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Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

LSO approves guidelines for working with Indigenous people, gets paralegal licensing update William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) first Convocation under new treasurer Malcolm Mercer saw the approval of guidelines for lawyers working with Indigenous clients and an update on the state of paralegal licensing. The motion to approve the guidelines was brought forward by William McDowell, chair of the Professional Regulation Committee, who noted that the committee directed a review of the “Guidelines for Lawyers Acting in Cases Involving Claims of Aboriginal Residential School Abuse” in May. ... [read more]

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Mercer elected LSO treasurer, recognizes role of technology Paul Schabas and Malcolm Mercer sm

After two rounds of voting, the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted into applause as Malcolm Mercer was elected as the governing body’s 67th treasurer. Mercer, who edged Jaqueline Horvat 34-24 on the second ballot, was congratulated by former treasurer Paul Schabas as he took his leave of the law society. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

Increase your success with lateral hires | Gary Mitchell

What is a law firm without great talent? Empty office space! There are so many reasons law firms need to do more to empower their lawyers and staff to excel in their careers. One of the most critical areas I see for improvement is how you onboard your newly acquired talent. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

Fasken uses HighQ’s cloud-based tech for client collaboration portal Robert Garmaise

In a move that will allow the firm to better collaborate with clients and share information, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is launching a cloud-based client portal. “We see opportunities to collaborate more richly on document authoring, review, archiving, signing documents, you name it. [We can let] clients launch new transactions that then become new documents. In our current framework, where we had things stored behind the firewall, we had great security here internally, but then we’d go to e-mail things and the security kind of disappears as soon as you do that,” said Robert Garmaise, chief innovation officer at Fasken. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Companies team up to make estate management, creditor notifications easier Patrick Hartford and Grant Goldrich

A long-established legal technology company is teaming up with a legal-tech startup with the goal of making it a more seamless process for trustees to manage estates and publish notices to creditors. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

OBA casebook printing initiative assists access to justice, environment Justin Nasseri sm

Printing casebook pages double-sided may seem like a small step toward making civil proceedings more environmentally friendly, but it’s an initiative the Regional Senior Judges Council (RSJ Council) has made mandatory as of June 15 after receiving a proposal from the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) advocating for reduced paper use. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:44 PM

Indigenous students from Newfoundland guaranteed spaces in Saskatchewan law school Andrew Parsons

Two Indigenous students from Newfoundland and Labrador who haven’t even started law school yet won’t have to worry about obtaining future articling positions thanks to a new program being developed by the provincial government, Indigenous governments based in the province and the University of Saskatchewan. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

Federal Court of Appeal gives guidance to CPP filing obligations of retired business partners John_Sorensen_sm

A Federal Court of Appeal decision to reverse a tax assessment demanding a Canada Pension Plan payment from a former executive will guide future cases involving arranged income for retired partners of business firms, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Lawyer licensing, emerging tech top of mind for LSO treasurer candidates

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers will be electing a new treasurer on June 28 as Paul Schabas ends his second term in the leadership role. The candidates for the treasurer are (in alphabetical order): Ross Earnshaw, nominated by Susan Richer and Andrew Spurgeon; Jacqueline Horvat, nominated by Dianne Corbiere and Peter Wardle; and Malcolm Mercer, nominated by Robert Burd and Avvy Yao-Yao Go. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Former Justices Cromwell and O’Connor discuss civility and the art of advocacy Dennis O'Connor and Thomas Cromwell sm

The recent decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 27 hung in the air as former justices Thomas Cromwell and Dennis O’Connor discussed civility, professionalism and the future of the litigation bar at a fireside chat hosted by the Toronto Lawyers Association on June 6. ... [read more]