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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

The Headhunter: In-house lawyers: Plan for your success | David Namkung

As a recruiter, I encounter too many in-house lawyers without a clear career plan. As a result, they remain in the same position with the same responsibilities year after year, without a clear path forward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Legal expert recommends following Alberta Law Society’s lead on rules for bartering Geoff Cher, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

The Law Society of Alberta has released a guideline that sets out rules by which lawyers in the province can engage in bartering for legal services, and a lawyer whose firm recently announced it would accept cryptocurrency for payment says other law societies would be advised to take a similar step because of a major evolution in how people pay for things. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

The high-conflict separation: Managing client expectations client_expectations_sm

In any area of law, it is important to fully explain realistic expectations as well as the legal process in your role as the family law lawyer, to accomplish your clients’ goals and needs. Since the breakdown of family relationships is often one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences in people’s lives, I make my best efforts to write my clients a lengthy initial reporting letter at the onset of my retainer, fully explaining my role as their lawyer, their role as the client, the applicable laws, how such laws relate to their particular fact situations and the potential process to accomplish their needs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Hi-Tech: On-screen document annotation is great, if you know how | Luigi Benetton

When asked the last time he annotated a paper document, Don Cameron paused. “Let me think about that,” he said. “Probably years. I don’t like the permanency of it,” continued the partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP. “I prefer to annotate, then come back and change my annotation once I get the answer to a question in an annotation. The document evolves instead of becoming an ungodly mess.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Toronto law firm to take cryptocurrency payments Geoffrey Cher

The decision of a law firm to accept cryptocurrency as a method of payment is a somewhat of a necessity. Geoff Cher, a partner at Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, a Toronto-based business transactional law firm, said the firm has clients of both sides of the fintech equation. ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Retiring Osgoode dean contemplates future of legal education Lorne Sossin

Even though he has unfinished goals, Lorne Sossin said this semester is the right time to end his tenure as dean of Osgoode Hall. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

The Coach: Thinking a week ahead puts you in control | Gary Mitchell

Hopefully you caught my article last month (Part one) on time management. Here are some further tips to help you manage your time more effectively. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

Manitoba’s new eRegistration for land titles facing ‘mixed reaction’ Jason Bryk

Manitoba real estate lawyers and others who regularly send land title forms to that province’s property registry are about to enter the e-filing era — whether they like it or not. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Law Society of Ontario vows to crack down on harassment faced by articling students; CBA says culture shift needed Gail Gatchalian sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is redoubling its efforts to educate the profession on workplace conduct after about 20 per cent of articling students who responded to an internal survey said they experienced unwelcome attention. Meanwhile, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says behaviour in legal workplaces won’t change until a real culture shift occurs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Hi-Tech: Evaluating and improving a lawyer’s technology competence | Luigi Benetton

Helping lawyers get up to speed on the technology they need to use starts with honesty about what they need. Several organizations offer approaches to help lawyers get the technology competence they’re expected to have. ... [read more]