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Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00

Oil, law, and lawlesness

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The Secret World of Oil, by Ken Silverstein, Verso Books, 2014, pp. 240.
The Secret World of Oil, by Ken Silverstein, Verso Books, 2014, pp. 240.
The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratic regimes friendly to the United States.
— Dick Cheney
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIn last month’s article, I outlined the important elements of online project and task organizing platforms as a means of managing file tasks and communications.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgLawyers are trained to be the voice of authority. Personal development means asking for feedback.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_May-cover-shoot-imageSmall.jpgCanadian Lawyer editor Gail J. Cohen was on the scene of the cover shoot for the May issue featuring Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young, who fought a decades long battle to update Canada's prostitution laws. One of his clients Terri-Jean Bedford joined us for the session. Take a peek at how the fantastic photgraphy of Liam Sharp became this month's cover art.
Monday, 28 April 2014 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Golden rules for success

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_April_MakingRain50.jpgPinstripe and Canadian Lawyer are delighted to have reached a major milestone in our fifth year of partnership: episode 50 of Making Rain! We are pleased to continue to work together to provide Canadian lawyers with monthly tips on enriching your practices and championing your business development efforts. To commemorate the big 50, this month’s episode is dedicated to the golden rules for your success.
Monday, 28 April 2014 08:00

The news isn’t quite what it used to be

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgGrowing up in the ’60s and ’70s, I watched more far more news than sports and I can recall, in varying degrees, the Cuban missile crisis, the Kennedy assassination(s), the Mercury and Gemini space missions, the U.S. civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the moon landings, Watergate, and the Cold War; all through the lens of Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, Harry Reasoner, and others on U.S. networks. I can’t recall anything newsworthy in Canada until the flag debate of 1965, the election of Pierre Trudeau in 1968, and the FLQ crisis in 1970; all of it broadcast on CTV and CBC.
Monday, 28 April 2014 08:00

Is the docket dead for class counsel?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgA 13-paragraph decision of Justice Edward Belobaba in Cannon v. Funds for Canada Foundation may kill the docket for class counsel in Ontario.
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:10

Saving your files: cloud or network?

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The cloud allows the latest version of my legal work to be synced, saved, and secured but not every cloud provider can be trusted with confidential information.
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:00

Licensing blues

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgPity the poor licence agreement. Sometimes it doesn’t get much respect from clients.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgAt last count there were over 25 issues/reasons identified by the legal press (blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc.) that led to the unfortunate demise of Heenan Blaikie. To be clear, the misfortune I speak of is not the disappearance of the law firm itself, but of those who were affected as a result through no fault of their own but rather because of the seeming ineptness of others.
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