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Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Second-generation Canadian immigrants outearn their parents | Colin Singer

Second-generation Canadian immigrants have higher income levels than their parents, according to a new study based on the 2016 census. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Solicitor-client privilege could be next victim of the Panama Papers | Julius Melnitzer

Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, is closing its doors at the end of March. But its legacy, a full-frontal attack on lawyers, looms large. ... [read more]

Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Bill C-46 is constitutional and should be passed by the Senate | Marc Gold

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is studying Bill C-46, the government’s proposed changes to the Criminal Code provisions dealing with impaired driving. As a member of that committee, and as a law professor specializing in constitutional law, civil liberties and the law of evidence, I read with interest the March 7 article by Cristin Schmitz in which several of my colleagues on the committee, including the chair, pronounced on the constitutionality of the bill. Despite my respect for my colleagues’ opinions and expertise, I believe their conclusions to be premature, potentially misleading and, in my opinion, wrong in law. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Hi-Tech: Speed of light document analysis | Luigi Benetton

Software developers have been automating low-level document review decision-making for years. That automation helps lawyers zero-in on relevant language faster. The end game? Faster review speeds can result in lower costs for clients and improved competitiveness for lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Ryerson law school may improve legal employment | Omar Ha-Redeye

The last thing that any student currently in law school probably wants to see is yet another law school. Ryerson University’s latest approval by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada means that Ontario, in the very near future, will be graduating even more law students on to the job market. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Avoid nasty surprises by preparing your client for mediation | Stuart Rudner

When I am chosen to mediate an employment law dispute, my goal is to help the parties reach a reasonable resolution. In the vast majority of cases, I am successful in doing so. However, this is occasionally despite the fact that “unexpected” issues arise which delay or derail the discussions. I put unexpected in quotes because they may not have been anticipated by the parties, but counsel should have discussed them in advance as part of the preparation for mediation. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

The accuracy of AI in predicting future criminal behaviour | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

There is no doubt that sophisticated artificial intelligence systems are now part of our lives. Many of us ride in driverless trains without any worries. Driverless cars are being tested and, it would seem, will soon be on the roads. So why would anyone have concerns about using complex computer-based algorithms to make decisions about what to do with those caught up in the criminal justice system? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Mapping the demographics of polyamory | John-Paul Boyd

People who are polyamorous are, or prefer to be, involved in more than one intimate relationship at a time. Some polyamorists are involved in stable, long-term loving relationships involving two or more other people. Others are simultaneously engaged in a number of relationships of varying degrees of permanence and commitment. Still others are involved in a web of concurrent relationships which range from short-term relationships that are purely sexual in nature to more enduring relationships characterized by deep emotional attachments. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Why we need an Anti-#MeToo movement | Laurelly Dale

An interview with criminal defence counsel and feminist Angela Chaisson was published in The Lawyer’s Daily on March 1. In it, she calls for the legal profession to have its own #MeToo movement. Changing behaviour and process is difficult. I commend the #MeToo movement for cultivating a culture of intolerance; however, it has deprived those accused of a fair process and presumption of innocence. Important safeguards are being washed away at its expense. ... [read more]

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Rush to adapt misses the profession’s biggest problem: Unrepresented litigants | Julius Melnitzer

Even genuine self-examination runs the risk of succumbing to navel gazing. So it is with the legal profession these days. Never before have lawyers been so caught up in rapid change. And never before have they taken such a long, hard look at themselves. But in the frenzy to get it all right, the profession is effectively ignoring the biggest, most immediate problem staring down our legal system: the unrepresented litigant. ... [read more]