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Monday, 20 January 2014 08:00

What not to do in the war on drugs

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_Screen-shot-2014-01-16-at-6.jpgJust after midnight on Jan. 1, a former U.S. Marine named Sean Azzariti made history by becoming the first person in the world to legally buy marijuana for recreational use. Azzariti, who served in Iraq and claims the weed helps relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder, made his purchase just as a new law allowing its licensing and sale in Colorado came into force.

Monday, 13 January 2014 10:33

Here’s to using decision trees in the new year

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIf your New Year’s resolution is to work smarter, more efficiently, and achieve more, boy do I have an interesting concept to share with you. While I can’t help with the diet or workout resolutions you committed to while sipping sparkling wine right after the New Year’s Eve countdown, I may perhaps convince you to start thinking about using “decision trees” in your practice. It is an old idea, but, I suspect, a greatly underutilized one.
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:00

The Seven Wonders

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_B.Hendrickson.jpgIn 2004, the Canadian Bar Association Futures Committee posted an article on its web site entitled “Seven Wonders of the World . . . The Future for Lawyers.” The Futures Committee was formed in 2003 to examine the challenges facing lawyers and the legal profession and to make recommendations about what the CBA would have to offer to the legal community in 2015 to remain “relevant” and “vibrant.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgDetermining how to meet or defeat the test for “preferable procedure” on a certification motion has been an enigmatic problem. Until the Supreme Court of Canada last month clearly articulated that access to justice involves a two-part analysis in Fischer v. AIC Ltd., there was no consistent measure by which this part of the preferability test would be analyzed.
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:00

3 good habits & an approach

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpg“3 Good Habits and an Approach” and you’re already a lawyer with better marketing, public relations, and business development skills — even better than a lot of career communicators!
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:00

Bill 146 may be much ado about nothing

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Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with Ontario’s new workplace legislation. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with Ontario’s new workplace legislation. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with bill 146’s proposed changes to employment legislation in Ontario as the political climate in the province means it may not get passed before voters potentially go to the polls this spring.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgAs I hastily write this from warm, tropical Cabo San Lucas, there are 14 e-mails in my inbox from friends and colleagues from Toronto telling me about the Great Ice Storm that covered the city and the fact they’ve all been without power for 75 hours. Some checked into nearby hotels for Christmas, presumably hotels with enough power to warm them up, give them light, and cook a turkey. I can only imagine what Stuart McLean will do to update “Dave Cooks A Turkey” when he does his Christmas story for 2014.
Monday, 30 December 2013 08:00

Video: Making Rain: Another milestone year

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_December_Making_Rain_46.jpgIn the last episode of 2013, executive coach Debra Forman takes stock of the year’s accomplishments, milestones, and all of those opportunities for better business development and practice management practices.

Monday, 16 December 2013 08:00

The benefits of giving back

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgDecember brings to my mind plenty of food, time for family and friends, and the season of giving. In this spirit of giving and gratitude for what we have, I’ve written before about my belief that lawyers have an obligation to use our skills for the benefit of our communities, in addition to our law practices.
Monday, 16 December 2013 08:00

Technology etiquette for lawyers

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I was recently discussing a file with my articling student when his cellphone beeped with a text message. While I continued to speak, he read it and texted back. I was compelled to ask him: “Haven’t your parents taught you proper technology etiquette?” Before he could answer, I received an e-mail while sitting at my desk. While he was talking with me, I looked to my screen and began reading the e-mail.
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