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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 sixty recent 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. Lee Akazaki  2. Michael Spratt 3. BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims Blog  4. Legal Post  5. Administrative Law Matters

Lee Akazaki
The Bridge between ‘Aimless in Articling and ‘Big Law Blues’ – Two Features in Just Magazine’s Winter 2015 Issue

As readers of the OBA’s Just Magazine may have figured out, Jeremy Martin’s Aimless in Articling and my Big Law Blues were solicited as a tag team, one from a new lawyer’s perspective and one from the Quarter-Century Club. Based on the feedback so far, it was a successful pairing….

Michael Spratt
I come to praise Peter MacKay not to bury him

I come to praise Peter MacKay not to bury him. Last week the Minister of Justice – Peter MacKay – responded to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s blaming a failing of the criminal justice system for the death of RCMP Constable David Wynn. Wynn was murdered by Shawn Rehn – a 34 year old recidivist who, despite a lengthy criminal record and multiple sets of outstanding charges, had been released on bail in September….

BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims Blog
It Is Not Open For a Trial Judge To Award a Defendant Double Costs Where a Plaintiff Obtains Judgement

Reasons for judgement were released today by the BC Court of Appeal (C.P. v. RBC Life Insurance Company) confirming that a trial judge does not have the option of awarding a Defendant double costs in circumstances where a Plaintiff obtains a judgement at a quantum below a Defendant’s formal offer to settle. In noting this restriction in judicial costs options the Court provided the following reasons…

Legal Post
Meet ROSS, a digital legal expert that assists lawyers with research

In the summer of 2014, a number of computer science grad students at the University of Toronto were accepted into a new collaboration between the university and IBM’s Watson program. Reminiscent of the formation of One Direction at the X-Factor competitions, four of them, Jimoh Ovbiagele, Akash Venkat, Shuai Wang and Pargies Dali-Oglio banded together to create what may become one of the most break-through technologies ever, for the legal sector: ROSS, a digital legal expert to assist lawyers with legal research….

Administrative Law Matters
A Dunsmuir Anecdote

I can’t resist passing on the postscript to Norman Siebrasse’s excellent post on standard of review issues raised in a recent (and interesting) patent case at the Federal Court: Finally, on a personal note, Dunsmuir was the clerk of the court in Fredericton, New Brunswick (the full name of the case is Dunsmuir v New Brunswick), and my wife and I were married in 2004 at the Fredericton City Hall, by David Dunsmuir, about a year before he was removed from office. He did a brief Elvis impersonation, which my wife particularly enjoyed, but so far as I know he performed competently, and we are validly married….
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