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Monday, 16 February 2015 08:00

Getting some respect: OSS out of the shadows

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgIn the not-so-distant licensing past, most technology vendors stringently denied using any open-source software in their proprietary software programs. Almost every standard software licence agreement was completely silent on this point.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_SOSSIN-Lorne1.jpgI have not run into anyone yet without strong views to share on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on Friday in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) to strike down the assisted suicide prohibition in the Criminal Code.
Monday, 09 February 2015 08:00

Are you a PACR?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgAt this time of year, I am bombarded with directory surveys, rankings, and people changes. Associates make partner and general changes happen at the beginning of the year. I make it a habit to review our firm’s online profiles and update them so they are search optimized.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgHow fundamental is technology to the way we carry on our lives? Is it vital enough to be considered a constitutionally protected right or freedom?
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_January_Making_Rain_59.jpgAs is customary in her January episodes of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman providesan opportunity to commit to taking your personal success to even higher levels by pledging to uphold new business development and practice management resolutions and strategies during the upcoming year.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIt’s only January and immigration practitioners have already forgotten all visions of sugar-plum fairies and new years fireworks. Immigration updates and changes continue to be fast and furious, and the brave new world of Express Entry is finally here.
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

The day before Christmas

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgFor so many, the day before Christmas is the beginning of a special time. No matter one’s faith, offices close early, last-minute shoppers scurry to find gifts as a sign of gratitude, a break from work is ahead.
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

How to join your first board

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Lisa_Feldstein.JPGI previously wrote an article about how to break into the field of health law. One of my tips was joining the board of a non-profit in the health sector. I have had many followup questions about that piece of advice and thought I’d expand on how lawyers can join their first boards.
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

You can’t win ’em all

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Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers, by Christopher D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Durance Vile Publications, 2014, pp. 224, $22.95.
Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers, by Christopher D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Durance Vile Publications, 2014, pp. 224, $22.95.
It’s the question every criminal lawyer has been asked more than any other (after “Why did it cost that much?”): “How can you defend a person you know to be guilty?” And my answer is always that it’s really not that hard, relatively speaking.
Monday, 19 January 2015 08:00

I hate January and ironing

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpgI hate January because it’s cold, really cold.
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