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CRA Makes a Probationary Termination Blunder

Written by Daniel Standing LL.B., Editor, First Reference Inc.

You’re fired!

These are two words no employee wants to hear. If job security goes together with seniority, then probationary employees walk a fine line every day they go to work. Most employers with collective agreements that allow for probationary periods rightly view them as a condition of hire during which they can closely observe the new employee and decide whether the person is a good fit. Many would likely say that the organization can dismiss the probationer for next to no reason at all, provided they don’t treat the person . . . [more]

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Law Practice Transformation: Ten Fundamental Questions to Ask

Simon is buckling under the pressure of an endless stream of emails, messages, and calls from disgruntled clients. Simon’s thoughts race. He worries about missing something important, and he second-guesses the decisions he made on a recent file. As his anxiety level rises, he wonders, “do I need to leave legal practice?”

Simon is not alone. You likely have experienced this too. The mental health challenges legal professionals face all point to one question: Is there not a better way of practicing law?

And the answer is, yes, there is.

Transforming the practice of law is crucial. It is simply . . . [more]

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Wednesday: Whatas Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about.

For this last week:

1. Solanki v. Reilly, 2021 ONSC 6694

[16] In this case, the plaintiffs must prove, on a balance of probabilities, that the accident caused them to sustain a apermanent serious impairment of an important physical, mental or psychological function.a

[17] The terms aseriousa, apermanenta, aimpairmenta and aimportant functiona are defined by regulation under the . . . [more]

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Open Legal Publishing and the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to how essential many things that we generally take for granted are. I don’t think we’ve ever spoken so much about what we actually need and what we don’t, and it begs the question: what do we all do that is genuinely needed?

In March 2020, we started an internal conversation about what CanLII could do to help ensure that Canadians could access the resources they needed, and how we should respond to the crisis. In the end, we came to the conclusion that while there were particular things we could do, generally we . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Continuing Comma Calamities
Neil Guthrie

Itas disheartening to see how frequently people mess up with commas. This kind of thing is all too common: Partner, Alfredo Garcia will be speaking about a| Remove that comma! … . . . [more]

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What Should Post-Pandemic Legal Education Look Like?

Surfing through the blog entries from my Decanal colleagues over the last number of months, it is clear that coping with the pandemic and adapting legal education to remote delivery has loomed large for all of us. We know it has affected our students, our colleagues and our staff and it is tempting to wish for a return to anormala as we understood it pre-pandemic. On the other hand, there is emerging a debate about what the post-pandemic university should look like, with early commentators suggesting that there is now aa unique opportunity to reimagine our universities as more inclusive, . . . [more]

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Mondayas Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canadaas awardA-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Canadian Trade Law Blog 2. Family Health Law Blog 3. The Defence Toolkit 4. Robeside Assistance 5. All About Information

Canadian Trade Law Blog
National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada

On September 30, 2021, Woods, LaFortune LLP marked National Truth and Reconciliation Day with partner, Michael . . . [more]

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Changing the Way Legal Services Are Delivered to Meet Legal Needs

aWe are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm. Some of us are on super-yachts. Some have just the one oar.a -Damian Barr

Without question, the pandemic has altered the way lawyers practice law. There is increased efficiency in the operation of the courts and both judges and lawyers have skillfully adapted to incredible changes that would have seemed impossible to imagine let alone implement eighteen months ago. The expanded use of technology increased access to justice for many. Emergency orders offered the ability to execute various types of documents safely and remotely. Some . . . [more]

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When Cancel Culture Is Liable in Defamation

Isolation in one’s home and glued to an electronic device, it was inevitable that people would be come more activist online. A growing trend has been where public backlash online, also known as cancelling or calling out, is used to block someone from having a platform or career.

The debate around the utility of cancel culture weaves between delicate balances of expression rights and bullying concerns. While the practice started in progressive circles, it has more recently been weaponized by right-wing groups as well.

What people may not have anticipated is that the attempts to “cancel” someone could actually be . . . [more]

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Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a QuA(c)bec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the QuA(c)bec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in QuA(c)bec.

