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Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 9:25 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

Longtime Ontario firm Hughes Amys ceases operations

Hughes Amys LLP, a prominent Ontario insurance litigation firm in operation for over 100 years, has closed. According to the firm’s website, Hughes Amys has “ceased operations” and inquiries have been directed to a generic e-mail address. When The Lawyer’s Daily contacted the firm, the chief operating officer, Mary Lavis-Todd, responded but declined to comment on the date and cause of the closure.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study Nathalie Cadieux

More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

In-house counsel should lead charge against legal aid cuts | Julius Melnitzer

The deafening silence from in-house counsel and their professional associations about the Ford government’s $130 million in cuts to Legal Aid Ontario is nothing less than shameful. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Summer prep time for animal law teacher teaching owl

Summertime. The word evokes bucolic carefree days of feeling the sand under your toes, capped off with warm nights under twinkly stars gathering to socialize with friends and family. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 2:05 PM

Power of framing, illusory truths in everyday legal practice twoheadsteal

This is the second part of a three-part series discussing how cognitive biases and heuristics can affect everyday legal practice. Part one discussed the well-known concept of anchoring. This second part discusses two further concepts: “framing” and the “illusory truth effect.” These concepts are particularly relevant to effective advocacy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Cognitive biases, heuristics in everyday legal practice Two blue heads

Given our profession is one that operates in a system that, quite literally, is defined by decisions, scientific research about decision making can have profound implications on the practice and the study of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Salmon to be CBA’s first racialized president, will highlight young lawyers during term Vivene Salmon sm

Vivene Salmon, the incoming president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), is a young lawyer and the first racialized person to take on the role. She understands the impact a recession can have on a legal career, so she wants to focus her term on young lawyers and encouraging intergenerational dialogue. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

OBA awareness campaign highlights ‘societal norms’ of gender inequality Lynne Vicars

“How can I break into the old girls’ club?” asks a man depicted on a poster as two women shake hands behind him. The phrase is more familiar when the gender is flipped, which is a part of the poster’s message and an issue raised in the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) Momentum campaign to raise awareness of the “societal norms of gender inequality.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 11:46 AM

Why sometimes, Latin is your only choice | Lawrence David

Legal practitioners, their clients and casual observers often find humour in the legal profession’s habit of invoking Latin expressions and doctrines in everything from contracts to wills and legislation. Expressions like de minimis non curat lex, quantum meruit, ab initio and res ipsa loquitur are only a few chuckle-inducing examples. Another is mutatis mutandis, which invokes the notion of mutation — a notion the modern mind is more likely to associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than with the legal profession. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Marriage of Big Law and alternative legal services electronic_legal_sm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Or better still, have them join you. Is that, perchance, the evasive formula for satisfying the ever-more complex expectations that clients and in-house counsel have of their law firms? ... [read more]