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Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through financial management | Gary Mitchell and Mayur Gadhia

How well can your law firm answer these three questions? What does your cash flow look like for the next week/month? How close to budget are your actual income and expenses? What is each lawyer’s realization rate/billable hours? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:48 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

StopSOP slate nominates sole practitioner in bid for Law Society of Ontario treasurer Chi-Kun Shin sm

The StopSOP slate, 22 of whom were elected as benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) on May 1, have announced their support for Chi-Kun Shi in a bid for treasurer. In a statement, released May 21, the StopSOP (Statement of Principles) slate said they are “pleased to announce” that Shi has been nominated to run for treasurer with the “unanimous support of her StopSOP colleagues.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

LSO highlights resources for legal profession in awareness campaign Malcolm_Mercer_sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) $1.2 million public awareness campaign has entered its second phase and includes an internal component directed at lawyers and paralegals. The campaign’s goal is to make the professions aware of resources available to them at all stages of their practice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

The empathetic lawyer and client retention | Anita Lerek

You know you must spend time and money to look for clients. And you know that client satisfaction is clustered around fees, ease of process and responsiveness. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

‘Be a champion for yourself,’ human rights commissioner advises recent calls, women (L-R) Divya Khurana, Renu Mandhane, Bethany Mckoy sm

Renu Mandhane, the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has some advice for law students and recent calls: be tenacious and take risks. ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 8:28 AM

Deserving benchers victims of unnecessary SOP controversy | Earl Cherniak

There is a biblical saying: “Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind”. That is what the benchers did when they made it mandatory for every licensee to subscribe on the Law Society of Ontario Annual Report form to the Statement of Principles (SOP). It was all so unnecessary. They could have voted for Joe Groia’s opt-out proposal or included equivalent principles in the Rules of Professional Conduct, to which every licensee must conform. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 2:34 PM

LSO Statement of Principles issue must be resolved, says treasurer Mercer Malcolm_Mercer_sm

A decision must be made on the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial Statement of Principles (SOP) so other issues can be tackled, says the society’s treasurer in the wake of a bencher election where a majority of lawyer seats were won by those opposing the diversity initiative. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

B.C. Law Society holding referendum on annual general meeting changes

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is seeking the profession’s input on proposals to change the way its annual general meeting (AGM) functions. At their May 3 meeting, LSBC benchers approved a referendum on streamlining the AGM process after the law society’s governance committee made a number of recommendations for change ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

‘No one thought this would happen’: outgoing benchers react to turnover at LSO William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) recent election has cast the spotlight on a divisive issue: the Statement of Principles (SOP). A “well organized” slate of candidates campaigned to repeal the SOP and took 22 of the 40 lawyer seats available at Convocation, effectively displacing 19 of the benchers running for re-election. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Alberta law society’s annual general meeting highlights past, looks to future: president Law Society of Alberta president Rob Armstrong

The president of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA) says the society’s recent annual general meeting (AGM) gave the profession a chance to not only see what has been done over the past year but also the issues that are on the radar going into the future.   ... [read more]