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IntitulA(c) :A R. . . . [more]

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FCA Would Allow Reverse Class Action Suit for Copyright Infringement

Owners of copyright in movies struggle with large numbers of infringements in which unauthorized copies of their works are uploaded to peer to peer file sharing services such as BitTorrent.[1]

The Federal Court of Appeal has noted that a solution to mass-copyright infringement is for a single creator to pursue a large number of infringers.[2]

Despite the limitations of the Copyright Act for individual non-commercial infringements[3] and the limitations under current copyright law on authorization, the Federal Court of Appeal was prepared to allow a reverse class-action to proceed in which a plaintiff claims numerous parties conducted . . . [more]

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Friday Jobs Roundup

Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or learn how you can use Slaw Jobs to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at Slaw.ca.

Current postings on Slaw Jobs:

. . . [more]

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Listening to the Client

In over 30 years of working with law firms on improving productivity and profitability, Iave seen countless marketplace surveys on the incredible value of client feedback mechanisms. In many instances itas been labelled as one of the fastest and most effective ways to boost firm revenue. So, youad think that law firms would be all over this business practice as a standard operating procedure. Buta|not so much. Two decades ago, law firm management expert Jim Durham conducted a survey of 100 MPs to see how many of their firms had client feedback programs. Around 20% of them did (or were . . . [more]

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Memoirs of an Unwitting SRL

[Jeff Rose-Martland is a writer and SRL from St. Johnas, Newfoundland, and member of NSRLPas Advisory Board.]

Envision a self-represented litigant. Did you get a picture of someone in court, poorly dressed, who doesnat know what they are doing? I see that, and I am an SRL. The more-accurate mental image of a person at their dining table struggling with legal documents until the wee hours rarely comes to mind. Possibly because itas draining to even consider, let alone do. In point of fact, a courtroom may not even be involved; there are a variety of circumstances that will turn . . . [more]

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Wednesday: Whatas Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about.

For this last week:

1. Canadian Thermo Windows Inc. v. Seangio, 2021 ONSC 6555

[74] The whole point of s. 137.1 is to prevent a plaintiff from inflicting substantial costs on defendants in order to chill their participation in expressions on matter of public interest. Without the stay under s. 137.1 (5), the full panoply of expensive procedural steps under the Rules of Civil Procedure would . . . [more]

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Tracking International Current Events: Social Media Focus on Nicaragua and Haiti

Information on social media platforms can be an incredible source to keep track of rapidly evolving situations throughout the world. Particularly, when national governments control and manipulate all sources of information, social media can truly become the only unbiased and trustworthy source, especially for those of us following a situation from the outside. As a law librarian, I must also warn of the pitfalls of not properly vetting and evaluating both the source and information found on social media platforms. Making sure that the information you read and the sources you follow on social media are both reliable and legitimate . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Keep Your Legal Research Up to Date With Alerts on Lexbox
Alex Tsang

For legal professionals working with a high volume of cases, it can be difficult to stay up to date with legal research for all of them. However, with the alert feature on Lexbox, itas easy to keep track of changes to legal information on CanLII that is relevant to your field of work . . . [more]

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Nothing Less Than Great: Reforming Canadaas Universities (How Do Law Schools Fare?)

INTRODUCTION

Law schools have a mixed relationship with the universities of which they are a part. Subject to the universities’ rules, law schools nevertheless also give the impression of having an “independent” status. In Nothing Less than Great: Reforming Canada’s Universities (“Nothing Less than Great“) (University of Toronto Press, 2021), Harvey P. Weingarten assesses the state of universities across (mostly) English-speaking Canada and makes general recommendations for reform. While he refers to law schools only in passing, much of what he has to say is relevant to the landscape of Ontario law schools and legal education. Here I . . . [more]

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Mondayas Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canadaas awardA-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1.A Avoid a Claim 2. Crossroad Family Law Blog 3. Library Boy 4. Welcome to the Food Court 5. Civil Resolution Tribunal blog

Avoid a Claim
When You Get a Call About a Will You Drafteda| What Is Your Next Step?

Youare sitting at your desk on a . . . [more]

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Persistent Discord Within an Administrative Body

Members of the public who are uninitiated with the legal system in Canada are often confused when they encounter administrative law for the first time. The widely-recognized strengths of administrative tribunals, their flexibility and expediency, is often only possible because they discard some elements of formality and rigid procedure.

The relationship between reviewing courts and administrative tribunals is also constantly evolving. The Supreme Court of Canada in National Corn Growers Assn. v. Canada (Import Tribunal) resisted in 1990 an approach where courts would substitute the opinion over that of an administrative tribunal’s interpretation of a legislative provision, preferring greater curial . . . [more]

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Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a QuA(c)bec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the QuA(c)bec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in QuA(c)bec.

