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Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Ontario law society CEO says COVID-19 ‘opens all of our eyes’ on how to be more efficient Diana_Miles_sm_3

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has implemented a long list of measures in response to COVID-19. From working with justice partners to establishing a will drafting legal service for doctors to providing financial and annual report filing relief measures, the regulator has been changing processes and providing practice directions while working remotely. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Wellness: My post-COVID hopes for the profession | Darryl Singer

Our profession has and will continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. From small boutique firms to large national firms, many have been forced to lay off staff, take on additional debt and forgo partner draws. Solo practitioners, particularly those whose income is dependent on Legal Aid or working clientele and a fully operational court system, have had much of their work dry up. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Looking for work in era of COVID-19 Handsonlaps

To say that these are uncertain and difficult times is a massive understatement. Half of humanity is in some sort of isolation, the global economy has grinded to a halt practically overnight and businesses of all shapes and sizes have immediately felt the effects. The legal industry is unfortunately no exception. Like any other business, the practice of law is not immune from the dire consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving in its wake. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Important for public to see legal system still operating: B.C. law society president B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant organizations throughout the world have had to adapt their procedures in order to ensure they stay operational and accountable to the public. Many have turned to electronic platforms to hold meetings, and the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has added its name to this growing list. The law society held its regular bencher meeting April 17 via Zoom, a videoconferencing system which has become more and more popular amid lockdowns and closures. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 1:43 PM

Articling student launches petition for LSO to reschedule call to bar Kris_Kinsinger_sm

Kristopher Kinsinger, an articling student at Miller Thomson LLP, was supposed to attend his call to the bar ceremony in June, but then the COVID-19 pandemic happened. Due to social distancing efforts to reduce spread of the virus, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced on April 2 that the upcoming call to the bar ceremonies would be cancelled. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

The legal landscape in the COVID-19 era | Gina Rhodes

There is no doubt that COVID-19, its effects and certainly the uncertainty of the future has already gravely impacted the legal profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Virtual career event celebrates Law Day in Alberta

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled many in-person events, people in Alberta will still be able to celebrate the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

Alberta law society extends deadline for feedback on model code of conduct amendments

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is proposing amendments to its model code rule concerning discrimination and harassment. The draft amendments revise the rule to provide clearer guidance on prohibitions against discrimination, harassment and bullying. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Court process in time of COVID-19: What we know so far COVID-19 stay at home sign

On March 15 the world changed for all lawyers in Ontario. With one announcement from Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior court of Justice, the legal profession was turned on its ear. No longer were lawyers able to access the courts as usual. The move to implement provincial emergency protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic began. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Six positive things about COVID-19 and working | Jana Schilder

We have not faced a pandemic as aggressive as COVID-19 since the Spanish Flu of 1918. Life as we know it has ground to a halt. “Social distancing” is the phrase for 2020. We have new stresses in our lives coping with what is essentially house arrest, but for our own good. ... [read more]