Intellect, bad behaviour and the professional brain

Historically, being smart in competitive endeavours went hand in hand with ruthlessness.  So, too, the law has sometimes countenanced anti-social traits and even coveted possessors of the killer instinct.  As law becomes a more socially relevant, more collaborative pursuit, the aggressive lawyer needs to change, to remain smart.  This sea change is, in part, behind… Read More

Law’s big secret: the more important the law, the less it is settled

Not long ago, I heard a speech by Justice Ian Binnie, addressing the Toronto Lawyers Association, in which he recounted his experience on being appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Being used to working in a world of judicial precedents, it was a rather unsettling experience to gain the perspective of the country’s top… Read More