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Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Winnipeg: holding steady

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_March_file_644.jpgOn a brisk winter morning, with the temperature a mere -20 C and rising, senior litigator Dave Hill had his day and evening mapped out, including a way to beat the elements. After a full day of work, he planned to use the enclosed downtown Skywalk, to walk from his office on Main Street to the nearby MTS Centre to watch the Winnipeg Jets play that night. “I wish we had more tickets,” says Hill, as the arena for the NHL hockey team is routinely sold out.
Published in Features
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

It’s time to scrap articling

As the law school year winds down across the country, Canada’s medium and large law firms begin preparations for the annual legal rite of passage — articling. That’s when hordes of lawyer wannabes, fresh out of torts and civil procedure, disperse across law firms, and anxiously seek to dip their toes in the legal waters.
Published in Commentary
Domestic violence issues will cut across many areas of law but the question remains whether it should be mandatory in law school, says Nick Bala.
Domestic violence issues will cut across many areas of law but the question remains whether it should be mandatory in law school, says Nick Bala.
While law schools continue to implement mandatory classes on domestic violence for first-year students, the burden to solve domestic violence cases should not fall on law schools alone, says one Queen’s University law professor.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 16 February 2015 08:00

What we know about legal education

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ian-Holloway.jpg“That’s because we perfected the model.”
Published in Latest News
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

The great debate of 2015

The great debate of 2014 was the future of articling. That issue has by no means been resolved; the Law Society of Upper Canada’s experimental alternative to articling has yet to prove itself worthy. As the first group goes through the Law Practice Program, there are definitely differing points of view on its value. But only time will tell how well prepared those LPP students will be to practise but also how those students will be accepted and valued in the profession compared to colleagues who went through traditional articles. Stay tuned on that.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

Not to be dismissed

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett.jpgLast semester, one of my columns questioned whether law school students are being heard. I was encouraged to revisit the subject given the discussion it spurred among my peers and a recent event that again questions whether students are taken seriously.
Published in Latest News
The LSSO has concerns about the placement portion of the LPP.
The LSSO has concerns about the placement portion of the LPP.
The LPP is a program divided.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 19 January 2015 08:00

Predictions for 2015

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgFor last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
― T.S. Eliot
Published in Latest News
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Ethical lawyering in the 21st century

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpg“. . . [T]he legal profession is in a period of stress and transition; its economic models are under duress; the concepts of its professional uniqueness are narrow and outdated; and, as a result, its ethical imperatives are weakened and their sources ill-defined.”
Published in Latest News
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgThis is my last column for 2014. One of my columns addressed some of the relevant provisions of lawyers’ competence in the Rules of Professional Conduct, as they relate to technology.
Published in Web exclusive content
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