MLJ Special Edition Forthcoming: The Desautels Review - Changing Face of the Legal Profession

The Manitoba Law Journal is seeking submissions for publication in an upcoming special edition: The Desautels Review for Private Enterprise and the Law (The “Desautels Review”). The special issue is supported by the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law. As the practice of law is by definition private enterprise, our initial issue will consider the changing face of the legal profession.

The Desautels Review will analyze emerging trends in legal practice. Legal professionals are adapting in a plethora of ways to modernize their practices. Together, these innovations constitute the changing face of the legal profession. Each article will discuss a particular service model or other innovation that has developed as an attempt to meet changing client demands or otherwise streamline the practice of law.


The following non-exhaustive list of examples may fall within the purview of the changing face of the legal profession: paperless offices, alternative fee arrangements, legal process outsourcing and “onshoring,” the ebb and flow of the importance of the regional firm, online dispute resolution, virtual law firms, artificial intelligence, mobile practice, and “coaching” or conflict training services. Articles on other relevant topics may also be accepted. Potential authors have already indicated interest in covering topics including collaborative practice, para-professionals and alternative service models, and online dispute resolution. Please note that this does not necessarily preclude further submissions on these topics.

The MLJ welcomes submissions from professors, practitioners and students. An article could involve: explaining what a development entails; contextualizing the development within the Canadian legal scene; and evaluating the consequences of the development on clients and/or lawyers.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 19, 2020. However, if the volume of submissions is high, the issue may be published earlier, so early submission is greatly preferred. Submissions should conform to the McGill Guide to Uniform Legal Citation. It should also be noted that we do not accept articles that have been submitted to other journals. Please send submissions in a Word document (not PDF) to:

Students who wish to contribute may have the opportunity to obtain MLJ credits (Scholarly Publications I or II; please see this year's course registration material).

For further information or to express any interest you may have in writing material for the Desautels Review, please contact: