North America

427 ABA Journal North America articles.

Paying for Free Speech: Proposed laws would regulate public protests

“We are certainly seeing an upsurge in social activism, from protesting in the streets and at airports to a huge increase in people contacting government representatives, attending town hall meetings and using social media to organize,” says Traci Yoder, director of education and research for the National Lawyers Guild in New York City. As a result, legislators in nearly 20 states have responded with a flurry of bills that increase penalties for protesters, ban the wearing of masks, charge for police protection and even immunize drivers who hit protesters with their cars.

Mexican judge presiding in El Chapo appeals is shot and killed

A Mexican judge who presided in several legal challenges filed by lawyers for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was shot and killed outside his home on Monday.

Judge Vicente Antonio Bermudez…

Maura Grossman: She’s the star of TAR

She’s the star of TAR

Canada judge apologizes for sexist comments in rape case that resulted in an acquittal

A Canadian judge who asked a rape victim why she didn’t keep her knees together has apologized, CBC News Calgary reports.

The incident, which stemmed from a 2014 rape…

Former Canadian PM Stephen Harper joins Dentons

Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper is joining the growing list of political giants that call Dentons home.

On Monday, the firm announced it had entered into a…

Tech startups shine in competition at Canadian Bar Association annual meeting

During last weekend’s annual meeting of the Canadian Bar Association, the organization held its own version of TV’s Shark Tank.

Called “The Pitch” (presumably to avoid copyright infringement, as well…

New suits filed over sperm donor who claimed to be a neuroscientist, but wasn’t

At least two new lawsuits have filed against a Georgia-based sperm bank by families who thought they were using a sperm donor who was a neuroscientist and later found out…

British Columbia law society appeals decision forcing it to admit students from Trinity Western

Trinity Western University’s ongoing battle with the Law Society of British Columbia has headed to the British Columbia Court of Appeals.

On Friday, the Langley Times reported that the…

8 years after landmark international manhunt, ex-teacher gets time for Cambodia child-sex crimes

More than eight years after an international manhunt for a “swirl face” pedophile made headlines due to innovative use of technology and the internet, the criminal justice system is still…

McCarthy Tétrault chooses nonlawyer to redesign firm
McCarthy Tétrault was looking for a leader, someone who could help the large Canadian law firm navigate the muddy waters of a quickly changing profession. So the firm decided to…
Senate hold on Merrick Garland nomination is unprecedented, almost
In the nation's capital, there's nothing quite like a U.S. Supreme Court nomination battle for intrigue, political energy and unpredictability. It's a drama that even with relatively noncontroversial nominations features…
In Canada, Axess offers legal services in Wal-Marts
Is a law firm coming to a Wal-Mart near you?

What may seem like a far-fetched idea is a reality up north. Axess Law is operating in…
GPS tracker put assassin on lawyer’s trail, but also helped catch the suspects, feds testify

A GPS device stuck under the Range Rover of an Texas attorney directed assassins straight to him, the feds say.

But the small black box also pointed authorities to three…

Judge OKs first ‘assisted death,’ with help of physician, in Canada

For the first time in Canadian history, a judge has OK’d a plan for physicians to provide an “assisted death” to a patient, in this case a retired psychologist suffering…

As Canada’s Gowlings completes 1,400-attorney merger with UK firm, more growth is already planned

With Monday’s announcement of the completed merger of equivalent Canadian and United Kingdom law firms, the nearly 1,400-attorney combination is already looking for more merger prospects.

“It’s an exciting time…

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