Social media is an important source of discovery in an increasing range of cases and can often yield the most important evidence. Social media and its derivatives are prevalent with many people using social media as their dominant communications channel, preferring some in-app messaging tools to e-mail. Corporations, too, are using these media to target and communicate with their customers. Ignore these sources and you leave potentially game-changing evidence on the table.
Dentons LLP is in a dogfight with American Lawyer magazine over the media empire’s Global 100 law firm rankings. The firm takes issue with the profit-per-equity-partner figure cooked up by the magazine, after Dentons announced last year it wouldn’t disclose its numbers. So much so it created the web site accuracy100.com to argue its case after the firm says requests for corrections fell on deaf ears.
A few months ago, I was looking for a writer in Saskatoon to help with our Saskatoon city report. Some colleagues suggested I reach out to Mervin Brass, which I did. He grew up on the Key First Nation and is currently the editor and publisher of Treaty 4 News, so he’s steeped in the news and culture of aboriginal Canadians. While we were chatting about the Saskatoon story, Brass suggested Canadian Lawyer do something about the many lawyers who’ve worked with First Nations people who had the misfortune of being sent to Indian residential schools.
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It’s a rock musical about the Supreme Court of Canada, featuring Rosie Abella, its most interesting and colourful justice. There will be singing and dancing. “It’s madness,” the editor of this magazine told me. I don’t think so.
I’m just going down the path laid out by our entertaining American neighbours. If it’s madness, there’s method in it.
A few weeks ago, I went to the very-well attended launch of LegalX, a new law-focused innovation hub at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The event, held in the airy and inviting atmosphere of MaRS, attracted many of the familiar faces of the New Law movement in Canada. LegalX was the brainchild of Aron Solomon and Jason Moyse, both “reformed” lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs.