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New Frontiers

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Written by Posted Date: March 7th, 2008
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.

Feature: Calgary is a high energy town

Written by Posted Date: February 15th, 2008
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.

A Precarious Balance

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Written by Posted Date: February 11th, 2008
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.

KARACHI: November 2005 - Pakistani policemen arrest the lawyers who were protesting the imposition of emergency rule in the country. Photo by SANA News Wire
KARACHI: November 2005 - Pakistani policemen arrest the lawyers who were protesting the imposition of emergency rule in the country. Photo by SANA News Wire

 

House arrests, torture, loss of clients, and fearful families are all problems faced by lawyers and judges who are standing up for their beliefs.

 

Riding the high tide

Written by Posted Date: January 18th, 2008
No one is ‘fighting for nickels’ while ‘dimes rain down’ in Vancouver’s booming legal market.
Some workplaces ban access to online social networking sites but others choose to educate and trust their workers not to abuse or fritter away time with them, and maybe even use them as a marketing tool.

Legal Report: Litigation

  • Arbitration becoming the ‘new’ litigation
Written by Posted Date: January 11th, 2008

One of the main benefits of commercial arbitration is that it’s much easier to enforce arbitral awards than court decisions in foreign jurisdictions.

The buck stops where?

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Written by Posted Date: January 11th, 2008
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_cover-cl-jan-08.jpg There seems to be a general consensus that Canadian securities regulators, particularly in Ontario, have a shoddy record of prosecuting corporate fraud. Are lawyers to blame for this state of affairs?

Where’s the money?

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Written by Posted Date: December 1st, 2007
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Covers_Current_Archive_CanadianLawyer_cl_nov_dec_07.jpg78% of in-house legal departments expect an increase in their overall legal budget in the next five years.Canadian Lawyer reports on how in-house legal departments spend their money. The survey shows their expenditures are going up, but that money won’t necessarily be going to outside law firms.

Legal Report: wills and estates

  • Power of attorney protection breaks down across borders
Written by Posted Date: October 9th, 2007

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_OCT2007_wills-and-estates.jpgDocuments drawn up in one jurisdiction are practically impossible to enforce either inter-provincially or internationally. The case of one Nova Scotia woman sadly illustrates the problem.

 

 

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