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Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

The legal landscape in the COVID-19 era | Gina Rhodes

There is no doubt that COVID-19, its effects and certainly the uncertainty of the future has already gravely impacted the legal profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Collapse of the World Trade Organization | Raghav Jain

The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the highest dispute resolution body. It is supposed to have a total of seven judges. A minimum of three judges on a panel is needed to issue rulings and the terms of two of the last three judges ended on Dec. 10, 2019, at midnight. Over the past few years, the Appellate Body has been systematically neutered by the U.S., as it holds the maximum voting rights and has been blocking the appointment of new judges. Without any panel, the Appellate Body is in a state of limbo with no ability to adjudicate on fresh disputes. Consequently, this has the potential to affect global trade worth billions of dollars. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Six positive things about COVID-19 and working | Jana Schilder

We have not faced a pandemic as aggressive as COVID-19 since the Spanish Flu of 1918. Life as we know it has ground to a halt. “Social distancing” is the phrase for 2020. We have new stresses in our lives coping with what is essentially house arrest, but for our own good. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 2:09 PM

Indigenous law should be heeded to prevent future pandemics | Angelique EagleWoman

As the world responds to COVID-19, it becomes clear that Indigenous law and wisdom should be heeded to prevent future pandemics. In a recent article, “Destroyed Habitat Creates the Perfect Conditions for Coronavirus to Emerge” by John Vidal, the author explains how unsustainable economic development projects have destroyed habitats leading to the potential for transmission of viruses from wildlife to humans. As animals, birds and all creatures of nature are becoming more stressed due to human encroachment, they may express that stress into the air, such as when a human has a cold sore that opens into the air. This may then allow viruses to spread between wildlife and humans.  ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 1:56 PM

Why an open mind is key to legal marketing | Kim McLaughlin

The legal industry is image conscious. This can be a good thing with many firms opting for marketing tone that is refined rather than brash. But there’s a point where this sensibility can turn into inhibition and impede marketing results. The fact is the mindset of many law firms is not aligned with the reality of marketing. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 11:19 AM

Easter, Passover in time of COVID-19 focuses on true meaning of essential | Rachel Goldenberg

On April 7, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Easter Bunny is an essential service provider and is authorized to deliver Easter chocolate, candy and related treats to the children of Ontario this weekend. The order was careful to stipulate that the Easter Bunny is not allowed to deliver treats in parks, playgrounds or any outdoor recreational amenities, which have been closed down due to social distancing regulations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Lawyers must remain essential service as long as reasonably possible | Arthur Zeilikman

It would be a serious undertaking to tally all of the clichés and negative stereotypes that exist about lawyers and their seeming dispensability within society. Shakespeare’s oft-quoted line from Henry VI — "The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” — usually comes to mind as the most infamous and callous of such satirical jabs. Whatever the true intent behind the incitement, one thing is clear: the question of a lawyer’s utility always makes for a lively conversation.     ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Exposed: What COVID-19 has taught us | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 virus is a risk to all but specifically it targets and exposes the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In the same way the pandemic has exposed our court system for what it is, an “elderly” system developed to service a 1970s population drowning in a media/web savvy 21st century. Our judicial and court leaders are struggling to make it work in an environment where failure is inevitable. The structure of our courts and the supports built around it are paper intensive and people intensive. They cannot adept quickly to the fast-changing environment. This is not a criticism of our judicial leaders but a sad refrain for those who long ignored the need to upgrade technology and facilities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Legal industry facing sea change | Joan Rataic-Lang

When I started working as the librarian at Aird & Berlis in 1988 there were days I didn’t even turn on the computer to do a QL search.  Administrative assistants were still using typewriters and I kept track of invoices in a paper ledger. Fast forward to today: I’m sitting at home during a pandemic, running an association and a library from a laptop. Things have changed, and they have stayed the same.  ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19 | Kyla Lee

As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus. ... [read more]