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Archive for October, 2010

Running a Virtual Law Office

On Monday, November 15, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST, I am presenting a teleseminar along with Hermie Abraham of Abraham Law, David Anber of David Anber’s Law Office and Phil Brown of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Prof Development & Competence on:

* Choosing the right technology to stay connected
* Collaborating with clients on the Web
* Addressing all considerations before going virtual
* Finding the simplest tools to make it work seamlessly
* Upholding confidentiality in the virtual office

Link to program page:
Link to printable program brochure:

Please join us! . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Technology

Why Should the Government Be Above the Law?

In Friends of the Earth – Les Ami(e)s de la Terre v. Canada (Governor in Council) 2009 FCA 297 [leave to appeal dismissed 2010 CanLII 14720 (S.C.C.)] , the Federal Court of Appeal let the Canadian government get away with open defiance of a statute of the Parliament of Canada,the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, 2007 (KPIA).

According to the federal government, its defiance is no business of the courts, because the obligations in the KPIA are “not justiciable”. The Federal Court of Appeal agreed, but with the thinnest of justifications.

This country signed and ratified an international convention on the . . . [more]

Posted in: Justice Issues

To Quote the Donald: “You’re Fired”

My experience in private practice – and from my conversations with other sole practitioners in smaller markets, it was a common one – was that it was, at times, a roller-coaster. Billings were often feast or famine. To compensate, lawyers can develop a thick skin when it comes to dealing with difficult clients. Our tolerance level went up just for the sake of regular billings.

Another experience that I occasionally enjoyed – and again, from my conversations with other sole practitioners in smaller markets, it was a not uncommon one – was that it was good to terminate the relationship . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

The Dean’s Blog

The days when law students lament over whether they should “blog” are surely over when the Dean of Law has their own blog.

Lorne Sossin, Dean of Osgoode Hall, has just launched Dean Sossin’s Blog, where he “can draw your attention to topics that affect Osgoode, our students and the broader legal and academic community.” The sole post is from Monday, and provides a response to Maclean’s always contentious 2010 law school rankings.

It’s not off to a bad start, although there could be greater use of the hyperlinking function. There also appears to be a significant . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Technology: Internet

Avoiding Internet Scams

Dan wrote yesterday about what to do if hackers steal your online accounts. As a companion to that, Yahoo!Canada has an article from Real Simple magazine entitled Scams Even you Could Fall For – And How to Avoid Them

It talks about things like phony gift card offers, mails that look like they come from your bank, sellers of fake items like event tickets, and fake charities. It also suggests some resources to use for checking to see if things are legit. Sometimes just doing a Google or Bing search will ferret out if something is a common scam. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Technology: Internet

Architecture and the Law (Or an Excuse to Talk About the Farnsworth House)

Although duty-bound to report on the Ark Group seminar on Legal Project Management held last week in Chicago (led by Stephen Levy of Lexician and Patrick Lamb of the Valorem Law Group) — which I will do shortly — I will instead first post a SLAW travel tip that will highly recommend a visit to the iconic Farnsworth House about 1 hour outside of Chicago in Plano, Illinois (and yes, if you bear with me, there are several law-related components to this travel story, if only slight).

To hear about or see pictures of the Farnsworth House does not . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Finding Hidden Treasure

Like many of my North American colleagues, I keep up with new law journal articles by subscribing to alerts from Current Law Journal Content (CLJC), the free table of contents service published by the Washington & Lee School of Law Library and the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library. Particular characteristics of certain of the commercially published law journals indexed in CLJC have recently puzzled me: the practices of these journals seem out of step with today’s norms for distributing metadata and content of scholarly and professional articles. Here’s what I’ve seen:

  • Many of the articles in these
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Posted in: Legal Information

What to Do if Hackers Steal Your Online Accounts (NY Times)

Earlier today I tweeted about a great article on the New York Times tech blog What to Do If Hackers Steal Your Online Accounts.

In hindsight, I think the advice in the article is very practical and relevant to just about everyone, thus making it worth sharing via a SLAW post with a far wider audience than just those that follow me on Twitter.

Over the years I have received more than few panicked calls from lawyers that have had their email accounts hacked, and more recently, from a lawyer that lost control of his Facebook page. Email and . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet, Technology: Office Technology

Happy 25th Birthday Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia is 25 years old (plus one month). Wow! It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that my parents drove to the post office to pick up our copy of this 3 volume set.

There is a nice history of the development and release of the work which has evolved and is now a free, bilingual, fully searchable online resource.

The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia

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Posted in: Education & Training

Deal Review Process

Outsourcing deals usually involve very intense and lengthy negotiation between supplier and customer team members. They spend months or year(s) together in planning, drafting and negotiating the agreement before the deal gets implemented or executed. There are at least two review processes that should take place shortly after an outsourcing deal is finalized. The first one is the contract handover process which provides an opportunity for the deal team to pass on the knowledge to the delivery and implementation team so that they can run with the project. The second review is the deal review or lesson learned session to . . . [more]

Posted in: Outsourcing

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

This week in biotech was pretty mellow, fellow denizens (and residents) of Slaw.

Health Canada is taking a “relaxed approach” to direct-to-consumer genetics tests, saying that personal test kits are “neither prohibited by law, nor subject to federal regulation.” This is in contrast to the U.S., where regulators have been inclined to treat the tests as regulated medical devices.

Endo Pharmaceuticals bought generics company Qualitest this week, demonstrating just how chill they are with mixing generics and innovative products. The blurring of lines between innovators and generics is part of a general re-alignment of constiuencies in the pharma . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology