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Monday, 09 December 2013 08:00

Lessons to be learned from LSUC v. Groia

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgWhen does zealous courtroom advocacy cross the line into incivility? And when does that incivility cross over to professional misconduct? The Law Society of Upper Canada has been grappling with these issues in a case that has held the attention of Ontario lawyers for nigh on a decade.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lee-akazaki-revised.jpgAs I headed to my office, George pulled me aside and introduced me to a man whose face seemed familiar. ‘Lee, have you met Eric?’ he asked. ‘Eric is the worst lawyer in town. Eric, meet Lee, the best lawyer in town.’
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Tracy-Nanziri.jpgIt has been three years since the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers toasted 17 of its own who were, rightfully, praised for cementing their positions as partners in Bay Street firms. I read the news, as I assume a number of black law students did, with a sense of admiration, albeit one mingled with disquiet.
Monday, 02 December 2013 08:00

Do clients really hate billable hours?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_B.Hendrickson.jpgLawyers have a love-hate relationship with the billable hour. As it turns out so do our clients.
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:07

Video: Making Rain: Flex your directive muscle

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_November_MakingRain45.jpgIn this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to flex your 'directive' muscle in your dealings with colleagues, clients, and your personal goals.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgThere is a new, futuristic method to examine the relationship among Supreme Court of Canada decisions, using case citations. As counsel or research lawyers, when looking at any particular decision of interest, we need to understand the past and future context of the decision, i.e., (i) the underlying historical cases on which the decision relied, or which it distinguished, or otherwise considered, and (ii) the subsequent cases that similarly judicially considered the particular decision.
Monday, 25 November 2013 08:00

The class action arms race

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgThis fall, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba released five decisions certifying proceedings as class actions and, as night follows day, five decisions on costs soon followed.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Joel-Sandaluk.jpgOn Nov. 9, Immigration Canada announced changes to its popular Canadian Experience Class. Since its creation in 2008, the CEC has been a popular program for skilled immigrants to acquire permanent residence and eventually citizenship.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Ryan-Edmonds.jpgGenerally speaking, employees cannot take and misuse confidential information when they leave a company. In the past, allegations that a former employee misused client contact information turned on characterizing the source of that information. At the risk of oversimplifying the issue, did the information come from a “Rolodex” (confidential trade connections) or from a “telephone book” (publicly available contact listings)?  
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

Be flexible with your career path

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Debra_Newell.jpgAs an avid reader of Trial by Fire, I look forward every month to Lindsay Scott’s insights on the trials and tribulations of being a new lawyer. As a new lawyer myself, I find her witty and candid reflections to be a breath of fresh air — particularly when, some of the time, I am unable to breathe. So I share your disappointment with having a guest columnist this month, but this is some payback for Lindsay.
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