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Footnote to the Global 100 LegalTech Leaders List

Thanks folks, for nice comments. Aw shucks…

Now the more interesting party gameBearing in mind that I regard these sort of Legal Week, Nat LJ, Lexpert lists as inherently ludicrous. is who’s missing from the list who we would all regard as Global LeadersThe City TechMag list was top heavy with vendors, seemed entirely English speaking and was entirely USA and UK, except for my fellow PowerPoint Twin, Dan Pinnington of LawPro:

Let me start the ball rolling with my surprisingly missing sixteen:

Richard Susskind, London
Jon Bing, Oslo
Kingsley Martin, Chicago
Marc Lauritsen, Boston
Liz Broderick, Sydney
Ejan . . . [more]

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Irosoft Signe Une Entente de 7 Ans Avec Justice Canada

Le Ministère de la Justice du Canada vient de signer une entente de services de sept ans (quatre ans plus trois années d’option) avec la compagnie montréalaise Irosoft. Dans le cadre de cette entente, Irosoft a pour mandat d’assurer la maintenance et l’évolution des modules du système AGIL, un système permettant notamment d’améliorer l’accès aux lois et aux règlements du Canada pour le public et les autres ministères.

Here is a more detailed article on the topic in ITBusiness.

Merci à Marco Rivard d’Obiter2 pour la référence. . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

I had a conversation recently with a young person who was in a state of wonder and scepticism about evolution and natural selection: how could mammals have come about, what about eyeballs, etc.? Now don’t worry: I’m not about to step in front of anyone’s religious bus; we don’t go there on Slaw. No, it’s just that, as I explained to him, one source of our puzzlement is that we can’t easily imagine the effects wrought by small changes taking place an immensely large number of times. What’s a billion? to paraphrase someone whom I can’t recall at the moment. . . . [more]

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If any of you have ever visited Fredericton, NB you might be familiar with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Located across the street from the provincial legislature it is a small gallery of international repute. Over the past couple of years a dispute has arisen between the gallery and the heirs of the estate of Lord Beaverbrook – Sir Max Aitken. If you have spent any time in NB you are probably familar with the name, as much of the province is named after him. From buildings to parks, rinks and scholarships, you name it, there is a good . . . [more]

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My Little Open Source Sandbox: OpenSourceCMS

I’m a neophyte in the Open Source world, so having a “sandbox” in which to play with various applications before committing to any is really what I need.

Voila! OpenSourceCMS fits the bill. It allows me to try out demo versions of all sorts of lesser-known blogs, wikis, portals (content management systems) and the like. I can play with applications the likes of WordPress, Drupal, Textpattern, Mambo and Papoo (I’ve never heard of Papoo, have you?), testing out the various features, trying to figure out what they do. The demo version on the site changes as I . . . [more]

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The Citizendium Project

It appears there is a middle way between Encyclopdia Britannica and Wikipedia. Wikkipedia’s cofounder, Larry Sanger has launched a six-week pilot project that will combine citizen input with “expert” guidance according to the recent press release. Potential contributors can apply but it is by invitation only. There is a companion introductory essay to the press release as well, “Towards a New Compendium of Knowledge”.

All of which brings to mind one of the catchlines from the Rowan and Martin “Laughin” tv show: “put that in your Funk & Wagnalls!”. . . . [more]

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Translate a Word, Phrase or Document

Even though Canada is a bilingual country, few people in this law office are fluent in French and it just so happens that I’ve recently had a handful of lawyers desperately needing French documents translated. None of these lawyers were aware of there being translators available online. One lawyer had a 60 page pdf document and when I told him it would take only minutes to translate it using Altavista’s Babelfish, he didn’t believe me. He ran back to his office to email the document to me only after giving me strict instructions NOT to run it through the . . . [more]

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La Saine Administration de La Justice: Qu’en Est-Il? – Honorable Andre Wery, j.c.a.c.s.

J’ai assisté hier à l’excellente présentation du juge en chef adjoint André Wery qui avait lieu dans le cadre d’un diner-conférence de la section litige civil et assurance de l’ABC-Québec.

En débutant, le juge Wery a avisé les personnes présentes que sa conférence s’intitulerait plutôt “La justice civile du XXIe siècle” et comme si ce baptême en direct n’était pas suffisant pour que celles-ci s’accrochent à ses lèvres, ses premiers mots furent les suivants: “le système de justice civil québécois est désincarné”! . . . [more]

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Thomson Announces Strategic Realignment of Operations

In addition to recently announcing its intention to sell the Thomson Learning businesses, Thomson Corp. also intends to realign its remaining operations. In an effort to carry out its long-term strategy of delivering mostly electronic products and services, it will reorganize its remaining operations into six Strategic Business Units: North American Legal, Financial, Scientific, International Legal and Regulatory, Tax and Accounting, and Healthcare. These six units will be supported by a corporate centre, and will eliminate the current market group structure (Legal and Regulatory, Learning, Financial, and Scientific and Healthcare). Thomson Corp. currently offers information products and solutions to healthcare, . . . [more]

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Ontario’s Law Reform Commission Gets Closer

Today’s the day the Law Society of Upper Canada (orse. Ontario) decides in Convocation whether to bestow money and approval on Attorney General Bryant’s proposal to resurrect the Law Reform CommissionThough there’s no specific mention of it in the agenda [pdf]; presumably it will come up under the Finance and Audit Committee’s report re the 2007 budget.

Apart from the advisability of bringing the province’s lawyers on side, Bryant wants to ensure that any new commission has non-governmental funding to make it more difficult for it to be axed in the future by a hostile government, at least according to . . . [more]

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