'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.
- Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has announced that she plans to retire effective December 15th, putting an end to her lengthy and prestigious judicial career with the highest court in Canada. News of her retirement has been greeted with a great deal of speculation as to who will be named as her replacement, both in terms of filling the soon-to-be empty seat on the Supreme Court as well as the role of Chief Justice. The CBA National's Justin Ling takes a look at what tradition dictates be done with the positions here.
- In a rare move from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Justice Grant Campbell has ordered a lawyer obtained through Legal Aid for a custody battle to personally pay $100,000 after her conduct during the case was found to be severely lacking. Jonathan Richardson, partner at Augustine Bater Binks LLP in Ottawa, described the ruling as 'definitely unusual', saying:
"On the whole, it’s a reminder that we always have to act in our client’s best interests and in this case, as well, it’s a reminder that even where we haven’t necessarily been paid or still have ongoing fee disputes, that doesn’t relieve us of our duty of loyalty to our clients."
- A rather unique bit of legal history went up for auction this week: a nearly 90-year-old document signed by Al Capone in which he denounces the allegations made against him. Part of the “Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen” auction being held by Boston’s R.R. Auction, the appearance of the document up for bid has raised questions as to how exactly it got into private hands in the first place, and whether it was swiped from the original courthouse files.
- We tweeted this earlier in the week, but just in case you missed it, here's an excellent article that breaks down the competitive advantage of analytics in the legal profession:
While every litigator learns how to conduct legal research in law school, performs legal research on the job (or reviews research conducted by associates or staff), and applies the fruits of legal research to the facts of their cases, many may not yet have encountered legal analytics.
Data-driven insights from legal analytics do not replace legal research or reasoning, or lawyers themselves. They are a supplement, both prior to and during litigation.
Think of legal analytics as Moneyball for lawyers.