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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

The real point of a law firm logo | Sandra Bekhor

Law firms are starting to show more interest in branding these days. That represents a significant shift for the profession, from even five short years ago. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

Ryerson setting up for law school applications in August, still working on OSAP eligibility Anver Saloojee sm

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is positioning itself as “the new kids on the block” in legal education. With classrooms in downtown Toronto, a focus on technology and a designated integrated practice curriculum (IPC), the faculty’s interim dean, Anver Saloojee, is encouraging the legal community to get “on board.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal professionals should not be dealing with age discrimination in 2019 Age Discrimination

In the legal profession, ageism usually exists in subtle ways because legal professionals tend to normalize and accept age discrimination. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. law society referendum approves general meeting changes

Participants in the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)’s next annual general meeting (AGM) are going to see things being done a little differently. In a referendum which ended May 30, law society members passed two resolutions regarding the meetings, one allowing for advance online voting on motions and another amending the rules to ensure disputes concerning procedure are to be resolved in accordance with applicable common law rather than strictly in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

B is for ‘bachelor,’ not progress | Julius Melnitzer

No question about it, diversity and gender equality are all the rage in the profession — and it’s the clients that are driving the horses, with in-house counsel expected to lead both by way of example and by way of shutting out law firms who aren’t sensitive enough to the call. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Wellness: Treatment of Le Dain, Gascon show how far we’ve come | Darryl Singer

Last year at this time I was humbled to be part of a wellness panel at an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Advocates’ Society. Also on the panel was the daughter of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gerald Le Dain. She spoke eloquently of her father’s lifelong battle with depression and the fact that his mental illness forced Le Dain prematurely from the bench in 1988 (he had only been appointed in 1984). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

LSO treasurer Mercer highlights need for co-operation at Convocation in run for second term Malcolm Mercer sm

In less than a month, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will hold a treasurer election to decide who will lead the regulator. It’s a two-person race between current treasurer Malcolm Mercer and newly elected bencher, Chi-Kun Shi. One has a long history with the law society and its working groups, the other says she’ll be “bringing the law society back to its members.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Lawyers should scrub privileged info before hitting border, states CBA toolkit Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is urging lawyers who cross the Canada-U.S. border to do it with “clean” electronic devices to keep customs officials from accessing client information. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

LSO not meeting Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s disciplinary benchmark Jaqueline Horvat sm

According to the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Professional Regulation Committee, the law society has advised the Federation of Law Societies of Canada that its 90-day benchmark to contact complainants and licensees in disciplinary processes is “not realistically attainable.” ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Gender-neutral robing rooms spur debate at Law Society of Ontario Convocation Diana Miles sm

A report for information presented by the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) CEO inspired debate at Convocation over changes to the barristers robing room, which would create a gender-neutral space. The May 23 Convocation was the first meeting of the recently elected benchers, 30 of whom are new to the role and now make up the vast majority of seats. ... [read more]