Thursday, December 31, 2009

Should military veterans get a break when they are sentenced for crimes? Is this a 2-tier justice system?
Social Media Guide for Journalists.
Should a judge be on Facebook? - Toronto Star via @wiselaw

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I got a new promo vid for why you should go to law school, courtesy of House MD: She chose racing instead.
#Harper wants to prorogue, again, this time until March. #notapm #cpc #cdnpoli Get this guy out already.
If there's a k with mandatory arbitration, can you still have a class action? SCC will answer in
Seidel v. Telus Comm

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chickenless chicken. It's not just for vegans any more.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Afghan defence lawyers want to provide free services to detainees. That's an offer Canada would want to take up, right?
A law firm engaging in sex discrimination? Tell me it aint so!
The _Federal_ Wildrose Party. I called it! via @ottawasteph @vitty10 @nealjennings #cpc #endisnigh

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Will be MIA for a week or so - intermittent computer access.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gregory Johnsen: Strikes in Yemen make the situation worse Eventually they'll realize legal solution is the only one.
CIA's "credible sources" for past decade imaginary signals in TV broadcasts Con man had Bush govt acting on false info
Moldovan Church actually blames Jewish community for rally where menorah torn down and cross was put in its place. wow.
Why resister chose Canada over Iraq. "one occasion a soldier was beating an Iraqi civilian, called him a sand nigger"
"Securities class action certified against WeirFoulds" by Ont SCJ. Liability of law firms for lawyers who sits on BoD
What did @MinJK actually say? Seems pretty clear to me: #cpc #shame
Revisiting Legality of the Afghan Mission: via @Slaw_dot_ca See also "A trial to end terrorism:"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Peeking Behind the Fears of the Burqa via @slaw_dot_ca See related paper on shariah & women:
NB Ct orders P to turn over Facebook account in MVC claim: See @michaluk_live's post on it:
Bloggers shouldn't celebrate over SCC in Grant and Cusson quite just yet. Let see how courts interpret this first.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

UK bans 3 legal drugs used by kids to get high: GBL, GHB, BZP No word yet on COOH
Ont CA apply principled approach to hearsay evidence for 1st degree murder in R v Candir
Microsoft loses patent appeal at US C.A.F.C. to Canadian company i4i; Word, Office barred from sale starting Jan 11
R v Dooley upheld: The worst battered child case in Canada ever, with a "cruel and evil stepmother" (trial j's words)
If your friend just died, #Facebook probably shouldn't be reminding you to get back in touch with him. [FAIL]
Reporting bad reviews of your book on #Amazon to the #FBI probably isn't a great idea. #repmgt
And now #Harper threatens 11 churches including United, Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, Mennonites #cpc
Quan v. Cusson is out; SCC recognizes defence of responsible communication on matters of public importance. #libel
Glenn Beck gets an award too. Not as commendable though - Misinformer of the year.
That should be a #Blawggie
Slaw wins a Bloggie. (@slaw_dot_ca) w00t
Majority of Evangelical pastors with little education are ignorant bigots. I'm not really surprised actually.
Identifying trends is the new trend the new “news” will be whatever drives clicks on a site
If you're drinking and driving and your truck ends up in a ditch, driving a forklift probably won't help the situation.
Random job promotions are more effective than merit-based promotions. Explains most big law firms.
It's not that Syria can be the peacemaker in the MidEast, but it can be the troublemaker, unless encouraged otherwise.
All the reasons for not having an office romance (Siloam Mission) Or a #lawschool one, for that matter.
Real SCC case from last week: contracting herpes through unprotected sex is not an "accident."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Five Tips for Paranoid Associates to Manage your Online Reputation: People are really worrying about this now.
Are “Hewlett-Packard computers are racist”? Computer tracking system has hard time recognizing dark faces.
"Jewish lobby wages war on Christmas trees" Better trees than people, I say.
"The Influence of Law Blogs on the Judicial Process" law blogs focussing on cases can have accentuated influence
The best law firm websites in Canada: @ogilvyrenault @rhh @torysllp @davisllp and more...
F fired because of hijab in GA in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964, settles for $43k.
"Avatar is just the latest scifi rehash of an old white guilt fantasy." That's harsh.
Strange but true: "Israel harvested [Palestinian] organs in '90s without permission"

Sunday, December 20, 2009

iPhones can be hacked, potentially revealing confidential client information. One firm forcing BlackBerry® on lawyers.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The #2009clawbies roundup is live, courtesy of @stevematthews.
The Dec 2009 issue of LAWPRO magazine is out, and the focus is almost entirely on social media. (Yes, I got a mention)
No-win, no-fee action claims in the UK mean lawyers get paid more than clients. And twice that of Defence counsel.
When #Obama gathers world leaders to discuss climate change, he doesn't invite #Harper. #cpc #cdnpoli #notapm

