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Law, technology and new ethics
Law, technology and new ethics

 Fabian Horton 01 Jun 2016

As technology develops and more decisions are made by machines, lawyers could be forgiven for thinking that many aspects of ethics will fade away. But with these new technologies come new ethical challenges and opportunities...

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Supercharge business development
Supercharge business development

 Laura Vickers 01 Jun 2016

An active online presence is important for all lawyers seeking to future-proof their business. And content marketing should be the bedrock of a lawyer’s digital strategy...

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Strategy is more important than technology
Strategy is more important than technology

 Ian Bloomfield 01 Jun 2016

Legal firms need a vision. Having a business strategy and an IT strategy are starting points for achieving that vision and will enable firms to determine their technology needs and priorities...

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A matter of meaning
A matter of meaning

 Stephen Jones 01 Jun 2016

In September 2015, the ACT Supreme Court directed that a defendant be acquitted on a charge of using Facebook Messenger as an electronic means to make or send pornographic material to a young person...

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A helping hand
A helping hand

 Katie Miller and Jason Leonard 01 Jun 2016

Technology has been changing the legal profession for decades – tape archives in the 1980s, online case and legislation databases in the 1990s, electronic discovery in the 2000s...

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National protests over legal aid shortfall
National protests over legal aid shortfall

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Rallies and events by state law associations protesting the legal aid shortfall in the 2016-17 federal budget were held in May during national law week. The federal budget provided little relief to legal aid, despite recommendations...

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Changes to child bail laws in question
Changes to child bail laws in question

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Changes to bail laws aimed at preventing young people from being imprisoned for trivial breaches of bail conditions have been called into question by concerns young offenders can now break bail conditions with impunity...

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Legal futurist shakes up profession
Legal futurist shakes up profession

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

The state should ensure provision of online tools to help people resolve legal disputes and if that means the role of lawyers is fundamentally altered, so be it. So said Professor Richard Susskind...

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Social media 'rubbish' follows court appointment
Social media 'rubbish' follows court appointment

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Vile rubbish is how Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula described social media criticising the appointment of a female Muslim magistrate...

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LIV calls for refugee movement
LIV calls for refugee movement

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

The LIV is saddened by the death of a refugee man on Nauru in April from self-immolation. Iranian refugee Omid Masoumali, 23, died during a monitoring mission by the UNHCR to the island where he had been held...

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Calling on lawyers to speak out
Calling on lawyers to speak out

 Sarah Ferguson 01 Jun 2016

For decades, collaborations between journalism and lawyers and legal services have produced some of the best programs ever made on the ABC. As governments, bureaucracies and corporations...

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Justice Andrew Keogh
Justice Andrew Keogh

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Justice Andrew Keogh was welcomed to the Supreme Court of Victoria on 5 April. Among the speakers was LIV president Steven Sapountsis. This is an edited version of his speech...

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Lawyers eyeing AI
Lawyers eyeing AI

 Karin Derkley 01 Jun 2016

It’s not science fiction. The impact of new technologies on legal services is huge. As far as big data goes, the Panama Papers investigation that broke open the shady world of offshore tax avoidance is as big as it gets...

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How to get the word out
How to get the word out

 Karin Derkley 01 Jun 2016

An engaging blog can be a valuable way of building a lawyer’s profile or a firm’s brand. When US law firm Seyfarth Shaw launched its Australian operation in 2013...

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Warning on exploitation of elderly
Warning on exploitation of elderly

 Karin Derkley 01 Jun 2016

15 June marks Elder Abuse Awareness Day – a reminder that lawyers need to guard against inadvertent involvement in the financial abuse of vulnerable older people...

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