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- David Paul’s Field Notes
Many lawyers choose an iPhone to manage contact information, research law, edit and read documents, run conflict checks, manage their calendars, and stay connected with the office. There are hundreds of apps for the iPhone developed exclusively with lawyers in mind. As the American Bar Association’s 2012 Tech Survey indicates, the iPhone has become a primary tool for the legal profession: Of the 89 per cent of American lawyers who use a smartphone for law related tasks, 49 per cent of them use an iPhone. In comparison, 31 per cent use a BlackBerry and 16 per cent use an Android.
Nothing tests a lawyer’s worth like the duel over the last word. To gain an upper hand, we curb our attention to what the other party or lawyer is saying. This enthusiasm is both strength and weakness. Get in the final word, and you direct the narrative in your client’s favour. Strike too soon, and your client’s position becomes unshielded to a more devastating rebuttal.
- Human Rights . . . Here & There
I had not intended my summer reading to be work related, but Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi, has left me thinking about women’s rights in Iran, the importance of freedom of expression, cynicism towards political leaders, and a real questioning about how little we understand Islam and the particular histories of countries in the Middle East.
- Trials & Tribulations
In 2004, Ontario enacted its new Limitations Act, 2002, which was intended to streamline and simplify the law governing the shelf life of causes of action in the province. In general terms, it imposed a universal two-year limitation period to commence a proceeding, subject to some limited carve-outs for the limitation periods expressly stipulated in specified statutes, and subject to the discoverability principle, which was incorporated in s. 5 of the act. If not expressly preserved by the new act, all limitation periods in other statutes were of no force or effect pursuant to s. 19.
- Law Library
|Wrong Side of the Law: True Stories of Crime by Edward Butts; Dundurn Press, 2013; pp. 224; $19.99.|
- The Future Files
In last month’s article, I outlined the reasons why advanced online searching skills are important to lawyers. And we explored some of the advanced searching features of Google Books. The various search features discussed in that article are accompanied with screen shots. You may find it helpful to review that article and the screen shots before reading the present article, in order to get familiarized with some of Google’s advanced search interfaces.
- Human Rights . . . Here & There
Ethnic Tibetans living in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and other remote areas are experiencing difficult times. A shopping mall is being built directly in front of the iconic Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa. With a modern train system, millions of tourists, and a variety of economic development projects the visual landscape of old Tibet is being erased within our lifetime. To be sure this is progress for some, but it is not without a social and cultural cost.
- The Immigration Line
Strikes! New ministers! Bad press! It’s been a wild ride for immigration recently, and keeping up with the changes has been a Herculean effort for Canadian immigration practitioners. Keeping clients informed, processes moving, and addressing our own public opinion backlash continues to be the order of the day, but the uncertainty creates panic and a loss of faith in the overall system.