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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 3:00 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Legal professionals would rather deal with sexual harassment quietly, panellists say
Fear — of speaking out, of repercussions or of damaging a hard-earned career — was a major theme at a panel discussion on sexual harassment and discrimination held at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Ottawa can continue with damages suit against Merchant Law Group
The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to shut down the Attorney General of Canada’s fraud action against the Saskatchewan law firm which Ottawa paid $25 million for representing thousands of former students of Indian residential schools in individual and class litigation that was settled 12 years ago.

Criminal justice report card cites ‘shockingly high’ crime rate in Canada’s territories
A national think-tank has just released a report card analyzing criminal justice in Canada, and one of the report’s co-authors is hoping it spurs government to start a conversation around making improvements to the nation’s legal system.

Federal Court of Appeal clarifies reach of solicitor-client privilege
By allowing an appeal over solicitor-client privilege, the Federal Court of Appeal has clarified a long established practice for lawyers concerning when privilege applies to a legal opinion if it’s disclosed to a person who is not the client, but is involved in common transactions with the client.

The accuracy of AI in predicting future criminal behaviour
In their column, Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner write: “It turns out, we aren’t very good — whether we use fancy algorithms or our intuition — at predicting complex human behaviour.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer's Daily.