PANAL (DROIT) : Le tribunal rejette la requAate de l’accusA(c) visant la constitution d’un jury adA(c)quatement vaccinA(c) contre la COVID-19.

IntitulA(c) :A R. c. Bissonnette, 2021 QCCS 3856
Juridiction :A Cour supA(c)rieure (C.S.), MontrA(c)al
DA(c)cision de :A Juge Mario LongprA(c)
Date :A 13 septembre 2021

RA(c)sumA(c)

PANAL (DROIT) a procA(c)dure . . . [more]

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Friday Jobs Roundup

Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or learn how you can use Slaw Jobs to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at Slaw.ca.

Current postings on Slaw Jobs:

. . . [more]

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University of Windsor Leddy Library Creates Story Map on Missing Children of Indian Residential Schools

I am always on the lookout for innovative ways that libraries have found to create great stories about complex legal or historical issues that have many moving parts.

This one is quite remarkable: the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor has created a site that tells the story of the Missing Children of Indian Residential Schools using maps.

This intereactive visual representation of the residential school locations across Canada uses data from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report to document the experience:

“The recent discoveries of more than 1,700 unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools in

. . . [more]

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Thursday Thinkpiece: No Legal Way OutaR v Ryan, Domestic Abuse, and the Defence of Duress

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the siteas contact form.

No Legal Way Out: R v Ryan, Domestic Abuse, and the Defence of Duress

Author: Nadia Verrelli and Lori Chambers
Publisher: UBC Press
Series: Landmark Cases in Canadian Law
Page Count: 208
Publication Date: August 2021
Regular Price: $27.95 (paperback) | Series subscriber price: $22.00

Excerpt: From the Introduction. . . . [more]

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Building Up the Rule of Law in Ontario- Ministerial Zoning Orders and the Ford Government

aShould they really be allowed to put up that building there?!a Land development is controversial, especially in areas that are growing quickly. As someone who is running for office in one such area, I have heard quite a bit about these issues from voters.

The issues are seldom black and white. Land-owners tout the economic and social benefits of building more of the homes and workplaces that the market demands. Local residents respond with their own compelling arguments, often involving the preservation of neighbourhood character, and avoiding undue strain on infrastructure and local services. In some cases, a proposal . . . [more]

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When Can a Court Motion Be Considered aMadea?

InA Canadian Thermo Windows Inc. v. Seangio, 2021 ONSC 6555, Justice Myers addresses the issue of procedure for starting a motion. In Canadian Thermo, the plaintiffs sued the defendants for defamation. The defendants sought the dismissal of the claim, under the Anti-SLAPP provisions of section 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act.

The defendants served a notice of motion for a long motion. The notice of motion did not indicate a date for a hearing. This was in contravention of subsection 137.2(3) of the Courts of Justice Act. Subsection 137.2(3)A states that for an anti-SLAPP motion, . . . [more]

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Wednesday: Whatas Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about.

For this last week:

1. Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2021 SCC 34

[1] While cast as a claim of right under s. 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this appeal, fundamentally, concerns the exercise of provincial legislative authority over municipalities. The issue, simply put, is whether and how the Constitution of Canada restrains a provincial legislature from changing the conditions . . . [more]

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Lawyer Competence vs. Lawyer Competitiveness

If youave been following my work over at Law21, youall know that Iave been immersed lately in lawyer competence: what its components are, what its less obvious elements include, and how we can go about building it. Iave been fortunate to work with some Canadian law societies in making recommendations and helping develop frameworks to govern and guide developments in this area.

Whenever we talk about lawyer competence, we need to work out exactly what the threshold or minimum standard of that competence should be. One line of thinking in this regard is that the minimum standard . . . [more]

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Nominate Your Favourite New Read

CALL/ACBD is accepting nominations for the 2022 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries has long had an annual award for excellent legal publishing. Some years ago, we renamed the award we present after Queens University Professor Hugh Lawford (1933-2009) to recognize his contributions to legal publishing in Canada. As a group of legal information specialists, our work depends on being able to access and share high-quality legal knowledge.

We value innovation and this award is open to legal content in all information formats. Slaw.ca was recognized with this award in 2009.

The . . . [more]

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Taking Your Oral Advocacy Skills to the Next Level

To be an effective advocate, you must not only be highly skilled in specific and substantive areas of the law, but you must also ensure that you are able to advocate your case competently and confidently. You must also be adept at making sound, strategic decisions and are able to think on your feet when called upon. These skills are not perfected overnight.

