Upcoming LCO News & Events
In June 2022, LCO Board of Governors member, the Honourable Paul S. Rouleau, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) by the Law Society of Ontario. The LCO’s judicial appointee Justice Rouleau was appointed in April 2022 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lead the Public Order Emergency Commission.
On August 25, LCO Counsel Ryan Fritsch will be hosting an expert roundtable discussion online to share findings on the LCO Criminal AI Project. Over 25 panelists consisting of legal and tech experts are expected to attend. Fritsch will also serve as Acting Director of the Disability Law Intensive Program at Osgoode Hall Law School, in partnership with ARCH legal aid clinic.
On October 3, 2022, LCO Board of of Governors member, Neha Chugh, will be awarded the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility at the Opening of the Courts in Ontario in October. Issued by the Advocates’ Society and the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism, the annual Award recognizes notable individuals who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Justice Catzman throughout his distinguished career.
On October 21, Counsel Ramani Nadarajah and head of the Environmental Accountability Project will co-chair the Law Society of Ontario’s Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer Program. Spaces for the event can be reserved here: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2022.
On October 24, the LCO will be organizing a discussant panel for the Law Society of Ontario’s annual Access to Justice Week. Programming, speakers and instructions on how to register will be made available shortly. The LSO’s annual A2J week (Oct 24-28) brings together a range of justice sector stakeholders locally and from across Canada to develop meaningful, public-centred solutions that advance systemic change in the justice system.
LCO Reports in Media & Academic Programming
The LCO’s latest report, “Accountable AI”, has been showcased in various discussions online. The report has been mentioned in:
- Toronto Star: Artificial intelligence products cannot be moral agents. The tech industry must be held responsible for what it develops
- The Lawyer’s Daily: Law commission makes recommendations for Ontario’s proper handling of AI
- Law Times: Law Commission of Ontario releases report on artificial intelligence use in Canadian justice system
- Slaw: Using AI to Address Court Delays and Adjudicate Claims
- Legal IT Insider: Law Commission of Ontario AI report demands government accountability
- Webinar: Predicaments in Privacy: An update on privacy and surveillance technology in the workplace Lancaster House (course materials)
- Professional Learning Program: Labour Relations Certificate, Lancaster House & Toronto Metropolitan University (course materials)
The LCO Final Report “Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship” and recommendations were also recently mentioned in the Toronto Star as part of the debate surrounding Maggie Hickie’s future.
The full article can be accessed here: The Ontario government has given Maggie an ultimatum: the disabled teen can lose her funding or her independence.
The LCO will be releasing the Consultation Paper “Environmental Accountability” in September. The project page can be accessed here: Environmental Accountability: Rights, Responsibilities and Access to Justice. Sign up for the LCO newsletter to receive the upcoming release.
The LCO will also be releasing its Strategic Plan for 2022-2025 this Fall. This will be available in English and French on the LCO website.
The LCO’s paper “Comparing AI Regulation in Canada and Europe” will be included in an incoming textbook “Corporate Governance and the New Technology” published by LexisNexis.