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Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Petty government action in British Columbia | Kyla Lee

Our government is wasteful with our courts. They use the court to pursue petty claims against ordinary people that really do not need to be litigated. I don’t say this lightly. I say this after reading a recent decision from the B.C. Supreme Court in British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Guo 2021 BCSC 97. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Digitization of estate industry: Contextual framework Hand holding a digital lightbulb

Part three in this estate industry digitization series delved into the five considerations for digitization readiness. This article examines the contextual framework for success. ... [read more]

Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 1:43 PM

Interactive video disrupting legal industry in 2021 | Fran Jakubowicz

Lawyers everywhere share the same pain points when it comes to lead generation. They pay a heavy price for leads, anywhere from $35 to $350, or more. Even with the best possible targeting, the highest quality landing pages and kickass ad copy, most firms struggle to close a high percentage of those leads. ... [read more]

Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 10:42 AM

Determining clout of Queen’s Counsel designation | Sarah Leamon

Aside from the distinction it provides to recipients appearing in courtrooms at all levels, a Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation also signals a sense of esteem amongst other members of the bar and the greater public. It is a tradition steeped in professionalism and privilege, which begs the question: should it continue? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 2:44 PM

Cover letters as storytelling | Samantha Peters

A prolonged gap between graduating law school and your call to the bar does not capture life circumstances, a racist, classist and ableist licensing process nor the lack of financial support. This is why cover letters can be so powerful. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

Recipe for success: Cloud computing, Cerlox confetti, marshmallows | Andrew Monkhouse

If you think about paper in the absolute, who loves paper the most: cats, toddlers or lawyers? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 11:20 AM

Why you should care that law schools are close to flunking COVID 101 Teachher in front of virtual class

At the risk of sounding cliché, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about the practice of law and has accelerated the shift to online work dramatically. Despite the profession’s stubborn reluctance to change this year saw entire firms shifting online overnight and enormous progress in open conversations about work/life balance. The profession may not be quite as incapable of change as we may have thought last February. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 1:39 PM

Work that works: Equality, diversity and inclusion | Charlene Theodore

We have seen in the last decades a number of legal proceedings raising claims of inequality in the workplace. Those that have been decided or resolved so far sometimes revealed shocking stories of inequality — behaviour so blatant and unabashed that “inequality,” for all the shamefulness it connotes, still seems too gentle a word. Some involved more subtle or insidious behaviour, but the end result — a fundamental erosion of workplace culture and relationships — was the same. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 12:07 PM

Pandemic presents new challenges for lawyers, clients with sight loss, says panel

For lawyer Jason Mitschele, the courtroom is a place of justice and, at times, a place of peril. In some respects, the pandemic has only elevated the risk for the Toronto-based Crown attorney, who is blind. Even before COVID-19, many courthouses — with their stairs, narrow doorways and limited space — were already difficult to access for lawyers and clients experiencing sight loss and other disabilities, said Mitschele, who has worked for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) for the past 17 years. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]