Over 40 years, Osgoode has trained more than 4,500 Canadian litigators on essential oral advocacy skills in our Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (ITAW). However, effective oral advocacy is a skill that requires constant refinement and practice and . . . [more]

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Keyword Selected: civil

Affordable Care Act: Faculty Commentary

IIT Chicago-Kent faculty offered perspectives in the media on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, just before and after the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

IIT Chicago-Kent's 2012 Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars will get a unique look at law school and the legal profession

A diverse group of 25 undergraduate students, all interested in legal careers, is participating in a special four-week summer session at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The law school is hosting the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, which is designed to provide current college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors exposure to the rigors of law school and contact with legal professionals. The PLUS program is also aimed at promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Access to Justice on a smartphone

A redesign of A2J Author software currently in the works will allow pro se litigants greater access to A2J Guided Interviews by allowing the application to be used on any Web browser, including the browser on a cell phone. Now, anybody with access to a computer or a smartphone will be able to create a fileable legal document by answering a series of simple questions about their legal issue.

IIT Chicago-Kent to develop ebook for national Cyber Clinic pilot program

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Center for Access to Justice and Technology (CAJT), in cooperation with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and Idaho Legal Services, Inc., will take clinical education to the next level with the development of Cyber Clinics modeled on Professor Ronald W. Staudt's current Justice & Technology Practicum course.

Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand and ABA President-elect Laurel G. Bellows to address 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent graduates

Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand and Laurel G. Bellows, president-elect of the American Bar Association, will address graduates at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's 2012 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m at the UIC Forum in Chicago. There will also be a live webcast of the ceremony available on the Commencement homepage at www.kentlaw.iit.edu/commencement.

Play by IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr., offers attorneys innovative way to earn continuing legal education credits

"Giving Ground," a play by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr., is more than a whodunit full of murder, mayhem, political corruption and shady corporate dealings. Premiering May 3, 2012, at the Thompson Center Auditorium in Chicago, the play is also a carefully crafted program through which Illinois attorneys can earn MCLE credit. The performance is co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Office of Continuing Legal Education, The Artistic Home Theater and the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.

Austin D. Sarat to deliver public lecture April 23 as IIT Chicago-Kent's 2012 Centennial Visitor

Amherst College Professor Austin D. Sarat will deliver the 2012 Centennial Lecture, "Keeping Civility in its Place: Dissent, Injustice and the Lessons of History," on April 23 at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. A reception will follow the lecture.

George Washington University law professor Laura Dickinson will deliver the 2011 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize lecture on April 24

George Washington University law professor Laura Dickinson will discuss her award-winning book, "Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs" (Yale University Press 2011), at the 2011 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture. The program will begin at noon on April 24, 2012.

IIT Chicago-Kent wins the seventh annual National Ethics Trial Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law second-year students Bernadett Guy, Jordan Lebovitz, Tara Korthals and Erin Mayer are the winners of the seventh annual National Ethics Trial Competition, held March 15 to 17 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. IIT Chicago-Kent was one of only 16 law school teams invited to participate in the competition.

Caroline Teichner '12 and Anne Schmidlin '13 to represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Caroline Teichner '12 and Anne Schmidlin '13 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2012 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 23 to 25 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. Law school teams from many of the top moot court programs in the country will participate in the tournament, which is named for Judge Evan A. Evans, who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948.

IIT Chicago-Kent adds the names of 21 alumni to IUSTITIAM SERVAVERUNT

The names of 21 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law alumni have been added to Iustitiam Servaverunt, an artistic tribute to the law school's century-old tradition of educating judges and to the many law school alumni who have served on state and federal courts. Nicknamed the "Judges Wall," Iustitiam Servaverunt is a stainless steel sculpture that bears the names of more than 250 IIT Chicago-Kent alumni who have become judges.

IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 39th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

Second-year IIT Chicago-Kent students John Lawlis and Kyle Wallenberg will represent the law school in the 39th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competitionas Midwest regional tournament March 16 to 18 in Chicago. Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the competition focuses on patent and intellectual property law issues. Winners from four regional competitions will advance to compete in the national tournament in April.

IiT Chicago-Kent to participate in National Ethics Trial Competition

Bernadett Guy, Jordan Lebovitz, Tara Korthals and Erin Mayer, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will represent the law school in the seventh annual National Ethics Trial Competition, held March 15 to 17 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif.

