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Monday, 20 April 2015 08:00

Closures make justice more distant for many

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Adam-Rodgers.jpgThe provincial government has announced the closure of three courthouses in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, as part of their 2015-16 budget. The courts in question are satellite facilities in Guysborough, Port Hood, and Baddeck, and cases that would have otherwise been heard at these locations will now be heard in regional Justice Centres.
Monday, 20 April 2015 08:00

LAPs and managing stress

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A few weekends ago, I joined about 78 Legal Assistance Plan volunteers from across British Columbia at the annual LAPBC volunteer’s training retreat in Harrison Lake. Our profession is fortunate to be served by so many caring people willing to help colleagues facing challenges. We all know our job can be stressful and collectively, we need to face some of the negative ways that stress manifests itself in our profession.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Michele-Krech.jpgVacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada bench — comprised of eight puisne judges and the chief justice — are filled according to the will of the prime minister. Although there has been significant debate about the process and criteria for selecting Supreme Court judges, little if any debate has revolved around the selection of the chief justice in particular.
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

To ask or not to ask for the business

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgYour successful career as a lawyer will have a huge dependency on your ability to find, mind, and grow a valuable client portfolio. You can be the best at creating your personal business plan, networking, writing, and everything else . . . but if you can’t “close the engagement,” you lose.
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

Changes to patent law

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Jean_Charles_Gregoire.jpgCanada is preparing to implement the Patent Law Treaty, which aims to harmonize formal procedures in respect of patent applications. Statutory amendments which implement and go beyond the treaty were recently passed into law, and regulatory amendments are expected to be released in draft for public consultation late 2016. The statutory and regulatory amendments will come into force after that.
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

New Acrobat is up in the air

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgLast week, Adobe Systems released the latest version of its popular and standard-setting document software, Adobe Acrobat. The latest version is called Adobe Acrobat DC.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgI’ve written before about the changes to the Canadian permanent residence process and the Express Entry system. We all know it’s changed. We know there is a portal. We know you enter the portal and get ranked against fellow applicants based on a variety of factors including language ability, age, education, and whether or not there has been a labour market test for the position you currently hold in Canada.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_March_Making_Rain_61.jpgIn this month’s episode, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you  to take ownership and control of a more personal and fulfilling feedback process by providing yourself with “in the moment” feedback as it relates to your daily effectiveness.
Monday, 30 March 2015 08:00

A way to start framing change in your firm

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_bill-josten.jpgMost people in the legal industry feel like they’re finally starting to get a handle on the various things that have been changing in recent years. We’ve become accustomed to the ideas of shifting client expectations, a buyer’s market for legal services, savvier clients, and the need to change the way legal services are offered and priced.
Monday, 30 March 2015 08:00

Blurring the lines of music infringement law

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Jeff-Young.jpgFor many years now, I have enjoyed three simultaneous careers. I am a senior member of the bar of British Columbia, focusing on entertainment law; I am a member of the State Bar of California, regularly dealing with my colleagues in Hollywood; and I am a music producer and composer with a current co-write on the radio and a cue on a currently airing TV show.
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