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Rights Matter
March 20, 2017
How to keep sexual assault cases on track
Canada’s substantive and procedural sexual assault laws are pretty strong on the books. Consent must be affirmative, contemporaneous and continuous. Mistaken belief in consent must have an air of reality. Sexual history is presumptively inadmissible. Personal records are rarely relevant. Yet only one in 10 sexually assaulted women makes a report to the police and only one out of 10 of these complaints will result in a conviction.
March 20, 2017
Supreme selfie: Talking A2J with a former Supreme Court of Canada justice
Judges, lawyers, law students and the public continue to grapple with the access to justice crisis that is far-reaching across the country. Too often, we lament that the system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. The most marginalized members of Canadian society experience significant barriers navigating the justice system on a daily basis.
The Woodshed
March 20, 2017
Liberals pick only low-hanging justice fruit with Bill C-39
This month, the Liberal government took swift and decisive action against zombie laws found lurking in Canada’s Criminal Code. Except their actions were not swift, decisive or principled but instead a half-hearted grab at only the lowest hanging justice fruit.  
March 20, 2017
Beyond evidence: How great lawyers leverage intuition
Lawyers regularly navigate complex situations that require thoughtful and strategic decision-making. While knowledge, experience and research are essential to this process, an important and often overlooked tool is inner knowing, or intuition.
In-house Coach
March 20, 2017
Speak up, even if nervous!
Please, let’s just keep this discussion between us, because I am a bit embarrassed to admit this. Depending on which stats you use, between 50 and 75 per cent of people admit to being terrified of speaking in public. 

Current Issue

March 2017 • Volume 41, Issue 3
    • Subtitle Cover Story
    Written by Michael McKiernan
    Issue Date: March 2017
    Law firms need to play the long game to score entrepreneurial clients 
    • Subtitle Top Prairie Firms: Manitoba
    Written by Mallory Hendry
    Issue Date: March 2017
    Significant changes have hit the legal economy in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and out-of-province interest is not abating.
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Labour & Employment
    Written by Elizabeth Raymer
    Issue Date: March 2017
    Ontario’s ‘Changing Workplaces Review’ could swing the pendulum toward employees.


    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Jennifer Brown
    Issue Date: March 2017
    Three years after the collapse of the law firm he helped build, Norman Bacal reflects with his version of the inside story.


  • Written by Jim Middlemiss
    Issue Date: March 2017
    For better or worse, the personal injury firm Diamond & Diamond has become the poster child for referral fees.
  • Written by Tim Wilbur
    Issue Date: March 2017
    Every year, we at Canadian Lawyer aim to connect with law firms and lawyers across the country in person to find out what is happening in their world. Last fall, I travelled to Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. My colleagues went to Quebec and B.C. and we all meet…

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