How Improvisation Can Help Your Legal Practice

I’m going to be leading an upcoming course on Improvisation for Legal Professionals, and a common question I am asked is “why improv for legal professionals?” How is improv relevant, especially when preparation is such a key focus of the legal profession?

Today’s professional culture is marked by a need to stand out, to be distinct, and to demonstrate confidence and capability. It’s also marked by constant change; where flexibility and adaptability are increasingly important skills. But all this change can be hard to adapt to – it challenges the norms of comfort, control, safety and security. As a lawyer, you’re trained to think, focus and prepare. But what happens when you’re in a situation where you’re thrown a curveball, and your preparation can’t help you. What do you do? How do you react?

This is where improvisation comes into play. It introduces elements of active listening and flexibility in dealing with change that will help you deal with the unexpected, and provide you with the expertise to differentiate yourself from the next person. Improvisation is all about risk and dealing with the unexpected head-on; improv requires that we get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being a risk taker in improv terms means getting out of the “box”, stepping out of your comfort zone and reaping the rewards of having taken that chance.

The experiential learning of improvisation can have a powerful impact on professionals. Improvisation techniques change communication dynamics one conversation at a time. These techniques teach professionals how to actively listen and respond to new information. The improviser is no longer concerned with finding the ‘right’ or ‘good’ answer, rather, they become more responsive to changing circumstances and concerned with finding solutions to overcome obstacles. This gives the improviser an edge; they stand out from the crowd and are seen as better communicators, relationship builders and collaborators.

Learning the tenets of the art of improvisation has helped thousands of professionals distinguish themselves from the crowd and become the innovators they’ve long desired to be. What surprises professional clients most about improvisation is that it has nothing to do with acting. Practicing the art of improvisation requires you to be “in the moment”, to actively listen to new information and to adapt your approach accordingly.

Improv sounds simple however many professionals do find it challenging. In improv, taking the chance by stepping out of your comfort zone, actively listening and dealing with the unexpected puts you in the advantage and helps you gain trust.

Improvisation is my skydiving. Nothing is more risky than stepping in front of a crowd with absolutely nothing pre-planned and pulling the chute. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lisa Merchant will be leading OsgoodePD’s Improv(ed) Legal Skills: Improvisation for Legal Professionals workshops, March 30 & 31, 2017.


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LISA MERCHANT is a highly sought after improvisation instructor/facilitator/performer. She has been studying, performing and teaching the art of improvisation for 30 years. Lisa is a Senior Faculty member at The Second City Training Centre and is a corporate facilitator with The Second City Works division, Bad Dog Theatre and privately. Lisa is a multiple nominee and winner of numerous Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improvisor as well as Best Ensemble.


Computer Forensics to Cloud Computing: 10 Years of Tech Crime at OsgoodePD

The 10th annual National Symposium on Tech Crime and Electronic Evidence was held this year, January 27, 2017. I was one of the National Co-Chairs along with Susheel Gupta and Scott Fenton. This program would not take place without the lawyers, investigators, and judges who volunteered their time both in 2017 and the years past. On behalf of Susheel and Scott, I thank all of them for the time they have taken for this matter. In this blog post I want to address some of this history of this program and why, 10 years on, it still holds the universal interest of lawyers, judges and investigators.

History? 10 years? The common law is 800 years old. 10 years isn’t history you say, and normally I would agree. With the exception of the printing press, the firearm, and the end of trial by battle in 1446, there have been few advances which have transformed how crime is committed, investigated and tried as much as the digitization of crime.

Some perspective may be helpful. 10 years ago a cloud was something in the sky. 10 years ago a cell phone was in fact a cell phone. 10 years ago, the first generation of iPhones had only just been publicly announced. The most popular cell phones were Motorola and Nokia – Samsung still made VCR’s. “Cutting edge” phones were starting to integrate small cameras and run MP3 files. Phones were not considered smart, and encryption was for the Enigma machine and spies.

At this year’s Symposium on Tech Crime and Electronic Evidence, panels discussed the issues and challenges surrounding cloud computing, encryption and social media. The keynote speaker, Alan Butler from the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., spoke to the issues that arise when police deploy advanced surveillance techniques such as IMSI catchers and persistent surveillance without social licence.

