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Is it baffling to anyone else that at a time when so many aspects of the legal profession are being reconsidered in terms of how work gets done and what lawyers learn in law school that the Law Society of Upper Canada is suggesting it wants to cut short an innovative new model to train lawyers for the future?
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:01

Whose content is it anyway?

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Whose content is it anyway?Please copy and paste this as your status: I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page.Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright.”
Tackling e-mail protocol in the litigation contextTackling e-mail protocol in the litigation context‘ Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” are among the last words lawyers want to hear from their clients while in the midst of litigation.
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Marijuana and the Canadian workplace

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Marijuana and the Canadian workplaceWhile the possession of marijuana in Canada remains unlawful under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, its use for medical purposes is permitted under the Regulations to the Act.
The Canadian government has also announced its intention to legalize the substance in the near future for non-medical, recreational use.
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Ten reasons you need a Canadian patent

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Ten reasons you need a Canadian patentYou may have heard that it’s not worthwhile to patent your company’s technology in Canada, with its smaller market, its conservative judicial remedies and its skepticism toward software-based patents.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Minimizing risk in an investigation of wrongdoing

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Minimizing risk in an investigation of wrongdoingAt a conference on white-collar crime in New York this spring, the deputy attorney general of the United States tried to clarify the intent behind a directive that was widely known by her last name, instead of its actual title, the Individual Accountability Policy.
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Innovation is here to stay

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Innovation is here to stayThe ability to continually innovate our work and its underlying processes have become requisite skills for in-house lawyers. Increasingly, in-house practitioners are being asked to work in new environments, provide a wider scope of services, utilize technology wherever possible and be adaptive to changing legal and general professional trends. Terms like productivity, efficiency, lean and design change are quickly becoming table stakes for any successful in-house team. This is why being recognized as an innovator in our profession is especially rewarding.
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Meet our in-house superstars

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It’s been five years since I started in this job, writing about the challenges and successes of in-house counsel across Canada. While it seems to have flown by, I have noted the remarkable change that has happened in that short time in the way legal departments are becoming incubators for change in an effort to improve the lives of their clients and the organizations for which they work.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Driving change

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Driving changeFor a number of years now, we’ve all read and heard about the growth of the in-house legal department. The banks and telcos led this charge, steadily increasing their legal headcount as they discovered the value of having more lawyers employed internally to handle a variety of matters, especially the growing regulatory burden.
Could you use some help with contract management?As the vice president and general counsel of PointClickCare, Richard Guttman knew if the company wanted to continue to grow quickly, it needed a better contract management system.
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