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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

The law of abortion access: What Ireland can teach Canada | Jennifer Taylor

On May 25, 2018, Ireland voted by referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, which had prohibited abortion in the country Referenda are not foreign to Canadians by any stretch, but the Irish notion of putting individual rights and freedoms to a popular vote might seem antithetical here, in light of the Charter. As Justice Rowe recently asked in Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University 2018 SCC 32, “Is not one of the purposes of the Charter to protect against the tyranny of the majority?” ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Common social media traps for law firms | Kim McLaughlin

I often hear the refrain “social media doesn’t work for lawyers” or “we tried it in 2016 and it didn’t do anything for us.” Law firms often have a tough time with social media, and it comes down to four common traps that lead to underwhelming results. Here they are. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 1:08 PM

TWU, law societies and a can of worms | Robert Harvie

Having been a bencher with the Law Society of Alberta when the Trinity Western University (TWU) issue first came to fruition, I was involved in the discussion and debate about how we would respond to TWU graduates once their program was approved by the Federation of Law Societies. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

The Trudeau government and the recriminalization of cannabis | Michael Bryant

Cannabis crime will go up, not down, now that cannabis has been “legalized” by the Trudeau government. Because the law that passed Parliament amounts to a recriminalization of cannabis possession, production and commercialization. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

SCOTUS and the right side of history | Jennifer Taylor

The last page of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in Trump v. Hawaii is now hanging on my office door. It’s a reminder of two things: First, court decisions are not always right (the majority in Trump v. Hawaii upheld the president’s so-called travel ban, a proclamation imposing “entry restrictions” on, and effectively banning travellers from, several mostly Muslim-majority countries). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Why law schools must teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

Innovation is everywhere these days, even in the legal profession. Lawyers aren’t typically described as such, but it is a characteristic that is increasingly sought after. As the legal landscape shifts — for economic and technological reasons among others — lawyers must do the same to keep up. And being innovative is key to this process. However, it’s not a quality that is traditionally developed in law school. Legal education must also move with our dynamic profession and build innovation into law curricula to adequately prepare future lawyers for practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Wellness: Envy is the enemy of mental health for lawyers | Darryl Singer

In last month's wellness column, I wrote about the three main things I learned as a result of my recovery from addiction and depression and specifically how you can take those lessons and apply them immediately to start living a more fulfilled life. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

Trinity Western case a nuanced look at scope of religious freedom | Heather MacIvor

On June 15 the Supreme Court of Canada approved the refusal by two law societies to accredit graduates of a proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) in British Columbia. Students and faculty at the private evangelical Christian school are required to sign a “community covenant agreement,” pledging to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” Violations of the covenant can result in suspension or expulsion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

Increase your success with lateral hires | Gary Mitchell

What is a law firm without great talent? Empty office space! There are so many reasons law firms need to do more to empower their lawyers and staff to excel in their careers. One of the most critical areas I see for improvement is how you onboard your newly acquired talent. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Explaining the SCC’s ‘duelling banjos’ decision in TWU | Richard Pound

When looking at the reasons of both the majority and minority in the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Trinity Western University et al v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 33, there are elements reminiscent of the duelling banjos episode in the motion picture Deliverance. ... [read more]