The challenges of search and seizure related to the law of digital devices continue to evolve concurrently. As our search and seizure panel discussed, there are two important upcoming cases on these issues to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada; Jones and Marakah.

A number of panels also addressed issues related to solicitor-client privilege and digital device storage. While there was little debate about the search of a lawyer’s computer in an office, there does appear to be a number of challenges raised with respect to the process of searching devices where solicitor-client issues may not be immediately obvious.

A look back at the 2006 Symposium on Tech Crime shows proposed discussions about what defines cybercrime, computer forensics 101, search and seizure, the peculiarities of e-disclosure, the use of the expert and sentencing. Since then, the delineation between cyber and other crimes has blurred. Digital evidence is important in investigations; to assess victim credibility, and to implicate the accused. Today, a serious case without digital evidence is extremely rare.

The convergence of technology – phones becoming computers and data transfers accessed by these computers – continually transforms what people consider “private”. In 2006, few were worried about the specific implications of search incident to arrest and data. After all, very few people carried around their life in a phone. Search and seizure cases with respect to electronic evidence are now some of the most important cases to come from the Supreme Court. E-disclosure is becoming the standard for disclosure. Computer forensics now involves “chip-off” extraction and methods for breaking encryption. Some of what was considered “expert” knowledge 10 years ago is taught in junior high, if not earlier.

Investigators, lawyers and Judges all need to keep up to speed with these changes in technology, forensics and criminal law. OsgoodePD’s National Symposium on Tech Crime is the one program in Canada where all of parties involved can come together annually and discuss the current impacts of technology in criminal law.

Predicting the future is a fool’s game. Some say WATSON will replace lawyers. Assuming, for argument’s sake, that this does not happen, there is little doubt that technology will continue to transform our society including the criminal justice system. If cars are self-driving who needs impaired driving laws? How the criminal justice system adapts to that change will be important to how society adapts to technology. An informed profession makes it more likely that change will happen in an informed manner.

If you missed the 10th National Symposium on Tech Crim and Electronic evidence, the program will be available as an Online Replay on February 24, 2017, from 9am to 4:30pm.


STEVEN JOHNSTON is a Crown Attorney with Alberta Justice Specialized Prosecutions Branch. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1995, was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1996. Steven joined Alberta Justice in 2010 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2010. He is one of the national co-chairs of OsgoodePD’s National Symposium on Tech Crime and Electronic Evidence for the past 9 years. Steven prosecutes large economic and organized crime cases.


Leading Issues in Blockchain Law

Six years ago, two Papa John’s pizzas were traded for 10,000 bitcoins. Today, those bitcoins are worth approximately $10,000,000 and around $200,000,000 in bitcoin changes hands daily. In 2016, the technology under the hood of Bitcoin, commonly called “blockchain technology” or “Distributed Ledger Technology” is being looked to for applications in insurance, banking, trade, and finance.

Where will blockchain take us in 2020? What legal issues will you be asked to grapple with in 2017 as blockchain continues its transition from the startup community to the financial services industry?

The Bank of Canada, Senate, and Department of Finance have been investigating blockchain. Many expect that the principles of Bitcoin can be applied to the Large Value Transfer System and other settlement systems in Canada to decrease costs and make financial systems more robust. The US Federal Reserve recently released a paper that studies how blockchain technology could be applied to US settlement and clearing systems.

Industry experts expect that 2017-2018 will see deployment of production systems that will begin to tackle settlement and clearing around the world. Major firms such as DTCC and Computershare have announced significant investments and R&D projects.

Securities regulators and their private practice counterparts have been paying close attention to “Initial Coin Offerings” (ICOs), new innovation in capital markets. An ICO is a sale of a digital “token” that can be used on a software system in the same way that bitcoins are the unit of value in the Bitcoin software system. ICOs have raised many questions about the nature of securities and how our long-standing legal rules interact with new decentralized peer-to-peer software systems.

