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Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

New technology, traditional legal tests

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_final.jpgIn what might be the most high-profile seizure ever of a smartphone in Canada, police obtained a court order and travelled to the United States earlier this year to extract information from the iPhone of a friend of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Toronto police were unable to analyze the device allegedly belonging to Alexander “Sandro” Lisi “because they did not have the current forensic tools to extract information from the phone,” stated a sworn affidavit by an officer in the investigation dubbed Project Brazen 2.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Pro Bono Case Studies

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Lawyers across Canada are involved in many types of pro bono work. Here are just a few examples of what they're doing.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Law firm pro bono survey

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Across the country lawyers find the time to participate in interesting and important pro bono projects that give back to their communities and aid in providing access to justice for those who might not otherwise be able to afford legal counsel.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Pursuing pro bono in-house

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_April_ProBono.jpgWhen lawyers leave private practice and go in-house many may feel they are no longer easily able to pursue pro bono work, but the reality is corporate and public sector lawyers have skills that are in demand. There also appears to be growing interest from the in-house bar in pursuing pro bono activities.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

An economic transformation

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Photo: Huan Tran
Photo: Huan Tran
It’s not often business lawyers find themselves practising social justice. Redressing society’s wrongs may be familiar territory for human rights or sexual abuse claim lawyers, even criminal practitioners, but corporate and commercial lawyers? Yet Max Faille says that’s precisely what’s happening today at the crossroads of business and aboriginal law.
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:01

Assessing boots on the ground

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_cl_mar_14.jpgYou may not hear it very often, mostly because it’s just not good PR for the in-house bar, but despite data that points to fairly consistent growth in corporate legal departments, not all global or U.S.-based companies are wholly behind the idea that existing legal departments in Canada should remain status quo.
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:00

Still tempting

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Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
Canada still tempts cash-rich state-owned enterprises, even in the closely watched energy sector, but government rules and the deliberate ambiguity that surrounds them are making it hard to advise clients how to proceed and factoring into a steep investment slowdown.
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

Judging 101

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_February_judging.jpgThe benefits of judicial foreign aid are rarely measurable in concrete terms. But, for Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Marc Rosenberg — a workhorse in the movement to help developing nations enhance their justice systems — a dramatic exception to that rule came during a working foray to China a couple of years ago. Rosenberg was part of a Canadian entourage helping to draft rules for excluding unreliable evidence — coerced confessions, in particular. Overnight, a furor erupted over a Chinese convict who had confessed a decade earlier to murdering his wife, notwithstanding the absence of a body.
“Suddenly, his wife showed up — alive,” Rosenberg recalled. Humiliated, authorities hurriedly released the man from prison.
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

Droning on

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_February_dronejpg.jpgA number of businesses have teased customers in the past year or so with the suggestion online orders could be delivered by unmanned drones. We’ve had the Burrito Bomber — self-dubbed as “the world’s first airborne Mexican food delivery system,” — and variants such as the LobsterCopter, TacoCopter, and, most recently, Amazon.com Inc.’s Octocopters.
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:00

The case for ladies only

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_cl_jan_2014_cover.jpgIn their book Breaking Through: Tales from the Top Canadian Women General Counsel, Kirby Chown and Carrie Mandel interviewed 32 women general counsel, but one interview really illustrated the view of the current generation of female lawyers. One young woman questioned if there is still a need for groups that specifically champion the cause of women.
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