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In-house Coach
October 28, 2014
Work-life balance is better in-house but challenges remain
Lawyers leave private practice and go in-house for many reasons.
October 27, 2014
Video: Making Rain - Address the elephant in the room
In this month’s Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses addressing the elephant in the room. To lead successfully, you must guide, control and manage how you typically react and perform; avoiding tough issues means you have no control of the outcomes.
Class Acts
October 27, 2014
De novo certification hearings on appeal
In August, the Ontario Divisional Court released its decision in Sherry Good v. Toronto Police Services Board, in which it found the elements required for certification had been met on appeal, reversing an earlier certification refusal in these G-20 class actions. This is despite the fact “[t]he proposed class action, as presented on this appeal, was markedly different from the proposed class action that was considered by the motion judge.”
Letter from Law Law Land
October 27, 2014
Showing leadership on a divisive issue
There’s a wonderful scene in the third season of Sherlock, where Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Sherlock Holmes, explains to Phillip Anderson, a Scotland Yard forensic expert, how the BBC’s favourite sleuth faked his own death.
October 27, 2014
HRTO case questions accommodations for alleged disabilities
How much weight should a law student’s grades be given? Does a student’s sub-par academic performance automatically mean they would be a sub-par lawyer? Are exams a fair way to measure professional competency? How much consideration should each individual’s backstory be given?
Definitely Mabey
October 27, 2014
Communication, communication, communication
The recent CBA Futures Report, “Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada,” identified the following deliverables that clients were looking for from their lawyers:
October 27, 2014
Even the most ethical sometimes cheat a little
“There is a little bit of larceny in all of us.”
Ab Initio
October 27, 2014
Say hello to a transfer student
Unlike my arrival at Ludlow Hall last year when I knew nobody, upon my return in September, I was welcomed back by familiar faces. The overwhelming experience of meeting all new people in 1L meant transfer students were invisible to me. Everyone was new.
October 27, 2014
Data breach disclosure law could bring fines
Fines are an established punishment for data breaches south of the border and they could soon be coming to Canada.
Cover Story
October 15, 2014
The lure of Mexico
When Guillermo Cruz Rico moved to Canada in 2005, he left behind a life as a criminal lawyer in Mexico City, the megalopolis where he’d been born and raised. But in less than a year, he had settled down in Toronto and was working as an in-house consultant for Greenspan Partners LLP, the reputed criminal defence firm.

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October 2014 • Volume 38, Issue 10
    • Subtitle Cover Story
    Written by Jennifer Brown
    Issue Date: September 2014
    The practice of law is always evolving as new influences such as technology add complexity to how lawyers solve problems…
  • Written by Arshy Mann
    Issue Date: September 2014
    In 2011, an RCMP officer called Karen MacKinnon at her home in Drumheller, Alta. and asked her to come into…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: E-discovery
    Written by Shane Schick
    Issue Date: September 2014
    Anne Glover will admit it: She sometimes misses all those banker’s boxes. Well, maybe not all the banker’s boxes. “I…


    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Dale Smith
    Issue Date: September 2014
    There are many words to describe Donald Bayne, a member of the defence bar for some 43 years, but one of his associates has a choice few. “You would expect him to be incredibly intimidating but he’s not so at all,” says Meaghan Thomas, one of Bayne’s colleagues at Bayne…


    • Subtitle Back Page
    Written by Jim Middlemiss
    Issue Date: September 2014
    Law firms looking to secure their future need to hire more technology experts, not lawyers. It’s one of the key takeaways from the “Legal Technology Future Horizons” report from the International Legal Technology Association.
    • Subtitle Editor's Desk
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: September 2014
    A generous amount of this month’s issue of Canadian Lawyer is dedicated to technology and the law. Technology in its various forms and permutations have and continue to transform legal practice and while this issue began with a plan for a special report on e-discovery, it organically morphed into a…
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