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Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Evaluation and implementation ediscovery_software_sm

The need for e-discovery is well documented. So, now that we’ve gotten the “why” out of the way, let’s look at the “how” part of the story. It’s one thing to say, “I want an e-discovery solution,” but knowing how to choose, implement and run one is an entirely different matter. And it’s where even the best intentions go to die. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

Manitoba law society rebrands to give better public access: CEO Kris_Dangerfield_sm

Manitoba’s law society has adopted a modernized logo and overhauled its website in a bid to better connect with the public it protects. On Jan. 15, the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) shed its 143-year-old Lady Justice seal and unveiled a bold new emblem and website that CEO Kris Dangerfield says will both better serve members and make the law society more accessible for the general public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Religious inclusion in legal profession | Nour Farhat and Derek Ross

We are both openly religious. We are also lawyers. We see no contradiction in this. To the contrary, our faith motivates and supports us in meeting our commitment to “fulfill the duties of the legal profession with honesty and justice” and to “champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons” (as set out in the Quebec and Ontario oaths, respectively). ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Boosting the rate of technology adoption | Aaron Baer

For many observers of the legal industry, the seemingly glacial change of innovation can be astounding. After all, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how the use of data analytics, process mapping or new technology within a law firm can be considered to be innovative. But the reality is that lawyers (and law firms) are often resistant to change. Being trained to identify all potential risks and being subject to a system that relies so heavily on precedent doesn’t exactly align itself well to change. And of course, there’s the incentive misalignment that will remain present in the legal profession so long as the billable hour reigns supreme. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 9:46 AM

Fasken’s Plowman appointed treasurer of Legal Marketing Association

The Legal Marketing Association (LMA), which represents 4,000 legal marketing and business development professionals in 48 U.S. states, Canada and 25 other countries, announced that Brenda Plowman has been appointed treasurer of the 2020 LMA board of directors. Her appointment became effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

Adapting to change: Five Key mindsets for adding value arrow_blocks_sm

Expectations of in-house counsel are changing. General counsel and their teams are being challenged to “add value” in their interactions with business. But what does this translate to in practice? ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Myths and misconceptions ediscovery_software_sm

It’s no exaggeration to say that the legal profession is at an existential crossroads. There is no aspect of the law business that isn’t in flux, and in many cases, those changes are the direct result of technological innovations that are rendering old models obsolete. It should be no surprise that technology is affecting every aspect of law, and no area is experiencing a more profound shift than discovery. Firms know that they need to adopt e-discovery, but they’re not sure how to implement or manage the transition. ... [read more]

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 10:42 AM

The Coach: From solo to firm: Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you are following my column then you will recall that in part one of this series I covered capacity and building your team. In this, part two of from solo to firm, I go into business development, marketing and branding, ... [read more]

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

B.C. law society seeks to bring ‘mental health out of the shadows’: president B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is moving forward with a number of measures aimed at responding to mental health concerns in the legal profession. Benchers adopted the recommendations contained in the second interim report of the law society’s mental health task force at their Jan. 31 meeting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Innovating with the innovators: Law firms see value of working with startups | Shane Murphy

With digital technology widely predicted to be a key driver of the Canadian economy in the decades to come, it’s not surprising to see law firms jostling to attract the next generation of Canadian technology companies. In the process of attracting and serving these clients, law firms are embracing innovative changes to their service delivery models, billing practices and use of technology. ... [read more]