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Blawg Review Virgins

Can you identify who are Blawg Review virgins in the lineup above?

Stephanie West Allen hosted Blawg Review #114.

Diane Levin hosted #43, #94 and #130.

Victoria Pynchon and Gini Nelson are Blawg Review virgins.

Victoria Pynchon of Settle It Now and The IP ADR Blog confesses to being a Blawg Review virgin:
Though we've been reading Blawg Review since we put up our first tentative post on blogger (here!) in June of 2006, as hosts, we're Blawg Review virgins. So send your best posts this week to Blawg Review for possible inclusion in possibly one of the best BR's ever (we like to set our own bar high!)
To see how you can get your latest, greatest, law blog post submitted for Blawg Review #171 -- which promises to be a good one -- simply follow these submission guidelines. We look forward to seeing some new law blogs, including many ADR blogs.

Simple Justice, Due Process

Justice delayed is justice denied, so we weren't at all surprised when New York Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Greenfield duly processed his Blawg Review #170 on Simple Justice a day early!

Feeling the link love?

Just when I was getting depressed about the dearth of link love for Blawg Review, Hugh MacLeod put it all into perspective.

The Trusted Advisor Review

Recently, Stephanie West Allen asked me if there is one book I'd recommend for new lawyers that she might include in the regular column, Reading Minds, she edits for the American Bar Association. My recommendation, along with two others, can be read in the latest issue of the ABA's Law Practice Magazine.

I recommend The Trusted Advisor.

The theme of The Trusted Advisor (Free Press, 2000) is that the key to professional success is not just technical mastery of one’s discipline, but also the ability to work with clients in a way that earns their trust and gains their confidence. This book is a seminal treatise on the subject of trust.

Most, if not all, young lawyers starting out as new associates in established firms want to get ahead as fast as they can. Freshly minted from a competitive law school environment, they typically think being the best lawyer is all about mastering the law. Authors David Maister, Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galford write this:
“Then comes that crucial career transition, from technician to full professional, from content expert to advisor. As technicians, our task is to provide information, analyses, research, content and even recommendations. All of these are basically tasks performed out of the client’s presence. In contrast, our task as advisors is an ‘in-person,’ ‘in-contact’ challenge to help the client see things anew or to make a decision. This requires a complete change of skills and mind-sets.”
Lawyers who make this career transition, achieving the status of trusted advisor, know the meaning of true professionalism and, unlike so many of their colleagues, really enjoy the practice of law. For young lawyers starting out, there’s no book I’d recommend more highly than this one.

If You Like It, Link It

If you like the current issue of Blawg Review and you think your blog readers might find something interesting in it for them, please, for everyone's sake, don't hesitate to link to it.

Our helpful Blawg Review Sherpa, Colin Samuels, shows the way. Just whisper about it. You never know who's listening.

The Wall Street Journal has figured this blogging thing out.

Popular Law Stories from Around the Web

Edited by The Wall Street Journal

Notice how David Lat at Above the Law and Colin Samuels, and others who linked to Blawg Review, also got noticed on the mainstream media blog. Instant karma, baby!

They're Working On It

Somewhere in California, the brand strategists at Whisper are busy "working" on Blawg Review #169. [See below.] Given the time zone and the other things they have to work on, we can't be sure when it will be done.

Well, it's done well. Grok this!

Blawg Review #169

Lawyers, and law firms, have always been brands.

As with any organization, product, or service, people think about a lawyer or law firm in terms of a handful of qualities or attributes, a promise, some kind of story.

That simple narrative can have a major impact on their decision to contact a particular firm, to buy its services, to do business there, and to affiliate with the lawyer.

In today’s globalized, networked world, every lawyer has to compete with every other lawyer for their share of the world’s clients, businesses, capital, respect, and attention.

How a lawyer or law firm stakes out and communicates their distinctive place within the world largely determines which ones succeed, and which falter, in the race for economic prosperity.

Welcome to the latest edition of Blawg Review.

We are pleased to host what has become a weekly must read for those within, and for many outside, the legal profession. Which points to how a brand consultancy comes to host a blog pointed to law professionals.

Our firm is led by a lawyer, your host for this edition. Although maintaining active licenses in three U.S. jurisdictions, I no longer actively engage in the profession.

