North America

401 ABA Journal articles on North America.

US is an outlier on death penalty attitudes in North America, ACLU attorney says
When it comes to imposing the death penalty, the United States has long outpaced North American neighbors Canada and Mexico, according to the director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project.
Immigration, access to justice and homeless youth among topics on tap at ABA Midyear Meeting
Though the setting will be Canadian when the ABA Midyear Meeting opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, many of the key topics of discussion will be legal issues Americans are grappling with.
Attorney’s bullfighting dreams come true during his golden years
Bullfighting is a hobby for James B. Pritikin, a divorce litigator who is a partner at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove in Chicago.
New SEC cyber unit makes first filing, and it’s over a cryptocurrency sale

On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed and obtained an emergency action against PlexCorps, a Canadian company promoting an initial coin offering, or ICO.

In the filing

Supreme Court makes venue shopping harder for patent trolls

Could this be the end of out-of-town patent lawyers flocking to Marshall, Texas? They’ve become known for showing up in luxury cars, ordering catered gourmet meals for their trial war rooms and running up expensive hotel tabs. That’s the future some observers predict for the top destination for patent infringement lawsuits after a U.S. Supreme Court decision limited the venues where such suits may be filed.

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
Maura Grossman, a clinical psychologist-turned-attorney, believed it was folly for attorneys to continue using traditional means of conducting document review.
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 hire Tracie Crook—a longtime business executive who has never worked for a law firm.

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