ICYMI: Practice Area Fundamentals

Did you know that the Law Society’s Education Centre updated and added new content to their Practice Area Fundamentals documents last September? Whether you are brushing up on current law and practice in Manitoba or new to a practice area, the Practice Area Fundamentals are a valuable free resource for our Members.

Developed with volunteer lawyers with relevant practice experience, Practice Area Fundamentals update the old Bar Admission (aka CPLED) materials in several practice areas.

Alongside the chapter on Criminal Law, the Education Centre added new chapters in:

Check out the Practice Area Fundamentals section at the Law Society of Manitoba Education Centre.

New Resource – O’Brien’s Forms

Legal research resources are easy to find and purchase for litigators, but it’s much more challenging to do the same for corporate and commercial members. The best precedents are expensive and publishers are unwilling to allow us to make them easily available to members. We have been able to secure a subscription to O’Brien’s Forms Division I (Commercial and General) and Division II (Corporations) for library staff. If you are looking for precedents in this area, please contact us and we can do the research for you, and provide you with the precedent.

We also subscribe to Canadian Forms and Precedents through LexisNexis Advance Quicklaw. You can find a list of our complete collection here.

And don’t forget the new Practice Materials from the Law Society’s Education Centre. Current materials cover Corporate Commercial, Criminal Law and Real Estate, with coverage for Wills and Estates, Civil Litigation, Administrative Advocacy, Child Protection, and Family Law in the works.

Crossing the Border with Electronic Devices

[Reprinted with permission from the February 2019 issue of Communiqué by Darcia Senft.]

What You Should Know

It used to be the case that when a lawyer took a vacation, work was left at the office. While all of us may try to take a real break from work when we are trying to recharge our batteries, the reality is that clients have become accustomed to being able to email their lawyers at all hours of the day and on weekends. For a variety of reasons, lawyers often respond to client matters while they are on vacation or when out of the country for one reason or another. Lawyers often travel with a laptop or a tablet and almost always with a cell phone in order to access emails, client information and other work-related materials. Do you know what risks you face when travelling with your electronic device and what you can do to minimize those risks?

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has published a reference document for the legal profession dealing with the risks of travelling internationally with an electronic device. You can find the document here.

The document, developed by the Policy Counsel Counterpart Group of the Federation with the assistance of law society practice advisors, describes the risks of travelling with an electronic device when returning to Canada, going through preclearance with U.S. border officials on Canadian soil, and when travelling to the U.S. and beyond.

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Family Law Update

January 2019, Issue No. 91 highlights:

  • Cultural Heritage of Children Not Underemphasized: MBCA (Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services v KRF et al, 2018 MBCA 104)
  • Proportionality Concerns Underlie Decision to Proceed: MBCA (Sawatzky v Sawatzky, 2018 MBCA 102)
  • No Entitlement to Accounting by a Master: MBCA (Ball v Sizeland et al, 2018 MBCA 85)
  • Legislative Update
  • Proposed Regulatory Amendments
  • Amendments to the Court of Queen’s Bench Rules
  • Notices and Practice Directions 
  • Recommended Reading
  • Winter CPD: LSM
  • Annual Joint Family Law Program: The Times They are a Changin’

The full edition of this issue is available here.

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Litigation

December 2018, Issue No. 86 Highlights:

The full edition is available here