Online Courts in Romania: A small step for legal practitioners, a giant leap for the Romanian judicial system

Online Courts in Romania: A small step for legal practitioners, a giant leap for the Romanian judicial system

On 3rd of April 2020, a group of visionary legal professionals organised the first online court hearing in Romania. The case was a moot one, in the sense that the parties and the matter brought forth before the court were all fictional. What was at stake here, though, was for the legal professionals to get a taste of online/remote dispute resolution before courts of law.
Shortly, on 7th of April 2020, the Bucharest Tribunal (both a court of first instance and appellate court) launched the Videoconferencing section on its website to be used by and large for civil cases.
These shifts of paradigm were triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated measures. The challenge will now be to sustain these actions and continue the innovation process and digitalise the Romanian judicial system once the pandemic crisis is over. The task will be a demanding one because, unlike alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as arbitration and mediation, the procedural rules governing the activity of the courts of law are largely different and mainly strict. Although seeing the possible advantages, Romanian legal professionals are still wary of the digitalisation process.

Growth Mindset for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (010)

Growth Mindset for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (010)

“Will I succeed or fail?”, “Will I look smart or dumb?”, “Will I be accepted or rejected?”, “Will they see me as a winner or a loser?”

How many times have you asked yourself these questions before taking action?

Such queries reveal more than simple individual fears or insecurities; they unravel cultural stereotypes perpetuated across all levels of our society. As a society, we value intelligence, effortless success, and character. Nothing terrible to this point. But how healthy is it to hold them in such high regard? Why hide flaws instead of overcoming them – and taking pride in that while at it? Why seek friends or partners who become your echo chamber instead of ones who will challenge you to grow? Why seek out the “tried and true” instead of exploring opportunities that challenge you?

The propensity for stretching yourself and continuing the growing curve even (or, especially) when the process becomes particularly bumpy is actually the hallmark of the growth mindset.[1] But embracing this manner of thinking calls for a shift of paradigm.

Top 20 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Books for 2020

Top 20 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Books for 2020

New year, new me, right? If your 2020 resolution is to crack on this whole AI (artificial intelligence) buzz — to know what awaits us, keep up with the dinner party conversations or impress your boss/date/children — read on. A subjective guide for the curious minds.
If you’re sticking to the more traditional new year resolutions (hint: this new shiny gym membership), the books provide great mental gymnastics. To go along with your (physical) training.

How to use it?
You do not have to stick to the proposed order, yet it has a flow. We start with a warm-up and go higher with the intensity, finishing with a gentle cool down.

This guide provides short descriptions, with added links where full reviews are available.

Review of Bucerius Legal Tech & Operations Summer Program: highly recommended! (009)

Review of Bucerius Legal Tech & Operations Summer Program: highly recommended! (009)

Interested in expanding your legal tech knowledge and skills? Heard about the Bucerius Legal Technology & Operations Summer Program, but still, hesitating whether it’s worth your time and money? In need of an independent review and more info, preferably from someone who did the course and can provide their opinion, on top of the information available at the source?

You’ve arrived at your destination. In this post, we – Karolina & Theodora, alumni of the Bucerius 2019 Program – share our experience and opinion. We do recommend attending. Find out why.

There’s the icing on the cake, too: you can get a 15% discount on the tuition fee (a saving of 285 EUR) if you apply using our discount. Learn how to unlock it in the post.

Critical thinking for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (008)

Critical thinking for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (008)

Human brain’s capacity to be creative and adapt to the challenges of modern society has exponentially grown. A globalised world brings with it vast amounts of data that must be rapidly and comprehensively processed and assessed. Accordingly, in order to adapt, individuals are bound to find the best instruments and methodologies to ensure objective and unbiased information processing.

Fortunately, some tools and skills allow the wielder to logically and even-handedly scrutinise data and beliefs. We will now dive into one such tool, namely critical thinking.

In this article, we will answer several questions:

– WHAT are the essential elements of critical thinking?
– HOW are its methodology and tools to be applied?
– For WHOM is this skill and tool suited? Notwithstanding a variety of empirical applications, we will focus solely on the benefits critical thinking brings for lawyers.

By and large, your general cognitive ability is undisputedly vital for your performance as a whole. However, it will be critical thinking – bestowing you with the capacity to challenge the assumptions, identify information gaps, and search for alternative explanations before drawing conclusions – that will provide you with a measurable competitive advantage in this increasingly globalised and intricate world.

Self-awareness for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (007)

Self-awareness for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (007)

Our #FutureProofLegal series begins with the foundational skill of self-awareness.

Becoming self-aware is worth your efforts, because it unlocks potential for growth, on both personal as well as professional level, and – perhaps more importantly – satisfaction. It is crucial in developing emotional intelligence. It makes us more effective and, in turn, our teams and organisations.
We believe that it is ever more important in the times of change in the legal market, as well as increased mental health pressures and struggles for lawyers.
Becoming more aware of our values, understanding of our strengths and weaknesses – and, as a result, in tune with our goals and potential – is a mandatory first step to self-management and improvement. It’s also necessary to develop empathy and effectiveness.

Hence, in this post you’ll read:
• What is self-awareness?
• How to become (more) self-aware?
• How to stay self-aware?

Join us on the journey of becoming #FutureProofLegal.

#FUTUREPROOFLEGAL: skills, roles, jobs – Intro to the Series (006)

#FUTUREPROOFLEGAL: skills, roles, jobs – Intro to the Series (006)

The latest technological advancements have led to speculations on the impact technology will have on the legal industry. The exponential growth in information technology demonstrates that technological changes will transform the way our profession operates and how professionals make legal expertise accessible to society. Paradoxically, it took the advent of technology for us to be reminded of how critical interpersonal skills are in the workplace. The ability to collaborate across practice areas, cultures and disciplines, the art of compromising and accepting other people’s opinions (while putting oneself under the microscope) and striving to better communicate ideas, are all skills insufficiently addressed in law school (and even in practice, for that matter) but utterly valuable in the interest of both lawyers and clients. The legal industry is already presenting a widening skills gap, and there are no signs this will be alleviated anytime soon

Our #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL: skills, roles, jobs Series will cater to all lawyers and law students out there by presenting the prospecting trends influencing legal roles & jobs, the skills required in the future work environment, and courses that will place you at the cutting edge of legal innovation.
Our series is split into two categories: Roles & Jobs and Skills, and they will be delivered to you alternatively between now and June.

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