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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 2:39 PM

Major law firms commit $1.75 million over 10 years to Black Future Lawyers program Josh Lokko, associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, co-founder, Black Future Lawyers program

Dave Leonard, the Toronto-based partner and CEO for McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said it only took a 20-minute conversation with Torys LLP managing partner Matthew Cockburn to convince him to sign on to one of the Canadian legal community’s largest ever recruiting drives. Now, 14 of Canada’s largest law firms are committing $1.75 million over the next 10 years to encourage Black students to pursue legal careers and, they hope, to join their firms. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 3:25 PM

Lawyer competence, diversity issues focus for new Alberta law society president Law Society of Alberta president Darlene Scott

The new president of the Law Society of Alberta says she is looking forward to tackling issues of competency and diversity in the profession during a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic will still produce challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Sexual harassment prevalent in Quebec legal profession, study says Isabelle_Auclair

Sexual harassment and violence is rife in Quebec legal workplaces, the overwhelming majority of which goes unreported for fear of repercussions, claims a report that calls on the province’s legal actors to work together to take concrete steps to raise awareness and address the pervasive culture of silence and impunity that permits harassment. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for large firms, part one | Gary Mitchell

The past two months I have written about succession planning for smaller firms. This two-part series is about succession planning for larger firms. ... [read more]

Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 8:31 AM

Wellness: The good, the bad and the ugly of Zoom | Darryl Singer

I absolutely love our profession’s adaptation to Zoom in the last 10 months. While I remain, after all these years, passionate about being a litigator and enjoy nothing more than a day in court, discovery or mediation, the travel was really starting to get to me. I live in Thornhill, Ont., which for those outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is a suburb just north of Toronto proper, but about 30 kilometres from downtown, which in Toronto traffic is anywhere from one to two hours in rush hour. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Lawyers and the OBA: Come blow your horn | Gary Joseph

In the midst of this pandemic, public confidence in government and various institutions has been strained (to put it mildly). At every turn it seems that our political leaders are failing us. The federal government’s vaccine response reminds me of the Keystone Cops skits of old. The operation of “Cottage Parliament” by our prime minister strikes many as an affront to democracy. Our provincial government’s shutdown policies are inconsistent and hard to understand. In all of this, certain segments of our society have bucked the trend and performed wonderfully. High on my list is the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Full disclosure: I am a member but have absolutely no involvement in management of the OBA. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

Nova Scotia law society issues succession planning standard Tilly Pillay

Succession planning for lawyers is not optional in Nova Scotia. Now the Succession Planning Professional Standard issued by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) spells out exactly what is required of lawyers and law firms. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

A time to think about justice system — and to act | Brad Regehr and Vivene Salmon

Innovation, collaboration and studied but determined steps forward will be key to the evolving modernization of the justice system kick-started by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]