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    The exponential growth of electronic information for business and personal use presents many challenges for litigators. Understanding how information is created, stored, moved, changed and archived has resulted in the need for skilled professionals ...
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    In this era since google became a verb, we have read several times that artificial intelligence will replace or eclipse a degree of the lawyer’s traditional role in the not too distant future. And yes it has already begun: think interactive online ...
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    For the fifth time in seven years, I invested two days at a conference to meet individually with US chief legal officers. Event organizers, such as the Marcus Evans Group, Consero and IQPC Exchange, bring CLOs together with solution providers such ...
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    With relentless upheaval in the legal industry along with innovations, such as alternative legal services and structures coming to the fore, marketing the “unlawyer” is inevitable. Unlawyers are people of a decidedly different stripe, and some ...
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    In case you missed it, this year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. You may vaguely remember from social studies class a hazy image of King John sitting down, surrounded by stick-thin knights carrying spears, signing ...
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    I was sitting on a chairlift recently at a ski resort, and the stranger next to me had an unusual backpack with him. Turns out it was a drone, equipped with a fancy camera. He and some buddies were going to take some very neat action skiing shots ...
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    Cases are settling. There are no big commercial trials anymore. Well, hardly any. It is challenging to be retained even on arbitrations; most of it is picked up by the retired judges. Of which there are many.
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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 Oxford Companion to the English Language is missing an “s” at the end of its title. OCEL has headings for over 400 varieties of our multitudinous mother tongues, such as Australian English, Singaporean English, Indian English and Black ...
  • It’s that time as a lawyer, you have the opportunity to travel to incredible destinations. Trouble is, you’ll probably only have time for a quick peek through a boardroom window or a frantic shopping trip through the local market. These are not the ...
  • Of all American presidents, the one who knew wine best and cared about it most was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson acquired his knowledge during his time as the US ambassador to France between 1784 and 1794. During his tour of duty, he travelled ...
  • 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 ...