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Monday, 20 February 2017 09:00

Referrals: Give more to get more than you gave

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Referrals: Give more to get more than you gaveThe lifeblood of a sustainable law practice is referring relationships. Your work and your income are dependent on others. You might want to think that it’s a solo act, but today, it’s about giving and receiving to keep you on the positive side of realization. Without referring relationships, you are out on the very cold streets — alone.
Conservatives use fear-based politicking to undermine our justice systemThis month Manitoba’s Criminal Review Board granted Will Baker an absolute discharge – and then the theatrical outrage hit the political fan, because Baker is better known as Vince Li, the man responsible for a gruesome and widely publicised 2008 killing on a Greyhound bus.
 
Thank you, President Trump: the best thing that's happened to the Rule of Law, journalism and humour since WatergateA few of my columns in 2016 dealt with the candidacy of United States President Donald Trump. I predicted on Oct. 24, 2016 in a column called "Thankfully, Biff Tannen will not be president" that there was no way he would be elected. Two weeks later, I had to eat my words in a column called "I was Trumped."
Dear lawyers, legal professionals and law students: A letter to all of us on the front linesOur time has finally come.
The Trudeau era ushers in a kinder, gentler immigration departmentCanada Immigration, now called Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has undergone a significant transformation in approach under the Trudeau regime. Gone is the largely secretive, even hostile approach undertaken by immigration officials in their case work, replaced by communication and, yes, even kindness.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

The case for limited-scope retainers

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The case for limited-scope retainersWhether your practice is transactional or litigation-focused, one area of burgeoning opportunity is in providing limited-scope legal services.  
How to respond to perceived racism by another lawyerAs lawyers, we are trained in dealing with conflict. But when that conflict takes the form of discrimination, we may be at a loss for words.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

Bad security has bad consequences

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Bad security has bad consequencesIn the 2002 thriller Minority Report, the pre-crime unit of the Washington police force could lawfully arrest suspects for future criminal activity based on the foreknowledge of certain psychic “pre-cogs” prior to any crime actually being committed.  
Neuroscience provides a case for docketing business development timeI can’t tell you how much time I spend encouraging people to docket their business development time.
Monday, 06 February 2017 11:42

Video: Finding his stage

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Video: Finding his stageFormer lawyer Michael Rubinoff chases his passion for theatre after retiring from law.
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