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Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:17 PM

What Leafs rebuild can teach courts | Michael Lesage

Few hockey teams are as storied, and yet have boasted less success over the last half century than the Toronto Maple Leafs. Long beset by poor management, they have objectively underperformed their competitors for generations. In that time, they have struggled to make the playoffs, generally failed to advance far into the playoffs when they have qualified and completely failed to reach the finals. At various points, they have effectively fielded a team of amateurs or has-beens. In many respects, their underperformance is emblematic of that of the Ontario court system. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Power of pixie dust: Accessing justice one year later | Bo Kruk

Just over a year ago, the world fundamentally changed. Overnight, bustling downtowns resembled scenes from films like 28 Days Later. Schools closed as learning shifted online, working from home became commonplace, and the courts restricted matters to only those that were urgent. Gradually, we started to adapt to this new reality and its increased digital presence. These adjustments have spurred positive changes while others have created new challenges. Throughout this shift in our collective lifestyles, the wheels of the legal machine never stopped. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Virtual University of Manitoba legal clinic seeks to help struggling businesses Alexandra Philippot, student with the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic

If any good has come out of the pandemic for Manitoba’s Robson Hall law school, it has been the birth of a virtual, student-run legal clinic for struggling small businesses, non-profits and other similar ventures needing pro bono advice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 12:57 PM

Justice clinic improves outcomes for persons with developmental disabilities Human head with butterfly inside

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and an apt time to shed light on the unique challenges facing persons with developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. A long-standing challenge has been the equitable and meaningful participation by persons with developmental disabilities in the court process. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 10:20 AM

Windsor law’s OK boomer renovation | David Israelson

If buildings could talk, the University of Windsor’s Ron W. Ianni law school building might say this about its renovation: OK boomer. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Two degrees of Mr. Irresistible | Ken Hill

People of a certain age may know who I am referring to in the title. If you watched professional wrestling in Canada in the ’60s or ’70s you will surely know this is the self-applied moniker of none other than the great Sweet Daddy Siki. My brothers and I used to watch wrestling while growing up in Calgary. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Ascertaining witness, defendant locations in video trials Line drawing of woman's head emerging from computer screen

With new technologies, new challenges arise. The last year has seen adoption of technology in the court system on an unfathomable scale. Things which required in-person appearances for centuries transitioned to virtual appearances in a matter of weeks. The stresses were substantial but the growing pains have been largely beneficial. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 11:34 AM

Advice for the career-weary | Jo-Anne Stark

Question: I’ve been practising law for almost 35 years and although I love it, I’m feeling I have so little time to pursue my other interests — or even make plans for retirement. After a lifetime of building a career and a network of clients, I want to find a way to work less, but still help people with their legal problems. I also want to retire to British Columbia one day, but all my work connections are here in Saskatoon. Is there a way to slow down without giving up the things I love about practising law? ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Lost art of cross-examination | Kyla Lee

The best parts of any classic lawyer film are the gripping cross-examinations. Think of Daniel Keefe cross-examining Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” Or Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, cross-examining Chutney Putnam on the finer points of hair care after a perm. Honestly, I could play television and movie cross-examinations all day long and still learn new things. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Bill 245 and predatory marriages in estate law A black heart

On March 2, 2021, Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, passed its second reading in the Ontario legislature. There remains to be a third reading before the Act can receive royal assent, but from reading the Hansard debates, it is optimistic that Bill 245 will become law. ... [read more]