- Georgia sues Carl Malamud group, calls publishing state’s annotated code of laws online unlawful
- Cosby seeks court sanctions against Canadian accuser over deposition leak
- Bill Cosby Team Begins Public Defense Campaign
- Cosby loses bid to block lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing girl, 15, in 1974
- Traffic stops: what should you do when police pull you over? - World - CBC News
- E-sports league starts testing pro video gamers for drugs
- Former MPP gives up law licence after admitting to misconduct
- WWE drops Hulk Hogan amid reports of racially charged recording
- Constitutional challenge planned by N.B. man charged for crossing border with beer purchased in Quebec
- The articling debate continue: Law students concerned as firm posts articling job covering a transit pass
- Musician Neil Young offers support to Vermont genetic modification food label law
- Court awards 27 mos. notice and requires employer to trust employee will mitigate during notice period
- Edmonton cop to face disciplinary hearing over lawyer’s ‘unorthodox’ arrest
- Lawsuit: captive Miami orca violates Endangered Species Act
- Manitoba lawyer vows to take fight against mandatory continuing legal education requirement to top court
- Cellphone user had no expectation of privacy in pocket-dialed call, 6th Circuit rules
- Feds end prosecution of Barry Bonds without conviction
- SCC sets high burden of proof for racial profiling
- Longtime Canadian expats lose right to vote, appeal court rules | Canada | News
- Uber faces class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Ontario taxi drivers ...
- Judge Orders Release of Misconduct Findings Against Officer in Eric Garner Case
- After Davis Acquisition, DLA Piper Expands Again in Toronto | The American Lawyer
- Will Ashley Madison customers launch class action over hacking incident?
Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
- Windows 10 Signifies Microsoft’s Shift in Strategy
- SCC to Rule on Dismissal Without Cause Regime Under the Canada Labour Code.
- 72 charges filed against Toronto UberX drivers as city moves towards regulation
- Women underrepresented in lead trial lawyer positions, ABA study reports
- Christie Blatchford: Ruling in Twitter harassment trial could have enormous fallout for free speech
- Ezra Levant’s ‘crazy town’ newspaper column leads to law society hearing
- Court rejects CRA's ‘astonishing’ attempt to tax uncollectable Ponzi scheme debt
- Dismissal without Cause under the Canada Labour Code heads to the SCC
- ABA addresses ‘destabilizing loss of public confidence’ in criminal justice in joint statement
- Toronto support worker arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 95-year-old with Alzheimer’s
- Ontario cabinet minister sends Globe and Mail a notice of libel
- What Marriage Equality Means for Transgender Rights - The New York Times
- Options for Implementing Carter: One Lawyer’s Unique Perspective on the Landmark SCC Decision
- Ontario mom in messy custody case wins in court but still faces battle
- Kelowna lawyer involved in Ponzi scheme disbarred
- Winnipeg law office explosion victim home, posts picture and message - Winnipeg | Globalnews.ca
- Ontario including sexual harassment in OHSA - Canadian Occupational Safety
- Harper government to launch long-promised consultation on assisted dying
- ‘These are young people who made mistakes': Obama first sitting U.S. president to visit federal prison
- Federal victim surcharge bound for Supreme Court, defence lawyers say - CTV News
- Colorado shooter James Holmes found guilty in 2012 theatre massacre that left 12 dead
- Ezra Levant cited by Law Society of Alta over ‘inappropriate’ column criticizing human rights commission
Monday, July 13, 2015
- Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds
- Breastfeeding mom asked to leave Ontario restaurant, she claims | CBCNews.ca Mobile
- Child Custody Reforms Push for Equal Time with Both Parents
- Michigan judge jails children for contempt for refusing to see their dad - The Washington Post
- The Dalhousie students disciplined for sexist Facebook group are finding dentistry work, lawyer says
- ‘I’m OK. I’ll get better': Winnipeg lawyer who lost hand in bombing describes frantic moments after blast
- "The New Law School: Teaching Students to Practice Like Lawyers"
- Judge dismisses class action by GM Canada dealers, upholds $45M claim against Cassels, Brock law firm
- Berlusconi Is Convicted in Graft Case
- Judge: Redskins' trademark must be canceled; team to appeal
- Cosby Legal and Publicity Teams Opt for Silence After Admission Is Released
- Canadian Cosby accuser pushes for whole court deposition to be made public
- UK man charged for naming sex attack victim on Facebook - BBC
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
- Winnipeg bomb victim Maria Mitousis plans to return to job as soon as possible
- Sex on the beach lands man 2.5 years in jail for ‘lewd’ behaviour on mid-afternoon Florida seaside
- S&P downgrades Ontario
- Man accused of sending bombs to ex-wife and her lawyer went through lengthy divorce
- S.C. lawmakers to talk Confederate flag
- Winnipeg police make arrest in law office bombing
- 'Broken' adoption systems leaves children stranded despite couple ready to adopt - Canada - CBC News
- Controversial Ontario court security act proclaimed into law
- Rock Band Sings Justice Scalia’s Dissents
- Chemerinsky: What does this memorable SCOTUS term mean for the future?