Many of the new peer-to-peer systems being offered as ICOs have been created in order to facilitate “smart contracts”. Smart contracts are a form of computer program that allows actions to be taken in an automated fashion on a decentralized system. Consulting firms like McKinsey and Deloitte have announced that they’re advising their clients on how smart contracts may affect the insurance and financial services industries.

Smart contract innovations lead us to ask: Can crop insurance become an automated system that takes in input from government weather services and outputs money to contracting parties without human involvement? What are the opportunities for companies to expand their reach globally by creating smart contracts out of their traditional offline products?

At the heart of every discussion of blockchain systems and business models is an analysis of the nature of the transactions. Lawyers understand the importance of principles and substance over form. As smart contracts diffuse from fintech startups into the financial system, financial services lawyers will need to carefully consider how our existing system of regulation applies to these innovations.

Addison Cameron-Huff and Donald B. Johnston will be co-charing OsgoodePD’s Leading Issues in Blockchain Law, March 20, 2017. Join us for an in-depth discussion with practitioners in the nascent blockchain industry and some of the innovators creating the financial services products of tomorrow.


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and DONALD B. JOHNSON

Co-Chairs, OsgoodePD’s Leading Issues in Blockchain Law program.

Practice, Reflection, Repeat

New Year’s is typically a time for reflection; evaluating the past year and looking into the next with resolve. Reflecting on New Year’s 2017, however, sunk many of us into a funk. How could what’s happening in the US actually be happening?

When my 25 year-old said, “I’m really scared about what’s going on”, I searched for something beyond “Me too” to encourage her. I told her that when I was a kid, our small black and white TV screens were filled with grainy scenes of tumult in the US, and that democracies not only survive turbulence, they can thrive on it.

It also helped to point to now former President, Barack Obama, whose consistent message throughout his presidency and now, is to take the long view. In the days immediately after the election, Obama spoke of how “the path in this country has never been in a straight line. We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is moving forward and others think is moving back. And that’s OK …”.

In his farewell address, Obama made it clear that “taking the long view” did not mean being passive. Americans needed to be vigilant and engaged in countering threats to democracy and “principles, such as the rule of law, human rights, freedoms of religion, speech, assembly and an independent press.” His advice: “Show up. Dive in. Persevere. Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose…”

Well, we did show up. All across the globe, remarkable crowds of diverse people with diverse motivations showed up. I couldn’t make it to Washington, DC, but I did make it to the Women’s March in Toronto the day after the inauguration, along with thousands of others. It was a heady and inspiring experience, and I hope, the first of many peaceful demonstrations. As with anything else, though, there are lessons to be learned – what worked, what didn’t, how can we have a greater impact? And how can we better seek to understand, and then to be understood?

Progress as a society, an organization, or as an individual, whether it be personal or professional, takes time and sustained effort and action. I think of some of the skills taught in our programs at OsgoodePD – written and oral advocacy, persuasion, negotiation, mediation, presentation and legal and scholarly writing, to name a few. These are complex, demanding skills that can be improved dramatically over a lifetime of practice and reflection. I’m in the lucky position of seeing some of the most skilled professionals in these areas in action. I am often struck by how the most skilled are usually the most aware that the work of practice, reflection, and repeat is never done.

Reflection itself is not passive. There are many guides for reflection out there; here’s one that has been helpful to me, from Bill Joiner’s The Guide to Agile Leadership (2009):

  • Am I focusing on what’s most important right now?
  • Who else has a stake in my initiative, and how can I work with them to make it successful?
  • What non-routine obstacles do I face, and how can I be imaginative in resolving them?
  • What can I learn from the conversation, the project, or the day I’ve just completed?

My wish for all of us in this New(ish) Year, is that we’ll combine reflection with practice, have patience with ourselves and others, and that by this time next year we’ll have seen progress.


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Assistant Dean and Executive Director, OsgoodePD

Top 10 Tips for Your LLM application

Application deadlines for Summer and Fall starts of OsgoodePD’s Professional LLMs are fast approaching. Applying to one of these LLM programs can seem daunting, especially if you’ve been away from the academic setting for a while or if you don’t have a previous law degree.

