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Archive for November, 2010

The Birth of the New McMillan

Today’s wire service announced the merger of McMillan (as McMillan, Binch, Stuart, Berry, Dunn, Corrigan & Howland ultimately slimmed down to) and Lang Michener.

The Post, Gazette, and Globe all carry the story.

Here is the video of McMillan leader, Andy Kent, and the western and eastern leaders of Lang Michener commenting on their ambitions and achievement. The new firm vaults into the top dozen of Canadian firms by size and gives McMillan a reach beyond Calgary, with Lang’s Vancouver and Hong Kong offices. There will be 400 lawyers affected by the merger, which is slated to occur . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

A Custom Search Engine for Canadian Law Blogs

Inspired by Ted Tjaden’s custom search engine that principally queries Canadian law firms, I’ve put together a Google Custom Search Engine for Canadian law blogs. The engine queries only the 249 blogs which are currently on the Canadian law blogs list maintained by Steve Matthews at

As I explain on the page, because Google doesn’t let you rank your CSE results by date, I’ve given you the option of looking at results from the past day, a week, a month, or year.

What would make this really useful, of course, would be an RSS feed for your . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology: Internet

Getting Lost

A ZDNet article by Denise Howell caught my eye. It is titled Four legal predictions for Foursquare. David Canton mentioned foursquare in this recent post and Connie’s post about RockMelt and its integration of social media inspired me to write.

Foursquareand other location-based social networking tools offer an interesting service: easily find members in your community of interest. The privacy commissioner website offers another perspective on geolocation: unique rsks, mostly by a user not knowing what private information they are sharing.

Denise’s post sums up the legal issues for Foursquare as:

  1. Location-savvy privacy standards and penalties
  2. Service-side
. . . [more]
Posted in: Technology: Internet

Return to the Halifax Conflicts Debate

In addition to our post last Monday, here is the video of what happened at Dalhousie Law School during the Wickwire Lectures.

Our thanks to Richard Devlin and his colleagues for making it available. Wickwire Lecture 2010

Be patient with it loading – it’s a 1350 MB beast of a file, which will load wonderfully on university broadband, but may be slow to load on the computers of mere mortals. . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

The Social Intranet

I attended the Social Intranet Summit in Vancouver on October 26th and 27th, a conference sponsored by ThoughtFarmer, a vendor of social Intranet software. The audience was a mix of Intranet managers from Marketing, IT and Knowledge Management departments. There were some terrific insights shared at this conference which are useful for anybody about to implement or upgrade a social Intranet. Here is a short summary of some of the key learnings.

What is social Intranet software? According to the experts, social Intranet software combines traditional Intranet elements with social collaboration features such as “rich user . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Marketing

Google Instant Preview

Google’s been speeding things up lately, as you’ll know if you’ve turned on Google Instant for your searches. (See Google’s Instant Search: An Alphabet Book.)

Now Google’s rolling out Instant Preview, which, as the name suggests, lets you get a preview of the site itself. I’m not one of the lucky rolloutees yet, but Google, ever solicitous, has a Google Labs site that will let you play with the new feature. You’ll know when it arrives in your neighbourhood, because a small magnifying glass icon will a appear beside each of your results.

A click on it brings up . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology: Internet

Who Says Bigger Is Better?

I recently read an interesting article called “For LPO clients, small is beautiful”. What makes it interesting is it highlights the valuable role of “smaller” LPOs. 

The survey supports the view that global companies outsourcing legal work seem to prefer doing business with smaller companies. The survey conducted across 6,547 clients globally shows that smaller vendors, including LPO vendors are satisfying more clients and to a greater degree compared to their larger counterparts. The survey was conducted by the Black Book of Outsourcing in 2010. 

UK-based Datamonitor’s Research Director, Eamonn Kennedy, said in a press statement, “Although feedback . . . [more]

Posted in: Outsourcing

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

This week in biotech was very stimulating, with public funds flowing to a variety of projects.

The Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) got two new members this week and Minister of Research and Innovation Glen Murray (or @Glen4TC as he’s know to his tweeps) travelled to St. Catharines and Hamilton. ONE is what we’re now calling the network of organizations across Ontario that help innovators commercialize ideas.

The U.S. deployed its $1 billion Therapeutic Discovery Project tax credit/grant stimulus program this week, which was launched just 7 months ago as part of the health reform bill. Interestingly, . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

A Spring Bill in Autumn

Perverse as it may be in November to contemplate Spring, today’s postings on the law of time and Bills prompt me to dredge out the wonderfully quirky piece of parliamentary draftsmanship, A.P. Herbert’s Spring Arrangements Bill.

The statute is referred to in Drafting Cayman Islands trusts, by James Kessler, Tony Pursal at page 148.

A.P. Herbert was the MP for Oxford University and a passionate advocate for Newfoundland independence – which made him a bete noire of Joey Smallwood in the Book of Newfoundland – see Peter Neary’s Newfoundland in the North Atlantic World, 1929-1949. Herbert’s . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Foreign Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Adobe Acrobat Enters the Cloud

On Friday Adobe announced two new products that demonstrate the company is increasingly embracing cloud-based technologies.

The first product, Adobe SendNow, allows you to send large files to a single or multiple recipients. While this is not a new concept, Adobe adds several features that provide value to lawyers. SendNow allows you to set expiry times for how long a document will be available for download, and allows you to confirm that a document has been viewed by the recipient.

The second product, Adobe CreatePDF, is a cloud-based version of Adobe Acrobat that allows you to convert a . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet, Technology: Office Technology