“To be against settlement is not to urge that parties be ‘forced’ to litigate [...] To be against settlement is only to suggest that when the parties settle, society gets less than what appears, and for a price it does not know it is paying. Parties might settle while leaving justice undone [...] To settle for something means to accept less than some ideal.” (more…)
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Posted in Class politics, Conflict & Dialectics, Going to law school, Labour movement, Quote of the Day, tagged alternative dispute resolution, bargaining, compromise, conflict, dispute resolution, labour law, labour movement, labour negotiation, Miriam Martin, unions on January 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Class politics, Conflict & Dialectics, Going to law school, Labour movement, Quote of the Day, tagged aggressive negotiator, alternative dispute resolution, bargaining, cooperative negotor, dispute resolution, labour lawyers, labour movement, labour negotiation, negotiation, win-win negotiation on January 9, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
“If I am a cooperative negotiator and I lay out my facts, and if you are cooperative, and you lay out your facts, then the two of us, as objective, fair-minded adults, can solve any problem … But aggressive negotiators do not see themselves primarily as problem solvers … they are warriors. Their strategy assumes the other side is an enemy to be attacked and defeated and their strategy is well adapted to that end … The question is not: Which strategy should I invariably use? but rather: How can I develop sufficiently as a negotiator that I can appropriately invoke one or the other, depending on the requirements of the situation?” (more…)
Posted in Class politics, Conflict & Dialectics, Quote of the Day, tagged Canadian democracy, justiciability, law enforcement, Miriam Martin, occupy Edmonton, Occupy movement, police, Supreme Court of Canada on November 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
“Ultimately, courts depend on both the executive and the citizenry to recognize and abide by their judgments” ~ Supreme Court Justices Iacobucci and Arbour for the majority in Doucet-Boudreau v Nova Scotia (Minister of Education)  3 SCR 3 (more…)
Posted in Class politics, Conflict & Dialectics, Going to law school, Rants, tagged capitalism, CBC, chief advisor, Communist Manifesto, decay of capitalism, historical materialism, Occupy movement, Occupy Vancouver, The Nightwatchman, Tom Morello on October 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
A couple quick points that are somewhat connected. Obviously I am following the Occupy movement with great interest and anticipation. The flip-side of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is that “if it is broke, try your damnedest to fix it”. The world economic system is currently broken. Don’t panic, it happens every few centuries and we either have to revamp or suffer longer than necessary. Okay, Marx and Engels put that more eloquently: (more…)
Posted in Class politics, Going to law school, Living Life (but not THE life!), Reviews & Recommendations, tagged Australia, compulsory acquisition, constitutional monarchy, downtown eastside, harm reduction, insite, Lynda Collins, Melbourne airport, Miriam Martin, movie review, Public Law, Queen of Canada, Supreme Court of Canada, The Castle on October 14, 2011 | 3 Comments »
Sneaking in a few minutes of blog time … and feeling guilty for it. Every minute is a minute that could be spent studying, and if not studying, then actually parenting my boy. These days, I crave boredom (and trash tv, and novels, and lazy afternoons on the beach or in coffee shops, board games and beer …) All the same, I am LOVING law school. It has far exceeded my wildest expectations. I am head-over-heels in love with this field and with my future … assuming that I and the people around me survive! (more…)
Posted in Class politics, Exploring the big ol' world, Going to law school, Rants, Videos, tagged Canadian democracy, Canadian politics, constitutional monarchy, Lynda Collins, Parliament of Canada, prorogation, Public Law, Queen of Canada, Rick Mercer, Stephen Harper on October 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Since I have so far been unable to write my rant about Canadian Democracy (or rather, the fact that Canada is not a democracy at all …), I’m sharing this amazing and hilarious 7-minute Rick Mercer skit from late 2008 (when, as you probably remember, the Queen’s representative proroged our Parliament).
It’s a must-see!
Thank you to uOttawa Law Professor Lynda Collins for sharing it with the class.
Rick Mercer Report February 3, 2009
Posted in Class politics, Living Life (but not THE life!), Rants, tagged Alarm Force, capitalism, contracts, decay of capitalism, home security, Miriam Martin, moving on August 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
When we had our Alarm Force home security system installed just over a year ago, we had nothing but nice things to say about it. I even sang praises to them on Facebook, which is an honour I wouldn’t normally bestow on a huge corporation. But now that we’re moving, we learn we signed into a three-year contract that we’ll have to pay out if we don’t transfer the system to our new home. Of course, you say, that’s how things are done now; we should have expected it. Except for the fact that the salespeople didn’t mention it and the contract language is ambiguous to the untrained eye (which alas, my eye still is). (more…)
Posted in Class politics, Conflict & Dialectics, Labour movement, Rants, tagged capitalism, decay of capitalism, economic crisis, London riots, Obama, Rick Martin, USA on August 9, 2011 | 3 Comments »
By Guest Blogger Rick Martin, Waterloo ON
This is the clearest and most insightful analysis that I have encountered of the present riots in Britain, and of the world situation at this moment in history.
Thank you Rick for agreeing to publish on Law School Poor.
The headlines in the Waterloo Region Record today are: “Fear tightens grip on markets” and “UK rioting spreads to more cities.” The politicians, police, and media are doing everything in their power to deny any connection between these two stories, insisting that the rioting has no political basis. But I think it is clear that they are connected. (more…)
Posted in Class politics, Conflict & Dialectics, Labour movement, tagged 16 tons, Canada Post, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, CUPW, hubby, labour tunes, Miriam Martin, picket line, posties, strike, Tennessee Ernie Ford on May 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment »