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October 12, 2015
Lawyers and liability in Mraz v. Herman
The recent decision by Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice W.P. Sullivan in Mraz v. Herman succinctly disposes of claims made against two Alberta lawyers.
October 12, 2015
Plain and simple will boost access to justice
I’ve just finished my first year as an administrative law judge. My title is deputy chief commissioner of Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies Commission. Our commission hears appeals from Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies Branch. For some hearings, I sit alone; for some I chair a panel of three commissioners. Most of our hearings take about half a day. Personally, I handle more than 200 hearings a year.
Soul and Small Practice
October 12, 2015
Opportunity is knocking
During my term representing the Ontario Bar Association, I met many individuals keen on the possibility of working in a sole and small firm, and willing to relocate to do so. There were law and articling students, lawyers wanting to leave a big firm, and others lawyers moving to Canada. But few knew how to proceed other than by following up on the few job ads posted.
Practising In-house
October 12, 2015
Should in-house counsel be eligible for whistleblower compensation?
In September 2012, the Internal Revenue Service awarded Bradley Birkenfeld, a former banker at United Bank Switzerland, US$104 million for blowing the lid off certain aspects of the secretive Swiss banking system. The information he provided greatly diminished Switzerland’s status as an anonymous haven for American tax cheats and allowed the IRS to recover billions in unpaid taxes. Because of his own complicity however he also served 40 months in prison.
Make it Count
October 12, 2015
How’s your LinkedIn?
Surveys shows that 96 per cent of lawyers maintain a personal LinkedIn account. The question is now about how complete and differentiated your profile is and how are you integrating with your firm’s web site and other social media. It’s now about using it and monetizing it better than others.
October 12, 2015
New Schulich law dean opts for classic approach
It has been a little more than a month since Camille Cameron joined the Schulich School of Law as dean, and she’s still in the adjustment phase.
October 12, 2015
Summary judgment ruling a win in battle against counterfeiters
Those fighting against the proliferation of counterfeit goods won a victory in Federal Court recently when a judgment of $380,000 was granted against two corporations and an individual found to be selling fake Chanel merchandise.

Current Issue

October 2015 • Volume 39, Issue 10
    • Subtitle Cover Story
    Written by Yamri Taddese
    Issue Date: October 2015
    Most lawyers have likely heard or read the phrase somewhere, and yet to many, “entity regulation” doesn’t really mean much.…
  • Written by Ian Harvey
    Issue Date: October 2015
    You’ve been called to the bar. Congrats. Now you have a lot to learn. Turns out knowledge of the law…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Trusts & Estates
    Written by Marg. Bruineman
    Issue Date: October 2015
    Looming changes to the Income Tax Act introduce a “whole new world” to the future of estate planning in Canada,…


    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Jennifer Brown
    Issue Date: October 2015
    Whether it’s in the courtroom or on the ball diamond, Jack Fireman brings the same approach to winning — preparation and solid team building net you the best result.


  • Written by Philip Slayton
    Issue Date: October 2015
    Billie Holiday, in her 1939 song Strange Fruit, sang: “Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” She was singing about lynch mobs. In the southern United States, in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century, mobs of white people…
  • Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: October 2015
    In the close to two decades I’ve been working in the legal community, it never ceases to amaze me how truly inspirational many lawyers, judges, and others in the profession are.
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