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May 23, 2017
How pro bono work made me a stronger advocate
Mahmood always presents well: He’s clean shaven, well dressed, gracious and polite. Soft-spoken, with a medium build and slight frame, and, though not yet fluent, he speaks English proficiently thanks to Canada’s English as a second language program for immigrants.
May 23, 2017
The Montreal floods and the pull of duty as a lawyer
It sometimes takes a big pair of rain boots to remind us of what our profession can truly accomplish.
Law Law Land
May 23, 2017
The tweed curtain: Oak Bay now rules British Columbia
For those of you who have never been there, Oak Bay, B.C., (perhaps a 10-minute drive to downtown Victoria) may be among the most pleasant, idyllic and floral suburbs in Canada. There are magnificent waterfront homes with immaculate gardens set alongside tree-lined streets; many with million-dollar views of Mount Baker across Strait of Juan de Fuca or, depending upon where you are, equally expensive views of San Juan Island across Haro Strait.
The Woodshed
May 23, 2017
Proposed new jails are proof Canada is not upholding UN norms
It has been two years since the United Nations adopted crucial revisions to the international standards on the treatment of prisoners. The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) forcefully called on member states to respect prisoners’ inherent dignity, allow access to medical care, protect vulnerable inmates and ensure access to legal representation.
May 23, 2017
‘Judicial Accountability’ Bill highlights well intentioned hysteria
The House of Commons has approved Bill C-337, The Judicial Accountability Through Sexual Assault Law Training Act, with little or no debate. The Senate is likely to do the same. This proposed legislation began as a private member’s bill, introduced by Interim Conservative Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition Rona Ambrose which sought to restrict eligibility for judicial appointments to individuals who had completed comprehensive sexual assault education. A blatant and dangerous interfer
In-house Coach
May 23, 2017
The next step for diversity: sharing our success
At the end of the month, I will be travelling to Dublin, Ireland. While yes, there will be an element of pleasure travelling around this beautiful country (how can I avoid the temptation), there is a more important reason for my travel. As part of DRI’s Conference, titled Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution, there is a break out session focusing on women in the law. I have been invited to speak at this session and our panel will be specifically sharing our views and best practices on
May 23, 2017
School’s out, stay organized
The summer has begun and some of you have just completed your first year of law school — congratulations! Hopefully after the release of grades you are able to relax and enjoy the time off from school and remain optimistic about the next two years. The majority of students that have finished 1L will likely find themselves without the highly coveted summer law student jobs and that is perfectly fine. It is now time to perfect your job application package, in preparation for the major law student

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MAY 2017 • Volume 41, Issue 5



    • Subtitle Legal Innovation Now
    Written by Kate Simpson
    Issue Date: May 2017
    We can wow our clients by shifting our mindset when we solve legal problems.
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    Written by Tim Wilbur
    Issue Date: May 2017
    Did the Supreme Court of Canada help anything when it released R. v. Jordan last July, giving courts a timeline before criminal charges are stayed due to delay? Regardless of how you answer that question, you can’t deny that the decision has had an effect. The SCC essentially launched a…

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