In looking back through a career beginning as prosecutor, to civil litigator, later as general counsel, to CEO of an international brand consultancy, a common thread exists. In each position, although early on without understanding it as such, I relied upon the art of branding. As a prosecutor and later as civil litigator, my target audience was twelve people in a jury box, rather than the mass markets we attract for clients today. But the principles remain the same—offer a compelling narrative, otherwise become lost in the white noise of contemporary culture.

We are proud to share that later this year, our work and that of the legal profession will give birth to a new offering by the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. Watch for it.

With that, let’s look to lawyers demonstrating their brands and thereby revealing their unique genius, rather than devolving to labored explanations of relevancy.

This week, What About Clients? links back to one of the rules of Dan Hull’s “muscle boutique” law firm.

Rule Six: When You Work, You Are Marketing. When your firm works for a client or customer, it transmits “barrages of small but powerful, memorable ads”.

Rule Six is more a truth to be kept in mind than a “rule.” This is where the needs of clients and their lawyers come together. It’s about value to both. But you can’t forget this one. Keeping or not keeping in mind the germ of Rule Six–that “when you work, you are marketing”–is the difference between having a financially healthy practice and having to close your doors.

Trial lawyer and jury consultant Anne Reed at Deliberations tells a story about Your Client, The Jury, And You.

David Giacalone at f/k/a anticipates today’s theme, if there is one—lawyers and law firm branding:

Over at Ed’s Blawg Review, I see that Blawg Review #169 will be hosted on Monday, July 21, by Whisper, a weblog about brand strategy (which, honest, they call B.S.) — and which is “founded on one big idea: ‘The key to any effective marketing, branding or advertising effort is to change and take ownership of the conversation’.” For a contrarian perspective on branding and lawyers, you might want to check out a few posts from the early days of ethicalEsq.

A baby-boomer myself, I don’t know where David Giacalone gets all the energy for his creative poetry and erudite punditry.

Elsewhere in the blawgosphere, the indefatigable Howard Bashman, continuously streaming legal news at How Appealing, draws our attention to a recent article by Marcia Coyle in The National Law Journal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently ruled for the first time that sleeping is a “major life activity” under the federal Rehabilitation Act. Reversing its own precedent, the court also held that a plaintiff doesn’t have to show that his sleep disability affected his waking activities in order to move forward with a discrimination claim.

Professor Eric Goldman, another tireless law blogger observes: “My Sprawling Digital Empire, Where to Find Me Online and My Friending Policy”.

Across the pond, at Ruthie’s Law, we find the charming Ruth Barber somewhat tired of blogging about herself in the third person.

Dear readers…Ruthie is finding that a combination of her dayjob and her DIY projects are increasingly taking up her blogging time…and she is increasingly in demand for writing that she actually gets paid for. Rather than leave you all in suspense, I’ll let you know the bad news and the good news. The bad news; I fear that this blog may have to come to an end. The good news: Ruthie plans to resurrect herself in due course, phoenix like on a website with some quality articles. I simply no longer have the spare hours in a day to properly service a blog with quality submissions. I think a website will be easier.

…like Duncan Bucknell?

…or Professor Bainbridge?

…or Enrico Schaefer’s Fully Integrated Web/Blog: A Law Firm Website? Anonymously famous as The Greatest American Lawyer, Enrico Schaefer at Traverse Legal was one of the pioneers of the concept of the virtual law office.

Now, Dan Slater at The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, writes about a new virtual law firm atYour Life Now? Working in a Virtual World:

Imagine this: You’re a corporate lawyer living in Tiburon, a bucolic suburb of Marin County. In the morning, your lawyer friends don office-appropriate garb, hop the ferry, and then wend their way through the bustle of city life, arriving, ultimately, at a fancy San Fran firm, where their billing rates must be high enough to cover the costs of fancy offices and legions of fancy associates.

Now your life: After taking a few client calls from your home that overlooks the water, you see that it’s another beautiful day in the Bay Area. (After all, it’s incontrovertible fact that there are no bad days in the Bay Area.) So you pack up your laptop and a few files, walk down the street to Sam’s Cafe, take a table on the back deck, order Sam’s fish & chips, and finish up the day’s work as you communicate with your “partners” through a virtual law firm.

