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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 the upheaval in law over civility.  After the storm, there is hope. Read this month’s posting in the Accidental Mentor, for more about the future of bully-savants. Historiquement, être intelligent dans la compétition associait avec la cruauté. Donc, aussi, les avocats ont parfois toléré des traits…

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 court.  All of a sudden, nothing was settled in the law.  Every case required a fresh look. Prior to that evening, I had had the pleasure of dining with him at the Ontario Bar Association dinner where Tom Heintzman received his Award for Excellence in…