Thursday, December 17, 2009

RT @slaw_dot_ca How Social Media got me into the Supreme Court of Canada #lawschool
SCC refuse leave to hear appeal of Alberta's $4,500 soft-tissue injury cap. Lower premiums, but perhaps worse coverage?
Rape should only be a crime if it occurs before midnight - Indian MP [FAIL]
SCC refuses to hear SARS appeal by ONA. No special duty of care to protect nurses above public.
Cons MPs in UK sue the CIA for not disclosing rendition information.
"There is noone more cynical than an idealist betrayed." #quote
Google launches url shortener. Impending death of Twiterfeed and
Bill C-15 at Senate live on CPAC now - re mandatory minmum sentences for marijuana

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Who is your favorite SCC Justice? Unscientific FB poll by Gerrard Kennedy, 3L at Queen's #lawschool.
#Khadr will be transferred to Illinois.
Wait, #CPC is considering a prorogue, AGAIN? This is what you wanted Canada, a broken democracy? #cdnpoli
EuCtHR: public interest in protection of journalist sources sufficient to outweigh damage of confidential information
"Taxpayer funded faith schools should serve not just themselves but also the community around them."
Profs tell what makes a good #lawschool exam answer: Of course I get this after completing my exams, but oh well.
Fraser v. Ontario (SCC) decision released: Well not really, but this was the fun version done for Labour Law class.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Exam time now. Will be MIA for a week. #lawschool

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Why am I just noticing now that 6.9.3 of the McGill Guide deals with referencing Talmudic law? Maybe I should sprinkle some in every paper.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. But please let it stop at some point so I can drive back to London.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Operation Patriot: A plot to protect US against all enemies, by killing President Obama. Who's the proud patriot now?

Monday, December 7, 2009

"Attorneys-general get remembered for banning squeegee kids, but Chris Bentley is leaving a more powerful legacy." #olp
What happens when blogs don't moderate comments? And why they probably should, despite and ancillary benefits to speech
#Google launches real-time search Read: Continuing effect of #Twitter on web behaviour.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My #clawbies2009 nominations: @michaluk_live @thetrialwarrior @donna_seale Keep em coming!
Ron #Livingston, who briefly appeared on Sex in the City, is suing #Wikipedia for entry claiming he was gay. #repmgt
Session on Online Reputation Management at #Schulich School of Business from earlier this week now live: #seo #repmgt

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nominations Open for the 2009 Clawbies

Friday, December 4, 2009

British High Court orders Wikipedia to disclose identity of an editor, allegedly involved in blackmail.
A new iPhone app that walks you through a car accident. Prompts for photo damage, GPS, insurance info, witnesses.
Could this be the world's oldest property law exam? Three oxen drivers from Adab, translated from ancient cuneiform.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tip: Jeering next-of-kin, boasting hollow tips, throwing gang signs, won't bode well at your sentencing hearing.
Even the #ICRC warned us about #Afghan #torture. This is getting ridiculous. #cpc #lpc #cdnpoli #ndp
KT v. AS (BCSC): $70k in non-pecuniary damages for soft-tissue chronic pain in MVC.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Geeks trump alpha males on Wall St" What about us geeks that pretend to be alpha males? Can we do brains and brawn?
ATL: Chances of 3Ls in job hunt as bright as #Obama winning war in #Afghanistan. 2Ls probably better off. #lawschool
Guessous v. Chrome (Ca CA): Filing lawsuit in foreign jurisdiction isn't petitioning or free speech under anti-SLAPP
Palestinian Christian sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $110m in libel, slander for calling him a terrorist in "Bruno"
UK papers: "It's embarrassing to be Canadian now." "a corrupt petro-state most of us are ashamed of." Thanks #Harper.
#Google ends 1st-click free loophole. :( I depended on that loophole regularly.
Coyle: "it's unsettling to many to imagine what a Tim #Hudak Ontario might look like" #pcp
The 5 arguments on Afghanistan that #Obama rejected. And why.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Know those "toxic people" I stay away from? Here's proof that it's contagious. Women even more vulnerable to infection.
#Rogers sues
#Bell (BCE) over, ‘largest, fastest, and most reliable network.' At least we know who's more litigious.
I actually do not have a computer until later this week, so bear with me.
Giving a talk this am at Schulich School of Business (YorkU) about online reputation management. (Hi everyone!)