Friday, 04 July 2008 08:59

Pratte-à -porter

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_July08_cover-cl-jul-08.jpgIt may have been Sigmund Freud who described us as little more than the grown adults of the children we once were. 
Friday, 06 June 2008 07:50

Making it work: Women in law roundtable

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For decades, probably ever since women began practising law in Canada, there has been no shortage of discussion about how to keep women in the profession. In her groundbreaking 1993 report “Touchstones for Change”, Canada’s first female Supreme Court justice Bertha Wilson stressed the difficulties faced by women lawyers with children, urging the profession to measure a lawyer’s performance by standards other than hours billed.

Click here to read the biographies of the women in law roundtable participants. 

Canada (Justice) v. Khadr is a highly significant judgment, for a number of different reasons. For Omar Khadr himself, the Supreme Court of Canada held that he has a constitutional right to the disclosure of the interrogations conducted by Canadian officials in Guantanamo Bay, some or all of which were shared with American authorities. 
Monday, 05 May 2008 05:51

Lofty Asper-ations

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_May2008_cover-cl-may-08.jpgGail Asper is clutching a metallic, Thermos travel mug of coffee with her left hand and, with the other, swinging a bulging crimson purse near an electronic security pad by the door leading to the Canwest Place underground parkade.
Monday, 05 May 2008 05:46

Blending tradition and innovation

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_May2008_otawa.jpgIn a city where Parliament has enacted laws since the 19th century and businesses have been creating new forms of technology for the 21st century, Ottawa’s legal community is characterized by a blend of tradition and innovation.

Monday, 07 April 2008 05:03

Dare we say the ‘R’ word

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_cover-cl-apr-08.jpgUnpredictable, uncertain, busy for some — but definitely different. This is how some lawyers candidly describe the year ahead for areas of Canadian business law in 2008 following the “credit crunch” that hit the United States last August, recent market turmoil, and the constant reports of an emerging economic slowdown, dare we even say “recession.”

Friday, 07 March 2008 06:38

Feature: Unlocking ability beyond disability

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  b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_March_jason-mitschele.jpgFom dictaphones and faxes to BlackBerrys and memory sticks, from overhead projectors to PowerPoint presentations, from conference calls to web teleconferencing; in the last 10 years lawyers have ridden a wave of technology that has seen them emerge from piles of files, morphing into travel-light, constantly contactable service providers with paperless or virtual offices. Generally, the changes have been dramatic, but the changes for lawyers with disabilities have been career- and even life-altering.
Friday, 07 March 2008 06:25

New Frontiers

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_March_cover-cl-mar-08.jpgWhen some people hear about Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual world built by its residents, they joke about how those residents should get a first life. But some law firms have been exploring the potential of virtual worlds, social media, and “Web 2.0” technologies — even if they’re not sure what the possibilities are just yet.
Friday, 15 February 2008 08:42

Feature: Calgary is a high energy town

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The red-hot energy market in Calgary has slowed, but law firms in the city are having no problems finding interesting work in the cyclical economy.
Monday, 11 February 2008 07:00

A Precarious Balance

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_cover-cl-feb-08.jpgT. Sher Singh has been disbarred but says burnout had led him to leave the profession anyway. For him and other small-firm and sole practitioners, the underlying problems they face stem more from the nature of their practices than negligence.
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