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Archive for May, 2015

Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 4: Sociability

Following up on his previous posts on lawyers’ personality traits (autonomy, skepticism and urgency), Ian Hu (practicePRO and Claims Prevention Counsel at LAWPRO) discusses “sociability”, a person’s desire to meet new people and make new friends.

The average lawyer scores on the bottom 12% on measures of sociability, according to lawyer/psychologist consultant Dr. Larry Richard. This trait measures a person’s desire to meet new people and make new friends. A low score means that a lawyer is uncomfortable going in cold in social situations. He is slow to warm up to people, but happy in his existing . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended

International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law

The 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law will take place at the University of San Diego next month. ICAIL has been held biennially since 1987 and provides a “forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications and stimulates interdisciplinary and international collaboration.”

The proceedings are published by the Association for Computing Machinary (ACM) and the abstract from the proceedings of the 14th meeting has this to say about how research in this area has emerged and the complimentary nature of AI and law:

It is not a coincidence that

. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information, 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 sixty 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. AvoidAClaim Blog 2. Legal Post 3. Pension & Benefits Law 4. Double Aspect 5. Canadian Appeals Monitor

AvoidAClaim Blog
Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 6 (Conclusion): Managing Our Traits

We have seen in this 6-part series that we, as lawyers, exhibit a number of traits that help us in . . . [more]

Posted in: Monday’s Mix

Royal Baby Signals the End of Primogeniture

I’m not one much for the hype around royal babies, who as of now remains unnamed, but this one has some special significance for Commonwealth nations. The birth of the baby girl yesterday to Prince William and Kate Middleton signals the first royal born since the enactment of new succession laws in the U.K.

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 ended the centuries-old practice of primogeniture. This can be traced in law to the Act of Settlement 1701, which states,

The Princess Sophia, Electress and Duchess Dowager of Hanover, Daughter of the late Queen of Bohemia, Daughter of

. . . [more]
Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

Summaries Sunday: OnPoint Legal Research

One Sunday each month OnPoint Legal Research provides Slaw with an extended summary of, and counsel’s commentary on, an important case from the British Columbia, Alberta, or Ontario court of appeal.

Sampley v. Sampley, 2015 BCCA 113

Areas of Law: 

Family law; Parental abduction; Hague Convention

~An appellate court will not disturb the factual findings underlying a chambers judge’s order under the Hague Convention, in the absence of palpable or overriding error or the application of the wrong legal test or principle.~

BACKGROUND:  The Appellant, Michelle Sampley, and the Respondent, Matthew Sampley, were married in Alberta in 2010. The . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

PÉNAL (DROIT) : Dans une affaire de complot suscitant un débat sur l’exception au ouï-dire des actes manifestes de coconspirateurs, le tribunal conclut qu’il est permis de mettre en preuve les paroles et les gestes des coconspirateurs, malgré l’absence de certains de ceux-ci lors de certains échanges, pour autant que . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

The Friday Fillip: Crawl

For the next while the Friday Fillip will be a chapter in a serialized crime novel, interrupted occasionally by a reference you might like to follow up. Both this chapter of the book and the whole story up to this point can be had as PDF files. You may also subscribe to have chapters delivered to you by email.


Chapter 9

The woman on Channel 16 had warned that this might be the last mild weekend for a long stretch, if not for the rest of the year, so come Saturday Rangel puttered

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Posted in: The Friday Fillip

One Search to Rule Them All

Lawyers need to find information, the faster the better. As the years go by, your electronic files expand and your ability to retrieve information quickly can suffer. I’ve already looked at desktop search by itself and want to look at search that incorporates your e-mail this time around. A search tool that digs into your inbox and, potentially, everything else on your computer, can eliminate the need to repeat searches in more than one place.

Search Your Email

All of the e-mail clients I’ve used have included search. Most, like Microsoft’s Outlook or Mozilla’s Thunderbird, will search your local . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Technology