- Canada's new judicial appointments
- Ontario Court again confirms its authority to award human rights damages - Lexology
- Two killed in Quebec law office shooting; linked to three other deaths
- Uber is not a taxi company, judge rules in rejecting City of Toronto complaint
- Judge rejects Toronto's case against Uber - The Globe and Mail
- Photos and video: bomb explodes in Winnipeg law office - Winnipeg | Globalnews.ca
- Mandatory victim surcharges unconstitutional: B.C. court
- Canadians still support same-sex marriage ten years in, but even more of us are coming around: poll
- Utah judge awards $134.2 million to two U.S. soldiers in lawsuit against Omar Khadr
- Fair Elections Act 'just a way of blocking all sorts of people,' groups argue in court
- Ontario law society’s decision to refuse Trinity Western accreditation upheld - The Globe and Mail
- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s lawyer: “Public officials are ministers of God”
- Federal Judge Orders Alabama Judges To Issue Marriage Licenses
- U.S. probate judges opposed to gay marriage stand firm
- York University’s sexual assault policy sparks human-rights complaint - The Globe and Mail
Monday, June 29, 2015
- Missouri jail moves to video-only visits; fee will be charged to visitors
- Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing
- Ken Paxton, Texas official, says state clerks can deny gay marriage licenses - World - CBC News
- Ontario Judge signals it’s time to offer relief from ‘backbreaking’ fines
- ‘Deadbeat’ N.S. developer who owes $1.7 million in child support flees to the Middle East
- LSUC webcasts to continue despite few viewers
- It's Saskatchewan's turn to send a judge to Supreme Court - The Globe and Mail
- EU Court Rules That Website Is Liable For Anonymous Comments
- Gay marriage is a constitutional right, Supreme Court rules
- Toronto lawyer suing Peel Police for $1.5 million
- Opponents slam same-sex marriage ruling as ‘judicial tyranny’ while others rejoice
- Same-sex marriage legal anywhere in the United States, Supreme Court rules
- Trump hotel profits overstated to woo buyers, court told
- Judge rules for openness in custody case involving conflict over son’s gender identity
- Facebook ordered by Dutch court to identify revenge porn publisher
- Laura Liscio, criminal lawyer arrested in court, has all charges withdrawn
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
- Lester Holt Reflects on His Rise to NBC’s Anchor Chair
- Ontario man exonerated 45 years after being wrongly convicted of killing his wife
- Woman accused of streaming live sex shows from Windsor library pleads guilty
- Murphy & Singer: "Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution"
- NYC bans criminal record questions before job offer
- Loblaws overpayment blunder: 3 lessons learned
- Lawyers need to look gift horse in the mouth
- Watchdog cautions doctors in Sunnybrook end-of-life case - Toronto Star
- Loblaws demands workers pay back thousands after payment error - British Columbia - CBC News
- State prison escapees still on the loose in the U.S. number at least 130 - World - CBC News
- Hulk Hogan sex tape trial could destroy Gawker
- Quebec sign law would add touch of French to global chains like Walmart
- New York bar mulls proposed social media rules for lawyers
- Fired for Refusing 24-hour Electronic Monitoring?
- World’s Biggest Law Firm Wants To Blow Up The Whole Am Law 100 Rankings
- Firing an employee in June could mean larger damage awards in Ontario
- Access to Justice: Limited Scope Representation
- Peter MacKay says government needs more time to draft assisted-suicide law
- Conservatives spend almost $7M defending unconstitutional legislation
- Chicago Frozen Embryo Case
- Removal of Justice Déziel not warranted: report
- Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Database
- Judges slam police for unnecessary jailing of non-Ontario residents
- Workers can be fired for smoking pot off the job, Colorado court says
- Communications Breakdown: When a Lawyer Doesn’t Listen
- Mexico’s Supreme Court quietly legalizes same-sex marriage
- 'This scandal couldn't be any more Canadian': John Oliver pokes fun at Senate scandal
- Zero-tolerance in domestic assault - a conundrum
Monday, June 22, 2015
In Lawyers Go Zen, With Few Objections, writer Jacob Gershman delivers more than just a clever headline. He focusses on the enhanced listening skills that can be developed through mindfulness techniques.
I don’t have much personal expertise in this area, but I do have the luxury of deferring on this topic to my significant other, Toronto marketing consultant Sandra Bekhor, who has completed mindfulness training.
