Happy Halloween! Hope you are taking time today to have some fun, indulge in a few treats, and enjoy a little break from the busyness of the fall. Between launching new websites, speaking engagements, and blogging, our clients certainly have been busy this past month. Read on for more details.
- We welcomed our newest client, Ottawa-based international trade law firm Woods, Lafortune LLP. Be sure to check out their Canadian Trade Law Blog, where the firm’s lawyers have been blogging recently on rules of origin under SIMA, the North American cattle market and country of origin labelling, and the new Canada-China FIPA.
- We were also thrilled to help Okanagan law firm Pushor Mitchell develop and re-launch their new WordPress-based firm website. The new site includes a blog, testimonials and, one of our favourite features, stories about the firm’s community involvement.
- Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander was busy co-presenting two sessions at the OBA TECHxpo: 60 Technology and Practice Management Tips in 60 Minutes and Practising Safely and Ethically in the Cloud. And big props to Russ, whose blog made a list of must-read Canadian legal resources in the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library’s blog post on how to be a legal news ninja!
- Still on a high from their very successful user conference last month, cloud-based legal practice management software company Clio posted a series of interviews with legal industry leaders created by the Legal Talk Network during the conference, and Clio Lawyer in Residence Joshua Lenon shared a recap of his dinner and discussion with Richard Susskind.
- The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association announced that nominations for the National Conference Charity of Choice are open until November 28th. The CCCA also has some webinars coming up: Maneuvering Through Troubling Times for Directors and Officers, High Risk Terminations (both free for members) and Practical Solutions to Effectively Manage your Commercial Real Estate.
- West Palm Beach, Florida criminal defense attorney Ron Chapman wrote about how private companies can’t issue traffic tickets for running red lights, and gave some examples of reckless driving cases where drivers were found not guilty of vehicular homicide.
- Fraser Valley firm Waterstone Law Group is hiring! The firm’s Chilliwack office is seeking a General Litigator to work directly with clients in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation.
- California personal injury firm Cutter Law launched a new website for their Oakland office, and founder Brooks Cutter shared why he’s so passionate about Wind Youth Services, an organization that provides shelter and services to help youth experiencing homelessness. Brooks has served on the Wind board of directors for the past four years.
- BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham celebrated their 140th anniversary with a combined birthday party/client appreciation night at Science World. In honour of the milestone, Dye & Durham has a number of promotions going on: 20% off their invaluable Court Interest Calculator and discounts on incorporation packages. Plus, when you order a file serve package or select real estate services, you can be entered to win $250!
- Rhode Island eldercare lawyer Mark Heffner shared slides from several recent presentations for the Alzheimer’s Association (Legal and Financial Considerations of Alzheimer’s), the ALS Association (Estate Planning & Public Benefits for Individuals with ALS), and the Providence Retired Teachers Association (Estate and Medicaid Planning).
- Arizona criminal defense lawyer Lawrence Koplow blogged about vehicle searches without a warrant, and discussed a recent case on whether the government can use cell site (location) information emanating from citizens’ mobile phones in order to track them in real time.
- At his Ontario Construction Law and Litigation Blog, Robson Carpenter construction lawyer Adam Zasada blogged about Toronto’s condo construction boom and some parallels between it and Vancouver’s leaky condo crisis, and notified readers to the release of the Elliott Lake Algo Centre Mall Inquiry Report.
- Canadian tax firm Thorsteinssons lawyers David Baxter and Alexander Demner spoke on surplus stripping at the BC Canadian Tax Foundation Conference. On the Thorsteinssons Tax Blog, Ian Gamble, Noah Sarna, and Asif Abdulla blogged extensively on, among other topics, the CRA reversing two prior positions in the foreign affiliate context, how federal charities that haven’t “continued” under the new CNCA risk triggering tax liabilities and BC’s proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act.
- Product injury firm Hissey Kientz added information on side effects to their Risperdal microsite. The antipsychotic drug has been known to cause breast growth (gynecomastia) in male children and adolescents.
That’s it for this month; we’ll be back again in another few weeks with more news to share.