Programs to teach law students, bar admission candidates and practising lawyers about electronic discovery are sorely lacking in Canada — and there seems to be little desire to fix the problem, Toronto eDiscovery lawyer Crystal O’Donnell tells AdvocateDaily.com.
“One of the issues facing the legal profession generally is the lack of practical teaching in law schools. With the increasing importance of the merging of law and technology, this education becomes critical, and there are no other real avenues for lawyers to understand and learn about electronic discovery,” says O’Donnell, founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel.
“At present there are relatively few counsel who have the required skills to appropriately deal with electronic evidence in a way that is defensible, proportionate and cost-effective”.… Read More
Heuristica is pleased to sponsor the Laskin, Canada’s only annual national bilingual moot court competition in Canadian administrative and constitutional law.
The Laskin provides a unique opportunity for law students, judges, law professors and practitioners from across Canada to meet and debate problems of current importance in the law. Its goals are to foster a better and deeper understanding of the law and to support and encourage legal education and bilingualism while at the same time promoting in the legal community a spirit of cooperation and understanding that transcends linguistic and provincial boundaries.
The competition is administered by a committee of volunteer judges and lawyers, and is hosted by a different Canadian law school each year. … Read More
The AGCA was formed as a society under the Societies Act (Alberta) in 1986 to provide a networking vehicle for general counsel and to provide a forum to discuss and learn about issues of interest to the group.
This month’s meeting is entitled “Two Innovative Ways to Control Litigation Cost and Risk: Using Litigation Funding and Efficient eDiscovery Techniques“.
Efficient analysis of burgeoning electronically stored information (ESI) for use in litigation is increasingly critical to manage the cost and risk of a proceeding. … Read More
Lawyers need to complete a preliminary analysis of the electronic documents in a case before agreeing to firm production deadlines in a discovery plan, says Wendy Cole, director of project management and counsel at Heuristica Discovery Counsel.
“Litigation lawyers often underestimate the complexity of electronic documents, what it takes to collect them, analyze them, and then ultimately review and produce them,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.
There is simply no way to accurately estimate how complex and labour intensive the document review process will be until the upfront work of collecting and analyzing the data has been completed, says Cole, a Toronto lawyer who focuses on legal document review projects.… Read More