Do Law Differently is a space for celebrating innovation in the Canadian legal profession. Prompted by the 2014 release of the Canadian Bar Association Legal Futures Initiative report Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada, Do Law Differently highlights people who are bringing the future of law into the present. Scroll down to watch interviews with eight people who are changing the way we think about all aspects of our industry, from education to entrepreneurship and everything in between.

Do Law Differently is a space for celebrating innovation in the Canadian legal profession. Prompted by the 2014 release of the Canadian Bar Association Legal Futures Initiative report Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada, Do Law Differently highlights people who are bringing the future of law into the present. Scroll down to watch interviews with eight people who are changing the way we think about all aspects of our industry, from education to entrepreneurship and everything in between.

Fred Headon

Fred Headon is the chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative. He is also Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Air Canada and the past president of the CBA. Prior to joining Air Canada, Fred worked in private practice in Montreal in labour, employment, human rights, privacy, and administrative law, as well as civil litigation. He also taught Social Law and Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the National University of Rwanda. Outside of his legal work, Fred spends time with his two children and enjoys cross-country skiing and swimming.

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The CBA's support for innovation
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The CBA's support for innovation:

Natalie Mc Farlane

Natalie Mc Farlane is the Founder and Chief Creative Director of LawLignment Professional Corporation, a law practice hub focused on servicing innovative legal solutions that are aligned with the interests of entrepreneurs and businesses. She is also the Founder of Positive Impact Law Group, which was listed among 150 North American Legal Startups to watch at the Reinvent Law Conference held in Feb. 2014. Natalie was born and raised in Montreal, called to the Ontario Bar in 2005 and is an alumni of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. In addition to being a wife and mother, Natalie's favourite experiences include: absorbing good music, dancing anywhere at anytime, processing stimulating non-fiction reads, experiencing other countries and watching others dance.

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Being a legal entrepreneur
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Natalie Mc Farlane

Being a legal entrepreneur:

Dominic Jaar

Dominic-Jaar

Dominic Jaar is a partner and the National Leader of KPMG's Information Management Services. He leads KPMG's Canadian Business Intelligence & Data Analytics network of professionals, and is a member of its global Data Analytics and Forensic Technology steering committees. Dominic teaches at different North American universities, and is a sought-after speaker on information-related topics. He is recognized as one of Canada's leading e-Commerce and Internet lawyers, and top ten leading forensic technology specialists in Canada by Who's Who International. Prior to joining KPMG, Dominic was the president of Ledjit Consulting, which was acquired by KPMG. He also worked as in-house counsel at Bell Canada and commercial litigator at BLG.

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Law and technology

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Law and technology:

Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson is the Associate Assistant Deputy Attorney General responsible for Aboriginal affairs in the Department of Justice Canada. He is a thought leader in the federal government on how innovation in practice management can increase efficiency and productivity in legal services. He is also co-champion for the Department's Blueprint 2020 exercise to renew the public service and ensure it effectively serves Canadians. The experience has made him a convert to the power of social media to shape corporate culture. He escapes regularly to a second home in a tiny village in the western Scottish Highlands where he gardens on the windy shores of the Irish Sea and struggles to learn Gaelic.

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The power of information sharing

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The power of information sharing:

Lee Stuesser

Lee Struesser

Lee Stuesser is a teacher turned lawyer, turned law professor. He began his university studies majoring in history and geography, and found the logical thing to do with such interests was teach. He went to teacher's college and lucked into a high-school teaching position. He loved teaching, but eventually went looking for new challenges. He turned to law, and obtained a LLB from Manitoba and a LLM from Harvard. He then combined his two loves and started teaching law. Lee has taught law for 25 years in Canada and Australia. Last year he became the Founding Dean of Law at Lakehead University, an exciting opportunity to put his theories of legal education into practice.

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Doing legal education differently

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Doing legal education differently:

Colin Lachance

Colin Lachance

With a career that began in sales and evolved through senior legal, policy, marketing and lobbying roles, Colin Lachance loves that his current role as President and CEO of CanLII calls on all the skills demanded in prior roles and allows him to keep learning new ones. An average and unimpressive student in all his schooling, he added an LL.M. in 2013 to the degrees in business and law obtained in the bloom of youth. Professionally, Colin has found his greatest satisfaction in opportunities to work with and learn from talented individuals in cross-functional teams. He and his wife (Roxanne, a personal trainer and fitness instructor) are happy to see their oldest daughter start University in the fall but can still rely on their 14 year old triplets to keep their evenings and weekends full. His hobbies include softball in the summer and binge-watching Netflix in the winter.

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The new website CanLII Connects
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Colin Lachance

The new website CanLII Connects:

Naiomi Metallic

Naiomi Metallic

Naiomi Metallic has both civil and common law degrees, and is currently obtaining a Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School part-time. In 2006-2007, she was the first Mi'gmaq person to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. Naiomi has a significant Aboriginal law practice, and also works in human and constitutional rights, employment law, and other areas of civil litigation. She frequently presents and publishes on Aboriginal legal issues. Naiomi is a member of the Bar Council of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (NSBS), chairs the NSBS Racial Equity Committee, is a Commissioner on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, and a member of the Dalhousie University Board of Governors. Outside the legal community, she also moonlights as a hostess/waitress for her husband's pop-up restaurant.

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Diversity in the profession

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Diversity in the profession:

Julien David-Pelletier

Julien David-Pelletier

Juripop is a legal clinic with three locations in the province of Quebec. Juripop is devoted to improving access to justice, and works with people and communities that have difficulties accessing traditional legal services. Julien David-Pelletier is the executive director and co-founded the organization in 2009, while in his first year of law school. Juripop now has over 200 volunteers and 30 staff lawyers, including Roxanne Gagnon-Maltais.

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Community lawyering at Juripop
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Community lawyering at Juripop:

Interested in learning about more innovations in the Canadian legal profession?

Visit www.cbafutures.org to read our publications, and hear the Initiative's case for change.