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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Access to justice, diversity likely among issues to face new B.C. benchers, president says LSBC president Nancy Merrill

With the vote underway to elect a new slate of benchers to govern the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC), observers are noting that the successful candidates will be facing a number of challenges as they look to guide the law society over the next two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New SCC clerkship interview process: Equity and sound public administration | Lawrence David

Cambridge doctoral student Paul Warchuk messaged me this morning with the following news: ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:52 AM

Dunton Rainville lawyer named to Quebec bar Disciplinary Council

Dunton Rainville announced that lawyer Danick Potvin has been appointed as a member of the Disciplinary Council of the Barreau du Québec. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

No ‘silver bullet’ to solve equity issues in legal profession, says Manitoba law society official Alissa Schacter, Manitoba Law Society Equity Officer and Policy Counsel

As the legal profession struggles with ensuring a more inclusive and open profession, Manitoba has established an equity officer to co-ordinate its efforts on equality and ensuring no one is subject to harassment and discrimination by a lawyer. But whereas the title may be unique to law societies in Canada, the officeholder says what she does is not. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 7:51 AM

Cloud security myth: Client data stored in Canada more secure cloud_security_sm

One of the key attributes of modernizing the tools and software used by law firms is migrating to cloud solutions, which offer greater reliability, features and security vis-a-vis on-premises software solutions. Despite the benefits, I routinely encounter the great myth of cloud technology within the first few minutes of any call, notably “Where is the data stored?” or “Is everything stored in Canada?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Breakthrough Innovation: New models for practice of law | Kurt Sandstrom

With the exception of technology, the basic model of the practice of law has not changed in any drastic way over the last 30 years, likely longer. While there are pockets of innovation, for the most part, a client usually seeks out a legal professional according to a set number of already established “problem areas” in which lawyers advertise their assistance: wills, estates, personal injury, family law, etc. However, it is very clear from statistics that the vast majority of people’s legal problems cannot be served through this model.  ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

B.C. law society moves forward with ‘proactive’ law firm regulation program

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has approved a plan for law firms across the province to complete a self-assessment exercise aimed at ensuring the firms have policies and procedures in place that will ideally flag problems before they affect clients or lead to complaints. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Voting opens for B.C. law society bencher elections

With the federal election now over, lawyers in B.C. are getting another opportunity to have their voices heard. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

In-house legal at pivot point of innovation leading_innovation_sm

A recent Altman Weil study found that the number one reason firms weren’t doing more to change the way the way they deliver legal services is because clients weren’t asking. Yes, a law firm not proactively improving client services has poor business strategy; but that is pretty rare. The problem of how to improve the delivery of legal services is more complicated than that. What incentives are clients giving for law firms to improve? ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Selling tech solutions to key law firm decision makers selling_techsolutions_sm

My presentation was polished and my talking points were front and centre in my mind. I had a new technology solution, a great team behind me and a passion for the legal industry that stemmed from my experience as a former corporate lawyer. I had my pen in-hand ready for the firm to sign up for our service. This was my first meeting with the firm and it went great! ... [read more]