Commentary

Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Lightning strikes thrice?

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Dear Attorney General Yasir Naqvi,
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Innovation is not progress

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The word innovation has become the biggest buzzword of our time, and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of technology.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

Educating Sidney Green

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Sidney Green’s fight with the Manitoba Law Society has become the most expensive continuing education course that he never took.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

Hiring for diversity

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Our cover story this month is on the federal process for appointing judges, and as several experts told us, it is a highly secretive process. But the fact it lacks transparency is not really the biggest problem — it is the lack of diversity once the judges are picked.
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Let the robots help the public

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Let the robots help the publicYou 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 prior time in the history of the “profession” (air quotes intentional). As self-governing guilds, law societies and U.S. bar associations (which aren’t really regulators) are being confronted with uncomfortable questions requiring clear answers to plainly laid out (non-virtual) reality.
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Mining judgments for winners and losers

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Look out litigators, Premonition is coming to town, and with it a level of transparency not normally seen in the legal business.
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Change is constant

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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 disruptive changes hitting the profession now were only just getting started when I was first covering the law.
Monday, 01 August 2016 09:00

Guiding principles

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Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Almost all Canadian law students intend to practise law when they get out of law school. It’s different in some other jurisdictions. In Europe, for example, a law degree often leads to government service, or a business career, or a job in journalism. Europeans think the study of the law develops analytical skills that can be put to general use. But in Canada a law faculty is considered a trade school and its denizens single-mindedly look forward to setting up legal shop as soon as possible. They are anxious to graduate with everything they need to begin practising. One of the things they require but may not have is a moral lodestar. If you are entering the practice of law you should believe — you need to believe — in some guiding principles. Without them you’re more likely to mess up your life and career.
Monday, 01 August 2016 09:00

Tech as a disruptor of concentration

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Tech as a disruptor of concentrationThe evidence is all around us: the inability to stand in a queue and embrace the boredom; the need to be entertained in some way every 15 minutes. So, we flick through the Distraction Apps on our phones: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Medium, Instagram, Globe and Mail. Grab the headlines, be distracted, entertained, and fill those few quiet moments.
Monday, 01 August 2016 09:00

Goodbye but not farewell

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The August issue of Canadian Lawyer has long been my favourite to work on due to the inclusion of the Top 25 Most Influential. While it’s a labour-intensive process to come to the final list, I am always amazed and inspired by the nominees. And this year, we received a record number of nominations from across the country and from so many areas of practice and the justice system. It was amazing and gratifying to see how many people put forth the names of their colleagues and friends to be recognized for the great work they do both as jurists and within their communities. I salute all of the nominees and their nominators and hope you, too, are inspired when you read about the people who made it on to this year’s Top 25.
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