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♫ You raise me up, so I can stand on mountainsYou raise me up to walk on stormy seasI am strong when I am on your shouldersYou raise me up to more than I can be…♫ Music and Lyrics by B. Graham, R. Lovland, recorded by Martin Hurkens. What does it take to practice law successfully? That list of abilities would be as diverse as the spectrum of lawyers out in practice today. Many…
 Attribution: Chantal Pare. ♫ Everybody thinks you’re the lamestWe all know you’re a fraudLife can be so frustratingI’m so glad you got caught…♫                                                                             Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Hawk Nelson. Fraud in the workplace cost Canadian businesses $3.2 billion, reported the CBC in 2011 (the last date I could find statistics). While lawyers have been aware of, and taken steps to prevent, fraud attempts by outsiders on their trust accounts for some time…
Creative Commons Zero – CC0 ♫ Nothing takes the past awayLike the futureNothing makes the darkness goLike the light…♫ Lyrics and Music by: M. Ciccone, M. L. Ciccone, P. Leonard, recorded by: Madonna After a break of a couple of years due to health concerns, we are resuming the New Year’s Legal Predictions Blog Post!  We have reached out to our friends & colleagues for their insights into the future of the legal world.  This year…
♫ But there never seems to be enough timeTo do the things you want to doOnce you find them… ♫ – Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Jim Croce Photo by Jordan Benton from Pexels. As lawyers we are accustomed to working long, hard hours. Indeed, some writers such as Jordan Furlong have stated there is no such thing as work-life balance as our lawyer work culture has changed over the last while from moderate to frenetic.…
♫ Open up your eyes now, tell me what you see..♫ Lyrics and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recorded by The Beatles. CC0 Public Domain After too long a layover, I am bringing back the Legal New Year Predictions! This year we are going to look at 16 different categories that seek to cover the bigger issues in law, education, access to justice, technology and what the future may hold. This is your…
♫ I’m back in the saddle againI’m backI’m back in the saddle againI’m back…♫ Lyrics and Music by Aerosmith.   Used with permission. For the last two years or so, I have been sidelined by a heart / health condition that resulted in some major life-changing events.  One of those events was being told to stop virtually all “work” and just – well – rest and smell the roses.  While not “cured”, I…
♫ Don’t hold me back I want to feel vulnerable.Disregard everything that I’ve been told.Don’t blend in stand out and be bold.Today’s the day that we break the mold… ♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by Austin Jones. The Provincial Court of BC will break the mold for the 2nd time and hold a second Twitter Town Hall on Thursday April 6, 2017 between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Chief Judge Crabtree will again…
♫ Oh but workin’ too hard can give you a heart attackYou oughta know by now… ♫             Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Billy Joel. In December 2014, Edward Greenspan, one of Canada’s most famous criminal defence lawyers, died at age 70 from heart failure, ironically while on holiday. He is not alone. Many lawyers will be diagnosed this year with heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolisms and strokes…
♫ Ay oh ay oh ay oh ayAnd the voices rang like the angels singWe’re singing, ay oh ay oh ay oh ayAnd we danced on into the nightAy oh ay oh, ay oh ay ohAnd we danced on into the night…♫ Lyrics and music by: Chad Kroeger, recorded by Santana. First let me say congratulations to all the 2016 Clawbie winners, finalists, those nominated as well as all those who write long into…
♫ Ain’t nothing gonna changeAin’t nothing gonna change Till we learn to get togetherAnd see who we really are…♫ Lyrics and music by: O. V. Akintimehin, D. Merriweather, A. W. Blakemore, recorded by Daniel Merriweather. In this third and final instalment, we have predictions from: Ben Stevens Joe Kashi Kevin O’Keefe Tom Spraggs Amelia Rodin Kate Gower Buzz Bruggerman Pablo Cortés Mitch Kowalski Deborah McMurray Richard Granat David J. Bilinsky Ben Stevens I hope all…