What options did Paul Bernardo's lawyer have when his client directed him to retrieve hidden evidence? Where would David Milgaard be today if a lawyer hadn't doggedly challenged his murder conviction? And what should a defence lawyer do when told her client is a danger to the public? In this book, leading Canadian legal academics and practising lawyers draw on real-life stories to probe the tension between ethics and the law. Whether re-examining high-profile cases, celebrating barristers who tore down barriers, or pointing out current injustices within the justice system, their stories are compelling and raise important questions about what it takes to be a "good" lawyer.
Introduction 1 -- Chapter 1 Framing the Issues -- Chapter 2 A “Body of Precedent Written on the Wind?” -- Chapter 3 The Open Courts Principle, Litigant Privacy, and Electronic Court Records -- Chapter 4 "De-anonymization" and "Re-anonymization" : Why Traditional Assumptions No Longer Apply -- Chapter 5 "Googling" the Judge and the Perception of Impartiality -- Chapter 6 Facebook, Social Networking, and the Appearance of Impropriety : For Judges Less Is More -- Chapter 7 Social Networking and Cyber Research Undermining the Jury System -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Table of Cases.
Lawyers occupy a unique place in society. They are loved by some, distrusted or hated by others. More often than not, our perception of lawyers is shaped by the way the profession is portrayed in popular literature, on television, and in film. Many people think that lawyers only serve to help the wealthy, while others view them either as protectors of the innocent or as amoral defenders of the guilty. But do we really know the many roles that lawyers may play, the aims and goals of the profession, and whether lawyers meet those goals?
Why Good Lawyers Matter endeavours to provide an accessible look at lawyers in modern society. With contributions by leading commentators, this informative, thought-provoking collection contends with the questions of what is a lawyer, and what role lawyers do—and should—play in society.
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o Ensure that Justice is Done: Essays in Memory of Marc Rosenberg brings together leading scholars, practitioners, and jurists who have written chapters in tribute to the Honourable Marc Rosenbergs legal and ethical contributions to the administration of justice.