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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Chief Justice Wagner, I can’t afford to help my community | Elsa Ascencio

Recently Chief Justice Richard Wagner granted an interview to The Lawyer’s Daily. The headline read, “Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

The Coach: Building a successful law firm | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

There are certain traits that successful law firms share. They all begin with leadership. There have been many studies (McBassi & Company, Greenfield Belser, Thomson Reuters, Altman Weil to name a few) detailing the skills and attributes of successful law firm leaders. Leadership is a mindset. These studies and our collective experience form the basis for our series. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

Scrubbing resumés of gender, race could help prevent bias in law firm hiring, lawyers say Hadiya Roderique

We are all biased, so the anonymizing of job applications is a key way for law firms to attain and retain diverse talent, said lawyers at Feb. 8 lecture in Toronto. Put on by the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2019, Strategies for Retaining Diverse Lawyers looked at inclusion and diversity in the legal profession, the lack thereof and how unconscious bias may be impacting the “experiences, retention and promotion” of women, people of colour, the disabled and those in the LGBTQ community. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

B.C. Law Society claims ‘sophisticated’ firm website is fake

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is advising the public to be vigilant in accessing legal services, saying a website purporting to be a full-service law firm in the province is actually fake. In the LSBC’s most recent e-brief, it said a law firm calling itself HildeBrandt LLP was running a “sophisticated website advertising legal services and purporting to have a number of lawyers working out of a downtown Vancouver office.” ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 7:11 AM

Wellness: Five reasons you should not represent yourself | Darryl Singer

I regularly represent lawyers at law society matters — at the LSO investigation stage and also defending them at the LSO Tribunal. I have noticed in the days I spend at the tribunal something which appears to be borne out in my review of tribunal decisions over the last two years. It seems about half of all lawyers appearing before the tribunal do so without counsel. And untold numbers of those who do retain counsel to represent them at the tribunal do so only after self-representing throughout the entire investigation process, a process which usually includes a form of “interview” akin to an examination for discovery. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 @ 2:38 PM

Prairie law societies hopeful members will buy into law firm regulation Darcia_Senft_sm

Despite feeling some pushback, the law societies of Canada’s prairie provinces are hoping for co-operation from their members when the regulation of law firms becomes a reality. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

So, you want to move to Canada | Kyle Abrey

Moving to Canada can be an intimidating prospect if you are a foreign qualified lawyer. It turns out that “doctors driving taxis in Canada” has become such a cliché that the government even commissioned a report on the issue. The hurdles to requalification are very real and it’s important to enter the process with your eyes open to the challenges. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

LSO bencher hopefuls advocate for recent calls, mental health awareness

As the deadline for bencher nominations at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) looms, some candidates have already kicked off the race by sharing their platforms on social media. Challenges facing the legal community dominate their campaigns and include: mental health, Indigenous issues, high tuition rates at law schools and technological competence. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 9:21 AM

The duality faced by female lawyers | Barbara Green

Can female lawyers have it all in 2019? It’s a good question. The fact that we are still asking it in 2019 says that we’re not out of the woods yet, but we are farther along the road to a better work-life balance than we were in prior years. ... [read more]

Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Women mentors helping to smooth path to success in the law for colleagues Shelley Quinn

Shelley Quinn has been a lawyer for the past 20 years, and during that time, has mentored 20 junior lawyers — mainly women — either on her own or through the mentoring program of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) of which she has been a member since 2012. ... [read more]