Recently “Zoom Cat-lawyer” revealed a lot about the legal profession. Its seriousness. Its humour (or lack thereof). Its low tolerance for mistakes. In the Zoom call, the lawyer was unable to quickly remove the filter by himself. The judge and opposing counsel seemed to have little patience for his technological incompetence. In “Think Again”, Professor … Continue reading Showing Vulnerability as a Lawyer: One Mistake at a Time
“A litigation culture has arisen in this province over the last three decades which extols creating and litigating peripheral procedural disputes, instead of moving towards the timely adjudication of disputes on their merits. That culture now lauds, as the skilled barrister, the motions specialist, not the final hearing expert.” – Justice David M. Brown Given the … Continue reading New Culture Shift Towards Scheduling Court Motions in Ontario
In the American Lawyer article “Women are Leaning In. Wahoo.“, the advancement of women in the workforce is discussed. The author Vivia Chen points out that since Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In Ted Talk” not much has changed for women. Chen writes that even though women are staying in the workforce longer, we are not seeing comparable … Continue reading Leaning In: Is it Working for Women?
In Subliminal How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behaviour Dr. Leonard Mlodinow discusses findings from neurological research. Interestingly he discusses the power of identifying with a group. Such as our family, our co-workers, our gender, etc. “Seeing ourselves as a member of a group automatically marks everyone as either an “us” or a “them”, an “in-group” and … Continue reading The Power of Group Identity
“The law is a jealous mistress and requires a long and constant courtship.” – US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in 1829 In the New York Times article “The Lawyer, the Addict”, the prevalence of addiction is discussed. Lawyers are said to one of the most depressed, anxious, unhealthy group of people. Why? The … Continue reading Commentary: The Lawyer, The Addict
The press speaks truth to power. And in doing so, helps uphold the rule of law. But what happens when people can sue publications into bankruptcy – effectively silencing them. Should that be allowed? Should wealthy people or corporations be able to silence publications they don’t like? In the documentary, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the … Continue reading Don’t Speak: Is the Media Under Attack?
In the documentary “What the Health”, Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn explore the benefits of a vegan diet. They explain that there is a causal link between dairy, eggs, and meat to diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and so on. They argue that these food industries have provided sponsorship to associations for diabetes and … Continue reading What the Health: What Law Schools Can Learn from the Documentary
On the last Tuesday in May, the Ontario Bar Association will be hosting its inaugural Young Lawyers Gala. The keynote speaker will be Michael Bryant, the former Attorney General of Ontario and current change-maker. The Gala is a unique social event. Designed to bring together the next generation of legal leaders and influencers in Ontario, hosted in … Continue reading The Last Tuesday in May: The OBA Gala
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a force to be reckoned with. Brought up in Brooklyn. Raised by Jewish immigrants. She was determined to succeed. The book The Notorious RBG chronicles her life, with references to words of advice. “RBG often repeated her mother’s advice that getting angry was a waste of your own time.” And shared her … Continue reading The Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg