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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Don’t Let Anyone Bully You
Ian Hu

This is easier said than done. Don’t let anyone make you do what you know is wrong – whether out of trust, love, or pressure from a bully. If a client tells you to hide evidence or lie, don’t do it. If a supervising lawyer tells you to take a shortcut that only partially fulfills your duties, don’t do it. If opposing

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

CBA’s Child Rights Toolkit
Ken Fox

Did you know that the Canadian Bar Association publishes toolkits in multiple practice areas? Today I want to tell you in particular about the Child Rights Toolkit that was launched just May 11 of this year. …

Practice

I Make a Good Income but Am I Really Wealthy?
Jackie Porter

According to Moneysense, earning the big bucks alone, doesn’t make you

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

New Lawyers: Document All Client Interactions
Ian Hu

New lawyers, I hope this tip will follow you well for your whole career. Begin doing this now and do it every time, to the point where it becomes a habit. It will both help your practice and protect you in the event of a malpractice claim. …

Research & Writing

Keep Your Cultural References Current and Universal
Neil Guthrie

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research

Check the Source Law (Not the Consolidation)
Susannah Tredwell

If you’re having difficulty finding the amendments made to an act by another act, make sure you’re consulting the original act rather than the consolidation. Consolidations generally omit amendments to other acts. …

Writing

Just How Frequently Is That?
Neil Guthrie

Bi– H.W. Fowler refers in Modern English Usage to the ‘misshapen brood’ of bi– words that are . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

CBA Toolkits and Practice Tools
Alan Kilpatrick

Did you know that the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) website provides a wealth of free practice resources? We encourage you to check it out! Here is a break down of the amazing resources provided by the CBA. …

Practice

New Lawyers and Articling Students: Support Staff Is a Great Resource
Ian Hu

As this fall marks another season of incoming

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Respect and Regard
Neil Guthrie

Feeling respect and regard for your readers is important, but this edition is more specifically about words and phrases derived from respect and regard. …

Technology

Summer Tip Roundup: Current Awareness
Alan Kilpatrick

Over the summer, we will be highlighting Legal Sourcery’s most popular research tips. On that note, here are Legal Sourcery’s most popular current awareness tips …

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Flexibility Isn’t Just for the Yoga Mat – Try It on Your Schedule
Allison Wolf

This tip was inspired by a young mother I know, a senior associate at a big firm, who shared with me her recipe for handling the challenging tension between mom-time and lawyer time: the early escape. Here’s how it works: One night a week she stays late at the office, until between eight and . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Miscellaneous Little Things That Annoy Me, Part 2
Neil Guthrie

I keep a running list of these, jotting them down as I see or hear them. (You’re on notice.) The both of you/us .. Adele may sing in ‘Hello’ about ‘thuh B-O-O-O-O-TH of UH-UH-ss’, but don’t you be doing it. It is both of you and both of us, with no definite article – not even . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Finding Unconsolidated Legislation
Susannah Tredwell

One challenge with legislative research is when you need to find an older act that, although still in force, has not been included in the last statute revision. The most obvious examples of this are private acts, but there are other pieces of legislation that fall into this category. If you are looking for an older federal act and cannot find it

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Avoid the (Difficult) End of Day Meeting
Ian Hu

A client insisted on meeting me in the midst of a busy day. Fully booked, I reluctantly agreed to meet the client at the end of the day. We began happily enough with the usual pleasantries. But once we sat down, a monster arose from the deep. One problem after another fell on my lap, and I began to parry.

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

-ee, -or
Neil Guthrie

Not the donkey from Winnie the Pooh, but a pair of word endings. First, –ee. As in trustee, lessee, mortgagee, bailee, drawee, payee, attendee, mentee and the like. This ending is common in law, often indicating the indirect object of some action. …

Technology

Searching Google Efficiently and Effectively
Alan Kilpatrick

The Internet is . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

What Are Marginal Notes?
Susannah Tredwell

Marginal notes (also known as head notes) are “the short notations appearing above or beside each section […] of an Act or Regulation” (Sullivan on the Construction of Statutes, 6th ed., §14.59). These notes are intended to help readers identify pertinent provisions in the legislation. The name comes from the fact that they originally appeared in the margins of . . . [more]

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