Carolyn Elefant at Legal Blog Watch demurs with Are Virtual Law Firms Really a New Idea?

Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, has something helpful for busy lawyers with The List to Beat All Lists: Top 20 Productivity Lists to Rock Your Tasks.

Rob La Gatta on LexBlog’s “Real Lawyers Have Blogs” offers advice for lawyers gleaned at BlogHer 2008, the annual conference for women who blog, in this — BlogHer ‘08: Ditch the legalese, says Kelly Phillips Erb.

Pasadena, California insurance lawyer George M. Wallace has an entertaining post on his eclectic blog — a fool in the forest — at Livre Free or Die.

Supreme Dicta posts a picture of the Best Newspaper Graphic Ever!

Kashmir Hill at Above the Law writes about Adventures in Lawyer Advertising: It’s Dress-Up Barbie Time! By the way, Bob Ambrogi reports that there are big changes in store for Above the Law — guess who’s leaving!

Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog picks his Site of the Week:

Canadian Law Professor Michael Geist links to a parody mashup:

They Indeed Have Gone Crazy (feat. Josee Verner). Learn how the new Copyright Bill C-61 threatens ordinary creators instead of protecting them. Starring: Josee Verner, Lawrence Lessig and journalist Sandra Abma of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in a parody mashup starring Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

One of the very few law bloggers who, like Madonna, is such a famous brand, she’s known by one name, Althouse. She blogs this week with a video discussing the uproar about Jesse Jackson saying Obama is “talking down to black people … telling [n-word] how to behave.”

The Innocence Project Blog reports on ‘McJustice’ - the crisis of indigent defense in America.

Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft: the politics of crime reports that ABC Journalist Faces 20 Yrs and Caning For One Gram of Meth.

Kieran Healey, a sociologist, blogging on Crooked Timber talks about Reversing Mass Imprisonment. Speaking of Kieran Healey, Professor Mark Lieberman at Language Log explains Sociophysics.

Professor Orin Kerr at The Volokh Conspiracy asks, “Why Does the United States Have an Exclusionary Rule?” and a conversation ensues in the comments.

Colin Samuels at Infamy or Praise asks, “In the meantime, will someone please buy Mr. Heller a revolver?”

Michael Arrington, a lawyer himself in a previous life, is now at TechCrunch reporting that Bloggers Want Out Of Playboy Poll.

Charles Green at Trust Matters discusses How Contracts Can Feed Trust Rather than Destroy It.

Charles Green is the founder of the Carnival of Trust, which I had the pleasure of hosting on the Whisper blog last October.

This month’s edition of the Carnival of Trust includes posts of interest to lawyers, such as this one:

Can you trust your lawyer? Jordan Furlong of Law21 says absolutely, even daring to propose that “lawyers are amazingly trustworthy as individuals, possessing (in my perhaps biased view) more courage and moral fiber than can be found in many other walks of life.”

Charlie Green added this comment to the original post:


What a great post, and very well said. I think lawyers could benefit greatly from your point of view.

While Seth Godin’s view is understandable, and not wrong, I have nonetheless found that the best lawyers do not fully buy it:

-The best divorce lawyers are those who counsel couples to make their last time together worthy of the good times, rather than pouring gasoline on the enraged fires of pained people operating from temporarily deranged motives like revenge;

-The best litigators are those who heed the advice of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu, to the effect that the best victories come from wars that are never fought;

-The best corporate lawyers are those who help advance the brand, image, reputation, customer focus and organizational health of their employers, rather than channeling Cassandra or viewing themselves as self-appointed Chief Risk Mitigation Officers;

I also have found a great many lawyers who are principled, and are intrinsically inclined to the concept of service or other-orientation. They feel pained at the notion that their better instincts must be subordinated to the notion of gun-for-hire. Voices like yours give them warranted hope; please keep it up.

Comment by Charles H. Green | July 10, 2008

In this month’s Carnival of Trust, see also The More Meetings, The Less Trust, which is recommended this week as “Absolutely essential reading!

In other news in the blawgosphere…

A lawyer near our Newport Beach office, J. Craig Williams on May It Please the Court, advises that a City’s Potholes May Be More Than A Trivial Defect.

