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Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 2:03 PM

Flags still at half-mast, but have we stopped noticing? | Maggie Wente and Sarah Clarke

After the T’kemlups te Secwepemc Nation discovered 615 bodies of dead First Nations children in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school near its community, the nation reeled. People hung orange shirts, and dropped off tiny shoes on the steps of churches and Parliament. People marvelled at this “dark chapter,” and at how they didn’t know. People marched. People emoted on social media for days. The nation seemed shocked and everyone said we wanted better. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Primum non nocere: First do no harm | Jared Brown

One of the principal precepts of bioethics that all students in health care are taught in school is that “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.” It serves to remind people to consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Trial by abacus | Marcel Strigberger

It’s election time again. After an election there are usually a couple of ridings where the race has been close and there is a recount. This I understand. But occasionally the counting process falls into the lap of a Superior Court justice. This I do not understand. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

How high-tech drives Luddites bananas | Marcel Strigberger

Technophobia greatly impacted my working life. I resisted change because I was both a boomer and a member of a very conservative profession. I was called to the bar in 1974 B.C. (before computers). The local courthouse library even still carried a book called Oliphant on the Law of Horses, 1908 edition. I doubt there was a long borrowing waitlist. And I really doubt if you missed the due return date, you’d get a nasty call from the librarian saying something like, “Hey, how selfish can you be.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

How lawyers can learn from failure | Neha Chugh

It was a typical afternoon this summer when I found myself being invited to another lawyer event — come to the event, the website boasted, where a prominent lawyer will share their tips for success. The lawyer’s glossy headshot featured with a list of their recent successes in court and in practice reveals a flawless face, a beaming smile and a well-pressed suit. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 12:24 PM

Legal community shocked, grieved by colleague’s stabbing death, reviewing its security measures

A fatal stabbing at a Toronto law firm has lawyers revisiting their security measures this week, amid the legal community’s outpouring of grief and support for the family of a co-worker attacked on the job. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 09, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

What makes lawyers happy? | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: I’m struggling at work almost every day — trying to keep up with client expectations, heavy court schedules and the office politics. When I decided to go into law, I thought things would be much different. I want to help people, but it is becoming more and more difficult to do that, I feel as though I am simply treading water most days. Help! ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 9:02 AM

Reading from the book of jab | Marcel Strigberger

No custody for you! ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 8:58 AM

The Coach: How marketing, business development cross over | Gary Mitchell

Before I go into how marketing and business development are related and cross over, I think it’s advisable to first understand what marketing is. It is my contention that business, your legal business, is all about building relationships. Marketing is the first step in doing that. So … ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 7:16 AM

New OBA president focused on enhancing ‘connectivity’ of members across province Karen Perron, OBA president

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Karen Perron, believes “connection is more critical than ever” and her mandate is focused on enhancing that connection between members across the province. ... [read more]