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Practicing InHouse
September 19, 2016
Pulling off successful meetings in your in-house law department
One of the most painful yet underestimated problems of modern business is bad meetings. If not properly structured, meetings can be demotivating, alienating and unproductive.    
In-house Coach
September 19, 2016
Lessons from the Innovatio Awards
The role of in-house counsel has changed dramatically over the last decade. Although at first it was a cost-saving strategy to bring external legal counsel in-house at lower rates, today’s in-house counsel bring much more value than just cost savings — they play a critical strategic role within their organization. The strategic value of in-house counsel was put on display at the recent Innovatio Awards. These awards, hosted by Thomson Reuters and Canadian Lawyer magazine, recognize and reward
TheTwila Zone
September 19, 2016
Identity politics in the SCC (from the Eye of the Newfie Beholder)
In June, Donald Trump claimed that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University, was biased because of his Mexican heritage. 
The Woodshed
September 19, 2016
Cameras in court: Be careful what you wish for
Some would have you believe that trials in Canada are secret affairs that take place behind locked doors in deserted courtrooms and that the Star Chamber is alive and well in Canada. They would have you think that evidence is concealed from the public, and judges are black boxes — their decisions inaccessible and undecipherable to the larger community, and only the bright light of television cameras and public broadcasts will cure these ills.
September 19, 2016
Judging the judges – the public’s right to an impartial judiciary is paramount
From opening submissions at the Camp Inquiry, it was evident that two competing interests were at play. First, the personal interest of Justice Robin Camp to remain a justice of the Federal Court of Canada, and second, the public’s interest in having a judiciary that acts with integrity and without discrimination, in which it can have confidence. 
Rights Matter
September 19, 2016
Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in a post-TRC world
Centennial fever gripped Canada in 1967. The national celebration of our country’s 100th birthday left Canadians with rich physical legacies, such as concert halls and cultural centres, and, more importantly, a deep sense of civic pride and regional dynamism. But there seems to be little excitement about Canada’s 150th birthday. Few institutions or people are asking, “How can we ensure that 2017 fosters pride and an engaged citizenry?” 

Current Issue

September 2016 • Volume 40, Issue 9
  • Written by Yamri Taddese
    Issue Date: September 2016
    A strong, new whiff of opportunity is blowing in the direction of Canadian business.
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Immigration
    Written by Mark Cardwell
    Issue Date: September 2016
    Calgary lawyer Michael Greene is all for the faster movement and freer flow of legitimate goods and law-abiding people between…

Departments

    • Subtitle Law Office Management
    Written by Marg. Bruineman
    Issue Date: September 2016
    When McCarthy Tétrault LLP was asked to bid for work through a reverse auction, the Canadian law firm set out to explore the intricacies of the competitive bidding process. It then put together a team to develop a strategy on how it would proceed and created a tool allowing its…

Columns

  • Issue Date: September 2016
    You might be forgiven if you are tired of hearing about machines versus lawyers, but the topic, much like our future robot overlords, is not about to be put to rest. Similarly, the definition of legal work and the practice of law are subject to more scrutiny than at any…
  • Written by Jim Middlemiss
    Issue Date: September 2016
    Look out litigators, Premonition is coming to town, and with it a level of transparency not normally seen in the legal business.
  • Written by Tim Wilbur
    Issue Date: September 2016
    I have been in legal journalism for more than 10 years, but I am very excited to begin a new phase in my career at the helm of Canadian Lawyer. From my vantage point, there has never been a more exciting time to cover the legal profession. Many of the…
 
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