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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

TWU says faith-based ethics code that discriminates against LGBTQ students is no longer compulsory Bob_Kuhn

In an effort to revive the prospects of its proposed law school, Trinity Western University (TWU) says it will no longer compel students to sign a faith-based code of ethics that restricts sexual intimacy to marriage between one man and one woman, on pain of expulsion from the Evangelical Christian university. ... [read more]

Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

LSO seeks feedback on report: Proper regulation needs proper governance, treasurer Mercer says Malcolm Mercer sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has been considering changes to its governance structure since 2016 and has finally released a call for comment on the size of Convocation and terms for benchers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Articling interview ‘rules’ for women law graduates | Jasmine Daya

There were unspoken rules for females when I was in law school about what to say or more accurately what not to say during articling interviews. I graduated from law school 13 years ago, so I cannot say with certainty that these “rules” still exist, but I would be surprised if they had suddenly disappeared given the glacial pace of change in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 12:10 PM - Last Updated: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Canadian law schools embracing technological change with new courses, training OttawaU class

Law schools are changing. They’re adapting to the demands placed on them by students eager for technological training that will allow them to not just keep up with a world ever more dominated by the latest high-tech concepts and tools, but to be able to use those advances in their own careers as lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

In-house department growth requires sound ‘business case,’ legal expert says Paula Pepin

Numbers: growing or creating an in-house legal department all comes down to the numbers on balance sheets, budgets and invoices, legal experts say.   ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Stop commoditizing real estate law | Sandra Bekhor

“Lowest cost guaranteed.” “Call now to get $100 off.” “Competitive legal fees.” “Affordable legal services.” That's what you get when you search for a real estate lawyer in Toronto. What’s more, these aren’t just organic search results. These are Google Adwords. That means lawyers are paying (quite the hefty fee) to get these advertisements out there. That’s not to say that they don’t work. They may indeed drive inquiries. But is that a sustainable way to market your practice? ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Take caution when exploring dark web, Internet symposium told  Mark Penner and Daniel Tobok

Despite the potential for confusion between similar sounding names, the deep web and the dark web are different online spaces, but lawyers should be familiar with both. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

We can do more about discrimination than name-blind hiring | Kimia Fleming

When the news broke that a Toronto law firm would be participating in name-blind hiring, I should have been more thrilled than I was. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

Lawyers need balance as well as good business skills worklifebalance_sm.jpg

Running a law firm is actually running a business. Lawyers are good at, well, lawyering. Many are not good business people. Where do you learn how to pay attention to your expenses, accounts receivable, your Work-in-Progress (WIP), and your client default rate? It is not taught in law school, so unless you are fortunate enough to have a savvy lawyer who is your mentor, or a really sharp managing lawyer, your law firm may experience some unwanted turbulence. ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Common social media traps for law firms | Kim McLaughlin

I often hear the refrain “social media doesn’t work for lawyers” or “we tried it in 2016 and it didn’t do anything for us.” Law firms often have a tough time with social media, and it comes down to four common traps that lead to underwhelming results. Here they are. ... [read more]