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Archive for April, 2013


The Canadian Association of Law Libraries is holding its Annual Conference in Montréal May 5-8, 2013. This post is a shameless suggestion to attend Librarian: a multi-faceted professional. Full disclosure, I am proud to be a member of the CALL Executive Board.

Starting with a Pre-Conference Workshop on Saturday, May 4 titled Leading Teams Through Change, lead by Terri Tomchyshyn, the conference program has many interesting offerings.

I am looking forward to the session by Monique Stam, Project Manager, Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ), Damien Lefebvre, Co-President, Digital Intelligence, and Anastasia Simitsis, User . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training

Are You My Mentor?

As FaceBook executive Sheryl Sandburg observes in Lean In, “If someone has to ask the question, the answer is probably no. When someone finds the right mentor, it is obvious.” While Sandburg joins the growing ranks who praise the benefits of mentoring, she also recognises that finding a mentor can be a challenge.

What factors might increase a lawyer’s chances of finding a mentor? Fiona Kay and Jean Wallace have explored this very question. Their research is part of a twenty-year, longitudinal study of the mentoring experiences of over 700 Ontario lawyers. Not surprisingly, they found that lawyers who . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Reading

The Judge’s Tale

The literary bug has bitten our courts again, this time infecting the writing hand of Fergus O’Donnell of the Ontario Court of Justice. I came across his judgment in R v. Duncan (2013.03.26), since featured in the Toronto Star, in an ethics email list I belong to, where it came in for a lot of interesting criticism. (It’s not yet reported but a PDF copy is available on Slaw.) In the opinion Justice O’Donnell adopted a casual style that owes something to the mystery genre, as well as a good dose of the sardonic approach taken to the . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Reading, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

The 2013 International ODR Forum Is Coming to Montreal

Considering a recent announcement that the European Parliament voted, on March 12th, to go forward with the development of an EU-wide online dispute resolution (ODR) platform, and that said platform “will be operational at the end of 2015”, it seems that ODR is poised to reach new heights in the next few years.

What this entails for the legal community and how this and other initiatives will impact traditional legal structures are therefore topics that need to be addressed shortly if lawyers want to adapt their practice to this emerging trend.

This is why the Université de Montréal’s . . . [more]

Posted in: Dispute Resolution

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 technology, research and practice.


Give Me My Old-Fashioned Windows’ Control Panel
Dan Pinnington

While computer newbies may find the categorized Control Panel helpful for navigating the ever more complex configuration and appearance settings for Windows, more tech-inclined individuals may prefer the old version of Control Panel which displayed all items at once. Getting to the old or “classic” view of Control Panel is easy. In Windows XP or Vista, open the Control Panel . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday

Announcing the “deClawedbies”

I’m pleased to announce the creation of the deClawedbies the Canadian law blog version of the “igNobles” – to be awarded annually on April 1 before noon (PST*).

Notwithstanding the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the right to nominate candidates for a deClawedbies will be restricted to “human” persons (as defined by Ontario civil procedure: see Joly v. Pelletier, [1999] O.J. No. 1728 [QL], 1999 CarswellOnt 1587, 1999 WL 33187845 (Ont. S.C.J.)) who maintained Canadian law blogs during the preceding lunar calendar (Jewish, Chinese or Mayan calendars) year who, if they participate, . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A Checklist for Avoiding Conflicts on Lateral Lawyer Transfers

Lateral hiring of partners or associates occurs at firms of every size, and is becoming far more common. In addition to reviewing the transferring lawyer’s credentials and suitability, the transferring lawyer and firm will need to identify and deal with potential conflicts of interest that may arise with respect to clients at the transferring lawyer’s previous firm, and in particular, clients for whom the transferring lawyer worked.

This critical task is not as easy as it might seem on first thought. The hiring firm must have sufficient information to complete an internal conflicts check, while at the same time making . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended

Companies Announce 2nd Quarter Improvements

I love this time of year: many companies traditionally announce some of their more “out of the box” improvements right at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter. Here are just a few I noticed in my mailbox; you will see Google is the real leader in 2nd quarter upgrades:

Google Fiber to the Pole

Making the Internet more accessible when you are on the road. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Miscellaneous, Technology: Internet

The Future of Law: Tomorrow’s Lawyers by Richard Susskind

Most American lawyers became aware of British Professor Richard Susskind after he wrote The End of Lawyers? in 2008. The book generated a lot of controversy among lawyers with some proclaiming that he had indeed “seen” the future of law and others protesting that the practice of law would certainly not undergo the kind of radical changes that Susskind foretold.

Susskind is back generating controversy once again in his latest book, Tomorrow’s Lawyers. We are unabashed fans of Susskind’s prophesies, even those we may not wholly agree with, because he forces the legal profession out of its natural complacency. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Technology

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 forty-one 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. Entertainment & Media Law Signal   2. Precedent: The New Rules of Law and Style   3. Slater Vecchio Connected   4. Legal Feeds    5. Off the Shelf
Posted in: Monday’s Mix