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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Law societies adopting rules to fight money-laundering clients Leah_Kosokowsky_sm

The new year will bring new rules for Manitoba’s lawyers and many of their peers across the country when it comes to safeguarding themselves against being unwittingly used in money laundering schemes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Top trends for law firms on social media in 2020 Lawyer surrounded by computers

To stay relevant in today's social media environment, law firms must keep an eye on emerging social patterns. Social media, when used properly, can be a useful tool when it comes to establishing industry relationships, connecting with new clients and staying up to date on business trends. As 2020 approaches, law firms must start planning their social strategy for the new year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

Dilemma of maternity leave | Leena Yousefi and Julianne Yeager

This article is written by two mothers who are also lawyers. This is not an article about feminism. This is an article about the harsh reality female lawyers face when they decide to have a child. ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Alberta law society holds practice fees steady, moves on strategic plan Alberta Law Society president Rob Armstrong

The Alberta Law Society’s final bencher meeting of the year was a look towards the future as it finalized its 2020 budget as well as the strategic plan which will guide it in the future. Benchers passed the 2020 business plan and budget at the meeting, which was held in Edmonton Dec. 5. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Indigenous intercultural competency education ‘fundamental’ for lawyers in B.C.: law society VP Dean Lawton, Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)

Hot on the heels of the B.C. government’s plans to bring its laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the provincial law society has made it a future requirement for all lawyers in the province to take a course on Indigenous intercultural competency aimed at enhancing their understanding of the history of Aboriginal-Crown relations, the history and legacy of residential schools and how specific legislation regarding Indigenous peoples created the issues that reconcilation seeks to address. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

How to foster lawyer engagement best_practice_sm

Young lawyers (i.e., junior associates) have a lot to win when they choose to join a law firm after graduation, but retaining young lawyers can be challenging. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation Doug Downey sm

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province. ... [read more]

Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 12:34 PM

Alberta Justice Ministry must downsize to meet budget targets, government says

Concerns about the future effectiveness of the Alberta legal system are being raised after a report emerged showing the provincial government was planning lawyer cutbacks and outsourcing at the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General in order to meet budget targets. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Law firm marketing: Asking the big questions | Jana Schilder

There are two truths in law firm marketing for the coming year that have not changed in decades: One is that business is always about who is willing to give your firm the business as opposed to a competitor. And two, the best lawyers constantly take action to expand their “sphere of influence.” ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]