Summer is coming to an end and the days are getting shorter. Our clients have made good use of the longer summer days, however, and have accomplished a lot in August:
- As noted in a recent Stem News Item, Lawrence Koplow has received a favorable outcome in a landmark DUI case involving faulty testing equipment at the Scottsdale Crime Lab from the Arizona courts. The Judge hearing the case has thrown out blood test evidence in 11 DUI charges. This decision will likely have an impact on all DUI charges in Scottsdale, Arizona since 2009. Koplow has published some background to the case in his blog, as well as a link to the full court decision.
- Daniel Sorenson, an employment lawyer at the Fraser Valley firm Waterstone Law Group, updated employees on the new Limitations Act and how the Act may affect employees’ claims against their employers. In other firm news, Waterstone is hiring! The firm is hiring one solicitor for its Chilliwack office and one litigator for its Langley office. Come work and live in the beautiful Fraser Valley!
- Texas product liability firm Hissey Kientz LLP has been busy this month! Hissey Kientz updated its Medtronic section to its main website, added new content on the Mirena IUD to the main website, updated the side effects section of its Medtronic microsite, updated hip replacement side effects on its Stryker hip recall microsite, and updated news items on its Transvaginal mesh site.
- Cloud-based practice management software developer Clio introduced Clio’s Virtual Law Firm Bootcamp Instructors and the firm of Sisper, Weinstock, Harper and Dom LLP are participating in Clio’s Virtual Law Firm Bootcamp, both the Kansas Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association joined Clio’s Bar Association Affinity Program, and founder Jack Newton remembered Ross Kodner in a blog post.
- At Small Firm Innovation, Clio’s practice management blog, congratulations are in order! Small Firm Innovation was named to Infusionsoft’s 50 Small Business Blogs to Watch. In other news, Sam Glover blogged about 5 terms you should stop using, Lisa Solomon pointed you to an ace in the hole for projects, big and small, Carolyn Elefant passionately advocated for access to justice and Micah Ascano responded to a discussion on law firm metrics, profits per partner and lawyer incentives.
- The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association presented Presenting With Confidence, the report from the CCCA seminar at the CBA Annual General Meeting. Also, the new CBA President, Fred Headon, is the first in-house lawyer to be CBA President and is a past CCCA President. View a video of an interview with him here. Upcoming events include the 2013 Leadership Conference for Professional Women Women Walking the Talk: Concrete Steps Towards Leadership, taking place on October 4 and 5, 2013 at the Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel, Montreal, Quebec.
- BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham released its September litigation calendar, blogged on Eric Rice winning the CBA President’s Award, the 2013 Pacific Legal Technology Conference going national and the appointment of a new BC Provincial Court judge.
- Canadian tax law firm Thorsteinssons had nine of its lawyers listed in the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada and was the winner of the “Canadian Tax Firm of the Year” Award given by Global Legal Experts. Thorsteinssons also issued a Tax Alert on the new Omnibus Tax Bill. They also blogged prolifically this month, covering topics such as Tax Court usefully clarifies principles of contract interpretation, CRA says multi tiered partnership alignment elections fails when new partnership added and Criminal fraud, tax evasion and the electronic suppression of sales data.
- In Firm News, Russell Alexander Family Lawyers is looking for a new associate lawyer to practice family law out of the firm’s Brooklin and Lindsay, Ontario offices. On its blog, the firm was busy this month, blogging on such topics as Husband fires wife – Court orders him to pay her $20,000 per month in support, Is there “buyer’s remorse” in family law? and Texting and Family Law: Top 3 Things to Know.
- Pushor Mitchell‘s August newsletter contains such interesting articles as The Constructive Dismissal Conundrum by Alfred Kempf, The Dangers of Joint Ownership with your Adult Children by Vanessa DeDominicis, Brian Anslow‘s Financial Disclosure in Divorce and Keri Grenier‘s Factors to Consider When Drafting a Bonus Plan.
- Robson Carpenter LLP, an Ontario firm focusing on condominium and subdivision law, were active sharing on Twitter this month (@RC_LLP), including stories on: the rise in Toronto condo rentals; hotel-condo developments, or “Contels”; and a Boston man’s fight to put a 6′x10′ ft. flag in his condo unit’s window!
That’s all for this month’s rendition of the Stem Client Roundup. We will be back again next month with more details on what our clients are doing.