IIT Chicago-Kent Center for Open Government to host Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act training seminar for journalists

The Center for Open Government at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the Chicago Headline Club and Citizen Advocacy Center will co-sponsor a free open government training seminar for professional and citizen journalists March 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the law school, Room 580, 565 West Adams St. (between Clinton and Jefferson streets), in Chicago.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to Participate in the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law

Allison Adams, Catherine Cottle and Jason Gluskin, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law. The tournament will be held March 9 and 10 at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

IIT Chicago-Kent advances to the 2012 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's national finals

The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law team of Daniel Crone '12, Marcell Taylor '12, Jessica Velez '12, and Carlos Vera '12 has advanced to the national finals of the American Association for Justice's 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition by winning the regional tournament, held March 1 to 4 in St. Louis. IIT Chicago-Kent will now compete against first-place teams from 13 other regional tournaments in the national finals March 22 to 25 in Las Vegas.

"Internet Privacy, Social Networks and Data Aggregation" is the theme of IIT Chicago-Kent conference

IIT Chicago-Kent will present Internet Privacy, Social Networks and Data Aggregation, a one-day conference that will feature a wide range of experts in the technology, legal, computer science, and information privacy fields who will focus on Internet privacy and the problems created by the intersection of social networks and the burgeoning data aggregation industry on March 23. Attendance is free of charge, but reservations are required. The conference is eligible for 5.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Exelon Corporation CEO John W. Rowe to deliver keynote address at second annual Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium

"The Future of Energy Law in Illinois and Beyond"
John W. Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon Corporation and chairman of the IIT Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address at the second annual Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium, co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent and the Chicago Park District. The half-day symposium will be held March 30 at the law school.

IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will participate in the 33rd annual ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition March 1 to 3 at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Second-year students Emily Chase-Sosnoff, Irena Kin and Sam Mustain will compete on one team. The other team will comprise second-year students Gregory Forfa, Patrick Gill and Prava Palacharla.

IIT Chicago-Kent repeats as National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition champions

Second-year students Richard Poskozim and Filip Zucek successfully defended IIT Chicago-Kent's championship in the third annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, held February 24 and 25 in Chicago. This is IIT Chicago-Kent's second consecutive National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition championship.

IIT Chicago-Kent wins the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition championship

Second-year law students Rachel Brady, Matthew Cogan and Alexandra Grace have won the 27th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, held February 23 to 25 at the University of Minnesota Law School. Brady also received the competition's overall Best Oral Advocate Award.

IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2012 regional tournament

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will compete against teams from other 12 law schools in the American Association for Justice's 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament from March 1 to 4 in St. Louis. 3L students Daniel Crone, Marcell Taylor, Jessica Velez and Carlos Vera will compete on one of IIT Chicago-Kent's teams. The second IIT Chicago-Kent team will comprise 3L students Nicholas Economakos, Jennifer Rexroat-Lavin and Brett Siegel, and 2L student Amanda Bielinski.

IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Patrick Abbott, Eun-kyung Kim and Erica Yee will represent the law school in the 24th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, to be held February 23 to 25 in White Plains, New York. Established in 1989, the tournament is recognized as the preeminent environmental law competition in the United States. More than 200 students from across the United States and Canada compete annually.

IIT Chicago-Kent to defend its championship in the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will field two teams to defend its championship and best brief honors in the third annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, to be held February 24 and 25 in Chicago. Third-year students Sinjan Bose, Joshua Lurie and Kirtana Kalavapudi will compete on one of IIT Chicago-Kent's teams. The second IIT Chicago-Kent team will comprise second-year students Richard Poskozim and Filip Zucek.

IIT Chicago-Kent advances to the NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition finals

For the third consecutive year, IIT Chicago-Kent has advanced to the national finals of the National Black Law Students Association's (NBLSA) Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. The mock trial team of Hazel Gumbs, Rachel Oliver, Johanna Ojo and Brittany Pritchett will join 11 other teams in the national finals, which take place March 7 to 11 in Washington, D.C.

Katherine S. Newman to deliver 34th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture at IIT Chicago-Kent

"Workers on the Run: Recession and the Pressure on Workplace Rights"
Dean Katherine S. Newman of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's 34rd annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture on March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

New issue of the Seventh Circuit Review now available online

The latest issue of Chicago-Kent's Seventh Circuit Review is now online at www.kentlaw.edu/7cr, complete with synopses of the students' articles available as downloadable MP3 files. The articles analyze recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with the Bivens decision, international law and legislative immunity.

IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition

Two IIT Chicago-Kent teams will participate in the 27th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 23 to 25 at the University of Minnesota Law School. Second-year students Max Barack, Ramsin Canon and Amir Missaghi will compete on one team; the other team will comprise second-year students Rachel Brady, Matthew Cogan and Alexandra Grace.

IIT Chicago-Kent advances to National Trial Competition as top seed from Region 8

The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law team of Lindsay Gephardt '12, Heather Widell '12, and Erik Wilson '12 has advanced to the final rounds of the National Trial Competition (NTC), to be held March 21 to 24 in Austin, Tex. IIT Chicago-Kent was one of two winning teams in the NTC Region 8 tournament, held February 9 to 11 in Chicago. This is the sixth consecutive year IIT Chicago-Kent will send a team to the NTC finals.

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Privacy and Democracy in Technology

Streaming Audio Privacy-and-Democracy-in-Technology-AUDIO.mp3UVA Law professor Danielle Citron; Megan Gray of Gray Matters Law & Policy; and Rachel Levinson-Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justiceas Liberty & National Security Program discuss issues of democracy and technology in privacy. The event was sponsored by the LawTech Center, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and Law, Innovation, Security & Technology.A


Military Justice in America

Streaming Audio Miliary-Justice_Judge-Margaret-Ryan.mp3Senior Judge Margaret Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces discusses her experiences and the military justice system, with UVA Law professor Thomas Nachbar serving as moderator. Nachbar is a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. The event was sponsored by the Federalist Society at UVA Law.


Innocence Project Client Emerson Stevens Shares His Story

Streaming Audio Wrongful-conviction-Emerson-Stevens.mp3Former Innocence Project client Emerson Stevens is joined by Juliet Hatchett a15, associate director of the Innocence Project Clinic, and Deirdre Enright a92, founding director of the Innocence Project at UVA Law, to discuss his experience being wrongfully convicted and his recent exoneration. Stevens served 32 years for a murder he did not commit before he was paroled in 2017, then pardoned in 2021.


The Civil Rights Movement and the Role of Race in the 1971 Virginia Constitution

Streaming Audio Law-Politics-9_30_21.mp3UVA Law professor Daniel Ortiz, Duke Law School professor H. Timothy Lovelace Jr. a06 and moderator Judge Lisa Lorish a08 of the Virginia Court of Appeals examine how the 1971 Virginia Constitution addressed race and responded to the civil rights movement.


The Transformation of International Tax

Streaming Audio Ruth_Mason-Chairlecture.mp3UVA Law professor Ruth Mason explains why the 2008 recession and the subsequent global effort to curb corporate tax dodging transformed international tax. The lecture marked her appointment as Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation. Dean Risa Goluboff introduces Mason.


Roundup of the 2020 Supreme Court Term

Streaming Audio SCOTUS-roundup-2021.mp3UVA Law professors John C. Jeffries Jr. a73 and Daniel Ortiz are joined by GianCarlo Canaparo of the Heritage Foundation to discuss key decisions in the U.S. Supreme Courtas October 2020 term. The event was hosted by the Federalist Society at UVA Law.


A Career in Public Service

Streaming Audio Public_service_kickoff_Mary-Bauer.mp3Mary Bauer a90, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, discusses her career path as a public interest lawyer in her keynote for the Public Service Joint Kickoff. This event was hosted by the Public Interest Law Association, the Program in Law and Public Service, and the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center. Dean Risa Goluboff introduces Bauer.


Dean Risa Goluboff Welcomes Class of 2024

Streaming Audio Risa-Orientation-audio-FINAL.mp3Dean Risa Goluboff delivers her orientation address to the Class of 2024 in Caplin Auditorium.


Admissions Chief Natalie Blazer a08 Welcomes Class of 2024

Streaming Audio Natalie-orientation-audio.mp3Assistant Dean for Admissions Natalie Blazer a08 welcomes the Class of 2024 to orientation and their legal studies.


