Link Round-Up: Mar. 18, 2016


‘Link Round-Up’ gives you a glimpse into the articles that got the most airtime around the Loom Analytics water cooler this week. Published every Friday, article topics include access to justice, big data, legal technology, and what’s happening in the Canadian legal landscape.

or the average person who wants to mitigate the financial burden a lawsuit could bring, this could be good news. However, McGill University law professor, Richard Janda, thinks that legal insurance can promote risky behaviour and flood the courts with frivolous matters. 

What’s certain, though, is that legal representation is costly, but inventive solutions are on the horizon. JusticeNet is one of them -- a Canadian not-for-profit that connects clients with lawyers who are willing to work on reduced fees. 

  • Sam Glover, on on Lawyerist, reports that low emotional intelligence could increase the risk of malpractice. Ronda Muir, lawyer and expert on behavioural science in the legal workplace, reports that lower emotional intelligence tends to increase malpractice liability for doctors. Muir believes lawyers might risk the same liability if they’re out of touch with their client’s emotions.

In light of that, Muir believes it’s a good time for lawyers to get in touch with their emotional intelligence -- by doing things like meditating, exercising, or getting a coach -- because, “an effective coach can be expensive, but so is a malpractice claim.” 

  • The 2016-2017 Reports on Plans and Priorities for Canadian Judiciary was tabled earlier last week in the House of Commons. There are a number of RPPs for federal judicial institutions: the Supreme Court of Canada, the Courts Administration Service, and the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada. If you want to see how these institutions are operating and what their strategic priorities are for the next calendar year, have a look! It could make for some interesting afternoon reading.