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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:44 PM

Indigenous students from Newfoundland guaranteed spaces in Saskatchewan law school Andrew Parsons

Two Indigenous students from Newfoundland and Labrador who haven’t even started law school yet won’t have to worry about obtaining future articling positions thanks to a new program being developed by the provincial government, Indigenous governments based in the province and the University of Saskatchewan. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

Federal Court of Appeal gives guidance to CPP filing obligations of retired business partners John_Sorensen_sm

A Federal Court of Appeal decision to reverse a tax assessment demanding a Canada Pension Plan payment from a former executive will guide future cases involving arranged income for retired partners of business firms, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Lawyer licensing, emerging tech top of mind for LSO treasurer candidates

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers will be electing a new treasurer on June 28 as Paul Schabas ends his second term in the leadership role. The candidates for the treasurer are (in alphabetical order): Ross Earnshaw, nominated by Susan Richer and Andrew Spurgeon; Jacqueline Horvat, nominated by Dianne Corbiere and Peter Wardle; and Malcolm Mercer, nominated by Robert Burd and Avvy Yao-Yao Go. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Former Justices Cromwell and O’Connor discuss civility and the art of advocacy Dennis O'Connor and Thomas Cromwell sm

The recent decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 27 hung in the air as former justices Thomas Cromwell and Dennis O’Connor discussed civility, professionalism and the future of the litigation bar at a fireside chat hosted by the Toronto Lawyers Association on June 6. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Using social media like LinkedIn to grow your practice | Kim McLaughlin

Law firms are traditionally skeptical of social media. Well-intentioned but inconsistent forays into the land of Facebook and Instagram may yield few results and reflect badly on the firm. It’s no surprise then that many lawyers leave social media alone. But ignoring something like LinkedIn is akin to throwing out the baby with the bathwater. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

Law firms team up in business alliance

Regent Law of Toronto and Ottawa and Burstall LLP of Calgary have taken the first, early steps toward an eventual merger. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

Non-criminal lawyers must use caution advising those arrested, lawyers say James_Morton_sm

Lawyers not practising criminal law but called by people arrested should be cautious when giving guidance, but know enough to advise on staying silent, dealing with persistent police questioning and seeking criminal defence counsel, say legal experts. ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Outgoing treasurer Schabas oversaw ‘shift in thinking’ at Law Society of Ontario Paul Schabas sm

Change has been the name of the game at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) over the past two years as Paul Schabas has led the organization through complicated, and often public, challenges. This month the law society will have to prepare for another change as Schabas leaves his position as treasurer on June 28 and a new leader takes his place. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Alternatives abound for earning continuing professional development credits Emily Atkinson

Lawyers in provinces that require participation in formal continuing professional development (CPD) programs often have more options than they realize when it comes to when and how they meet their requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Why you should avoid acting for family and friends zipper_mouth_sm

Lawyers, like anyone, want to help family and friends, but doing so is risky. Because such relationships are informal by nature, acting for them may default to long established informal behaviours. This can mean cutting corners such as failing to obtain consents or instructions, and failing to document communication. Family and friends can unexpectedly become the most difficult clients. ... [read more]