White Supremacy on Trial

Streaming Audio White-supremacy-AUDIO.mp3Four years after the deadly attack on the Charlottesville community, a federal lawsuit led by Integrity First for America is proceeding against the white supremacists in court. IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, lead attorneys Karen Dunn and Roberta Kaplan, and Dean Risa Goluboff discuss the suit,A Sines v. Kessler, and the process of holding extremists accountable. UVA Batten School Dean Ian Solomon and UVA Law professor Micah Schwartzman a05 also offer remarks. This event was sponsored by UVA Lawas Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, The Miller Center, and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UVA.


Building a Law-and-Political-Economy Framework: Beyond the Twentieth-Century Synthesis

Streaming Audio Tax-June-11-beyond-20.mp3Yale Law professors Anne Alstott and Amy Kapczynski discuss the forthcoming Yale Law Journal article aBuilding a Law-and-Political-Economy Framework: Beyond the Twentieth-Century Synthesis," written by Jedediah S. Britton-Purdy, David Singh Grewal, Amy Kapczynski and Sabeel K. Rahman. UVA Law professor Ruth Mason, Oxford University professor Tsilly Dagan and other legal scholars comment on the work. This event was held as part of the aTax Meets Non-Taxa Oxford-Virginia Legal Dialogs workshop series that builds bridges from tax to other kinds of scholarship.


aCommon Lawa S3 E9: Separate Schools, Separate Worlds

Streaming Audio CommonLaw_S3_Ep9_JimRyan_FINAL.mp3Why are many K-12 schools still struggling with racial inequity and the legacy of segregation almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education? UVA President Jim Ryan a92 discusses the role of the Supreme Court, public policy and higher education in addressing the issue.


Commencement Addresses to the Class of 2021

Streaming Audio Goluboff-Janes-Powell-Combined-AUDIO.mp3For the prerecorded portion of Final Exercises for the Class of 2021, Dean Risa Goluboff, former Student Bar Association President Katharine Janes a21 and Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Cleo Powell a82 deliver remarks.A


aCommon Lawa S3 E8: The Goal of Equity in Womenas Soccer

Streaming Audio CommonLaw_S3_Ep8_Sanchez&Zabel_FINAL.mp3Despite dominating in international competition, the U.S. womenas soccer team is paid far less than their male counterparts. UVA Law professor Camilo SA!nchez and law student Jolena Zabel explore what playersa efforts around the world to achieve equity in pay and working conditions teach us.


Charge to the Class of 2021, With Professor Rachel Harmon

Streaming Audio Harmon-Charge-2021-AUDIO.mp3UVA Law professor Rachel Harmon delivers the Charge to the Class of 2021, following an introduction by Dean Risa Goluboff. This annual tradition offers parting words of wisdom to the graduating class.


aCommon Lawa S3 E7: From Trayvon Martin to George Floyd: The Trauma of Injustice

Streaming Audio Common Law S3 Ep 7 Angela Onwuachi-Willig FINAL with Warning.mp3Black communities experience lasting acultural traumaa from the lack of accountability for police and vigilante violence, explains Boston University School of Law Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig.


PLACE and Power: The Environment and Native American Rights

Streaming Audio PLACE-Krakoff-Torres.mp3Professors Sarah Krakoff (University of Colorado) and Gerald Torres (Yale School of the Environment) discuss issues at the intersection of environmental governance and the rights and interests of Native American peoples. UVA Law professors Michael Livermore and Jon Cannon introduced and moderated the event.


Opportunities for Advocacy and Healing After the Chauvin Verdict

Streaming Audio Chauvin Trial-part-3.mp3UVA Batten School Dean Ian Solomon, UVA Police Diversity Officer Cortney Hawkins and Batten School Social Equity Advisor Marrissa Jones co-moderate a panel directly following the announcement of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. This panel featured a discussion of the verdict between community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust-building in response to instances of racial injustice. The panelists are UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin; Brian N. Williams, an associate professor of public policy at UVA's Batten School; Burke Brownfeld, founder of Sig Global Services; Gene Cash, founder and CEO of Counseling Alliance of Virginia; Wyatt Rolla, interim director of the civil rights and racial justice program at the Legal Aid Justice Center; Valerie Lemmie, director of exploratory research at the Kettering Foundation; and Tia ShereIe Gaynor, an assistant professor of the University of Cincinnati and founding director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. This event was the third of a four-part series examining Derek Chauvinas trial for the death of George Floyd and was co-sponsored by UVA Lawas Center for Criminal Justice, the UVA Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the UVA Police Department.


