Kindergarten lunchbox heist led Strigberger to career in law

Humorist and author Marcel Strigberger tells the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal that it was an “indelible incident back in kindergarten” that started him down the path to a career in law. Read more

Breaking barriers – WLAO ‘ahead by a century’

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) is celebrating its past by honouring the achievements of women who have succeeded in breaking down barriers in the profession over the past century, says Toronto family lawyer Kathryn Hendrikx. Read more

Medical clinic employee fined for health data breaches

EDMONTON — An office assistant has been fined for snooping into two people’s health records while she was an employee at an Edmonton medical clinic. Read more

Penalize fraternities if members caught drugging students: Daya

VANCOUVER — All social functions at University of British Columbia (UBC) fraternities have been indefinitely suspended in the wake of allegations that several students were drugged over the weekend. Read more

Early intervention in business disputes controls risk, costs

Bringing in a neutral third-party to deal with ongoing problems that can arise between business partners or shareholders can help avoid those issues spinning out into expensive and protracted legal disputes, says Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose. Read more

Restorative justice most effective way to curtail recidivism

A recent study points to why the criminal justice system is doing such a poor job at deterring crime and reducing recidivism, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner, who has witnessed the system fail his own clients. Read more

Decision reinforces importance of full disclosure

A recent ruling reinforces the importance of full and frank disclosure in family law matters, says Toronto civil litigation lawyer William Pepall, who acted for the successful respondent. Read more

AI diagnosis technology a potential boon for accident victims

Medical diagnoses aided by artificial intelligence (AI) have great potential to benefit crash victims, says Brampton personal injury lawyer Nital Gosai. Read more

Workplace relationship guidelines are essential: Williams

Clarity is vital when it comes to a company’s policy governing relationships in the workplace, Markham-based employment lawyer Laura Williams tells Canadian Underwriter magazine. Read more

Compare lenders, review options when considering litigation loan

For plaintiffs considering a lawsuit settlement loan, taking the time to compare lenders and review other alternatives with a lawyer are crucial steps to ensuring that they select the best path forward, says Stephen Pauwels, co-founder and principal of Toronto-based specialist litigation finance firm BridgePoint Financial Services. Read more

Rights of sex assault defendants diminished: Handlarski

Amendments to Canada’s rape shield laws are jeopardizing the rights of sex assault defendants by forcing them to ask the court’s permission to use evidence of sexual communications they had with the complainant, says Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski, who recently handled a matter involving flirtatious texts. Read more

Private policies a good option to mitigate disability risk

Canadians would be wise to check out private insurance policies to help mitigate their risk should an illness leave them unable to work, Toronto personal injury and disability lawyer Nainesh Kotak tells Bloomberg News. Read more

Room for arguments on privacy issues around internet luring

Even though the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled against the appeal of a man convicted of internet child luring after corresponding with an undercover officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl, police forces should not automatically assume that all future clandestine online operations will withstand judicial scrutiny, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Court penalizes auto insurers for settlement conduct

Recent examples of auto insurers providing inadequate settlement efforts and using aggressive surveillance techniques are “concerning” for personal injury plaintiffs, but Easy Legal Finance Inc. president and CEO Larry Herscu says adjudicators are taking notice. Read more

Check insurance requirements when closing cottage: Derfel

Closing the cottage each fall involves a list of tasks such as pulling out water lines or putting away watercraft, but don’t forget to check on what your insurance policy requires, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Video wills not likely any time soon: Urback

Technology may be expanding our horizons faster than ever imagined, but don’t expect to see the legal acceptance of video wills any time soon, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Discuss your will with your family: Shinehoft

Making your final wishes known before you die is the best way to avoid conflict over your will, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. Read more

Mediation valuable for ex-spouses navigating co-parenting

Even in a high-conflict divorce where it’s difficult for ex-spouses to communicate and work together, mediation can be valuable in assisting parties to look forward — particularly when children are involved, says Toronto mediator and lawyer Victoria Romero. Read more

Firms count on employees just accepting non-compete clauses

Canadian employers continue to insist on placing non-compete clauses in employment contracts even though they are largely unenforceable, Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells the Globe and Mail. Read more

Cormier successfully defends client in $12-million lawsuit

If someone alleges the negligence of a tradesman led to a fire in a home, they have to provide the court with an opinion about what standard of care that person is expected to meet in their duties, says Toronto trial and appellate lawyer Joel Cormier, who successfully defended a plumber in a $12-million lawsuit. Read more