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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

LSO approves enhancements to lawyer licensing model, as benchers warn against maintaining status quo Peter Wardle sm

After a lengthy debate, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) voted to maintain the current lawyer licensing model, but has added three “enhancements”: required salary for articling positions, audits of articling placements and mandatory training for articling principals. ... [read more]

Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

British Columbia family lawyers ask law society to hold off on paralegal changes Karen Nordlinger, Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP

A number of family lawyers are urging the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) to listen to the profession after a motion was adopted at the society’s annual general meeting asking it to take a step back on its efforts to allow paralegals to have a limited scope of practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

Toronto virtual law firm expands practice areas

ClearWay Law has expanded its family and immigration law firm to include wills, estates and commercial law, CEO Alistair Vigier announced on Dec. 4. ... [read more]

Monday, December 03, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Law Society of Ontario ex-officio benchers fight for relevancy as Convocation changes governance structure Janet Leiper sm

In the spirit of efficiency, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has begun changes to its governance structure by removing rights and privileges of ex-officio benchers who have served 16 years or more or are former attorney generals. ... [read more]

Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

In-house lawyers: Start with customer and work backward | Julie Chapman

As an in-house lawyer, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day routines and responsibilities, only venturing outside the norm when emergency situations require it. So, ask yourself, how often do you take the time to step back and consider whether your efforts are making a meaningful contribution to the customer’s experience? ... [read more]

Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 3:28 PM

The Coach: Marketing retail law ‘B to C’ | Gary Mitchell

Of course when I use the term “B to C,” I am referring to Business to Consumer. It is my experience in helping lawyers and law firms market themselves and grow, these areas of law are the easiest to market. The most obvious areas or retail law or B to C being, but not limited to: employment law (employee side), family law, personal injury (PI), and wills and estates. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 22, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Decision not to fund Ryerson’s proposed law school short-sighted, lawyer says Omar Ha-Redeye sm

The Ontario government has not approved funding for Ryerson University’s proposed law school, citing a high probability of unemployment in the legal field and an excess of students looking for articling positions as reasons for its rejection on Nov. 20. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

Wellness: Three ways to deal with closing of pro bono centres | Darryl Singer

Editor’s Note: After this column was published there have been new developments concerning donations to help keep the Law Help Ontario centres open. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

How law firms can audit their social media | Kim McLaughlin

The trick to knowing if your social media is working, or any marketing tactic for that matter, is knowing your objective. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 9:53 AM

#MeToo, #TimesUp movement create chance to push for equality, new OBA president says Lynne Vicars sm

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Lynne Vicars, knows what it’s like to face gender inequality in the workplace. “It’s something I’ve lived personally,” she said, noting as an example a conversation she had during an articling interview. ... [read more]