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Editors: Matilda Lici - Central Region; Caroline Bedard - East Region

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To Sue or Not to Sue for Defamation: How Are Internet Libel Actions Different from Offline Libel Actions? (Part 1)

  • May 07, 2022
  • David Potts

There is still very little recognition among many lawyers of the differences between internet defamation proceedings and offline defamation proceedings, and even less recognition of the practical consequences of the two forms of defamation proceedings. The next article will summarize the major differences between online and offline libel litigation and their consequences. Here, I will simply sketch some of the important characteristics of the internet.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
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‘Got a Secret, Can You Keep It?’ Developments in the Tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts

  • May 07, 2022
  • Matilda Lici

In 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized, for the first time, the tort of public disclosure of private facts in response to the proliferation of “revenge porn” disseminated online. Since then, subsequent courts across the country have provided further guidance on the nuances of the tort and what types of privacy infringements it is intended to redress.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
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The First Trademark Application for a Hologram Filed in Canada by a Trademark Agent

  • April 14, 2022
  • Avery Lee, Keyser Mason Ball, LLP

Avery Lee is a talented young IP lawyer and the very first Trademark Agent to file a trademark application for a hologram in Canada. While he recognizes that his hologram is not as impressive as the larger scale holograms displayed by projectors or viewed with special glasses, he hopes that his trademark application can serve as a building block for other applicants and Trademark Agents.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Young Lawyers' Division
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Mentorship Goes Both Ways

  • March 28, 2022
  • Tiana Knight

A key aspect of mentorship is ensuring that you establish mutually beneficial professional connections and focus on maintaining those relationships throughout your career, rather than just seeking out how others can support you.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
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What You Need to Know About LAWPRO: Tips and Traps for Junior Lawyers

  • March 01, 2022
  • Michelle Wen Xiao Kang

The practice of law is fraught with many challenges and a lot of skill, planning, and vigilance is required to navigate through the potential pitfalls. In this article, Michelle Wen Xiao Kang highlights the common traps that may lead to a potential LAWPRO claims and suggests ways that junior lawyers can reduce the risk of a claim being brought against them as a result of errors and omissions in performing their professional services.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
A Three-and-Half-Year Journey: From Guangzhou, China to the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

A Three-and-Half-Year Journey: From Guangzhou, China to the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

  • February 28, 2022
  • Baiqing Luo

Though no stranger to relocating and adapting, I found it challenging as a newcomer to Canada and as a law student because I knew absolutely nothing about Canadian society or Canadian law. Fast forward three years, and I am an articling student with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. So, what helped me land on my feet in Canada? If I was to offer one answer, it would be the conscious effort to build contextual intelligence.

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Your First Appeal at the OCA: Tips from the Gurus

  • February 28, 2022
  • Nancy Sarmento

Navigating appeals to the Court of Appeal for Ontario (ONCA) can be a challenge for any lawyer. New lawyers navigating their first appeal to the ONCA are probably doubly stressed, particularly if they are working alone, and especially where the appeal is complicated by a motion to quash. In this article, Nancy Sarmento offers a fantastic ensemble of gems from the gurus of appellate advocacy.

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