Walter Olson at Overlawyered reports on a Google AdWords class action.

IP maven Ron Coleman blogs about a case in which he successfully represented a client.

Every case’s facts, procedural posture, and trial has its unique aspects, and both Designer Skin’s lawyers and LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® can think of things that we would have very much thought could and should have gone differently before and during trial. Nonetheless, as with every judicial ruling, one can take the words and principles expressed for what they are worth. For victims of the abuse of the intellectual property laws by “brand equity” companies using trademark and copyright as cudgels to retain exclusive, inefficient and anti-competitive business practices — and, unfortunately, those jurists who may unwittingly act as their handmaidens but whose minds are yet open — these words from Judge Teilborg, which appear largely based, as to the damages issue, on Lexmark International v. Static Control Components, 387 F.3d 522 (6th Cir. 2000)*, may be worth quite a bit.

Professor Frank Pasquale at Concurring Opinions points to The Best Commentary on that Idiotic New Yorker Cover. . . and, pointing further, also check out this commentary by David Giacalone on the New Yorker Cover: obama, satire, and the PC Police.

Yankees fanatic Monica Bay at the Common Scold reports on the the 2008 All-Star Game.

Speaking of ALM, ahem, Incisive Media…Eric Turkewitz, of New York Personal Injury Law Blog fame, is networking bigtime!

Oh, and Professor Kevin Maillard at The Faculty Lounge reports that You Should Know: Angelina Jolie Births Twins.

Diane Levin at the Mediation Channel says, “Don’t forget to dance.

Another neighbor in Newport Beach, Denise Howell at Bag and Baggage knows what she means.

Professor Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit says the music industry picked on the wrong mom. They made her take down a 30-second YouTube video of her child dancing to a Prince song, and are now locked in a contest with an underestimated adversary.

The famously anonymous editor of Blawg Review, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in Newport Beach, has a good post about how to write a Blawg Review that swings.

Thanks, Ed, for helping me make this one swing, too, suggesting that I end this Blawg Review where it began, in a manner of speaking — What About Paris?

Blawg Review identifies next week’s host, Simple Justice, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.

On behalf of each of our team at Whisper, we trust you enjoyed this edition of Blawg Review as much as we relished the opportunity to contribute to this vital forum.

Blawg's Law

Last week we enjoyed hosting Blawg Review, a weekly blog carnival for anyone interested in law.

Blawg Review has developed a golden reputation within the legal community for intelligent, insightful commentary to a wide audience within the legal profession.

Reaction came from a variety of sources, including Infamy Or Praise, New York Personal Injury Blog, f/k/a, Chicago Litigation Blog, What About Clients, Above The Law, and the IP blog, Securing Innovation.

The Wall Street Journal also linked to the column.

Diane Levin at Mediation Channel put a bow around our column with this:

What is branding? Whisper captures it neatly: Defining why you are, so that you become the only logical choice for what you offer.

Whisper’s approach to brand strategy is simple: Whisper is founded on one big idea: “The key to any effective marketing, branding or advertising effort is to change and take ownership of the conversation.”

Helping people shape and take ownership of the conversation is something we mediators know plenty about. But branding our work and branding ourselves? — not so much, as my colleague Tammy Lenski has pointed out. Whisper, however, has a lot to teach us. Blawg Review #169 presents examples of effective branding and shares Whisper’s philosophy of strategic brand building.

This week’s edition is hosted by Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice.


We were on a break!

Peter Black at Freedom to Differ has been on hiatus for six weeks, but he's back.

Doug Sorocco and all the folks in Phosita-land have just published their first post since April 7, 2008 to tell us they're taking a break.

I knew it!

Duke Ellington Blawg Review

Sonia Simone has penned a wonderful piece at Copyblogger that might well be styled "The Duke Ellington Guide to a Blawg Review that Swings". Here's a few introductory bars, if you want to hum along.
Don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing . . .

Whenever you study a creative form like copywriting, you spend a lot of time on technique. You think hard about headlines and metaphors and what specific details you’ll use. You worry about positioning and persuasive structure. You’re trying to keep all the rules and guidelines in your head.

