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Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Women in law: Where are we now? | Jasmine Daya

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day to commemorate women’s achievements. Over the years, I have become more appreciative of this day, perhaps as I gain a better understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, wife and mother, among my many other roles. This year, I fear my gender has regressed within the practice of law. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Lost art of cross-examination | Kyla Lee

The best parts of any classic lawyer film are the gripping cross-examinations. Think of Daniel Keefe cross-examining Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” Or Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, cross-examining Chutney Putnam on the finer points of hair care after a perm. Honestly, I could play television and movie cross-examinations all day long and still learn new things. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 3:21 PM

Law Society of Ontario to hold virtual awards ceremony May 26

Members of Ontario’s legal professions will be recognized for their outstanding career achievements and contributions to their communities at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony, which will be held virtually, on May 26, 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

Virtual pre-moot dramatic illustration of positive arbitration outcomes from COVID-19 Virtual debate

While everyone is aware of the almost overnight shift to virtual and hybrid proceedings in all aspects of dispute resolution — court proceedings, arbitration and mediation — what may prove to have more dramatic and significant impact on arbitration globally is that arbitration knowledge, training, resource materials and networking is now available globally and usually without charge. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 2:39 PM

Major law firms commit $1.75 million over 10 years to Black Future Lawyers program Josh Lokko, associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, co-founder, Black Future Lawyers program

Dave Leonard, the Toronto-based partner and CEO for McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said it only took a 20-minute conversation with Torys LLP managing partner Matthew Cockburn to convince him to sign on to one of the Canadian legal community’s largest ever recruiting drives. Now, 14 of Canada’s largest law firms are committing $1.75 million over the next 10 years to encourage Black students to pursue legal careers and, they hope, to join their firms. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 3:25 PM

Lawyer competence, diversity issues focus for new Alberta law society president Law Society of Alberta president Darlene Scott

The new president of the Law Society of Alberta says she is looking forward to tackling issues of competency and diversity in the profession during a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic will still produce challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Sexual harassment prevalent in Quebec legal profession, study says Isabelle_Auclair

Sexual harassment and violence is rife in Quebec legal workplaces, the overwhelming majority of which goes unreported for fear of repercussions, claims a report that calls on the province’s legal actors to work together to take concrete steps to raise awareness and address the pervasive culture of silence and impunity that permits harassment. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for large firms, part one | Gary Mitchell

The past two months I have written about succession planning for smaller firms. This two-part series is about succession planning for larger firms. ... [read more]