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August 18, 2014
New law practice program prepares for take off
With the law practice program’s French and English sections ramping up for Sept. 2 and Aug. 25 launches, respectively, there is a common vibe from those at the helm of the innovative program: optimism.
The Twila Zone
August 18, 2014
A present of gratitude
Summer has finally “spread her hand” here in Atlantic Canada. The weather is so nice our team decided to close the office early last Friday (yes, we often have to close early for bad weather, and we also — about once a year — close early in the summer when there is good weather).
The IT Girl
August 18, 2014
Car hacking is the new car jacking
In many respects, today’s new cars are essentially mini-computers on wheels, containing vast amounts of computer chips, sensors, and nanotechnology controlled by thousands of lines of software code.
In-house Coach
August 18, 2014
Talk less, listen more
Much has been written about the skills and competencies necessary to be a successful general counsel. These include legal, business, leadership, and interpersonal skills as well as independence, judgment, integrity, and problem solving ability. Commentators also frequently cite financial and technology competencies as being important.
Law School Futures
August 18, 2014
Experiential learning at Canadian law schools
Many Canadian academics are familiar with the Carnegie Foundation’s 2007 report “Educating Lawyers” and its call for significant changes to the American model of legal education. Although it is an obvious oversimplification of a complex argument, the basic idea advanced in “Educating Lawyers” is that American law schools ought to look beyond preparing their students to do legal analysis and research and devote significantly more attention both to enhancing their students’ practical sk
David Paul’s Field Notes
August 18, 2014
The importance of taking a proper affidavit
During your career, you may be called upon by a friend, cousin, brother, sister, mother-in-law, or others you have known for a long time to swear an affidavit or notarize a document. On many occasions, their requests may not be aligned with the law society rules and other legal or ethical obligations incumbent on us. As lawyers we must follow, without exception, rules incumbent to our integrity in those circumstances — even if doing so might offend the person seeking your assistance. The follow
August 18, 2014
Leaked CETA document raises concerns, questions
Almost a year after Canada and the European Union announced an agreement in principle on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a hefty excerpt of the deal was leaked last week raising red flags in the business community.

Current Issue

August 2014 • Volume 38, Issue 8
  • Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: August 2014
    Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession is now in its fifth year. The…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: ADR
    Written by Arshy Mann
    Issue Date: August 2014
    Compared to the combat of litigation, alternative dispute resolution might seem to some like a pleasant alternative. But mediations, arbitrations,…
  • Written by Elizabeth Thompson
    Issue Date: August 2014
    As the election returns rolled in on a cold January night in 2006, few Canadians were watching them more closely…

Departments

    • Subtitle Real Estate
    Written by Marg. Bruineman
    Issue Date: August 2014
    Like many relationships, the one between a commercial landlord and tenant could come to a much happier, simpler conclusion if precautions are taken beforehand.

Columns

    • Subtitle Editor's Desk
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: August 2014
    I say this every August, but this is my favourite time of the year at Canadian Lawyer as we present the annual Top 25 Most Influential. The Top 25 process starts early in the spring with the call going out for nominations. This gives me a chance to reach out…
    • Subtitle Banking on Corporate
    Written by Neill May
    Issue Date: August 2014
    Harry Truman famously had a sign on his desk in the Oval Office that said: “The buck stops here!” Certainly this is not what Harry meant, but a buck is not worth now what it was during his presidency. Truman probably would not recognize how political responsibility has evolved either.…
 
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