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Law for the Future Fund announces $200K in grants for justice initiatives 22 Oct 2021. Since its founding in 1984, fund has given grants totalling $4.5 million to over 185 projects

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Canadian law schools 2021/22: Resources if you're

(2 days ago) The law school has committed to annually reserving two seats in the JD program for Indigenous students from Newfoundland and Labrador. The law school offers a number of unique financial aid opportunities, including a scholarship for applicants self-declaring as LGBT persons, funded by alumni and married couple Brad Berg and Brian Rolfes. The

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Law for the Future Fund announces $200K in grants for

(6 days ago) The Canadian Bar Association’s Law for the Future Fund has awarded annual grants amounting to over $200,000 to ten initiatives tackling topics ranging from artificial intelligence in the criminal justice system to the law’s deficiencies in addressing domestic abuse. Other funded initiatives concern access to justice, probation supervision

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Release of claim in settlement agreement in favour of

(3 days ago) 10 hours ago · The Court of Appeal of Alberta has ruled that the release of a party’s claim in a settlement agreement in favour of their spouse may constitute a fraudulent transfer of interest and thereby void against the party’s creditors. In Fish Creek Finish Carpentry Ltd v Lindner, 2021 ABCA 348, the

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Ontario law schools and Mitacs partner to provide

(Just Now) 2 days ago · Although law students get summer law jobs, he says the intellectual property strategy internship creates a unique opportunity because students solve specific problems within a particular company. "It's a higher-level experience, it's more focused, it's more purpose driven," he says.

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Indigenous peoples must be heard on environmental, social

(5 days ago) 9 hours ago · Working primarily on First Nations files, real estate files, and corporate law files, Sayers dealt with major projects and diverse matters, including ongoing and corporate disclosures under securities legislation, governance issues and corporate litigation.

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Alberta law society introduces changes to trust safety

(8 days ago) The law society’s trust safety team will work to assist lawyers and support staff in understanding and adapting to the new rules. On average, $150 billion dollars flow through Alberta lawyers’ trust accounts per year, with a balance of $2 billion per day and with the funds divided among almost 4,000 pooled trust accounts.

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Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Oct. 25

(Just Now) “Having the most lawyers inducted in the College than any other Canadian law firm is a true testament to the expertise and dedication of our national real estate practice,” said Dyck in the firm’s news release. Dyck was formally admitted as an Alberta member of the organization on Sept. 25.

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Progress for women on boards, less for Indigenous

(Just Now) 9 hours ago · While some progress is being made in adding diversity on corporate boards for women and visible minorities, the results for Indigenous peoples and those with physical disabilities are disappointing, says a comprehensive report on diversity disclosure practices prepared by Osler Hoskin & Harcourt.

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Four things I wish I had known in law school Canadian Lawyer

(8 days ago) Peter Rowntree is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and is currently articling with Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver. Free newsletter. The Canadian Legal Newswire is a FREE newsletter that keeps you up to date on news and analysis about the Canadian legal scene. A separate InHouse Edition is delivered on a regular

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Saskatchewan's legislation ensuring prompt payment to

(7 days ago) 9 hours ago · Dipple is a Regina-based partner at MLT Aikins who leads the firm’s construction and infrastructure practice area and procurement practice area. Konopelny is a Regina-based associate who focuses on construction law matters and builders’ lien legislation.

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Labour arbitrators' exclusive jurisdiction extends to

(5 days ago) Alberta law society introduces changes to trust safety rules for lawyers holding client funds Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Oct. 25, 2021 update Law for the Future Fund announces $200K in grants for justice initiatives

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A look at doctors in law school and lawyers in med school

(1 days ago) In law, students are responsible for mastering the material, but can choose how and when they learn, and few professors will notice, let alone care, if they miss a lecture. Medical students are tied to much stricter schedules and mandatory activities. But …

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Canada looks to strengthen presence at UN through treaty

(1 days ago) 9 hours ago · “Canada decided to nominate me [to the Human Rights Committee] because of my background, my track record in human rights because I had practical country experience, as well as the in-depth knowledge of international human rights law: from the practical application point of view, but also from the substantive legal point of view,” Kran says.

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Don’t walk alone — books for aspiring law students

(1 days ago) Miller describes the journey through law school: “Law school is a hard-edged training ground, meant to take the world view of each law student and shake this world view to its foundation.” While this may sound frightening — I thought it did — many will likely embrace the challenge.

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Refugee lawyers urge key immigration issues to be

(9 days ago) 9 hours ago · The government should re-introduce Bill C-31, which would create an independent oversight body for the Canada Border Services Agency, the only major law enforcement agency in Canada without an external oversight body and the only organization in the public safety portfolio without its own independent review body, the association added.

