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Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

How lawyers can help Canada navigate COVID-19 storm Lighthouse

One great tragedy of COVID-19 is that for a generation of people, the two most formative societal events they lived through are the 2008 recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. Society and the legal community are now playing a different ball game, except now we’re all blindfolded and six feet apart. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Why COVID-19 has potential to put me out of business threemen

If you know me, or know of me, you will know that I am committed to doing the right thing in my recruitment practice, even if that means doing something where there is no real financial gain. I look for the best in the candidates that I represent and the firms that I work with to see where their paths align. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

B.C. law society seeking feedback on trust account rule change proposal

According to the provincial law society, lawyers in B.C. have raised concerns about the impact that the law society’s rule 3-58.1 (Trust account only for legal services) has had on retainers received by a lawyer who has been appointed as a mediator, arbitrator or parenting co-ordinator and who will be providing some incidental related legal services to the parties, such as the preparation of the mediation or arbitration (or related settlement) agreement. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

Women’s law group to relaunch mentoring program

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) announced that it will relaunch its mentoring program on June 8. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Academics studying effects of COVID-19 pandemic on law Louise Langevin

Quebec law faculties, having decided to offer courses remotely in the fall in light of health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19, are now also ramping up research efforts to assess the impact pandemics may have on law and the practice of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

Some day your prints will come | Sam Goldstein

It is easier now than ever before for the police to arrest Miss Scarlett for killing Col. Mustard in the library thanks to two professors from the University of Idaho who believe they can determine when a fingerprint was left on an object’s surface, like a lead pipe. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

B.C. law society considering ‘targeted’ approach on COVID-19 relief: president Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Craig Ferris

The COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind for benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) as they met for their second virtual meeting, with the law society president noting the society is currently looking at spending approximately $3 million to assist members who have been hit hard over the past few months. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

LawPRO loses out on potential $87.8M tax windfall in Federal Court of Appeal decision

LawPRO has failed again in its bid to reap a multimillion-dollar tax windfall by capitalizing on an exemption that was originally geared to corporate entities owned by municipalities or Indigenous self-governing bodies. In Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Co. v. Canada 2020 FCA 90, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a 2018 Tax Court of Canada decision that rejected LawPRO’s claim that it should be granted tax-exempt status under a 2013 amendment to paragraph 149(1)(d.5) of the Income Tax Act. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

LSO moves treasurer election online as COVID-19 forces cancellation of in-person voting Malcolm Mercer

As the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) met for its second virtual Convocation May 28, the COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind as benchers voted to move June’s treasurer election online. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

The 10 most valuable lessons I’ve learned in last 10 years | Maneesha Gupta

My active role in the Canadian legal community finds me wearing many hats: a mentor, career coach, confidante and friend. While accumulating experiences along my professional journey, I have often leaned into some crucial learnings. These lessons have helped me to create positive work dynamics as a lawyer and support women in the profession. Let’s dive into my decade of the best lessons. ... [read more]