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Wednesday, February 06, 2019 @ 2:38 PM

Prairie law societies hopeful members will buy into law firm regulation Darcia_Senft_sm

Despite feeling some pushback, the law societies of Canada’s prairie provinces are hoping for co-operation from their members when the regulation of law firms becomes a reality. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

So, you want to move to Canada | Kyle Abrey

Moving to Canada can be an intimidating prospect if you are a foreign qualified lawyer. It turns out that “doctors driving taxis in Canada” has become such a cliché that the government even commissioned a report on the issue. The hurdles to requalification are very real and it’s important to enter the process with your eyes open to the challenges. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

LSO bencher hopefuls advocate for recent calls, mental health awareness

As the deadline for bencher nominations at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) looms, some candidates have already kicked off the race by sharing their platforms on social media. Challenges facing the legal community dominate their campaigns and include: mental health, Indigenous issues, high tuition rates at law schools and technological competence. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 9:21 AM

The duality faced by female lawyers | Barbara Green

Can female lawyers have it all in 2019? It’s a good question. The fact that we are still asking it in 2019 says that we’re not out of the woods yet, but we are farther along the road to a better work-life balance than we were in prior years. ... [read more]

Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Women mentors helping to smooth path to success in the law for colleagues Shelley Quinn

Shelley Quinn has been a lawyer for the past 20 years, and during that time, has mentored 20 junior lawyers — mainly women — either on her own or through the mentoring program of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) of which she has been a member since 2012. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Couples join less in holy matrimony and more in heavenly ignorance Bride&Groom_sm.jpg

The 2019 Metro Convention Centre Canada’s Bridal Show had an unexpected visitor; namely, the family law firm of Gelman and Associates. They registered a booth, sat down in pairs and watched happy couples walk by and stare at them in bewilderment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 9:54 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

Experts give insights into pros and perils of a virtual law firm Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam had a good six-and-a-half year run practising employment, labour, pension and human rights law at Baker McKenzie in Toronto from 2007 to 2014. But over that time, she noticed a change in client expectations regarding legal services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 12:55 PM

#BellLetsTalk about practical mental health help for lawyers | Sarah Molyneaux

Talking about mental health issues in the legal profession is important. Lawyers still feel ashamed about admitting to any weakness. We still hesitate to ask for help or take time for real self-care. But, as we talk more about mental health, it’s becoming clearer that just talking about these issues isn’t enough. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

What we can learn from On the Basis of Sex protesterssky

There’s one scene in On the Basis of Sex, the new biopic about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that I can’t get out of my head. It shows a younger RBG (as she’s now affectionately known), then a law professor at Rutgers, purposefully striding through a crowd of anti-Vietnam War protesters to get to her lecture. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Wellness: Five things to do while under suspension | Darryl Singer

The Law Society of Ontario has published something called Guideline for Lawyers Who Have Been Suspended or Given an Undertaking Not to Practice. This document is a near-exhaustive list of all the things you cannot do while under suspension. Sadly, the LSO does not publish anything which tells suspended lawyers the things they could, should, or might want to do while serving their suspension. ... [read more]