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. Michael Geist  2. SOQUIJ  3. Clio Blog  4. Canadian Privacy Law Blog  5. Legal Post

Michael Geist
Why the New Canadian Telecom Transparency Rules Fall Short

Canadians have become increasingly troubled by reports revealing that telecom and Internet companies receive millions of requests for subscriber data from a wide range of government departments. In light of public concern, some Internet and telecom companies have begun to issue regular transparency reports that feature aggregate data on the number of requests they receive and the disclosures they make. …

Il est interdit de pénétrer, sans excuse légitime, sur l’emprise d’une ligne de chemin de fer

La Presse Canadienne rapportait récemment que le Parti vert du Canada invite les citoyens à surveiller l’état des rails près de chez eux et à partager des photos de voies ferrées sur Twitter, et ce, dans le but de bloquer le passage de trains de produits dangereux. Avant de répondre à cet appel à tous, une mise en garde s’impose. Cette surveillance citoyenne est-elle légale? …

Clio Blog
The Progressive Practice: The Importance of Branding

It’s possible that you have just come to realize a cold hard truth. You, like many solo through mid-sized law firms before you, run a business. And that business has competition. With over 115 thousand registered lawyers in Canada, and over 1.2 million throughout the United States, how can you stand out from your competition (sorry, fellow practitioners) to garner clients, referrals and grow your practice? …

Canadian Privacy Law Blog
Court of Appeal finds negligence and breach of confidence claims should go forward in privacy class action against the Federal Government

The Federal Court of Appeal in Condon v Canada, 2015 FCA 159 (not yet available on CanLII but here as a Google Drive PDF), has reversed a lower court decision to not certify claims of negligence and breach of confidence in the class action lawsuit that followed the Federal Government’s loss of a hard drive containing personal information about 583,000 Canada Student Loan recipients. …

Legal Post
How this young law grad became an international legal brand

Most companies cherish their corporate brand. Law firms are no different, excerpt that more often than not, a law firm is named after a person, not an abstract idea or concept. There are some notable exceptions – we’ve written about Cognition LLP and Conduit LLP in the past. But unless they’ve kept them out of sight or away from a phone, I’m pretty sure neither firm was established by a Mr. Cognition or Ms. Conduit. …

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