Gary Goodwin

Gary Goodwin

Gary Goodwin takes a whimsical look at the serious, not so serious, and sometimes completely random issues facing the law profession today. He is in-house counsel for a conservation organization, and since he would like to keep it that way, all expressed opinions are strictly his own. He appears to collect degrees as a hobby and has a BSc from Victoria majoring in Marine Biology. In addition to his law degree and MBA, he recently completed his LLM from London England emphasizing natural resources and international economic regulation. Really. He can be followed on Twitter at @GaryWGoodwin

SNC Lavalin, Trudeau, conflict of interest and the Shawcross redemption

SNC Lavalin, Trudeau, conflict of interest and the Shawcross redemption

Gary Goodwin looks at the ethic commissioner’s take on the SNC Lavalin scandal

The ten-fold path to retirement bliss

The ten-fold path to retirement bliss

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans

National burnout vacation

National burnout vacation

Untethered Lawyer Gary Goodwin asks: Do lawyers think vacationing is even worth the trouble?

Knowledge management in action

Knowledge management in action

Scarce resources drive in-house counsel to do more with less. Technological innovations assist in maximizing legal operation management, which includes efficient knowledge management.

Office romance a poor idea

Office romances are a fraught affair. In a recent 2019 Vault survey of over 700 participants, over 60 per cent of respondents admitted to dating a co-worker. In a Career Builder survey, only 36 per cent of respondents admitted dating a co-worker.

The carbon tax - Waiting for peace, order and good government

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional. The court also proclaimed that climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is one of the great existential issues of our time.

Technology wants to be friends!

Generally, technology provides certain expected benefits. Other benefits appear totally unexpected. As an early adopter of technology, I tried using an automotive navigation system a couple of times. Driving in a large, unknown city can be intimidating, so I like to have some gentle guidance on where to go. Anything more than this level of guidance causes my frontal cortex to freeze up. As you know, numerous people ended up in rivers, lakes and oceans simply following navigation-system directions with no further frontal cortex involvement of their own.

Legal Operations 101

Legal operations emphasizes the effective and efficient delivery of legal services in-house. This relatively new discipline addresses a number of organizational issues. Counsel should no longer fight against the organizational assimilation, but they should instead work at becoming part of it.

Gandhi’s Mumbai

Lawyers helped shape the face and fate of India. I refer to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s spiritual leader, and Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. We could see the impact of these two leaders as we completed a month-long tour of various cities in India in November and part of December.

Not-for-profit does not mean no profit – an improved governance model for non-profits

Could an improved governance model help deal with these issues? Directors often direct these types of questions to the lawyers on the board.