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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Indigenous intercultural competency education ‘fundamental’ for lawyers in B.C.: law society VP Dean Lawton, Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)

Hot on the heels of the B.C. government’s plans to bring its laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the provincial law society has made it a future requirement for all lawyers in the province to take a course on Indigenous intercultural competency aimed at enhancing their understanding of the history of Aboriginal-Crown relations, the history and legacy of residential schools and how specific legislation regarding Indigenous peoples created the issues that reconcilation seeks to address. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

How to foster lawyer engagement best_practice_sm

Young lawyers (i.e., junior associates) have a lot to win when they choose to join a law firm after graduation, but retaining young lawyers can be challenging. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation Doug Downey sm

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province. ... [read more]

Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 12:34 PM

Alberta Justice Ministry must downsize to meet budget targets, government says

Concerns about the future effectiveness of the Alberta legal system are being raised after a report emerged showing the provincial government was planning lawyer cutbacks and outsourcing at the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General in order to meet budget targets. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Law firm marketing: Asking the big questions | Jana Schilder

There are two truths in law firm marketing for the coming year that have not changed in decades: One is that business is always about who is willing to give your firm the business as opposed to a competitor. And two, the best lawyers constantly take action to expand their “sphere of influence.” ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Why legal marketing often falls flat | Kim McLaughlin

Law firms often hire me to fix their marketing programs after a period of lacklustre results. After almost a decade of marketing for Canada’s legal community, I’ve come to recognize a specific set of patterns for why a marketing program hasn’t worked. While the situations listed below are not unique to law firms, they certainly occur more frequently in law than in other industries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Legal writing in the digital age | Neil Guthrie

All kinds of questions arise from the new (or newish) technology we use in legal practice. Should you communicate with your clients by text message, for example? The answer is probably not: there are security and privacy issues, privileged and confidential information may find its way to servers in the United States (and therefore be subject to scrutiny by U.S. government officials) and your chat history may be difficult — or impossible — to retrieve if you need to establish exactly what was said and when. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 2:26 PM

LSO modernizes tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, amends bylaws to combat money laundering Isfahan Merali sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation approved several motions regarding changes to the Law Society Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, amendments in principle to bylaws regarding money laundering, as well as approval of the Legal Information and Resource Network (LIRN Inc.), which will continue the work of the former LibraryCo Inc. to deliver legal information and library services to licensees. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

New Nova Scotia bar admission course realistic approach, officials say Tilly_Pillay_sm

Nova Scotia’s law society is joining three of its Canadian counterparts in adopting a bar admission program officials say will better prepare would-be lawyers for the realities of practising law. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) is adopting the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) as its evaluative tool and will be doing away with its current bar admission exam. ... [read more]