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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Wellness: Three ways to be happier and drug-free | Darryl Singer

In 2009, I took a leave from my law practice to make recovery from narcotic addiction my full-time job. During the process of recovery, I learned a lot about what had brought me to this precipice in the first place. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

The Coach: Your people, cost or investment? | Gary Mitchell

Many of my clients struggle with this question when taking a look at ways to grow their practice or firm. Whether you are in solo practice or heading a large international firm, my answer remains the same. Here is how I help them determine the difference. ... [read more]

Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

How to market yourself on social media, even when your firm won’t | Kim McLaughlin

What should lawyers do when they want to market themselves using social media, but their firm has no interest? Most resign themselves to standing on the digital sidelines, but this doesn’t have to be the case. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Law Reform: Literature should not be overlooked by lawyers | Elsa Ascencio and Mitch Brown

Lawyers are always looking for ways to improve their practice. While programs on public policy, economics, and information technologies have long been central to our ongoing professional development, less emphasis has been put on the role of literature in improving our practice. Literature in law deserves more attention, because it makes us better writers, better advocates, and better lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Access to justice strikes chord with former opera singer turned lawyer Gerrit_Theule

As a professional opera singer, Gerrit Theule made a career out of playing the roles carved out for a bass baritone with a low F to an F above middle C range: priests, old men and lawyers. While playing lawyers didn’t prepare Theule for his subsequent career as a lawyer who started up his own practice as soon as he was called to the bar, his training as a professional musician did. ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Specialist vs. generalist: Profiling the modern lawyer multitaskingwoman_sm.jpg

Are you better off advancing your career as a specialist or as a generalist? Studies on this topic have traditionally produced mixed reviews. ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

OBA Innovator-in-Residence looks to human touch to make law firms ‘nimble and engaged’ Peter_Aprile_sm

Developing the “critical human element” of law firms will mark the inaugural year of the Ontario Bar Association’s new Innovator-in-Residence program. According to a statement from the OBA, the program, launched Aug. 2, will “offer the profession the fresh perspectives, knowledge, skills and connections necessary to drive change and keep pace with the speed of innovation.” ... [read more]

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

The anonymous resumé: What’s in a name? | Shara Roy

This year Lenczner Slaght is approaching student recruitment differently. All student applications will be anonymized. When candidates for second year positions submit their applications, their names will be removed and replaced by a number. It may seem impersonal — no one wants to be a number — but it guards against real concerns of bias in the hopes of improving both the process and the result. ... [read more]

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Lawyers foresee bumpy road ahead if TWU renews its bid for law school accreditation Barry Bussey

Lawyers foresee a bumpy road ahead if Trinity Western University (TWU) renews its failed bid to create Canada’s first religious law school. The Langley, B.C.-based evangelical Christian private university announced Aug. 14 that starting in the 2018-2019 school year student adherence to its religious-based code of ethics (“community covenant”) will be optional (but not for professors or other staff) — not mandatory as before. ... [read more]

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Wellness: End of civil dialogue bad for legal profession and your health | Darryl Singer

Lately, I find it absolutely necessary for my mental health to give myself a “news free” day. No Canadian or American news. No social media. I’m finding the polarization of political and social viewpoints to be energy depleting and soul sucking. Some commentators have even speculated that it may be a hybrid form of PTSD. ... [read more]