Chapter 7 of Uta Hagen’s 1973 technical manual for the professional actor, Respect for Acting, is devoted entirely to thinking. As a theatre or cinéma fan, read this book and you may never put up with bad acting, ever again. As a lawyer, we could only wish the equivalent were available to help us stay on top of our game.
In my April, 2013, Canadian Lawyer column, Respect for Lawyering, I suggest that our profession, once respected for our prowess at thinking, might learn a thing or two from Hagen’s disciplined approach to the actor’s craft. Whether it is resisting the movement toward commoditization of legal services, or ways of enhancing public confidence in courts, earning respect for our thinking must start with approaching thought as work. Click on Hagen’s image, right, to link to the column.
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Chapitre 7 du tome magistral d’Uta Hagen, Respect for Acting, dévoile les techniques de la pensée active des comédiens. Pour eux, penser et un aspect du travail. Après avoir lu ce livre, peut-être que vous ne supporterez jamais plus les rôles mal joués. En tant que juriste, c’est un malheur que l’équivalent de ce bouquin n’existe vraiment pas pour nous.
Tant pis. Dans mon article de l’avril 2013 du Canadian Lawyer, Respect for Lawyering, je propose que les juristes peuvent apprendre l’art de penser en se visionnant comme penseurs actifs. Si notre travail est dévalué de ces jours, en tant qu’avocats ou en tant que juges, faut-il nous rappeler que le grand public veut nous respecter, et de voir la preuve que nous pensons, comme travail. Cliquez sur l’image de Uta Hagen, à droit, pour accéder à l’article.
Lack of diversity in law, in the world’s most multicultural city in the country the most welcoming of outsiders, continues to confound.
In 2011, I met with the leaders of the American Bar Association during their annual conference in Toronto. I was impressed with how more reflective of our general community the delegates were, compared to senior members of our bar. They seemed to have got over the barrier from diversity as prototype to diversity as integral professional culture. Even to the point that, it was pointed out to me, the seven members of the California Supreme Court included four women and four Asians. The American Civil Rights Movement has always been about participation and integration, and less about preservation of diasporic customs. Continue reading
In this month’s Accidental Mentor column in Canadian Lawyer, learn to apply to your law practice what the best writers have been teaching for years: ‘kill your darlings.’
Dans l’article prochain de l’Accidental Mentor dans Canadian Lawyer, profitez de la leçon principale des écrivains professionnels: si vous faites naître une bonne idée, prenez la hache dans vos mains!
You can distinguish generations of lawyers from their relationship with the telephone.
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I’m not talking about “recreational” use. That phone-hugging lout, weaving back and forth in front of you through the breakfast cereals aisle at the supermarket, has shortened your life by the time you had to listen to him. Sadly, public places have become mental extensions of people’s living rooms. Compared to its omnipresence in the world outside, the decline of telephony in the law office is more subtle and more important to your career.
The desktop telephone reached its apogee as professional tool in the 1980′s, when the above Bell Telephone commercial, part of a 10-year campaign featuring Canadian actor Larry Mann as “the Boss,” aired dozens of times a day. You can see in 1982, the phone company was still a monopoly and its only competition was Canada Post, who could communicate a thousand words for a 25 cent postage stamp.