We asked Meghan Thomas, Director of Professional Graduate and International Programs at OsgoodePD, for some pointers on how to craft a strong LLM application and what are some common pitfalls to avoid.

10. Include all education
Meghan: “Avoid ruling out previous education that you think is not relevant. Your educational background helps us understand your suitability for the program.”
> The application form requires you to include all previous university education in any jurisdiction. You may also want to include college programs, particularly if they are relevant to the specialization you’re applying for.

9. Organize transcripts
Meghan: “Missing transcripts can stop the admission process in its tracks.”
> The Admissions department can not release the application for the next round of review if the transcripts are missing. If you can not get original transcripts quickly, upload a copy of them in the application portal as an interim step.

8. Find out if you need an English Proficiency test
> If English is not your first language, determine whether you need to submit a proficiency test (see our Admissions Requirements page). If you need a test, plan to take it as early as possible. If unsure, contact admissions for clarification.

7. Inform your referees
Meghan: Look at the Recommendation Form; what are the qualities we are looking for? Can the referee provide examples of how you embody at least some of these qualities?”
> Often applicants do not communicate to referees what the committee is looking for in a reference. Referees do not need to be Canadian or an academic. However, a good practice is to ask yourself, “Why would the committee find the referee’s comments credible?” or “Why would the committee give the referee’s comments weight?”

6. Approach your LLM application like a job application
Meghan: “Give your application a personality”
> Your application should clearly communicate what you’ve achieved thus far and what you want to achieve with your LLM. The review committee and selectors want to establish an understanding of the person applying and whether you’re a fit for the program.

5. Tailor your application
Meghan: “The connection between your experience and the specialization may not always be as obvious to the committee as it is to you, so connect the dots for them.”
> If you have experience relevant to the program, make sure you illustrate the connection. Identify each element of the application; how can you make your submission relevant to both your experience and the specialization you are applying for? This also helps the admission committee recommend other options for you if you aren’t offered a place in the specialization for which you applied.

4. Write the personal statement to frame your application
Meghan: “Use the personal statement to tie together your transcripts, CV & references.”
> You are submitting not just a package, but a collection of information that reflects on you. How can you coherently portray your background and accomplishments?

3. Complete the application in one sitting
Meghan: “Approach you application as a complete task. If you can, block out time, sit down, and assemble everything you need.”
> Applicants who work on their application piecemeal sometimes forget what they have submitted, and can lose a lot of time following up or scrambling to complete the application at the very last minute.

2. Stay in touch
Meghan: “Our Admissions team is happy to answer questions once you’ve applied. When you call or email us, please provide your 9-digit student ID to help us find your file more quickly.”
> Also, try to respond promptly if OsgoodePD contact you with questions or ask you for an interview; this helps the process keep moving smoothly.

1. Submit your application early
Meghan: “Each application is reviewed thoroughly at least once. Generally the earlier the application is completed, the earlier it is reviewed – especially for our full-time programs.”
> Submitting a thorough and complete application early increases your chances of moving forward to the next round of the admission process. It also reflects well on your organizational abilities and motivation. If you’re experiencing delays from third parties, submit as much of your application early as possible. If you’re interested in submitting a late application, make sure you contact admissions to find out whether that’s available for your specialization and how to submit.

More information on upcoming deadlines for OsgoodePD LLM programs can be found on the Program Starts page of the OsgoodePD website. To apply to an LLM program, head to the How to Apply page and start the application process today!

Get started on your new year’s resolution

The new year provides an opportunity to reflect on your development over the course of the past year, and an opportunity to re-evaluate what you want to achieve in the year to come.

Having said that, once work and regular life resumes post-New Year, many of us inadvertently file away our New Year’s resolutions in the ‘too hard’ or ‘do later when things quieten down’ basket.

So you’ve made resolutions – how are you going to keep them?

A resolution is like any other goal – once you contextualize it and frame it as a goal, you arm yourself with the tools you need to achieve.

Project goals or work targets require planning, research and a deadline in order to succeed. As do your goals.

