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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]

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Civil juries, the high-tech world and the presumption of impartiality | Patrick Brown

The right to a jury is a substantial right but not an absolute one. Many jurisdictions have abolished the civil jury trials altogether. Part of the difficulty is that it is far too costly to ensure jurors are impartial and not accessing information outside the courtroom. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

Timing, body language, eye contact key to acing your interview | Warren Bongard

I am often asked what the appropriate protocols are after you've interviewed for a new position. While my career focuses on the lawyer market, one would be hard-pressed to argue that these tips don't apply across the board. Believe it or not, the post interview begins around minute five of the first interview. Why? Judgments are made in the first five minutes of most interviews, so before discussing minute six, it makes sense to address the first five minutes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

Endangered species have nothing to celebrate in Ontario | Sarah McDonald

The world is losing species at an astounding rate, and Ontario's Endangered Species Act, 2007 was designed to address that. But a decade later, it's evident that the province has failed to implement the legislation in a way that will ensure the protection and recovery of the most vulnerable species. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

Ontario minimum wage hike: Good idea, bad execution | Stuart Rudner

Is a 20 per cent increase in the minimum wage good for the economy, or a devastating blow to some businesses that will lead to the elimination of large numbers of jobs? On one hand, individuals should be paid a living wage. On the other, an increase in your hourly wage is meaningless if your hours are cut, or your job is eliminated altogether. As is usually the case, there is no simple answer. The problem may not be the fact that the minimum wage was increased, but the manner in which the increase was introduced. ... [read more]