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Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

‘It is not business as usual,’ LSO treasurer says as Canadian law societies react to COVID-19 Malcolm_Mercer_sm

As Canada continues to increase strict measures to deal with COVID-19, law societies across the country are enabling staff to work from home, while providing direction to legal professionals as they try to maintain practices during a time of social distancing. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Newfoundland law society empties its offices

Newfoundland’s law society has sent staff home to work remotely as part of continued efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 4:02 PM

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society closes doors, works remotely

Nova Scotia’s law society has shut its doors until April in efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) announced on March 17 that it will close its Halifax office until April 3 “to align with the Province’s advice to practice social distancing” and help reduce the spread of the virus. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

‘Limited practitioners’ needed for access to justice in Manitoba, says official Kris_Dangerfield_sm

With the ever-increasing costs of legal services placing the hiring of lawyers beyond reach for more and more people, Manitoba’s law society is welcoming proposed legislation that would allow for “limited practitioners” in that province. On March 9, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced proposed amendments to the province’s Legal Professions Act which, if passed, will pave the way for the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) to designate a category of non-lawyers and allow them to provide a limited scope of legal services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 8:37 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis | Darryl Singer

COVID-19 has us all on the edge of our seats. What does it mean for our clients’ interests, the administration of justice, our health, our profession, our income, our families? ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Marketing for lawyers and law firms: Analytics are gold | Marly Broudie

With the advent of social media and digital marketing practices, data and analytics are presenting a whole new gold mine. Today, digital marketing tools can be optimized to match buyers to sellers, to nurture networks and to take prospective clients through a content journey using analytics and retargeting methods. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 3:02 PM

Fight for equality, need for sisterhood highlighted at International Women’s Day event Justice_Shaun_O’Brien_sm

In celebration of International Women’s Day, prominent lawyers and legal leaders came together to discuss the importance of equality in the profession and society, as well as the history of s. 15 of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Three leaders who embody International Women’s Day | Naomi Sayers

This International Women’s Day, a day started to celebrate women’s global achievements, is Sunday March 8. Sometimes, success and achievements look different for many. For me, success and achievements mean resisting interlocking systems of oppression to achieve greater equality, not just for women but for those who will come after us. Some of the women at the top of my mind during this day include these three inspiring Indigenous women: ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

Powers of attorney for mobile clients: Multijurisdictional incapacity planning suitcase_travel_sm

Because there is a lack of harmonization between many jurisdictions as to what effect a power of attorney prepared in one jurisdiction will have in another jurisdiction, in particular powers of attorney for personal care and advance health directives, more thought and planning is needed to deal with incapacity issues in our increasingly mobile society. ... [read more]