Value Creation by Business Lawyers

Streaming Audio Tax_business_audio.mp3Columbia Law School professor Ronald J. Gilson discusses his article, aValue Creation by Business Lawyers: Legal Skills and Asset Pricing,a for the aTax Meets Non-Taxa Oxford-Virginia Legal Dialogs workshop series that builds bridges from tax to other kinds of scholarship. UVA Law professor Ruth Mason and Oxfordas Tsilly Dagon host the event, and Penn Law professor Michael Knoll comments on Gilsonas work.A


Navigating the Derek Chauvin Trial: The Law and Policing

Streaming Audio Floyd Event- Part 2.mp3UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin and Batten School professor Brian N. Williams co-moderate a panel discussion of legal experts discussing a range of police topics, including the history of the profession, its culture, standards and training, accountability mechanisms and future efforts to reform. The panelists are Professor Rachel Harmon, director of the UVA Law Center for Criminal Justice; Shannon Dion, director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services; Harvey Powers, director of the Division of Law Enforcement for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Service; Gary Cordner, academy director for the Baltimore Police Department; and DeAnza Cook, Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. This event was the second of a four-part series examining Derek Chauvinas ongoing trial for the death of George Floyd and was co-sponsored by UVA Lawas Center for Criminal Justice, the UVA Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the UVA Police Department.


Understanding the Derek Chauvin Trial

Streaming Audio Chauvin-trial- Part-One.mp3Professor Anne Coughlin leads a discussion of the legal landscape surrounding Derek Chauvinas ongoing trial for the death of George Floyd. Coughlin outlines the charges against Chauvin and what they mean, where the case stands currently and what to expect moving forward in the coming weeks. This event was the first of a four-part series examining the trial, and was co-sponsored by UVA Lawas Center for Criminal Justice, UVAas Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the UVA Police Department.


An Original Document for Every Song in aHamiltona

Streaming Audio Fed Soc- Hamilton Event.mp3Judge Charles Eskridge III of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas walks through the original documents that inspired the songs from the Broadway musical aHamilton.a This event was hosted by the Federalist Society.


aCommon Lawa S3 E6: Policing the Police

Streaming Audio CommonLaw_S3_Ep6_RachelHarmon_FINAL.mp3UVA Law professor Rachel Harmon, author of aThe Law of the Police,a says itas time for Americans to broadly rethink how we regulate the police.


Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Sentencing

Streaming Audio Artificial-Intelligence-panel.mp3A panel explores the increasingly prevalent use of artificial intelligence risk assessment tools in criminal sentencing, and whether the results of such predictive algorithms are appropriately admissible at sentencing hearings in court. Panelists include Professor Deborah Hellman; Professor Jessica M. Eaglin, IU Maurer Law; Julia Dressel, software engineer at Recidiviz; Alex Chohlas-Wood, executive director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab and former director of analytics for NYPD, with moderator Judge Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York. This event was co-hosted by The Virginia Journal of Law & Technology and the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law.


The Future of Live Animal Markets

Streaming Audio Animal Law-Event.mp3Ann Linder, Wildlife and Live Animal Markets Fellow with the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program, presents her research on the future of live animal markets. The event was sponsored by the Virginia Animal Law Society.


aCommon Lawa S3 E5: Regulating Private Lives

Streaming Audio CommonLaw_S3_Ep5_MelissaMurray_FINAL.mp3From interracial marriage to LGBTQ rights, when the Supreme Court decriminalizes private behavior, other forms of regulation step in, says New York University School of Law professor Melissa Murray.


2021 Lile Moot Court Competition

Lile-Moot-Court-2021.mp3Third-year UVA Law students Mihir Khetarpal and Nina Oat, arguing for the appellant, face off against classmates Avery Rasmussen and Matt West, arguing for the appellee, in the final round of the Lile Moot Court competition. The judges are Megan Barbero, deputy general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives; Judge Louis A. Bledsoe III, chief judge, North Carolina Business Court; and Judge Jerome A. Holmes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Alumni Discuss Experiences at UVA Law

Streaming Audio Admitted-Alumni-Panel-PODCAST.mp3Learn about experiences alumni had as students at UVA Law and with the alumni network. Panelists include Virginia Solicitor General (and Professor) Toby Heytens a00; Judge Daniel Bress a05 of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Grace Fu a09, executive vice president of human resources, general counsel and secretary for Barneys New York; and Erin Seagears a20, a clerk for the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Director of Admissions Laura Howell a11 leads the panel.A


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