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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 more than 80 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. Canadian Trade Law Blog 2. Canadian Combat Sports Law Blog 3. Erin Cowling 4. Canadian Class Actions Monitor 5. Robichaud’s Criminal Law Blog

Canadian Trade Law Blog
China and the CPTPP – Comments by Michael Woods

At the recent virtual APEC Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated openness in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) [Xi says China will consider joining TPP – Nikkei Asia]. To many, this underlined China’s aspirations to play a larger economic role – both in the Asia- Pacific region as well as globally. …

Canadian Combat Sports Law Blog
Study – First Fighter To Be Concussed Loses 98% of the Time

An interesting study was published in the Journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine suggesting that in combat sports competition the first athlete to sustain a concussion in a bout will go on to lose 98% of the time. In the study, titled Concussion Occurrence And Recognition In Professional Boxing and MMA Matches, an 8 …

Erin Cowling
“Thank You for Telling Me My Work Sucks”: Why Negative Feedback Can be a Good Thing

I recently moved houses. (Yes, we are those “COVID made me move” people.) While I was packing up over a decade’s worth of ‘stuff’, I found a performance review from my third year of practice shoved in the bottom of an old banker’s box. Reading the comments made me think about how much I have grown as a lawyer, especially when it comes to receiving negative feedback. …

Canadian Class Actions Monitor
Class members ineligible for a settlement denied the right to appeal

In Hébert v. Wenham, 2020 FCA 186, over a quarter of the class was ineligible for a settlement approved by the Federal Court. Several ineligible class members sought leave to appeal. The Federal Court of Appeal held that (i) the appeal was doomed to fail because of the deference owed to the settlement and the Federal Court and (ii) the ineligible class members could not opt-out. The case demonstrates the high burden on a class member who wants to overturn a settlement. …

Robichaud’s Criminal Law Blog
How to effectively communicate with lawyers. The first call to counsel

Calling a lawyer for the first time can be intimidating, uncertain, and frustrating. It doesn’t have to be, nor should it. This short article is written to help you communicate with a lawyer for the first time, in a way that will benefit you both. Lawyers are there to help you through your legal problem and a few small changes in your approach will make it a lot easier for them to reach your goals as a client. …

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