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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…