But if you want your content to keep bringing them back, it’s gotta swing.

Duke Ellington was something rare–hugely respected as a master of his art, and insanely popular with the public. His art was creating music people wanted to listen to. His work was technically impressive, but it also got people onto the dance floor.

Ellington once said “jazz is music; swing is business.” He knew the difference. But his technique and his confidence let him marry the two with incredible results.

Technique is wonderful. It helps us make better connections with our readers, and to persuade those readers to take action. But in order to do that, the whole thing has to hang together. It has carry readers along, so the techniques aren’t obvious.

It has to swing.
David Harlow's Blawg Review #88, based on the number of keys on a piano, certainly did.

Rush to Blawg Review #168

Today is Bastille Day, and if this week's host of Blawg Review #168, Jeffrey Mehalic at the West Virginia Business Litigation blog, had reminded us in advance, we might have swapped his hosting date with, which hosted Blawg Review #165. C'est la vie.

Words and music by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart
There's no bread, let them eat cake
There's no end to what they'll take
Flaunt the fruits of noble birth
Wash the salt into the earth

But they're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Free the dungeons of the innocent
The king must kneel to let this kingdom rise

Bloodstained velvet, dirty lace
Naked fear on every face
See them bow their heads to die
As we would bow as they rode by

And they're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Sing, o choirs of cacophony
The king must kneel to let this kingdom rise

Lessons taught but never learned
All around us anger burns
Guide the future by the past
Long ago the mold was cast

For they marched out to Bastille Day
La guillotine claimed her bloody prize
Hear the echoes of the centuries
Power isn't all that money buys
Rush: after 34 years, better than ever
As for Rolling Stone's notion that Rush's enduring popularity is somehow a harbinger of the "American Nerd Age," you wouldn't have known that from the Toronto audience, which ran the gamut from whooping metal-heads to whole families of fans.

In truth, there's a simple reason why Rush has continued to prosper after 34 years and 24 gold albums - they've never stopped growing. Rush today plays better, writes better and sounds better than it ever has. And you don't need Rolling Stone's endorsement to make the band worth hearing.

Major League Blawger Meetup

Who wants to join me? I've got four excellent tickets to the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto this Friday night, July 11, 2008. Hopefully the game will be as exciting for lawyers as this.

Box Score: It was a helluva game, as Jays blanked Yankees 5-0.

Canadian fans taunted A-Rod, as law bloggers watched helplessly. "We should have invited a family law specialist," noted Ed.

Instead, the editor of Blawg Review was joined by a law firm partner, a law student, and a former law librarian and "info-diva" turned consultant, for a night out at the ballgame.

Heenan Blaikie partner Simon Chester, who blogs at, knows more about cricket than baseball, apparently, but settled into an enjoyable presentation of America's pastime once he realized it was just a game of "rounders".

The law student, Omar Ha-Redeye, has an educational background in nuclear medicine, health administration, and public relations. He had worked in all three fields for several years before deciding to pursue a law degree at the University of Western Ontario. Omar blogs on the Canadian law student group blog, Law Is Cool, where he directs and runs the podcasts.

Info-diva Connie Crosby, who hosted Blawg Review #105 as big-law librarian, has recently started Crosby Goup Consulting, so she was busy twittering away to her peeps throughout the blawger meetup.

Toronto's ace pitcher Roy Halladay, who's been named to the American League All-Star Team for next week's All Star Game in New York City, put on a clinic in a complete game shut out of his All-Star teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
The only Yankees to collect hits against Halladay, who struck out eight batters, were Alex Rodriguez in the fourth inning and Derek Jeter, who hit a ground-rule double in the ninth.

After that, Halladay polished off the Yankees in style, striking out Bobby Abreu and then getting Rodriguez to line out to first baseman Lyle Overbay to end the game.
After the ballgame, the law bloggers went out on the town and, presumably, A-Rod ran home.

Star Spangled Blawg Review

American law bloggers revolted from the British barrister's linking to images of naked women in last week's Blawg Review #166.

Since this week's Blawg Review #167 follows the Independence Day weekend holiday in the United States, our host Jonathan Frieden features law blogs from all 50 States represented by the stars on the flag of the United States of America, Old Glory.


