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Prompt Attention Pays Off with Generative AI

  • June 13, 2024
  • Emily Sinkins

Tips from those practised in the art of prompting demonstrate that eliciting quality output from generative AI tools starts with quality input and clear direction, not to mention flexibility, creativity, an understanding of your chosen tool’s abilities and constraints, and a willingness, if at first you don’t succeed, to try and try again.

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SPILL: What excites you about your area of practice?

  • June 13, 2024

With Call to the Bar ceremonies taking place across the province this month, and a new cohort of legal change-makers carving out career paths, what better time to pull back the curtain to expose the possibilities – the intrigue and enrichment – found in some of law’s most dynamic legal specialties and settings?

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Discovering Helsinki’s Waterfront Trail: One lawyer’s journey through nature and design

  • June 13, 2024
  • Kerri Salata

From stunning architecture to the functional design of services, a mixture of beauty and efficiency is embedded into every inch of Helsinki. Each September, the city hosts Design Week, a festival that celebrates design of all kinds – even legal design. Having experienced the festival and the spectacular setting firsthand, Kerri Salata finds fall a perfect time to celebrate the fusion of design with the practical, and to focus on rejuvenation, health and wellness.

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Tackling the Problem of AI “Revenge Porn” in Canada: Existing Law and Upcoming Legislative Reform

  • June 13, 2024
  • Mavra Choudhry and Shalom Cumbo-Steinmetz, Torys LLP

The popularity of generative AI applications has skyrocketed, leading to an explosion of unique legal issues and potential harms that the law has been called upon to address. One of the most severe is the use of deepfake technology or AI image generation to create fake images depicting a real, identifiable person in an intimate, explicit, or pornographic manner – which has already become an all-too-common practice with a disproportionately harmful impact on women.

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The Importance of Queer Spaces within the Legal Profession

  • June 12, 2024
  • Antoine Collins

Rooted in tradition and precedent, the emergence of Queer spaces should not be dismissed as a progressive fad but should be recognized as fundamental for developing a more inclusive, equal and stronger legal profession.

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The Test for Security for Costs, in Ontario, Clarified

  • June 12, 2024
  • Katherine L. Shadbolt

Litigation can be a long and expensive process. It’s important that a party who is owed costs by the opposing party has assurance they will be able to recoup the full amount owed before further steps are taken in a proceeding or appeal – especially when the other party won’t take reasonable steps to settle. Katherine Shadbolt outlines the rules and strategies for lawyers to consider in seeking security for costs and the options available to enforce payment of a cost order.

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Hope and Hard-Won Wisdom Out of Darkness

  • June 10, 2024
  • Direct quotes from Rumana Monzur

After suffering a brutal attack at the hands of her then husband that left her blind, Rumana Monzur not only went on to complete her master’s degree, graduate from law school and work as a litigator for the Department of Justice in Vancouver, she became an advocate for the rights of women and persons living with disabilities.