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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 3:12 PM

What to expect when entering the workforce — during a pandemic! | David Hollingsworth

If you’re a recent law graduate, congratulations are in order. This is a significant accomplishment, especially during the current chaotic times we all live in. That said, regarding the pandemic, you might be wondering what life in the workforce is going to be like. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10:24 AM

Lawyer librarian symbiosis | Ciara Ward

“What would you be without us?” “What have you done for us lately?” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

An Asian lawyer’s experience of racism | Daniel Song

The first thing my father did when he immigrated to Canada was write down all the four-letter curse words he knew in English so he wouldn’t smile back with a stupid grin when a white person was treating him poorly. In some ways, racism was easier to spot back then. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Podcasting for lawyers and law firms Microphone, headphones and "on air" sign

There’s a podcast for every topic under the sun, including the world of law and legal services. Podcasts are becoming a popular and effective forum for both content consumption and content generation. While some listen to podcasts for entertainment, for many, they are an educational and thought leadership tool. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

The veil has lifted | Veena Kumar

I am a current 1L at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and while I could wax poetic about attending law school via Zoom in the middle of a pandemic, this specific piece is not about those trials and tribulations. Instead, this pertains to a culmination of events which compelled me to write the poem titled The Veil Has Lifted. Last year, the BLM movement began to stir up long held beliefs and feelings that had been brushed aside or buried. Still, I did not find I had enough clarity to give the inner turmoil a voice. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 8:31 AM

Law Society of Ontario’s By-law 14 amendment: Late better than never | Majid Pourostad

On Feb. 25, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) made some amendments to By-Law 14, particularly s. 4 (1) that imposed a “reciprocity requirement” on applicants for the Foreign Legal Consultant (FLC) permit. An FLC is entitled only to give legal advice respecting the law of their home jurisdiction. Thus, they are not permitted to engage in any other aspects of the practice of Canadian law or appear in any court or before any tribunal in Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection | Joshua Sealy-Harrington

It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 12:49 PM

Women general counsel sitting on public boards going up: report Stacy McLean, Blakes

Women in-house counsel are dominating their male counterparts when it comes to sitting on the boards of public companies, but the number of females tapped to be chief legal officer continues to lag, according to a new report. Opportunities for Women General Counsel, released earlier in March by Canadian firm Blakes, looks at the state of women general counsel (GC) and their presence on public boards over the last several years. ... [read more]