Declaration of Independence

Let's have a happy and thoughtful 4th of July weekend, and come back next week for Blawg Review #167 by Jonathan Frieden. I think he's got something special planned for this occasion.

The following blog posts for Independence Day, by previous hosts of Blawg Review, may be food for thought:

QuizLaw, which hosted Blawg Review #71, has one serious and another humorous blog post for Independence Day:

It’s good to read the Old Texts every once in a while…

Bork, bork, meep-meep…

Blawg Review #134 host Eric Turkewitz, at the New York Personal Injury Law Blog, presents this:

United States of America Declares Its Independence (Jury Trials Are One Reason)

George M. Wallace, who hosted #51, #102, and #153 along with corresponding April Fool's Day issues of Blawg Review, offers these:

Songs of Our Climate

Norman Gregory Fernandez, who hosted a special Memorial Day issue of Blawg Review #110, wishes us a:

Happy Independence Day from The Biker Law Blog

London Rocks Canada

Blawg Review #166 is up at GeekLawyer's blog; a day late and a pound short in this editor's view. As expected by many, it's a "wild-card review full of inappropriate vulgarity, drunken foul mouthed ranting and incendiary content: i.e. a normal Geeklawyer posting." Geeklawyer fans everywhere will love it.

Canadian lawyers may be disappointed that this blogging barrister, in his preoccupation with the upcoming Independence Day on the 4th of July, has nary a word today about Canada Day, even as his fellow Londoners are partying in Trafalgar Square in celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st.
One of London’s most exciting free public events has this year been extended to a 2-day spectacular. Canada Day 2008, in association with Alberta… a Canadian Affair, hosts a free live concert in Trafalgar Square on the evening of June 30th and events throughout the day on July 1st.

The atmosphere will be electric on the evening of June 30th as Canada Rocks Trafalgar Square.
Canadians expected more, GeekLawyer!

So, this addendum is by way of apology to the many Canadian barristers and solicitors who follow Blawg Review hoping, nay praying, for some passing references this Canada Day (Moving Day by law for many) and some well-deserved link love from a popular law blog host.

Simon Fodden reports that Lord Black has lost his appeal. Some might say he never had any.

Professor Michael Geist, who's been doing a yeoman's job blogging about the legal and practical implications of proposed changes to Canada's copyright legislation, has created a Google map of media coverage of Bill C-61.

David Fraser at the Canadian Privacy Law Blog asks, "Should only those who can afford privacy have access to it?"

Jordan Furlong, a lawyer and journalist with more than ten years’ experience tracking trends and developments in the legal profession and who is currently Editor-in-Chief of National magazine at the Canadian Bar Association, which is not associated with his personal blog, Law21, recommends lawyers "be your own platform."

Michael Fitzgibbon, on Thoughts from a Management Lawyer, asks and answers in successive thoughtful posts, "What does the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Keays v. Honda Canada mean?"

The Financial Post's FP Legal Post reports on a lawsuit brought by a Montreal-based security company. "The case involves a wrongful dismissal suit brought by a former executive from California. We'll let Garda's own colourful words capture the company's take on the merits of the plaintiff's claim," writes Drew Hasselback.

The Precedent Blog, which covers news, gossip, comments, and amusement, has all of that and more in a post titled "Convocation roundup: money, money, money".

A first year call sets out to set up his own criminal law practice in Ontario. Learn from his successes and his mistakes. First order of business for this newly minted lawyer; designing his own logo.

Garry Wise at the Wise Law Blog concludes his extensive coverage -- 'Free at Last:' Canadian Human Rights Commission Dismisses Complaints Against Mark Steyn, Macleans Magazine.

Stan Rule reports on Rule of Law -- Bill 28, Wills, Estates and Succession Act Dies on the Order Paper.

Sean Graham at the Toronto Estate Law Blog writes in a post titled "Polygamy and Estate Planning" that an "allegedly polygamist community in British Columbia and increased concerns about the possibility of polygamy elsewhere in all but name in other regions of the country raise any number of issues, not only of policy, but also estate planning."

Dear readers, lest the British coming to this post via GeekLawyer's hilarious Blawg Review #166 think this editor lacks humour, our Canada Day addendum ends with this YouTube video: