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Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Cannabis: What employers need to know Usethisone

Law firms, like many other employers across Canada, are still grappling with the potential workplace fallout from the historic legalization of cannabis for recreational use. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 8:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Quebec ruling allowing notaries to perform amicable divorces boosts access to justice, says lawyer Nicolas Plourde

A Montreal lawyer who sought to prevent Quebec notaries from performing amicable divorces, amicable legal separation or amicable separation of common law couples, failed in his legal challenge before Quebec Superior Court. In a brief ruling that some legal experts assert further promotes access to justice, Justice Peter Kalichman held the Quebec legislature clearly intended notaries to be able to handle non-contentious legal proceedings dealing with separation or divorce. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

The Cannabis Act: A gift to lawyers that will keep on giving cannabis_legalization_sm

For lawyers, the Cannabis Act has meant a substantial increase in demand for legal advice, particularly in the areas of real estate and human rights law. The Cannabis Act has left significant regulatory gaps which have been left to the provinces and municipalities for further regulation. The challenge for lawyers is to assist clients to successfully navigate through the regulatory gaps and avoid the destructive consequences of litigation at the court or tribunal levels. ... [read more]

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]