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Trial by Fire
April 20, 2015
Getting by with a little help from my friends down the hall
One is the loneliest number — particularly when you are sitting at your desk, eyes glazed over, reviewing a new assignment you are unsure how to tackle. Luckily, we’re not alone — despite how the practice of law may feel sometimes.
Law School Futures
April 20, 2015
How to teach students to think like a lawyer (or maybe not)
Maybe the best movie line ever about law school was delivered by John Houseman in The Paper Chase. Playing the imperious contracts professor Charles W. Kingsfield, he famously said to first year student James Hart and his classmates: “You come in here with a skull full of mush. . . . And if you survive,” he continued in all his stentorious magnificence, “you’ll leave thinking like a lawyer.”
April 20, 2015
Closures make justice more distant for many
The provincial government has announced the closure of three courthouses in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, as part of their 2015-16 budget. The courts in question are satellite facilities in Guysborough, Port Hood, and Baddeck, and cases that would have otherwise been heard at these locations will now be heard in regional Justice Centres.
Practising In-house
April 20, 2015
Be your own cheerleader
People expect most lawyers to be type A personalities. The assumption is the lawyer will be the loudest person in the room, the person not afraid to speak up when necessary and, most importantly, the person who looks for the spotlight in every occasion. However, the reality is often very different than the expectation.
David Paul’s Field Notes
April 20, 2015
LAPs and managing stress
A few weekends ago, I joined about 78 Legal Assistance Plan volunteers from across British Columbia at the annual LAPBC volunteer’s training retreat in Harrison Lake. Our profession is fortunate to be served by so many caring people willing to help colleagues facing challenges. We all know our job can be stressful and collectively, we need to face some of the negative ways that stress manifests itself in our profession.
April 20, 2015
Should Supreme Court judges choose their own chief justice?
Vacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada bench — comprised of eight puisne judges and the chief justice — are filled according to the will of the prime minister. Although there has been significant debate about the process and criteria for selecting Supreme Court judges, little if any debate has revolved around the selection of the chief justice in particular.
Courts being asked to consider what should be privileged information from internal reviews.
April 20, 2015
Challenging privilege in internal investigations
When it comes to the protection of privilege around internal investigations, in-house counsel need to stickhandle the issue carefully especially in light of some recent cases on both sides of the border.

Current Issue

April 2015 • Volume 39, Issue 4


    • Subtitle Real Estate
    Written by Marg. Bruineman
    Issue Date: April 2015
    Nobody saw Target Canada’s abrupt departure from the marketplace coming, striking a terrible blow to dozens of landlords across the country who had counted on the allure the mega retailer would bring to their shopping centres. With that lustre suddenly sullied, many of those property managers have sought some relief…
    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Geoff Kirbyson
    Issue Date: April 2015
    Jim Rossiter isn’t afraid to get his elbows up with some of the most important figures in the NHL and if he doesn’t get his nose dirty, he knows he’s not doing his job.


    • Subtitle Tech Support
    Written by Kate Simpson
    Issue Date: April 2015
    Knowledge management at law firms is about externalizing the knowledge held in lawyers’ heads. Because we can’t remember everything and everyone, we need to tap into a centralized system or repository as extensions of our brains. Think of Google. Most of us now outsource to Google some of our thinking…
    • Subtitle Editor's Desk
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: April 2015
    Here’s what we do know: the Law Society of Upper Canada is conducting some type and/or number of investigations into document reviewers working in Ontario. What we don’t know: pretty much everything else.
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