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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Ageism in law and what to do about it | Warren Bongard

This topic seems to creep into many of my conversations of late, and I wonder if the main reason is my own age. The legal profession has served me well over the last 25 years and I am far from being in a place to criticize the profession. That said, over the last decade or so, I have noticed a spike in underemployed lawyers. Sadly, many of them are my peers and I will attempt to explain the reasons why, but more importantly, find a solution for those looking to fill in a few hours, days or more each week. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

For Uber, the devil was in arbitration clause | Stuart Rudner

For as long as I can remember, the employment law bar has complained about the fact that we do not have a specialized court to address employment disputes. I have been encouraging employment and corporate lawyers to include arbitration clauses in their contracts of employment for quite some time now. The reason is simple: the parties can avoid the delays, inefficiencies and unpredictability of the standard civil litigation process by establishing a process customized to the specific case and presided over by a subject-matter expert. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Chief Justice Wagner, I can’t afford to help my community | Elsa Ascencio

Recently Chief Justice Richard Wagner granted an interview to The Lawyer’s Daily. The headline read, “Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

The Coach: Building a successful law firm | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

There are certain traits that successful law firms share. They all begin with leadership. There have been many studies (McBassi & Company, Greenfield Belser, Thomson Reuters, Altman Weil to name a few) detailing the skills and attributes of successful law firm leaders. Leadership is a mindset. These studies and our collective experience form the basis for our series. ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Edmonton animals need dedicated proper protection | Victoria Shroff

Ever since the Ontario SPCA’s search and seizure powers were successfully challenged earlier this year, it seems there’s a climate of change and uncertainty starting to ripple through animal protection in Canada. In January 2019, the Ontario SPCA’s enforcement powers, which were not subject to reasonable oversight and transparency, were held to be unconstitutional.  ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 7:11 AM

Wellness: Five reasons you should not represent yourself | Darryl Singer

I regularly represent lawyers at law society matters — at the LSO investigation stage and also defending them at the LSO Tribunal. I have noticed in the days I spend at the tribunal something which appears to be borne out in my review of tribunal decisions over the last two years. It seems about half of all lawyers appearing before the tribunal do so without counsel. And untold numbers of those who do retain counsel to represent them at the tribunal do so only after self-representing throughout the entire investigation process, a process which usually includes a form of “interview” akin to an examination for discovery. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

So, you want to move to Canada | Kyle Abrey

Moving to Canada can be an intimidating prospect if you are a foreign qualified lawyer. It turns out that “doctors driving taxis in Canada” has become such a cliché that the government even commissioned a report on the issue. The hurdles to requalification are very real and it’s important to enter the process with your eyes open to the challenges. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

The 15th century doctrine that upholds Indigenous land dispossession | Angelique EagleWoman

All Canadian and U.S. law schools teach basic property law and a brief history of the transfer of title from the original peoples to the present-day federal government. What is often glossed over in the property law introductory lesson is the Christian formed “doctrine of discovery” that continues in full force in both countries. The roots of the doctrine stretch back in time to the Crusades (1096-1291) and the rationale for just and holy wars sanctioned by the Catholic Pope. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 9:21 AM

The duality faced by female lawyers | Barbara Green

Can female lawyers have it all in 2019? It’s a good question. The fact that we are still asking it in 2019 says that we’re not out of the woods yet, but we are farther along the road to a better work-life balance than we were in prior years. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Cannabis legalization ignores First Nations | Pamela Palmater

For decades, federal and provincial governments, through their local, regional and national police agencies and court systems, have arrested, charged and imprisoned thousands of First Nations people for engaging in the cannabis trade. Many had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated commitment to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and his desire to legalize cannabis would help address many issues, one of which being the crisis-level over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]