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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from thirty-five 2010 & 2011 CLawBie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Rule of Law  2. Legal Feeds Blog  3. Michael Geist’s Blog  4. Small City Law Firm Tech  5. Official Clio Blog

Rule of Law
New Limitation Act Information on Ministry of Justice Website
British Columbia’s new Limitation Act will come into effect on June 1, 2013. This new legislation makes significant changes to B.C.’s limitation period regime.

I have summarized some of the changes in an earlier post here. . . .

Legal Feeds Blog
Brown calls for changes in time given judges to pen rulings

Scheduling protocols for judges have to take into consideration increasingly complex motions that consume more time than allotted, says Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown.

In his ruling this week in Western Larch Ltd. v. Di Poce Management Ltd., “a shot-gun buy-out dispute,” Brown broke down the number of hours it took him to make the decision.

“For the first time since my appointment to the bench, I kept a docket of the time which I spent on writing a judgment,” he says. “I spent 75 hours writing these reasons.” . . .

Michael Geist’s Blog
Secrecy the Standard as Canada Enters Trans Pacific Partnership Talks

Despite growing opposition in Canada, the Canadian government has begun formal participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, aimed at establishing one of the world’s most ambitious trade agreements. As nearly a dozen countries – including the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Mexico and Vietnam – gathered in New Zealand last week for the 14th round of talks, skeptics here have already expressed doubts about the benefits of the proposed deal. . . .

Small City Law Firm Tech
It’s a Date! Insert Date and Time in Word 2010

Most everyone knows (and if you didn’t before, you will now!) that the keyboard shortcut ‘Alt’ ‘Shift’ ‘D’ (press them all at the same time) inserts today’s date in your chosen default Word format at the location of your cursor in your open document, like this: Thursday, December 13, 2012

So the next question is (after the comment – that’s nice – I don’t have to type out my date? Or remember what the date actually is?) – how do I set a default format? . . .

Official Clio Blog
Jack Speaking: CLE Seminar on What a Law Firm can Learn from @Zappos
Yesterday, our CEO and co-founder Jack Newton presented on the security and ethics of cloud computing to the Maricopa County Bar Association. Today, he is shifting gears to the more human side of law practice.

Based on his Ignite Law presentation, this talk examines how lawyers can deploy a few simple, proven techniques to improve their practice and build sustainable relationships with their clients. . . .
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*Randomness here is created by Random.org and its list randomizing function.

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