So how exactly do you achieve?
We asked around the office for some tips on how to achieve your professional development goals. Here’s what the OsgoodePD team came up with:

> Get specific
Like any goal, you need to identify what success will look like.
Make it tangible and also realistic. Set a date by which you want to achieve and clearly define, as detailed as possible, what you want to work towards. Visualize what success will look like, what the tangible outcomes are.
Having a specific goal and time frame helps you track your progress and realize when you’ve succeeded.

> Break it down
So you’ve got your big picture, now how do you achieve it?
Break your goal down into achievable steps. Factor in your work commitments and social commitments, your financial and time constraints. How can you work effectively on your goal, within your determined time frame, without your commitment becoming a dreaded task that saps energy and time?
Are you wanting to engage in further study but are already limited by an extensive work schedule? Is lessening your work commitments an option? Or is part-time study or a series of short courses a more viable option?

> Document your progress
Check in regularly – how close are you from achieving your determined success? What has helped or hindered your progress? What lessons have you learned? What new habits have you developed?
Checking in helps develop a healthy perspective on your path to achievement and you might just be surprised with how far you’ve progressed!

> Know yourself
Work to your weakness’ and your strengths.
Do you prefer to break up your learning over months or prefer a more intensive model? Or are you more interested in short and sharp lunchtime learnings spread out over the course of the year?
Know what works for you and what doesn’t and use these traits to your advantage.

>Get techy
Are there any apps you can use to get organised, stay focused & achieve your goal? Can you learn on your commute/ from home/ on your lunch break? Can you tap into a community to share ideas, insights and discuss questions?

> Change your mindset
The older you get, the harder it is to challenge or change habits. But you can start by adding ‘yet’ to your next statement.
Professional development requires a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset.
Fixed mindset tends to view success as being tied to a fixed trait, in this case talent or intellect, that can not be improved or developed.
You’ve either got it or your don’t.
Growth mindset, a concept developed by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, acknowledges that talent or intellect are traits but they are also just the beginning. Hard work and focus are vital to developing those traits and making progress. In turn, shortening the distance between you and your end goal.
You’ve either got it or you don’t, yet.

Here at OsgoodePD, we’re committed to professional development . Consider your learning goals, time, and budget – we offer a variety of both short term and long term options and we’re sure to have a professional development program to help you achieve your professional development resolutions.

Are you REDe?

At OsgoodePD, we are continually developing new ways to keep you, our community, ahead of the curve and up to date on the continually changing Canadian legal landscape.

You told us you wanted a more efficient way to access our diverse catalogue of legal programming at an affordable price. Quality professional development content, relevant to your interests, available anywhere and anytime.

You talked, we listened.

Introducing OsgoodePD’s REDe PassportOsgoode expertise, on demand, when you want it.

REDe Passport is a new and convenient way to access OsgoodePD’s renowned professional development programming at a time or place that works best for you.

REDe is an annual subscription service offering unlimited access to more than 1,800 hours of OsgoodePD’s accredited CLE programming (programs that ran January 2015 – December 2016), for one low annual fee of $895 + HST.

Choose from an extensive catalogue of quality on demand content, available 24/7 and accessible from desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Catch up on hot-topic legal issues at the office, in transit or from the comfort of your own home.

REDe allows you to tailor your viewing and curate hours of OsgoodePD programming to better suit your interests and practice area. With keyword search and the added ability to view entire programs or select sessions, REDe helps you customize your professional development learning to reflect your interests.

Subscription includes full access to downloadable and searchable program materials, including templates and precedents.

REDe Passport subscribers also receive a 25% discount on selected OsgoodePD non-credit and Certificate programs, along with priority access to some of our most popular and frequently sold-out programs; ITAW, Written Advocacy & The Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals.

Interested? For more information on REDe or to subscribe, head to our website: www.osgoodepd.ca/continuing-legal-education/rede-passport/

ParDONE: Innovating Access to Justice

Image courtesy of: Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University Facebook Page. (left to right:) Hersh Perlis (Director, Legal Innovation Zone), Geevith Rubakumar (founder, ParDONE), Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, Rabeea Khalid (OsgoodePD student & Social Media Intern, ParDONE), Chris Bentley (Executive Director, Legal Innovation Zone and Law Practice Program).

