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In person : Caitlin Pakosh

By CBA/ABC National December 8, 2017 8 December 2017

In person : Caitlin Pakosh

 

Caitlin Pakosh is Senior Staff Lawyer at Innocence Canada. She will be pursuing private criminal defence practice in the New Year. Her book, The Lawyer's Guide to the Forensic Sciences, won the 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize for excellence in legal writing and research.

Who has had the biggest influence on you and why?

My parents and my grandma, Mimi. My mother is an inspiration – I had the honour of watching her graduate from every one of her educational pursuits after high school, most recently her masters. Seeing her work so hard my whole life motivated me to pursue my educational opportunities and to truly value them. My father came from Saskatchewan to Toronto with next to nothing and worked his way into corporate finance. He taught me you have to try your best and, if things don’t work out, have a good sense of humor, learn, and move forward. My grandma, Mimi, is a seamstress/fashionista, baker, storyteller, artist, and all-around lovely person. She and I share stories over rum and cokes, both agreeing how great the other is while fully acknowledging that we’re the same personality displaced 60 years apart.

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Big picture

Canada's free-trading partners

By CBA/ABC National December 8, 2017 8 December 2017

Canada's free-trading partners

 

Canada’s federal trade department has been busy in 2017. It has been locked in tough talks with the U.S. and Mexico aimed at modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) But Canada has also been working to diversify its market access through trade deals. It has been mandated to negotiate an Asia-Pacific trade deal – known as TPP11 – following the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Consultations have begun on a free trade deal with China. And in September, the bulk of the Canada-E.U. trade deal (CETA) was provisionally implemented. 

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CBA community

Futures: A way forward; Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting

By CBA/ABC National December 7, 2017 7 December 2017

Futures: A way forward; Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting

 

The CBA Legal Futures Initiative has issued its final report. Here are the highlights:

THE BACK STORY

Created in 2012, CBA Futures set out to identify factors likely to change the legal market and the work of lawyers in 2020 and beyond so CBA could help members adapt. In 2014, it issued a report containing 22 recommendations addressing the structure and organization of the profession and legal businesses; education of the next generation; and professional regulation.

THE ACTION PLAN

  • Provide specific tools to help lawyers adjust to the future:
    Delivered the CBA Futures Readiness and Self-Assessment Tool for members to use to kick-start innovation in their practices;
  • Published Richard Susskind’s Guide to Strategy for Lawyers; hosted Canadian launch of his recent book, The Future of the Professions, with exclusive access for CBA members;

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Creative licence

Creative licence: Michael Shain

By CBA/ABC National December 7, 2017 7 December 2017

Creative licence: Michael Shain

 

“ Poetry is my way of connecting to the raw beauty and magic of this Island landscape and its people and their history. You know you’re in the right place when, after all these years, you still greet each new day with a sense of wonder.”

Michael Shain is Director of the Manitoulin Legal Clinic, located near Little Current, Ont., on the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation. He scribbles poetry on the side.

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Internet law

The U.S. plans to end net neutrality

By CBA/ABC National November 23, 2017 23 November 2017

The U.S. plans to end net neutrality

The debate over net neutrality is raging again in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission has released its final proposal to end net neutrality. It will repeal a 2015 Obama-administration era prohibition aimed at internet service providers against blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. The move would also limit FCC jurisdiction over broadband internet access services.

What’s the problem?

As things stand, internet service providers can’t charge more for access to certain web sites (such as those that, incidentally, it doesn’t own).  Critics (among them Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web want all internet traffic to be treated equally regardless of content, origin or destination. Ending net neutrality, they argue, would usher in a two-tier approach that will ultimately produce unfair competition that favours incumbents and hinder the ability of start-up companies to disrupt. Also, there is a legitimate concern that without net neutrality, users will have to have to pay more for the sites their internet providers decide to charge for. Think of when you cut the cord on your cable channel package. It’s a bit like that.

Who’s for it?

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