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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Courts moving to adopt written gowning requirements that accommodate counsel’s ‘personal circumstances’ Sabrina Bandali

The Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal are considering — and the Federal and Tax Courts will soon move ahead with — requests from the bar that they adopt written gowning requirements expressly accommodating counsel whose personal circumstances, such as a medical condition, disability or pregnancy, make it hard to don the usual courtroom attire. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

B.C. law society seeking public input of what legal practice will look like over next decade B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia wants to hear from you about the future of the legal profession. The law society’s futures task force is seeking input from lawyers, notaries, paralegals, the judiciary, organizations and the public to assist in its consideration of what legal practice will look like over the next decade ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 3:56 PM

My profession is phenomenal | Jasmine Daya

The only constant in life is change. To believe that over a decade, the practice of law would not change is perhaps the starting point of the flawed and depressing commentary provided by Howard Levitt in the Financial Post. I do not know him personally but I felt compelled to provide a counter version to his disappointing take on the current state of my profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

The impact of self representation: Long-term views | Gary Joseph

Much of the debate surrounding the tidal wave of self representation has focused on the difficulties posed by untrained individuals before the courts. Cases, previously advanced on the basis of fact and law, now often become overly emotional battlefields for the vetting of marital discord. Separated spouses can be subjected to aggressive and unnecessary cross-examination by a self-represented individual and judges, vexed between neutral adjudication, maintaining the dignity of proceedings and fair treatment to all, are being drawn into the process in a manner not consistent with their historical common law role. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Eleven simple but effective law firm marketing resources | Jana Schilder

You don’t have to spend a fortune to start marketing your law firm. Here are 11 free or almost free places to start. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

The Coach: From solo to firm: Part one | Gary Mitchell

So, you want to grow up eh? Going from solo practice to building a firm is no easy feat. First, let me congratulate you from one entrepreneur to another. It takes guts, stamina, persistence, determination and a lot of hard work. What I intend to do in this two-part series is lay out what I believe are the key elements of growing from solo practice into a firm. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

This year in legal tech is all about the 3 C’s legal_tech_sm

Cash, collaboration and Canada — three words to remember this year when thinking about legal technology.  ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Three easy steps to a better relationship with your smartphone Man with head in cellphone

We have become overly reliant on technology to keep us stimulated and withdrawal becomes almost like a drug addiction. While some argue that the only way to deal with this is by turning everything off, most know that this solution is a temporary fix. Instead of focusing on the rules — don’t do this or that — several of my coaching clients have benefited from focusing on the outcome. ... [read more]