Periodical Writing Samples

The World of Gildo Zegna

Gildo Zegna, the 60-year-old, fourth-generation CEO of Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, has been visiting Canada since Harry Rosen first invited him here in the 1980s. In those days he was head of Zegna North America, “and I travelled with a big trunk containing wool, cashmere, patterns, books,

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Writing with Mind Maps

When I start to write a document, the ideas in it never get to the page in publishable order. (I know I’m not alone in this.) Pieces of the “story” float about. Many writers feel a compulsion to write from the start of a new document. That

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Doing the business math of GDPR compliance

Privacy legislation isn’t new. But thanks to headlines outing corporations that leak customer information and, more recently, the usage of Facebook data to sway political events, interest in privacy has spiked. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) began their evolution long before these headline-grabbing events

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Free user-friendly online legal resources good for lawyers, access to justice

Are you an in-house counsel looking for ways to help control outside legal expenses? There’s good news: certain law firms are making “boilerplate” expertise available online — no obligation, no cost.

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Speed of light document analysis

Software developers have been automating low-level document review decision-making for years. That automation helps lawyers zero-in on relevant language faster. The end game? Faster review speeds can result in lower costs for clients and improved competitiveness for lawyers. The promise of document analysis software Anne McNulty said

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Fighting for copyright

Have you ever had your copyright violated? How did you react? I had this issue a few years ago. I didn’t take it well. My consternation drove me to waste time creating Google alerts for a bunch of my published articles. I’ve since deleted those alerts for

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On-screen document annotation is great, if you know how

When asked the last time he annotated a paper document, Don Cameron paused. “Let me think about that,” he said. “Probably years.” “I don’t like the permanency of it,” continued the partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP. “I prefer to annotate, then come back and change my

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Evaluating and improving a lawyer’s technology competence

Helping lawyers get up to speed on the technology they need to use starts with honesty about what they need. Several organizations offer approaches to help lawyers get the technology competence they’re expected to have. That training is required goes without saying. D. Casey Flaherty warns against

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What’s an Active Workstation?

Remember the clickbait headline “Sitting Is the New Smoking”? One of the latest iterations of the perennial office ergonomics conversation, it helped give rise to the notion of an “active workstation.” I wish the headline jibed with reality. It could be better rewritten as “Not Moving and

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Balancing technology competence with legal work

This is the second column of a three-part series. Read part 1 here. Are you having difficulty deciding how much lawyers need to know about their technology? You aren’t alone. Joanne Humber, a U.K.-based technology skills consultant, interviewed the person who runs a law firm’s document production

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