Canada: StartupSource’s 2016 Clawbies Nominations
Last Updated: January 6 2017

StartupSource is pleased to nominate the following three blogs for the 2016 Canadian Law Blog Awards:

Michael Geist Blog

The always opinionated Michael Geist, professor of law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, provides some of the best content of any Canadian legal blog on the internet. Geist's blog offers visitors fresh posts on legal issues related to new technology and how Canadian institutions – legal or otherwise – are battling to keep pace with innovative and sometimes "disruptive" technological developments. This blog recently opined on new recommendations from the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates in regard to how Canada Post can adapt to keep up in a digital age. The Michael Geist Blog also touches on jurisprudence in the technology space and succinctly unpacks often-complex Supreme Court of Canada rulings on the topic. This blog is a fantastic resource for anyone looking for well-written, insightful legal commentary on important issues that often garner significant attention media outside of the traditional legal community.

Law and Innovation

Law and Innovation is a legal blog targeted at anyone interested in timely stories that are easy to read and often lighthearted. Authored by Toronto civil litigator, Heather Douglas, this blog provides visitors with timely commentary on how the legal industry is changing and what lawyers and consumers of legal products can expect in the future. Law and Innovations tackles subjects ranging from legal issues related to celebrity news stories (think Kim Kardashian's insurance premiums) to how certain personal injury law firms are pushing the envelope on advertising and selling services. Douglas also mixes in some anecdotes from her own practice that add a touch of personality to the sometimes sterile world of legal blogs. Law and Innovation is a great blog for readers looking for a variety of legal new stories provided in a manner that does not take itself too seriously.

The Court

Run by faculty members and students at Osgoode Law School, The Court provides insightful analysis and commentary on recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions and their potential impact to Canadians at large. The Court recently provided a retrospective on prostitution laws in Canada since the trailblazing decision in Canada v Bedford, and also provided an ethical analysis of how Trinity Western University's religious freedom claim may impact other institutions with similar views. This blog is more academic than your average legal blog, which is not surprising given its roots at Osgoode, but it is still easy to read and is generally pretty concise. The Court is an interesting read for anyone interested in what's new at Canada's highest court or for those looking for timely analysis of how Supreme Court decisions can impact our everyday life.

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