• Bill Trudell

    SNC-Lavalin, Wilson-Raybould and a sad state of affairs

    Feb 25, 2019

    We don’t know what actually happened to create such a tsunami of uninformed accusations, but it is time to stop, take a breath and end the careless accusations that are damaging institutions and individuals.

    Bill Trudell|Sidebars
  • Michael Spratt

    The real scandal in the SNC-Lavalin affair

    Feb 25, 2019

    Last week, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick delivered some jaw-dropping evidence at the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearing into allegations that inappropriate political pressure was directed at former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut SNC-Lavalin a sweetheart deal.

    Michael Spratt
  • Kevin Cheung

    Takeaways from Clio's legal trends report

    Feb 25, 2019

    Clio, a company that most of us probably recognize, released its third annual Legal Trends Report last fall. While the report is based on data from the U.S. market, there are some interesting insights that Canadian sole and small firms can consider in trying to improve their business.

    Kevin Cheung|Soul & Small Practice
  • Neill May

    A short story about short selling

    Feb 25, 2019

    When Randy Newman famously sang “short people got no reason to live,” he was parodying baseless prejudices, in that case against the vertically challenged. However, his lyrics would probably resonate with some issuers had they been prompted to focus on “short sellers,” who profit from share price reductions.

    Neill May|Banking on Corporate
  • Francois Sestier

    Ethical issues are too often ignored by medical experts

    Feb 25, 2019

    Medical experts are sometimes seen as mercenaries, selling their opinions for money. This has been favoured by the adversarial judicial system in North America, including Canada, with medical experts on both the sides of the courtroom. Medical experts too often believe firmly that their main duty is to help the requesting party to win their case. Therefore, some of these experts allow themselves to reinvent medicine, to lie or misrepresent the facts in court, to select specific facts, ignoring others in the medical file or to select the literature to help the lawyer to win their case.

    Francois Sestier
  • Kristen Slaney

    A critical experience: the clinical experience

    Feb 25, 2019

    As a dual JD student, it is a requirement to partake in a clinical program at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. In the fall 2017 semester, I did a clinic and loved it so much that I am doing another clinic this semester. Working with the clinic has been my best experience in law school.

    Kristen Slaney
  • Philip Slayton

    Defending the despised

    Feb 18, 2019

    Do lawyers have an ethical obligation to represent the unpopular?

    Philip Slayton
  • Gary Goodwin

    Gandhi’s Mumbai

    Feb 18, 2019

    Lawyers helped shape the face and fate of India. I refer to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s spiritual leader, and Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. We could see the impact of these two leaders as we completed a month-long tour of various cities in India in November and part of December.

    Gary Goodwin
  • Jack Zwicker

    ADR principles should guide civil pretrials

    Feb 18, 2019

    While the stated purpose of civil pretrials is settlement, our Rules of Civil Procedure provide a process that has a lot to do with litigation and little to do with settlement. Perhaps it’s no accident that, in the Superior Courts of Justice, the process is referred to as a “pre-trial” rather than as a “settlement conference” as it is in small claims court. This raises the question of whether a settlement approach that is centred on debating facts and legal issues limits the opportunities for settlement. Perhaps it’s time to introduce ADR principles into pretrial conferences.

    Jack Zwicker
  • Ryan Manucha

    Arbitrator bias and domestic trade disputes

    Feb 18, 2019

    Many are familiar with the issue of impartiality in the context of international-investment arbitral panels. Less talked about, however, is how these same concerns bear on arbitrators in disputes under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

    Ryan Manucha