CBA News | April 2016

  • April 01, 2016

Spotlight on: CBA partnership with LegalX

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In March the CBA announced it is partnering with MaRS Discovery District’s LegalX Cluster to launch an innovation event at this summer’s CBA Legal Conference in Ottawa. Read on for more.

CBA Influence

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In case you missed it – check out the latest issue of CBA Influence, a monthly newsletter with blog posts about CBA initiatives, submissions, interventions and comments on public policy. Combined with Focus on Parliament, with links to information about government legislative, regulatory and policy changes, this newsletter provides a 360-degree look at both our current advocacy work, and opportunities for the CBA to get involved.

What’s coming for Law Day 2016

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Law Day is the day set aside each year to commemorate the 1982 birth of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CBA branches across the country hold mock trials and debates, courtroom and holding cell tours, and dial-a-lawyer-type clinics to show the public what lawyers do. Read on for more information, and for details on what’s going on in your region.

Get your daily legal news from us

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No time to go searching for legal news, but your RSS feed gives you too much to sort through? Check out the Legal News roundup on the new CBA website – we do the work for you every workday. Read on for more.

CBA Awards

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The CCCA handed out a number of awards at its conference in Calgary earlier this month. There’s a new award from the Pro Bono Committee; the latest winner of the Legal Aid Leader award has been named; and don’t forget the deadline is coming up for the National Sections Council award. Read on for more.

Internship opportunities with CBA International Initiatives

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CBA International Initiatives is seeking applications from those interested in taking part in its Young Lawyers International Program, which places young Canadian lawyers with non-governmental legal organizations engaged in access to justice and human rights initiatives in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. Interested candidates are invited to apply for internships running from September 2016 through March 2017. The closing date for applications is May 16, 2016. Read on for more.

CBA National magazine

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The blog roll is updated daily with news, analysis and commentary designed to appeal to lawyers working in today’s marketplace. Check out these recent articles: Do Law Differently: Christian Levien of Legalswipe on next steps for public legal education; Watch our interview with the Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould; How do we measure technology's impact on access to justice?

New IP Case Summaries!

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Does industry have the right to be heard in determining tariffs? What’s more important – quantity or quality of evidence in a trademark appeal? Read these new IP case summaries and more of the 28 orders issued by the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal between October 7 and December 17, 2015.

Upcoming in-person conferences

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Click on the links for more detail about these upcoming in-person conferences: National Aboriginal Law Conference, May 5-6, 2016 (Ottawa); CBA IP DAY, May 12, 2016 (Ottawa); 2016 Competition Law Spring Conference, May 19, 2016 (Toronto); National Charity Law Symposium, May 27, 2016 (Toronto); Tax Law for Lawyers Conference, May 29-June 3, 2016 (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.); 2016 Annual CBA Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, June 2-3, 2016 (St. John’s); Military Law Conference, June 2, 2016 (Toronto).

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