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Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

Wellness: Five ways to stop your smartphone from controlling your day | Darryl Singer

There is no doubt that smart adaptation of technology such as e-mail, cloud-based file servers, law firm specific apps for docketing, file management and document review can improve the efficiency of your practice and your bottom line. Yet, the very same technological advances may be negatively impacting both your employees’ productivity and creating a wellness crisis for you. ... [read more]

Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

The case for pardoning those with marijuana convictions | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Sometime soon, adults in Canada will be able to use marijuana without fear of a criminal conviction. Judging from a 2014 Statistics Canada survey of 33,089 Canadians in the 10 provinces, it is likely that about 1.99 million Canadians age 15 and older used marijuana in the past month even though it currently is a criminal offence. Indeed, from this survey, it would appear that about 14 per cent of 15- to 34-year-olds in Canada used marijuana in the past month. ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

The devil is in the details of the #MeToo Movement | Julius Melnitzer

The #MeToo Movement, a cause so noble in its aim of correcting the historical abuse heaped on women, should never have become mired in the controversy that now threatens it. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

The Coach: Thinking a week ahead puts you in control | Gary Mitchell

Hopefully you caught my article last month (Part one) on time management. Here are some further tips to help you manage your time more effectively. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Hi-Tech: Evaluating and improving a lawyer’s technology competence | Luigi Benetton

Helping lawyers get up to speed on the technology they need to use starts with honesty about what they need. Several organizations offer approaches to help lawyers get the technology competence they’re expected to have. ... [read more]

Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

It’s time female lawyers stopped apologizing for having kids | Alison Burrison

A few weekends ago, I was at an appliance store and overheard a young female designer speaking to her client about her home. The designer had her 10 month old baby with her. She started the conversation with “I want to apologize again for bringing my daughter today; I know it’s so unprofessional but my sitter cancelled and I didn’t want to cancel because this is an important part of your renovation.” I began to think about the legal profession and how many times I have heard female lawyers (myself included) apologize to other lawyers about their family obligations as they rushed into discovery late or had to leave early from mediation. I realized after some research on the web, that we as female lawyers are not alone. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

Civil juries: Gambling in a new age | Patrick Brown

What happens at the end of a jury case would not matter so much if we ensured that jurors were screened for bias at the beginning. Unfortunately in Ontario and other Canadian jurisdictions we have no real mechanism to do that. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

Quotas not the answer to our diversity issues | Sam Goldstein

The Social Justice Warriors at the Law Society of Upper Canada (as it used to be known) can shout to the heavens above that their equality, diversity and inclusion initiative is not advocating a quota system, but I beg to differ. ... [read more]

Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

Tax Views: The OECD's reaction to international tax planning | Vern Krishna

As in Newtonian physics, actions in tax law attract reactions. As global trade expands, so do the problems of monitoring the taxation of multinational enterprises (MNEs). Countries are eager to claim taxing jurisdiction over foreign corporations that operate within their borders as they provide revenues and cannot generate the political emotion that domestic persons muster. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Taking a hard look at drug courts | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

It is easy to be in favour of drug courts.  It is well known that a fair number of those accused of crimes – not just those facing drug charges – have problems with substance abuse. If drug use is responsible for people’s involvement in crime, why not use drug courts to help them get treatment?  Before this justification is accepted, we would suggest on the basis of what we know about ‘drug courts’, that we should be cautious about investing resources into these institutions. ... [read more]