. She is a founding core contributor to the prominent law blog http://Slaw.ca, co-organizers the local meetup group Knowledge Workers Toronto (http://knowledgeworkers.org) which discusses issues related to knowledge management and technology, and is a key organizer of PodCamp Toronto (http://podcamptoronto.com), Canada’s largest event related to social media held each February at Ryerson University. Connie is also the author of the 2010 book Effective Blogging for Libraries (http://www.neal-schuman.com/ebl), part of the award-winning Tech Set series from Neal-Schuman Publishers.
Ron Carriere is CEO of Cirilab Inc. Cirilab’s flagship technology, KGE (Knowledge Generation Engine) allows broad applicability across many sectors. Ron’s career has included responsibilities as a P.Eng. in senior positions at technical and management levels in public and private organizations. He has extensive hands-on experience in hi-tech start-ups
Sanjeev Arora is the founder of Tabillo and Principal Consultant at Quasar Apps, a Knowledge Management firm. With over a decade of industry experience leading Information Management Application Design and Business Processes Application Development. Sanjeev has a background of working closely with Special Libraries within Legal, Engineering & Government and is always looking to adapt simple and effective ways to harness information with technology. Sanjeev’s LinkedIn Profile
Natalie Worsfold is a Tax Lawyer who specializes in providing assistance to taxpayers in a dispute with the Canada Revenue Agency. Originally from the UK, Natalie formed her own practice in 2008 www.troublewithtaxes.com and has helped various individuals and small businesses with issues such as audits, appeals, late-filing returns and collection problems. She is a founding member of Taxpayers Advocate Inc. www.taxpayersadvocate.ca which is an advocacy group that fights for Canadian taxpayers to ensure accountability and fairness in our tax system. One of the main features of the Taxpayers Advocate website is a Tax Wiki which brings together contributions from various Tax Lawyers and Professionals to give free and easy to understand information for taxpayers.
FROM 11:45 TO 12:30 (sessions running concurrently in different rooms)
Legal Techs in a Brave New World – Panel Discussion with Monica Goyal, Michael Carabash and Terry Taoussanopoulos, Chair – Jordan Dolgin
Technology startups have exploded in number over the past few years. Some of these startups are attacking the legal market. We invite you to an open chat with some Toronto-area legal tech startups. They’ll offer insights on startup life, including on how to get started, and what they’re working on. We’ll also discuss the general impact of tech startups on legal practice, and the future of law and technology.
Jordan Dolgin is Founder & CEO of Toronto, Ontario based Dolgin Professional Corp (www.dpcLAW.ca) (DPC). DPC is a dynamic business law firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start, finance, grow and sell their businesses. For almost 20 years, Jordan has been assisting clients build better businesses through strong relationship management. His practice focuses on:· assisting new start-ups & early-stage financings, managing corporate growth, completing M&A transactions, facilitating corporate divorces
Monica Goyal is a technology legal entrepreneur and founder of My Legal Briefcase. She developed My Legal Briefcase to empower individuals going to Small Claims Court.
Michael Carabash (B.A., LL.B, J.D, M.B.A.) is a Toronto lawyer, social media nut, and the founder of www.dynamiclawyers.com. The website offers legal forms with video tutorials, a free legal health checkup, and lots of free legal information. Michael has been featured in local and national media and legal trade publications for his innovative approach to providing legal services.
Terry Taoussanopoulos is an associate with Brooks Barristers & Solicitors, where he practices as a corporate lawyer. He advises clients in a number of diverse industries with respect to mergers and acquisitions, transactional deal structuring and business/legal strategic planning. He is also currently an M.B.A. candidate at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where his specialization is finance and entrepreneurship. Terry has been involved in a number of start-ups in various industries as both a principal and consultant
To the Cloud presented by Mitch Kowalski
Unless you’ve spent the last year in a cave, you will have heard numerous references to “the cloud” in all forms of media. The cloud is still in its infancy and so there are a number of things that people should consider when looking at the cloud to achieve greater efficiencies in their business or legal practice. This interactive session will flesh out these issues in a manner that allows participants to share their experiences and ideas in a comfortable forum.
Mitch Kowalski is an innovative thinker, lawyer, writer, lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur. He maintains a boutique law practice in Toronto, operates Toronto Writers’ Centre and writes on a variety of legal and non-legal topics. He blogs regularly on legal matters for The National Post’s blog, The Legal Post.
Developing a Marketing Plan presented by Joy Wakefield
Would you start a business without a business plan? Strategy, organization and evaluation are all part of running a business – they are also part of marketing that business. If you are going to spend time, money and resources on promotion, you need a plan. This will be an introductory session on how to develop that plan in a way that works best for you or your company.
Joy Wakefield is a third year law student at Queen’s University. She holds an International Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business with a focus on marketing and organizational behaviour. As the Office Manager of the Queen’s Business Law Clinic, she successfully expanded the client base through her efforts. She currently works as a Business Development Manager for TEAM, a Queen’s course where students learn project management while working for corporate clients. In her spare time, she enjoys making music, learning languages and writing poetry.