Periodical Writing Samples

Managing information overload

originally published in CCCA Magazine Thanks to the wonder that is electronically stored information, corporations profit from – and sometimes stagger under – more information than ever before. And few tasks underscore the mass of a company’s data like e-discovery. Those closest to the work know this

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Palm Pre good alternative to iPhone, BlackBerry

originally published in Lawyers Weekly There’s a new smartphone in town and it’s good enough to go toe-to-toe with the BlackBerry and the iPhone. It’s the Palm Pre. The folks who arguably invented the handheld computing market are back with a redesigned combination touchscreen and physical keyboard

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Judges get with the times on information security

Originally published in Lawyers Weekly Lawyers strive to protect the confidential information they gather when litigating a case. And courts across Canada continuously work to ensure that any information lawyers submit to them stays confidential. This year, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is updating its Blueprint for

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Does your business still need Microsoft?

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Sam Glover started down his “nonconformist” path by installing Ubuntu, one of many distributions of the Linux operating system, on an aging IBM ThinkPad he wanted to rejuvenate. Jennifer Gabriel works for a 22-person Ottawa law firm that went from typewriters to

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Guide to Courtroom Technology in Canada

originally published on CBA PracticeLink Certain high-profile trials have proven the value of technology usage in courtrooms. Yet most trials in Canada still do without even common technologies, like video conferencing, document management systems and document displays. And this absence spawns dissatisfaction. “Clients complain that the process

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Maritime law firm’s student recruitment video a hit on YouTube

originally published in Lawyers Weekly “Yes, that’s my backyard,” Tara Erskine laughed. “That’s my grill.” How does a Toronto-based writer like me get acquainted with an East Coast lawyer’s backyard? Via the web. Erskine, a labour and employment partner and Manager of Legal Human Resources for Halifax-based

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Mackay|Wong Strategic Design

originally published in Award Magazine Few design firms stay as closely associated with their inaugural project as Toronto’s MackaylWong Strategic Design. In the 90s, the firm designed the interior of Wayne Gretzky’s eponymous Toronto restaurant. The City of Toronto would soon accommodate the Great One’s request to

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Online System for Court Attendance Reservations a hit

originally published in The Lawyers Weekly OSCAR may soon arrive at a court near you. When he does, he will make many people a lot less grouchy. That’s because the Online System for Court Attendance Reservations (OSCAR) offers registered users the ability to reserve court attendances online.

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Techno-savvy law firm shares secrets for success

originally published in The Lawyers Weekly How do you explain the techno-savvy – the understanding of both technology and its business value – that some lawyers instinctively bring to their practices? Maybe it’s found in their upbringing. David Feld’s entire family enjoyed computers, while Sonia Kalia introduced

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Draft, edit documents in real time

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Magazine Drafting and editing legal documents in real time looks different when the co-authors aren’t in the same room. Just ask Brock Smith. “We log in through a secure portal using NetMeeting,” says the Vancouver-based partner in the technology and IP group

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