Torontonians who are shaking up the tech sector

April 4, 2018

Benjamin Alarie co-founded Blue J Legal, which makes AI tools that run legal simulations to predict court decisions
Invest in Ontario: Blue J Legal

The Ontario AI start-up helping to transform the legal sector

March 14, 2018

"'As law professors, we co-founders have always studied judicial decisions using quantitative methods,' says Benjamin Alarie, Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto and co-founder of Blue J Legal. "So I think we were primed for using machine learning and new algorithms to analyze judicial decision making." Adding that he believes within five years it will be taken for granted that law firms will be using computational tools to get an initial take on a client situation or a legal research problem."
Canadian Lawyer: Blue J Legal

How artificial intelligence can help navigate employee cannabis use legal issues

February 12, 2018

"With the impending legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada and the rapid rise of artificial intelligence, times are changing for Canadians. Different as they may seem, these developments have something surprising in common: Artificial intelligence is being used by employers and employment lawyers to navigate the challenging question of what constitutes legally justified testing for employee cannabis use."

Disruptor

Blue J Legal: Predicting Litigation Outcomes through Machine Learning

November 27, 2017

"Toronto startup Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

Mark Le Blanc, general counsel at educational public broadcaster TVO, says the software “doesn’t give you the answer, but if you can frame the question clearly, what they can do is really limit the risk — they’re risk tools. That’s the most valuable thing for me as a GC.”

Digital journal

Artificial intelligence solution for human resources: Interview

November 24, 2017

"Compliance with legal requirements is critical, and non-compliance can be costly. For many organizations, solving these challenges cost-effectively and efficiently is itself a challenge. This is where software that helps to identify what might be needed to address a particular employment law issue is valuable."

Canadian

Blue J Legal launches AI tool for employment law issues

November 22, 2017

"Toronto startup Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

Mark Le Blanc, general counsel at educational public broadcaster TVO, says the software “doesn’t give you the answer, but if you can frame the question clearly, what they can do is really limit the risk — they’re risk tools. That’s the most valuable thing for me as a GC.”

Techvibes

Blue J Legal Combines Law and AI with Employment Foresight

November 21, 2017

"Canadian companies lay off an estimated 800,000 employees every year, and organizations grapple with employment law at every step along the way, especially if they are unable to afford in-house lawyers or consultation. Employment Foresight collects and analyzes the facts and findings from thousands of cases to predict how a court may rule in new circumstances."

Legal Week

Top 20 Legal IT Innovation 2017: what is driving systemic change in the legal industry?

November 8, 2017

"If there is one word that sums up a central obsession in today’s legal word it is innovation. Law firms and their clients are both continually seeking innovation and being innovated for. It is time to ask, ‘what does innovation actually mean?’ Fear not, we aren’t looking to bore you with the etymology of the word and how it has evolved over time, but rather to examine what it means in practice."

Disruptor

10 Litigation Support Services to watch in 2018

November 6, 2017

"Litigation is a complex practice of law, with many sub-niches requiring specialization in a particular field. However, one thing that brings all litigators together, regardless of their practice areas, is the adversary process. On this list, you’ll find ten companies supporting litigators both in and out of the courtroom, as well as helping in-house legal departments make more informed choices about who will represent them in court. From crowdfunding litigation expenses to managing IP dockets, it’s all here. Keep an eye on these ten companies that are sure to continue to make waves in 2018."

Global Mail

Artificial intelligence takes the drudgery out of legal work

October 30, 2017

"For years, budding airplane pilots and race-car drivers have been able to strap themselves into virtual simulators to test their respective skills and odds of real-world success. But what about lawyers?"

Canadian

Law school 2.0: What the next generation of lawyers needs to know

October 16, 2017

"Many graduates will find themselves starting their own law firm, alone or in association with a few colleagues. Others will seek to use their technology skills to develop outstanding legal tools such as Blue J Legal, ROSS and Kira Systems that are changing how lawyers practise."

FT

Legal services start-ups target lawyers' paperwork

August 28, 2017

"Blue J Legal and Thomson Reuters recently launched a machine-learning algorithm called Tax Foresight that searches for patterns in case law in Canada to find what elements influence judges’ rulings in tax disputes. “Let’s say the user has a legal question — maybe they are in dispute with the tax authorities — where the law is ambiguous,” said Benjamin Alarie, founder of Blue J Legal and a professor of law at the University of Toronto."

Canadian

Tech competence a must

September 1, 2017

"For many lawyers, the problem of adoption stems from a culture that nurtures the image of the “ ingenious lawyer who triumphs by intellect rather than by procedural discipline” To overcome this image, lawyers need to understand that there is still room for unique judgment, analysis and creativity when using technological systems. In fact, using technology for many of the more rote aspects of a file can free lawyers up to apply these higher-level skills to any issue."

Cpa

It's the age of anxAIety

July 1, 2017

"Artificial intelligence, until recently, could not perform jobs that required human judgment and creativity. Not so today. Is any profession safe from the encroachment of AI?"

Global Mail

Artificial intelligence takes on white-collar duties

June 5, 2017

"Maybe it’s unfair that some people think tax lawyers have the personality of a robot, but Benjamin Alarie considers that to be a plus.

A Yale-trained lawyer himself, Mr. Alarie’s Toronto firm, Blue J Legal, harnesses artificial (or augmented) intelligence (AI) to help lawyers and their clients work their way through the complications of tax law."

Automation Entering

Automation Entering White Collar Work

March 1, 2017

"Jobs you may have thought safe from automation, like mortgage brokers or paralegals, may soon be replaced by intelligent software."

Canadian Business

This Toronto startup uses A.I. to help lawyers predict trial outcomes

February 7, 2017

"By using machine learning to rapidly analyze case documents, Blue J Legal’s software helps lawyers spot problems before their day in court."

Canadian

Legal Innovator

August 24, 2015

"The minds, the inspiration, and what's next from the innovation zone."