• Courtney March

    Tips for effective teamwork among law students

    As the school year unfolds and students join clubs and start new initiatives, they will find themselves having to work with others. It is no secret that working with a team can be challenging, even if it is among a group of friends.

    Courtney March|Sep 25, 2017
  • Darlene Madott

    A judge’s words: What wearing a Trump cap means

    Words matter and have consequences. The words “Make America Great Again” on a baseball cap worn by Justice Bernd Zabel in his Hamilton, Ont. courtroom the morning after the presidential election have compounded through alignment with U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Darlene Madott|Sep 25, 2017
  • Bill Trudell

    A lawyer’s Greek Odyssey

    As I write this, I am in northwestern Greece in a mountain resort.

    Bill Trudell|Sep 25, 2017
  • Philip Slayton

    The political tipping point

    Lawyers in Pakistan have been pushing for regime change. Could or should that ever happen in Canada?

    Philip Slayton|Sep 25, 2017
  • Ian Holloway

    Name change won't solve LSUC's problem with public engagement

    So the leadership of the Law Society of Upper Canada wants to hold a vote this coming Thursday on changing the name of the organization to the more contemporary "Law Society of Ontario."

    Ian Holloway|Sep 25, 2017
  • Norm Keith

    Employee violated fitness for duty policy

    Company did not discriminate against cocaine addict fired for cause. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that an employer may terminate a worker for just cause when he violated a fitness for duty policy by attending work under the influence of drugs. This landmark decision upheld a ruling of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that the employer did not unlawfully discriminate when a worker’s employment was terminated for breach of a safety rule that prohibited a worker from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work.

    Norm Keith|Sep 19, 2017
  • Jennifer Brown

    How do you measure innovation?

    In all the conversations I have with our in-house judges, with leaders in law firms and other service providers who are touting innovation in law, about how we determine what is innovative for our annual Innovatio Awards it seems everyone is looking for that unicorn of a project or individual who is doing things no one has seen before. Innovation means different things to different people. For some it must involve technology, for others it’s about process change or reducing costs. For others cost is not the number one factor, it’s about delivering legal services better or reducing risk for the organization.

    Jennifer Brown|Sep 19, 2017
  • Balancing act

    Protective measures assist in careful disclosure of financial statements in Quebec litigation. For a private company involved in legal proceedings, a request by other parties for the disclosure of its financial statements can be cause for concern, due to the sensitivity of information and issues that may arise from disclosure. When faced with such a request, judges often seek to balance the rights of the parties to ensure that no one is prejudiced or gains an undue advantage over the other.

    Gerry Apostolatos and Caroline Dunberry|Sep 19, 2017
  • Keyword advertising: practical considerations for advertisers

    Actual use of a competitor’s trademark should be avoided. Keyword advertising has quickly become one of the most commonly used methods of online advertising. However, whether using a third party’s trademarks as keywords in keyword advertisement could potentially lead to liability for trademark infringement or passing off has been a relatively undeveloped area of trademark law.

    Lei Gao and Andrew Kaikai|Sep 19, 2017
  • Michael Spratt

    Bill C-45 no cure to the ills inflicted through marijuana criminalization

    The irrationality of the Liberal government’s legislation to legalize marijuana was brought into sharp focus last week as bill C-45 made its way through the health committee. The problem is obvious ­— the war on drugs has been an abject failure. Criminalization of marijuana abdicates control over the production, distribution and regulation of cannabis to criminal organizations. Yes, your dealer may be a middle-class, suburban stay-at-home dad, but as a criminal lawyer, I have seen the bloodshed brought about by illegal weed. The bottom line is that the criminalization of marijuana kills.

    Michael Spratt|Sep 18, 2017