Sarah Dale-Harris

Sarah Dale-Harris

Sarah Dale-Harris is corporate counsel at Accenture Inc. and can be reached at or at 416-641-3151. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone.

Column: The IT Girl
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgWhen my parents adopted their dog, the humane society inserted a tiny microchip under the skin on her shoulder for future identification purposes if her tags are lost. Insertion of the chip costs about $50 and the proceeds are generally donated to benefit homeless animals. The animal version of the chip is neatly inserted under the skin into the muscle tissue using a syringe and is held in place by the scar tissue that develops around it over time. There’s nothing to it.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgIf you’re in business — even the law business — you and/or your clients have probably responded to a request for proposals at some point in time. What not everyone realizes is that responding to RFPs can be fraught with landmines.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgSo many of us connect and market ourselves by way of social media sites. We have personal profiles, professional profiles, public and private personas. We put so much information about ourselves out into the ‘public’ domain and while most of us are aware on some level that this information is or might be personal information, we post it nonetheless and rely on site-related policies and the law to protect us from intrusive access, collection, and exploitation of information about us.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgI am all for technology as a means to an end — particularly if that end benefits the many as opposed to only the few — and innovation that contributes to the improvement of quality of life is unquestionably something we need more of, particularly if it improves the lives of people living in developing countries.
Monday, 16 April 2012 10:23

Spam by any other name is still spam

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgI attended a great seminar this week and one of the topics of discussion was Canada’s anti-spam legislation — otherwise known as CASL because it is apparently a statute without a name. This is interesting to me since the statute is controversial, could be unconstitutional, and quite possibly the most comprehensive (read: onerous) legislation of its kind in the world. It deserves an equally cumbersome title, don’t you think? Perhaps it should be called the “we really wanted to try and put an end to bulk junk mail and don’t know how” statute. It’s so easy to be an armchair critic, isn’t it?
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:06

Simple governance is good governance

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgSo why do we always tend to make things more complicated?
Monday, 20 February 2012 19:23

I’m a lawyer but I’d rather be a pirate

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgRoses are red
Violets are blue
The war on piracy
Will never be through
Monday, 23 January 2012 09:30

Made-to-order books, 21st-century style

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgIn my Christmas wish list, I mentioned a most amazing machine — the “espresso” machine. No, not the kind that makes coffee, the kind that can print a made-to-order softcover book. How incredible is it that one-off printing of paperbacks might be coming to a coffee shop near you? OK, maybe not a coffee shop, but possibly the corner bookstore you thought would never be able to keep up with the big-box retailers. The more I thought about the possibilities, the more intrigued I became, so I did a little more research.
Monday, 19 December 2011 10:25

My Christmas wish list

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgJust because I’m too old to believe in Santa Claus, doesn’t mean I’m too old to make a wish list. In fact, I have many of them. Keeping in mind that tongue is largely firmly planted in cheek, my wish list this year might look something like this:
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgWaiting until you’re being sued, terminated, or divorced before acknowledging that there might be a problem is, I think we can all agree, not the ideal approach to communication. And then there are those who would go the distance on principle alone because they believe they have suffered an injustice, and want “their day in court.” Regardless of whether the end result is a lawsuit, a failed relationship, a damaged reputation, or whatever, there must be a way to mitigate, or in the best case, avoid such outcomes. Learning how to communicate (more) effectively is probably a good place to start.
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