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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 8:18 AM

LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public | Joseph Groia

These are difficult times for many members of the legal professions. Like so many others across the province, the country and the globe, lawyers and paralegals have seen COVID-19 have a material impact on their practices. Now is the time for the legal community to come together and work collaboratively to respond to the very real social and financial effects of COVID-19. And, we need to do this in a thoughtful, strategic and disciplined way — resisting reckless responses in direct contrast to the havoc of the pandemic itself. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Paper-based vs. paperless vs. digital paperless_office_sm

Recently I spent three days in a law firm boardroom digitizing the entirety of a law firm’s corporate minute book collection. One by one we combed through the pages of the binders, carefully disassembling decades-old records to be fed through the scanner that worked effortlessly, albeit with a faint hum. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

The Coach: What does COVID-19 mean for you? | Gary Mitchell

COVID-19 is the largest global disruption in modern history. And what history tells us is that we are never going back to the way things were before, at least not completely. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Evolution of law schools: What practising lawyers should know Back to law school graphic

There are a lot of interesting initiatives happening at law schools. If you have been too busy practising to pay close attention, this article will get you back up to speed and give you some insights into how it might affect you. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Law school, new technologies and access to justice | Jasmine Taillefer BTLS

With the current pandemic, law students in Canada have faced new and unfamiliar challenges in regard to their academic and professional journey. Consequently, this present-day reality is constantly impacting the future of the legal profession. As a JD student myself, I had to navigate a law career while dealing with the global pandemic leading to many reflections and interrogations concerning the future reality of Canadian jurists. This article will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on law students, which law faculties and stakeholders should take into consideration. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Thriving as a law student in COVID-19 era | Nadine Tawdy Back to Law School

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected all students and professions across the world. While some have witnessed their businesses crash, other have seen their businesses bloom. While some found themselves to be more productive at home, others had to face the reality of spending days at home in precarious conflictual situations, all while maintaining productivity. Mental health is at an all-time low and working from home turned into living at work. This has sparked many discussions surrounding students and professionals’ habits and routines, namely how to remain efficient and motivated through a completely virtual world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Today’s law firm recruiting takes massive stakeholder co-operation | Julius Melnitzer BTLS

A monumental, pressure-packed collaboration has headed off the threat that COVID-19 presented to the 2020 law firm recruiting season. ... [read more]

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian law students | Serena Eshaghurshan btls 320x210

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and challenges, and law students are not exempt from facing these obstacles. In a time of so much uncertainty, many law students have grappled with remote classes, job scarcity and economic uncertainty. As many JD students prepare to enter the job market, it has become an unfortunate reality that articles are becoming fewer and harder to find. Fortunately, students and law schools are resilient and have proposed alternative learning and employment options to cope with the pandemic. While it has been challenging and overwhelming at times, students know they are not alone and can reach out for guidance and support. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 2:28 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 4:17 PM

Five social media tips for solo lawyers, small law firms Woman with cell laptop

People are spending more time on social media than ever before. You may be concerned that the world of social media is too robust and complex to figure out but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you know where to focus your efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 9:59 AM

LSO code of conduct stifles free speech, benchers argue Jared Brown

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is grappling with growing opposition to its bencher code of conduct, with several benchers saying it reduces their ability to speak on important issues because complaints can be too easily launched against them and concentrates too much power in the hands of the law society treasurer. ... [read more]