Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Women helping women in law

Women helping women in lawBetrayer of the sisterhood. Anti-feminist. Disloyal to women. These are all terms that were used to describe Marie Henein throughout the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Most concerning of all, however, was not the plethora of similar choice words attributed to Ms. Henein across social media platforms during the trial (and after the verdict) but rather one basic fact: Most of these comments were made by other women. If the roles were reversed, and Ms. Henein was a man, would the same have been said?
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Monday, 30 May 2016 09:00

Oops, I did it again!

Oops, I did it again!I don’t imagine that Britney Spears has often thought about the Canadian legal profession. But if she did, she might have been forgiven for having been inspired to name her second album by watching us in action. To paraphrase Abba Eban, we never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity — an opportunity, that is, to chart a new course in the relationship between the practising arm of the profession and the teaching one.
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Profession needs to create opportunities for young lawyersI often hear that millennials are lazy, they want too much too fast, and that they are unwilling to work for their success. I hear this on the street, on the radio, I read it online, and I hear it at social events.
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Monday, 18 April 2016 09:58

2016 moot roundup


Every year, dozens of moots are held across Canada with law students debating issues from all areas of law. As the school year draws to a close and students cast back over their accomplishments, moots are sure to be a highlight. Here’s our annual roundup for 2016 — let us know if we’ve missed one.
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Valuable lessons come from working for freeThis year I will have been called to the bar for 10 years. Such a milestone necessarily results in reflection, and so I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned and the valuable experiences I have had.
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Third-year Calgary law student Trevor Gair, left, and professor Michael Geist met at RightsCon 2016 in San Francisco.
Third-year Calgary law student Trevor Gair, left, and professor Michael Geist met at RightsCon 2016 in San Francisco.
The power of the Internet is awesome. Tremendous amounts of knowledge are available literally at our fingertips. But with this great power comes great responsibility — and even greater questions.
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Incentivization and change in legal educationThe genius of our version of the rule of law is that it is not the law of rules. Yes, there are imperatives — what we lawyers call statutes and regulations — with which we all are obliged to comply. But for the most part, the rule of law in the anglo-Canadian tradition is premised on the notion that freedom is a paramount social value.
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'There is a lack of legal services in French throughout Canada, especially in Western provinces,' says Caroline Magnan.
'There is a lack of legal services in French throughout Canada, especially in Western provinces,' says Caroline Magnan.
The University of Ottawa is on a mission — to promote bilingualism and strengthen Francophone communities across the country. First stop: Saskatchewan.
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Law school and in-practice needs: Are we ready to negotiate?Seated in my negotiations class, explaining the interests of “my client,” and trying to get my head around those of my opponent’s in a role-play scenario we have been assigned, it is refreshing to practise a skill in law school that is relevant to the practice of law. I feel my toe tapping, signaling my interest at the ensuing back and forth. As I keep one eye on the elements of the negotiation and another on the process, I imagine myself one day applying these skills on behalf of a client.
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Offering an introduction to corporate law earlier is an innovative move, Christopher Nicholls says.
Offering an introduction to corporate law earlier is an innovative move, Christopher Nicholls says.
As of winter term, Western law became the first Canadian law school offering a corporate law course to first-year students.
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