Of course, mindfulness is far more than just another tool to be utilized to gain tactical advantage, Bekhor notes.
Mindfulness training reduces anxiety, allows us to decompress and sharpens our ability to enjoy life, as humans and professionals.
Those interested in learning more can access the Ontario Bar Association’s Mindful Lawyer CPD series.
Archived video of the OBA’s six-module programme is available free online to OBA members.
Cross posted at Slaw Tips
Monday, June 15, 2015
- Via @bsookman: The year in review: developments in computer, internet and e-commerce Law (2014-2015)
- Brazil's top court strikes down restrictive biography law -Times Union
- Law student challenges the constitutionality of 'carding' by police - The Globe and Mail
- First U.K. law firm IPO raises $50 million
- Lockdowns, staff shortages plague Toronto South superjail
- Reporter’s defamation case against John Furlong to begin in B.C. court
- Hamilton, Ont prosecutor who compared accused murderer to an ‘animal’ in opening address blamed for causing mistrial
- All the Ways Your Legal Skills Can Be Used via Omar Ha-Redeye
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn Acquitted in France
- Why it’s so hard to keep bad forensics out of the courtroom
- Let child discover his own gender, Ontario judge tells parents in custody order
- Chicago Court Gives Woman Frozen Embryos Despite Ex-Boyfriend’s Objections
- Broken Boys, Thieves, Killers, and Now Escapees
- Loblaw vows to ‘act quickly’ if supplier lied about organic poultry
- Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision
- Senate lawyer arguing against admitting secret audit in Duffy trial
- Michigan Governor Signs Adoption Ban For Same Sex Couples
- Sun-Owning Lady Sues eBay Because They Wouldn’t Let Her Sell ‘Plots’ Of ‘Land’ On ‘Her’ Sun
- Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Cannabis Extracts
- Five things to know about the Supreme Court of Canada's medical marijuana ruling
- Ontario Superior Court upholds Canada Post’s “legal authority” to install community mailboxes
- Gordon Stuckless doesn't need psych assessment, his lawyer says - Toronto Sun
- Glendale council votes to kill Coyotes arena deal
- Georgia woman charged with murder after taking abortion pill
- Contractor loses appeal after fraudulent reno of elderly woman’s home
- The U.S. Supreme Court’s Jerusalem Passport Case
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Thanks to the good folks at Lawsome for including us in their list of Top 20 Ontario Law Twitter Accounts, reproduced below:
There are some very good accounts in this listing, so do check them out.
And of course, we invite you to follow @wiselaw on Twitter.
BY GARRY J. WISE
Law Times picked up on our April 30 post about Google's new mobile compliance requirements with an excellent article last week by writer Michael McKiernan, Focus: Law firms slow to respond to ‘Mobilegeddon’ .
I'm quoted in the article quite extensively:
For Garry Wise, founder of Toronto-based Wise Law Office, Mobilegeddon came in the middle of an update of the firm’s web site.
“Neither the old site nor the new version was going to be mobile compliant,” he says, noting the coming changes led to a redesign on short notice.
According to Wise, somewhere between 30 and 50 per cent of the firm’s web site traffic comes from users of mobile technology.
Although the precise consequences of a failure to become mobile friendly remain unclear thanks to the secrecy that surrounds the exact composition of Google’s algorithms, he says he’d rather not take any chances.
“If you’ve traditionally done really well on Google searches, then failing to be mobile friendly could have serious consequences as to where you fall on a mobile search,” he says.
“It’s going to have a direct impact on how many clicks you’re getting and how many people are finding your web site. We’ve made a number of adjustments on the fly and we’re still adjusting.”
Wise says law firms should treat the new rules as a spur to adjust to the new realities of Internet use and think more about mobile users at the earliest stages of web site design.
“I think for anyone who is building a new web site or updating an old one, they should probably think about mobile-first technology. A lot of things that work well in a desktop universe just do not translate well to mobile. This is going to affect creative design as well as content,” he says.
“Lawyers need to build their web sites with mobile in mind and the first question of designers should be: How will this look on an iPhone or similar device? If the answer is you can’t read it, then get back to work because you haven’t got it right.”
Friday, June 12, 2015
I’ve previously blogged at Slaw Tips on the virtues of using Siri’s dictation functions to draft letters, emails and other documents typically created in day-to-day legal practice.
In short, dictation with Siri has increased my productivity, precision and the overall quality of my work product.
For those who are similarly inclined, I wanted to share a great list of Siri commands that can be used for punctuating as you dictate. With kudos and credit to iPhone Tricks, here is a partial excerpt:
Another good list of Siri Dictation Commands is here via CrushApps.
Sorry if the iPhone-centricity of this post has left anyone feeling bored or left out. Android and Blackberry users, feel free to entertain yourselves here.
(Cross posted at Slaw Tips)