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Opposition to mandatory vaccination policy grows as new

(Just Now) Opposition to mandatory vaccination policy grows as new policies roll out. Public health directives, rising case counts see move to mandatory vaccine policies in workplaces. James Fu of BLG; Janine Liberatore of Hunter Liberatore LLP; Wayne MacKay of Dalhousie University Law. In late August a Toronto police officer sent a letter to the city’s

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Manitoba opens consultation on proposed new licence

(2 days ago) 9 hours ago · The Manitoba government is holding a 45-day public consultation period for proposed amendments to existing regulations under the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act, Cameron Friesen, the province’s justice minister, announced on Oct. …

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This is how law schools should embrace technology

(3 days ago) Law schools across Canada should be adopting their own, in-house legal tech incubators. Law schools should be funding these programs, partnering with the private sector to procure seed money for innovative students. These incubators could then be used by the students, who could transform the law as they learn it.

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New Quebec privacy legislation comes into effect

(1 days ago) The new Act sets “a precedent of privacy law in Canada,” says Benrier. “Reading Ontario’s white paper on its modernization of privacy law, you already see the influence of Bill 64.” Second, “the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec (CAI) is known to exercise its jurisdiction over organizations that consider themselves

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Reconciliation’s uphill battle: Indigenous legal education

(3 days ago) Without law students, lawyers and judges understanding, appreciating and making room for the fact that Canada consists of three legal traditions, there will continue to be disrespect for and resistance to these matters, say advocates. Giving law students exposure to the perspectives of different cultures and an increased ability to recognize

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Is it best to hire a pessimistic lawyer

(Just Now) “In law,” he told [The Wall Street Journal], “pessimism is considered prudence.” And what’s needed for a successful career is grit and a growth mindset, not about blindly following a passion, writes Keith Lee in the “Above the Law” blog.

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B.C.'s 6-per-cent disbursement cap discriminates against

(9 days ago) The law limiting the disbursements that the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia pays to an injured claimant to 6 per cent of the settlement or trial judgment amount, regardless of the disbursement bill, is unfair, says a personal injury lawyer.

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Alternative options Canadian Lawyer

(3 days ago) Dagnino practised labour and employment law and human rights law as an associate at Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP for four years. Although it was a progressive type of law, she says she felt restricted in her capacity to advocate for the broader population when she had to handle a specific client base, so she left the firm.

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Paralegals in family law Canadian Lawyer

(7 days ago) The law society and the attorney general are determined to implement this, and people will at last have a choice of legal service provider,” he adds. Although he hasn’t yet decided whether to personally train up in family law once the new licence is available, Yarmus says he supports the move to mandate extra requirements before paralegals

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Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta rules 'no mask, no entry

(3 days ago) Michael Gottheil, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, ruled that “human rights law, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, requires a balancing of rights, with the obligation of an employer or service provider to accommodate the effects of …

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How litigation is driving the corporate focus on

(3 days ago) Legal risks being captured under the broad umbrella of ESG include corruption and workplace safety, says Stimpson, and can extend to foreign jurisdictions as it did in the case of Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya, where in February 2020 the Supreme Court decided the workers’ lawsuit for violations of customary international law in Eritrea could

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Aboriginal law rising Canadian Lawyer

(5 days ago) Aboriginal law rising. Vancouver lawyer Thomas Isaac remembers a classroom of empty chairs when he took an aboriginal law course in the early 1980s at St. Thomas University, a small liberal arts school in New Brunswick. “I think I was one of a handful of people in the class,” recounts Isaac, now a leading Canadian expert in the field.

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Accounting for legal work Canadian Lawyer

(9 days ago)Law is not something that is separate and distinct.” Harrington would know. He is a former global managing partner, strategy and transformation at PwC, and sat on PwCs global executive leadership team. He joined MinterEllison in 2014 to help the firm adjust to …

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Why I support Ryerson's Law School Canadian Lawyer

(7 days ago) The law society made the decision not to — anyone can train at any foreign law school and become certified to practise law in Canada. In the case of the foreign-trained lawyers, this is a notable and revealing case of inaction by the LSO because of the disparity in quality among many foreign law

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The effective law department Canadian Lawyer

(Just Now) For law department management advice that works, Richard can be contacted at (416) 367-4447 or at [email protected] Free newsletter. The Canadian Legal Newswire is a FREE newsletter that keeps you up to date on news and analysis about the Canadian legal scene. A separate InHouse Edition is delivered on a regular basis, providing targeted news

