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Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 09:42 AM

Hi Tech: Going all-in on legal startups | Luigi Benetton

Across the country, a subset of the legal profession also develops software. They develop because they’re driven to build the software they want, tools they consider better than what’s currently available. ... [read more]

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 08:22 AM

Along with injustices, Nortel saga shows strengths of Canada’s legal system | Julius Melnitzer

Some five days after Canada celebrated its 150th birthday, and after almost a decade of litigation, unsecured creditors in the Nortel bankruptcy were scheduled to receive their first distribution of funds from the settlement reached in January. It’s a shame that the distribution of what was left of Nortel, still an imposing sum that exceeded CDN $10 billion, could not have been scheduled on Canada Day. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 09:19 AM

Access to Justice: Justice system could learn from Nova Scotia veterans outreach program | Thomas Cromwell

Let’s see more of this. Life isn’t organized like the Canadian Abridgement. The real problems of real people don’t sort themselves into neat categories and they are not contained in watertight compartments. A person’s legal problem is often only one dimension of a much bigger, more complex and multi-faceted problem. And we know that one of the biggest impediments to access to justice results from our justice system failing to respond to these multi-faceted problems in ways that are meaningful and practical. ... [read more]

Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 08:33 AM

Wellness: What one law school is doing about student health and welfare | Darryl Singer

When the editors of The Lawyer's Daily gave me the opportunity to write this column I was excited. Monthly I would have the opportunity to continue speaking about wellness issues, something that in our profession is often overlooked. ... [read more]

Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 01:44 PM

Khadr settlement the correct choice, but we don’t have to like it | Robert Karrass

The Omar Khadr settlement has been a political bloodbath for the Left and the Right. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

The Coach: Taking the ‘service-first’ approach to marketing | Gary Mitchell

As a lawyer business coach, I am often thought of as someone who only focuses on helping my clients to bring in new clients and build their book of business, or their firm; but there is much more to running a successful business. This column is targeted at the service approach to your business. Service innovation is often thought of as the most important indirect strategy of marketing yourself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 08:56 AM

In squashing validity of 'promise doctrine' top court clarifies patent boundaries | Richard Pound

A unanimous decision of the full Supreme Court of Canada drove a stake through the heart of the so-called "promise doctrine." ... [read more]

Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Is Karla Homolka a special risk to Canadian society? | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

A few weeks ago, Karla Homolka reappeared in the news. This time it was because she apparently had been doing a bit of volunteer work at the private school in Montreal her children were attending. Although the school had indicated there was always another adult present when she was with schoolchildren, parents and others expressed concerns about the children’s safety. ... [read more]

Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 08:39 AM

JAG v. Minister of Justice: Who comes first in parliamentary accountability? | Tim Dunne

In the opening remarks of the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), Major-General Blaise Cathcart, described his accountabilities and plenipotentiary powers regarding military justice. The description of JAG’s responsibilities suggests that the incumbent alone determines and limits the specifications, conditions, provisions, organization, limitations, constraints and confines of the military justice system. If this were so, the National Defence Act would be in direct conflict with the Department of Justice Act regarding responsibility for the National Defence Act (NDA), and therefore the application of military justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 08:48 AM

Advocacy for addicts in personal injury litigation | Sandra Kovacs

Addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol, is a prevalent problem in our society: statistics say roughly one out of every five Canadians will meet the criteria for substance addiction during his or her lifetime. With these statistics it is not surprising that personal injury lawyers frequently encounter clients with substance abuse disorders. ... [read more]