The top prize in the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Access to Justice Challenge has been awarded to ParDONE, an online B2C platform founded by Geevith Rubakumar, a student of OsgoodePD’s International Business Law program.

ParDONE was developed to give individuals with a criminal record a second chance at success. Accessible by anyone with an internet connect, the platform guides users through an automated record suspension process while keeping the user regularly updated on the process.

“Access to justice to me,” Geevith said during the challenge, “is providing legal services to the most vulnerable in our society so that they can exercise their legal rights.” Geevith, a current student of OsgoodePD, started the LLM in International Business Law in summer of this year. He has also previously successfully completed the Foundations for Graduate Legal Studies certificate program.

As first place, ParDONE has been awarded $25,000 in seed money for platform development, and a four month opportunity to work out of the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University to sustainably grow the startup platform.

According to ParDONE’s Legal Innovation Zone profile, roughly 10 per cent of Canadians—over three million people—have a criminal record. The platform is free to access, and plans to offer a self oriented record suspension service starting from $99, with a full service option starting at $499. A reduction from the current total cost of a record suspension and US entry waiver, that can exceed $2000.

The Ontario Access to Justice (A2J) Challenge operates as a call to action for startups with innovative solutions for improving access to justice for all Canadians. 2016 is the inaugural year of the A2J Challenge.

Osgoode Professional Development would like to congratulate Geevith Rubakumar on his achievements and we look forward to seeing the platform innovate access to Ontario’s justice system in the near future.

For more information about ParDONE, visit the website and Legal Innovation Zone profile. More details on the Ontario A2J Challenge can be found here.

Last Minute CPD

Falling short on CPD? Still need some extra professionalism hours before 2016 draws to a close? OsgoodePD can help in your last minute CPD dash.

We’ve taken the time to curate hundreds of hours of programming to provide you with our top On Demand picks suitable to your practice area.

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What You Drive May Determine How You Present

Are you a Smart car person? F-350 monster truck? High octane sports car? Or an SUV soccer van?

Although most of us know how to drive, we’re not equally comfortable in all vehicles. Even if the extreme compactness of the Smart car makes you anxious it can still get you from A to B. In other words, you can meet your basic travel requirements, but you won’t necessarily enjoy your trip.

It is similar to when you organize content for presenting to a particular audience. You have to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there; you have to know who is coming along and what helps them enjoy the ride.

In my work coaching clients’ presentation skills, far too often I find race car drivers chained to a tractor, or nervous, inexperienced drivers strapped into a performance sports car. Often, the vehicle has been chosen by someone else or, believing the vehicle matters more than the driver, the presenter has been overly ambitious, or needlessly cautious.

Any presentation is a symbiotic soup of content and performance. A great performer can only do so much with lame content and a weak performer will not have the chops to navigate an intricately woven audience experience. When organizing your content for an audience, at a minimum you must be clear on your objectives; what is your audience’s needs and desires? What are their characteristics? How can you contribute to what they’re looking for?

When you look at how to structure your carefully selected content, think about your strengths and choose according to them. If you’re not funny, don’t go for laughs. If you get confused by numbers and detailed information, stay at the forest level not the tree line.

The difference between an acceptable presentation and an outstanding one is your choice in vehicle. Ask yourself, “Am I doing my best? Am I enjoying this?” If you’re having fun, so will your audience.

There are as many ways of combining information as there are people on the planet, and every one of them has a story that someone else wants to hear.

So choose your vehicle and enjoy the ride!

Joanna Piros will be leading OsgoodePD’s Communicating to Persuade: Skills for Legal Professionals and You Said What?! Media Relations for Legal Professionals, December 8, 2016.


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JOANNA PIROS has over 25 years’ experience in the media as a reporter, television news anchor, writer and producer. Joanna has helped a wide variety of clients create communications strategies, create events, and become better communicators with external audiences, internal audiences, and media. Joanna is also an instructor with the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and sits on the Board of Directors for the prestigious Jack Webster Journalism Awards.