Five great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
The sixth annual Canadian Lawyer Reader's Choice Awards have been announced and we're thrilled to share that Ricoh has been recognized in two categories: Legal Process Outsourcing/Managed Document Review and Cloud-Based Practice Management Software/Solutions. From legal tech products and business valuation services to recruiters and legal research, the Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards showcases the companies and products that prevailed among their competitors. This year, nearly 2,000 readers casted votes for their preferred suppliers and vendors in 38 categories. A big thank you to everyone who voted for us and helped us achieve this recognition for the sixth year in a row.
According to a recent analysis from Bloomberg Law, the legal industry has a lawyer well-being problem. The 24/7 work culture is now a reality, and those previously able to compartmentalize the different areas of their lives are now facing the challenge of acting in multiple roles all at the same time: worker, partner, caregiver and teacher. Working from home has blurred the lines between work and life so much that it’s nearly impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. The solution? The analysis suggests legal tech tools could be the answer. Find out how these solutions can help combat workflow challenges, increase efficiency and keep us all connected here.
Scotiabank recently announced their use of a new Global AI Platform that provides customers with intelligent and personalized financial advice. The platform is enabling the bank to provide fast, relevant advice by anticipating and understanding customers' needs. Over the last 10 months the bank has been leveraging the new platform to deliver faster insights and better advice to its global customers. Its AI models have been a central piece of the bank's core retail banking programs focused on customer engagement, including deepening relationships through targeted and relevant offers. Read the full press release here.
On Monday, The Supreme Court heard arguments on a case that could lead to sweeping changes to America’s controversial computer hacking laws — and affect how millions use their computers and access online services. At the center of the case is Nathan Van Buren, a former police sergeant in Georgia. Van Buren used his access to a police license plate database to search for an acquaintance in exchange for cash. Van Buren was caught and prosecuted on two counts: accepting a kickback for accessing the police database and violating the Counter Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
The CFAA was signed into federal law in 1986 and predates the modern internet as we know it. The controversial law was designed to prosecute hackers, but has been dubbed as the “worst law” in the technology law books by critics who say it’s outdated and vague language fails to protect good-faith hackers from finding and disclosing security vulnerabilities. Click here to read the full story.
The holidays are just around the corner. Have you started your shopping? Luckily, Above the Law has created an extensive guide of the best gifts to give to the lawyer in your life: the 2020 Work From Home Edition. If you're stumped on what to buy, check out their detailed list of books, electronics, apparel, desk toys and more, here.