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Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian law students | Serena Eshaghurshan btls 320x210

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and challenges, and law students are not exempt from facing these obstacles. In a time of so much uncertainty, many law students have grappled with remote classes, job scarcity and economic uncertainty. As many JD students prepare to enter the job market, it has become an unfortunate reality that articles are becoming fewer and harder to find. Fortunately, students and law schools are resilient and have proposed alternative learning and employment options to cope with the pandemic. While it has been challenging and overwhelming at times, students know they are not alone and can reach out for guidance and support. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 2:28 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 4:17 PM

Five social media tips for solo lawyers, small law firms Woman with cell laptop

People are spending more time on social media than ever before. You may be concerned that the world of social media is too robust and complex to figure out but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you know where to focus your efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 9:59 AM

LSO code of conduct stifles free speech, benchers argue Jared Brown

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is grappling with growing opposition to its bencher code of conduct, with several benchers saying it reduces their ability to speak on important issues because complaints can be too easily launched against them and concentrates too much power in the hands of the law society treasurer. ... [read more]

Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Wellness: Five ways to stay healthy while working at home | Darryl Singer

I think I have alluded in each of my last four columns to writing about my 10-year anniversary of recovery in the next column. But the Coronavirus lockdown leaves no shortage of things to write about in terms of wellness, so if I may, here is one more column on wellness in the age of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 8:56 AM

Top legal digital marketing trends for 2020 | Fran Jakubowicz

With COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing significantly boosting people’s computer and phone usage, the online world has seen a spike in activity. For businesses, this surge in digital popularity presents both an opportunity and a challenge. On one hand, it’s now easier than ever to find your target market, yet, how can you break through the digital clutter and ensure your message reaches your intended audience? ... [read more]

Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Alberta law society accepting nominations for bencher election

Nominations for the Law Society of Alberta’s 2020 bencher election are now open. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 11:37 AM

Lawyers protest LSO’s ‘mean-spirited’ proposals on fee exemptions Bob Aaron

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is looking at removing exemptions from paying annual fees for some older members of the profession, a move which some lawyers are saying would be “mean-spirited” and could lead to people no longer providing service to the public. ... [read more]

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 1:57 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 4:59 PM

So you’re working from home: Deduct expenses and pay less tax Man sitting at desk

Almost all of us have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and many of us will continue to work from home for some time to come. Google just announced that it is going to have its employees work from home for at least the next year, and personally I have no immediate plans to bring all my employees back to my office. ... [read more]

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Top OBA leadership begins new era of diversity Charlene Theodore sm

As a longtime advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Charlene Theodore says she’ll continue that work in her new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), while supporting members still grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 1:25 PM

Revenue generation: What law firms can learn from tech companies | Sumathi Pundit

For years, tech companies have been leading the way when it comes to creating scalable revenue engines. With many tech darlings like DocuSign, HubSpot and Salesforce experiencing extremely fast growth and market domination, it begs the question — what’s their secret sauce? ... [read more]