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Stop being stodgy and embrace non-lawyer ownership

(4 days ago) Frankly, Law Society of England and Wales president Robert Bourns reports, U.K. regulators consider alternative business structures to be more innovative than traditional ways of delivering legal services. My firm, Hart Management Inc., has been recruiting non-lawyer investors for Hart Legal in Victoria, B.C., since 2012. In that time, Hart

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U.S. ‘poaching’ of Canadian associates on the upswing

(Just Now) Big law firms are increasing salaries, with base salaries for entry-level lawyers at top corporate U.S. law firms reportedly rising from US$190,000 to US$200,000 or higher, and up to US$365,000 for the most senior associates. In Toronto, by comparison, a first-year lawyer at a large firm can expect to earn about Cdn$100,000 to $110,000

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Common law couples — til death do they part Canadian Lawyer

(6 days ago) The law has changed,” notes Karin Schwab, an associate with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Edmonton. One of the most recent cases to have estate lawyers sitting up and reading the fine print is the Supreme Court of Canada’s Kerr v. Baranow decision. While the focus is on division of assets after the breakdown of a common law relationship, it

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Judges, lawyers, human rights defenders seen as under

(7 days ago) Regehr noted that the CBA had joined with the bar associations of the other G7 countries -- Conseil national des barreaux (France), Law Society of England and Wales, Deutscher Anwaltverein and Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer (Germany), Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Italy) – and observers Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the Law Council of Australia in a joint …

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The debt burden Canadian Lawyer

(2 days ago) Law school tuition has steadily increased since professional school tuition was deregulated in the late 1990s. According to Statistics Canada, between the 1995-1996 and 2001-2002 school years, average law school tuition increased 61 per cent, accounting for inflation.

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2020 Top Labour & Employment Boutiques Canadian Lawyer

(6 days ago) Many of the changes in labour law can be traced to broader cultural changes, says Goldblatt Partners’ Steven Barrett. There is a greater awareness of sexual harassment and racism, and cannabis and social media are both creating new issues in the workplace, he says.

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Sask. Court of Queen's Bench judge rules daughter get

(8 days ago) Saskatchewan lawyer Greg Whalen, with Scharfstein Law in Saskatoon, says that the wishes of a child, especially a “mature minor,” are generally considered in family disputes. However, “it’s not the final word – otherwise we’d let the child decide everything and not go to court.”

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The difference between 1L and 2L Canadian Lawyer

(6 days ago) However, law exams are practical forcing students to apply their knowledge to a set of hypothetical and ambiguous situations. Indeed, it is unsettling to read a case that does not have a “correct” answer or is at odds with a gut-feeling. However, cases are documented snapshots of real life, and much like life itself, cannot be reduced to a

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Anti-SLAPP legislation reintroduced in Ontario Canadian

(Just Now) The law would provide for a fast-track process in which a judge would be given powers to apply a legal test to determine if the case could proceed or be dismissed. A request to dismiss would be heard within 60 days. David Donnelly, an environmental lawyer in Toronto applauds the legislation saying developers have been “by-and-large rewarded

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Legal tech provider Clio acquires document automation

(5 days ago) These range from information gathering to document assembly and e-signatures, all in an interface that simplifies document generation for law firms, whether they’re in-office or remote. “The way that lawyers and their clients interact with documents hasn’t changed in 20 plus years, documents are still circulated by email, they’re still

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New federal labour rules aim to curb workplace sexual

(2 days ago) Already the law in most provinces, the federal changes mandate allowing up to 10 days of family violence leave, five of which need to be paid, if the employee has worked the job longer than three months, says Vassos. Three months of service is also required for Aboriginal practices leave, where employees will be able to take time off for

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E-discovery evolution Canadian Lawyer

(8 days ago) Third, Nevin says, there are e-discovery offerings in the “cloud” and more service providers. “That means more options for law firms in renting versus buying and makes the technology available in other contexts.” That makes it easier to put a small matter through this technology and reap the benefits, she says.

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15 file management tips for small-firm lawyers Canadian

(Just Now) For instance, if you are a family law lawyer, the directories and sub-directories within your precedent folders might be organized as follows: • Precedents-Family o Pleadings • Provincial Court • Supreme Court o Retainer Agreements o Form Letters Your file folders, on the other hand, might be organized as follows:

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Non-disclosure agreements and reasonable measures

(3 days ago) Non-disclosure agreements and reasonable measures. Non-disclosure agreements typically provide that the recipient will use the same steps to protect the discloser’s confidential information as the recipient uses to protect its own confidential information of a like nature, and in any event no less than a “reasonable standard of care.”.

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