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In the first part of this two-part series, I talked about the importance of keeping up with trends in technology, particularly if we choose to use technology to better serve our clients and help manage our practice. However, technology is also a rapidly changing area that requires periodic updates on where it sits now, and where it is going.
Monday, 08 December 2014 09:08 Written by Margaret L. Waddell
The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has confirmed that courts can take “long arm” jurisdiction over a Canadian resident corporation, even when the company has no physical presence in the American jurisdiction, and the only contact between the parties was by electronic and telephone communications across the border.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00 Written by Ben Hanuka
This is my last column for 2014. One of my columns addressed some of the relevant provisions of lawyers’ competence in the Rules of Professional Conduct, as they relate to technology.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00 Written by Simone Hughes
It is the time of year when it seems like I have not one minute to draw a single breath. Holiday cards. Holiday events. Year-end forecasts. Next year’s budgets. Firm plan. Practice group plans. Individual plans. Directory updates. Contact updates. Travel plans. Performance evaluations. Meetings, meetings, meetings. Family. Gifts. Decorating. Cooking. Billing. Client year-end requests.
The prize for something said by a lawyer in Canada in 2014 is this gem of a comment made to over 450 lawyers and judges in Toronto in October by my new comedic heroine, criminal lawyer Marie Henein, who emceed the event. “As criminal lawyers we represent people who have committed heinous acts. Acts of violence. Acts of depravity. Acts of cruelty. Or as Jian Ghomeshi likes to call it, ‘foreplay,’” (Bada-Boom). She now represents Jian Ghomeshi.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08 Written by Kirk Baert
Last spring, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision adopting a liberal approach to the certification of common issues in class proceedings. Because this case arose out of Quebec, it did not receive widespread attention in the rest of Canada. However, it would be a mistake to let the importance of this case remain un- or under-appreciated.