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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 more than 80 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. Building NewLaw Podcast  2. McElroy Law Blog 3. Law & Style  4. Meurrens on Immigration  5. FamilyLLB

Building NewLaw Podcast
Legal tech & NewLaw real talk

Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold interview Derek Hopfner, co-founder of Law Scout. Derek, along with his friends, Shane Murphy and Travis Houlette, started Law Scout after a (less than inspiring) BigLaw experience. Law Scout has developed an online workroom where small businesses can easily hire pre-vetted lawyers and obtain high-quality legal work for a fixed-fee. It seeks to remove the friction and cost uncertainty inherent in traditional law firm engagements. …

McElroy Law Blog
Women in Criminal Law

This past weekend, the Criminal Lawyer’s Association hosted a conference in Toronto for women defence counsel. The well-attended event provided female defence lawyers, and some students, lots of practical tips and food for thought of our role in the criminal justice system. The conference, now in its third year, grew out of a need for a space for female defence lawyers to talk about specific issues that affect women in private practice. …

Law & Style
Meet the lawyer who catches waves on Lake Ontario

There are some mornings when Charlotte Conlin lies in bed, listening. “I can hear the waves on Lake Ontario,” says the counsel at McMillan LLP. “My husband thinks I’m making it up, but I just know.” For Conlin, a dedicated paddle boarder who lives in the Beaches, it’s a thrilling sound: it means the time is perfect to get out of bed and into her wetsuit. Conlin, who is 49, took up paddle boarding three years ago. If you watch her in action, you’ll see her on her board, hunting for a wave. …

Meurrens on Immigration
Work Experience Under the FSWP and the CEC

Subsections 87.1(2)(b) and (c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations set out the job duties that applicants must perform in order to meet the requirements of having experience in an eligible NOC. Subsection 87.1(2)(b) provides that an applicant must have performed the “actions described in the lead statement for the occupation as set out [in the NOC]”, while subsection 87.1(2)(c) provides that an applicant also must have performed a “substantial number of the main duties of the occupation as set out in the NOC, including all of the essential duties.” …

FamilyLLB
Vexatious Litigant Won’t Take “No” for An Answer

Sometimes you hear about Family litigants for whom their dispute against the former spouse has taken on a life of its own, and who will not stop until they have literally exhausted every possible legal and procedural avenue. The case of Nassr v. Vermette seems to be a great illustration of this scenario. The former couple had commenced their family litigation in 2009, after which time the husband brought numerous questionable and downright meritless applications and motions. …

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