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Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

The Headhunter: How to say goodbye to your law firm | David Namkung

In 2010, Steven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant, made the news for his outrageous resignation. As his plane was taxiing, he reportedly had an altercation with a passenger, which was the final straw for an already disgruntled Slater. This incident prompted him to spew a string of profanities into the plane’s PA system, declare “... And that’s it, I’m done,” before grabbing two beers and triumphantly exiting by way of the plane’s emergency inflatable slide. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

#MeToo: The importance of increased non-pecuniary damages for sexual abuse | Sandra Kovacs

Most personal injury lawyers’ practices consist of actions seeking damages for injury arising from a fortuitous event, such as a motor vehicle accident. Fewer personal injury lawyers, myself included, are advocates for injury victims of an even more vulnerable kind: those who have suffered harm from an intentional act of sexual violence or exploitation. This area of practice is an important one, particularly since society at large is (finally) acknowledging the harm that sexual violence, harassment and exploitation causes to vulnerable persons, especially women, evidenced by the recent trend of the “#MeToo” movement following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 8:22 AM

Tax Views: Complex, uncertain split income rules not a good start to 2018 | Vern Krishna

We start the new year enthusiastic about our achievements in Canada. We are also mindful of the chaos that the minister of Finance caused last year with his tax reform proposals to promote so-called “fairness” for the middle class. The new taxes on split income (TOSI) target income shifting among shareholders of private corporations, such as professional corporations. ... [read more]

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Review of class action law must consider environmental claims | Richard Lindgren

Few environmental claims have obtained certification in the courts under current Ontario legislation, a situation that needs to be examined in the review by the Law Commission of Ontario in order to address legal barriers and economic hurdles. ... [read more]

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

Hi-Tech: Balancing technology competence with legal work | Luigi Benetton

Are you having difficulty deciding how much lawyers need to know about their technology? You aren’t alone. ... [read more]

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

Pensioners of insolvent companies left out of contingency fee debate | Julius Melnitzer

Something’s been lost so far in the debate about contingency fees that the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) calls “[protecting] access to justice for the public, while ensuring protection from unscrupulous practices and unreasonable fees.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Access to Justice: Katie Sykes on designing legal expert systems | Thomas Cromwell

Innovation can be a driver of improved access to justice. But our profession is not noted for being at the forefront of innovation. And so it is encouraging to see signs that innovation is front and centre in the training of the next generation of lawyers. That is what I saw on a visit to Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops, B.C., and in particular in a course created and taught by professor Katie Sykes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Employer’s guide to workplace sexual harassment | Stuart Rudner

Allegations of sexual harassment against powerful media personalities have shaken the world. Since the Weinstein scandal broke out, the social climate has changed so quickly that now, any hint of a scandal causes companies to immediately dismiss or cut all ties with the accused. The #metoo campaign has seen countless women come forward with their tales of sexual harassment, and this has impacted many workplaces. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Hi-Tech: Time to start auditing outside counsel’s technology skills | Luigi Benetton

Companies audit their third party service providers for many competencies, like security. Why not the competence to do their jobs efficiently? ... [read more]

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Wellness: How other disciplinary bodies handle addiction and mental health issues | Darryl Singer

There is a recent decision from the Law Society of Upper Canada Tribunal involving a lawyer who had “failed to communicate” and “failed to co-operate” with the Law Society. The background of the lawyer’s malfeasance was a direct result of a serious mental illness. The ordinary penalty in this case would have been revocation of his licence.Given the length of time and number of opportunities he had been given to communicate and cooperate he essentially fell into the category of ungovernable. The ordinary penalty in this case would have been revocation of his licence. However, because of the mental illness, he was allowed to surrender his license.The net effect is the same. ... [read more]