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Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

After COVID-19 we can never go back | Gary Joseph

The pandemic has most abruptly changed the legal landscape and the practice of family law. The speed within which change has occurred is breathtaking. I am often a severe critic of the court system, but I take this opportunity to extend sincere appreciation to those directing the change and most definitely to the court staff who are at the forefront of the recent innovations. Please, I beg you, let’s never go back to the old normal. Let me be more specific and more clear. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

LSO proposal to allow paralegals to provide family law services garners mixed reaction Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Teresa Donnelly

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO)’s proposal to allow paralegals a limited licence to deal with family law issues is receiving a mixed reaction from practitioners in the field, with some saying it offers the potential to help address an access to justice crisis but others arguing it could create even more backlog in the system. ... [read more]

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

Navigating the pandemic: Business development tips for lawyers | Gary Kalaci

As we close in on the six-month mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, many legal teams are getting more accustomed to a new way to work. The shift to remote working arrangements has impacted how we interact with our co-workers, but the lack of in-person interactions has undoubtedly been even more challenging when it comes to business development and networking opportunities. These are challenges that can be overcome with the right strategies and tactics. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 11:31 AM

Ontario law society has duty to step up for COVID-19-affected lawyers | Andrew Puiras

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. Businesses have been forced to close and many people are out of work. Lawyers and paralegals are not immune from the effects of the recession. In March, the Ontario courts suspended most operations and stopped hearing all but the most urgent matters. The suspension has resulted in reduced workloads and incomes for licensees. Some law firms have laid off lawyers and reduced lawyer salaries. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Justice and the pandemic: What has to change Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the last of a five-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 11:50 AM

Several of Canada’s biggest law firms sign on to fight anti-Black racism Marc_Barbeau_sm

Some of Canada’s largest law firms are signing on to bring increased diversity to their ranks and have “difficult conversations” around what it means to be a Black lawyer in a predominately white profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Role of technology in family law: Hearings and working offsite Plugging into courthouse

In this series, part one looked at the role technology plays in addressing the backlog of scheduled matters in Ontario’s family law courts that grew during their shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part two will cover how technology is being used to increase the speed of hearings and the role it will play in work-from-home arrangements. ... [read more]

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

Before sharing your next legal document, read this cloud_storage_sm

Even before the pandemic, the most popular methods for exchanging legal documents were not secure. Encrypted e-mail? Not as private as you think. Thumb drive? Think again. Consumer file-sharing services? Not designed with security in mind. ... [read more]

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

Making policy not the same as taking action | Vivene Salmon

The opposite of action isn’t inaction, it’s complacency. It usually takes a crisis to jolt humans out of whatever comfortable positions they have come to rest in and spur them into action. In the spring of this year, the killing of George Floyd became a catalyst for action for the #BlackLivesMatter movement around the world. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 10:37 AM

Clarity on calculating income replacement benefits for self-employed — sort of: Timing Dollar sign in life preserver

In part one of this series we explored the possibility of over- or under-compensation to the plaintiff based on the difference between using the last fiscal year and the last 52 weeks. ... [read more]