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Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Dropping bro on his head? Reasonably foreseeable, your Honour | Marcel Strigberger

Mistakes. Also known as errors, blunders or in my best legalese, boo-boos. Do lawyers make any? ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

In mediation, don’t always try to meet in the middle | Stuart Rudner

“There’s an old saying that tells us that the person who offers to meet you in the middle is a poor judge of distance.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

Radical simple solution to B.C. Supreme Court backlog | Kyla Lee

I wrote a few months ago about the absolutely broken scheduling system in B.C. Supreme Court’s Vancouver civil chambers. Since that time, our office has still been unable to book a lengthy chambers hearing for even a single matter. ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 1:06 PM

The grinch that stole Halloween | Marcel Strigberger

This was not Mark Metzger III’s day though it should have been. The Galveston, Texas, lawyer who values humour wanted to lift the gloomy doom mood in the midst of a threatening storm and so he dressed up in a costume of the Halloween film murderous character Michael Myers and walked along the beach, mask, fake knife, phony blood and all. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Good news, bad news | John L. Hill

The province of Ontario has taken a step to reduce incarceration for people on intermittent sentences and to keep close tabs on people released on bail. Rather than have such sentences served in a jail, offenders will wear an ankle bracelet and be tracked by GPS. The system will also track those in the community on a temporary absence permit, those with monitoring conditions on conditional release, parole or bail release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 1:03 PM

Going virtual, paperless: Is it really that scary? | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

Quick glance at lightning-speed changes in law | Ken Hill

In November 2020, I wrote an article in this space about how COVID-19 is forcing change and the acceptance of new uses of technology in the justice system and the practice of law. Since then, I am sure we have all heard a few stories of mishaps, such as the Texas “cat-faced” lawyer and the one I heard from counsel at an online hearing, about an expert witness pushing back from his desk to retrieve material while giving evidence, only to reveal to all the fact that he had not bothered to put on pants that morning.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

The Coach: Where to start with practice management, part one | Gary Mitchell

One of the most common challenges I witness my clients deal with is that they never seem to have the time, or find the time, to properly devote to business development and marketing to grow their practice or firm. So, I start my coaching program by looking at their practice management skills to find ways to improve them, and in turn, find the time for business development and marketing. ... [read more]

Monday, October 04, 2021 @ 2:02 PM

Pronoun debate at British Columbia law society | Kyla Lee

British Columbia courts recently introduced a practice directive that requires counsel to state their pronouns and forms of address when introducing themselves in an appearance. While the directives were largely applauded by the profession and the public, due to the promotion of inclusivity and the reduction of barriers for trans, non-binary, and gender-non-conforming lawyers, they were also the subject of intense derision and ridicule. ... [read more]

Monday, October 04, 2021 @ 9:31 AM

Marie Henein: Nothing But the Truth | Heather MacIvor

When Marie Henein was a law student, Canada’s most famous criminal defence lawyer published his autobiography. That Christmas she received multiple copies of Greenspan: The Case for the Defence. Countless other aspiring lawyers had the same experience in 1987 (myself among them). But only one of them went on to article with Edward Greenspan, join his firm as an associate and then a named partner, and ultimately become sufficiently famous (or perhaps notorious) to publish her own autobiography. ... [read more]