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    When I heard about the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the Federation of Law Societies’ challenge of Ottawa’s Terrorist Financing Act, I saw it as a win — and one that reiterated Canadian values of freedom and liberty. The ruling sanctified ...
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    A company’s demand for legal advisory services is variable. Like a weather forecast, it is predictable for a few days. But for the long range view, more depends on historical patterns and averages. Compared to just a few years ago, legal forecasts ...
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    Increasing visibility and building profile is all about positioning yourself as having a particular kind of specialized expertise, and about distinguishing or differentiating yourself from your competition — those who purport to offer the same kind ...
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    The public and politicians seem fixated on discipline and punishment, but what happens when people are exonerated? Can they ever reclaim their reputations, or their lives? In February 2015, the Law Society of Upper Canada confirmed that two Toronto ...
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    Regular readers of this space will know that from time to time I discuss IT development projects that go way over budget and extend well beyond the original scheduled completion date. You would think that by 2015 this wouldn’t happen frequently — ...
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    As service providers to cyclical industries, should law firms being setting aside reserves in a manner not usually contemplated by partnership compensation plans?
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    Clients with their own businesses probably think they know all about corporate structures. After all, they chose the corporate structure when they set up their corporation. So once they have their business in a corporation, why would they want to ...
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    Why change anything in a law department when nothing is wrong? Work is plentiful, most of it is interesting, and the other departments genuinely appreciate the contribution of in-house counsel and have no real complaints. So why change a thing? ...
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    “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” So said HAL 9000, the primary antagonist in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a 1968 movie based on a science fiction story by the same name. ...
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    Harvard has a new program combining art with legal education taught by Professor Clannco. That’s right, Harvard.

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  • The online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary affords word lovers a myriad of ways to explore the English language. The largest area for searches occurs in the category section, which is sub-divided into three parts: Subject, Usage and Origin. ...
  • Admit it. Every now and then, in between your case-file juggling and your backroom debriefs, you think about Anna, wonder about the Lannisters or wish you could pull an Underwood-like move. The characters from some of the most popular shows on ...
  • When we plan our vacation, my wife, Deborah, tries to find a destination where there is no wine — or at least where there are no wineries to visit. Yet somehow I manage to sniff them out. No wineries on Maui? I found one called Tedeschi that has two ...
  • Alas, because language is in a constant state of flux, a lexicographer’s work is never done. The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, with 414,825 words, was completed in 1928, and ceremonial presentations were made to President Calvin ...
  • When work demands a trip to southern Florida, you’ll have a hard time convincing your family to stay at home. But while Disney World dominates the city, travelling with kids who have outgrown the park is no reason to cross the area off your go-to ...
  • (Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are not intended for those who choose to do their social drinking in doorways, stairwells or out of brown paper bag decanters.) Champagne historically is the only alcoholic beverage you can drink at ...
  • Think outside the box. Like a kid in a candy store. The tip of the iceberg. At the end of the day. All these expressions are recognized as clichés, and even though I realize this, I am not above occasionally spicing up my speech or writing with ...
  • Like many of your files,your teenagers didn’t start out as large as they are. There was a time when their cherubic faces would beam at the idea of travelling with the family, but as they get older, chances are high that that will change. Most teens ...
  • The King of wines and the Wine of Kings — that’s what they call Barolo. The unpretentious village of Barolo in Piedmont has a population of 750 souls and its very own castle; but as a wine zone, Barolo stretches over 4,200 acres of calcareous-clay ...
  • Dedicated, long-time readers of this column will no doubt remember that in April 2011 I explained that, lexicographically at least, there is no debate that the egg preceded the chicken. “Egg” arrived in the English language in the ninth century, ...