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Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Lawyers need to get comfortable with digital evidence Michael Mulligan

Even though technology is all around us — from cell phones to computers to always listening personal digital assistants in our homes — it doesn’t mean everybody has an equal understanding of how digital information is created and stored and accessed, and that includes lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Hi-Tech: Time to start auditing outside counsel’s technology skills | Luigi Benetton

Companies audit their third party service providers for many competencies, like security. Why not the competence to do their jobs efficiently? ... [read more]

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Wellness: How other disciplinary bodies handle addiction and mental health issues | Darryl Singer

There is a recent decision from the Law Society of Upper Canada Tribunal involving a lawyer who had “failed to communicate” and “failed to co-operate” with the Law Society. The background of the lawyer’s malfeasance was a direct result of a serious mental illness. The ordinary penalty in this case would have been revocation of his licence.Given the length of time and number of opportunities he had been given to communicate and cooperate he essentially fell into the category of ungovernable. The ordinary penalty in this case would have been revocation of his licence. However, because of the mental illness, he was allowed to surrender his license.The net effect is the same. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

Law firms must embrace IT innovations, CBA conference told Andrew Arruda

Lawyers have nothing to fear from artificial intelligence (AI) or innovative legal management technologies. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:17 AM

Tax tips every lawyer should implement now year_end_sm

Ideally, tax planning should be an ongoing process that lawyers, like other entrepreneurs or employees, focus on all year long. Given our busy schedules many lawyers pay attention to tax planning at year end, if at all. So here are some tax planning tips that, for the most part, should be implemented now. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Actors add authenticity to legal training Meredith Heinrich

Lisa wants a divorce. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

Nigerian-trained lawyer prospers in Calgary

Charles Osuji has had a lot of success in his life. At 31, he has already bought out his law partner and expanded the firm. To put that accomplishment into perspective, it should be noted Osuji was only called to the Alberta bar in 2014 after immigrating to Canada in 2011 as a foreign-trained lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

OBA offers mentorship program

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) wants to help you make some connections. ... [read more]

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

The Coach: Time management strategies for lawyers | Gary Mitchell

Your time is the most valuable commodity you have. There is virtually no time to waste. What follows in this two-part column are tried and true methods my clients, in working with me, have learned to better manage their time, track their time and stay organized. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

The Headhunter: Understanding associate attrition, and what to do about it | Warren Smith

I was recently speaking with the managing partner for one of the major firms in our market on some recent attrition challenges the firm was working through, which inevitably led to the question of what constitutes “normal” attrition for a law firm. ... [read more]