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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]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 11:33 AM

B.C. legal consultant appealing injunction denying him ability to appear in court

A B.C. man is pledging to fight an injunction sought by the provincial law society which prevents him from appearing in court, saying it was granted based on a too-narrow definition of what constitutes an employment relationship and that it flies in the face of the law society’s commitment to improve access to justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Lenczner Slaght partners with McCarthy Tétrault to expand women’s referral program Sana_Halwani_sm

Lenczner Slaght has partnered with McCarthy Tétrault to expand a resource list for lawyers who want to refer files to women. The program is called ReferToHer and was launched by Lenczner Slaght in June 2019. “Even though we’ve made lots of progress for women in the profession, there’s still a lack of equilibrium between how many referrals go out to women and how many go out to men,” said Sana Halwani, a partner at Lenczner Slaght who helped start the program with fellow partner Shara Roy. ... [read more]

Monday, February 03, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Legal operations transformation: Keeping up the momentum | Mimi Bowen

As we kick off the next decade and a new chapter in legal operations opens up, the first page from our handbook says the legal industry's transformation is well underway. ... [read more]

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Wellness: Law Society of Ontario doesn’t ‘get’ mental health, redux | Darryl Singer

In my Aug. 9, 2019, Wellness column in this space, I expressed my frustration with how the LSO deals with discipline matters and capacity proceedings involving mental health issues. I noted that while the LSO ought to be commended for dealing with many discipline matters through a capacity stream (a form of diversion which does not result in a disciplinary record), the current approach regrettably has the impact of stigmatizing the already stigmatized lawyer and makes it difficult for the lawyer to fully recover and move forward. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Access to Justice: Rise Legal Centre: Bridging the gap for women | Beverley McLachlin

Happy new year to all of you. I am pleased to use my first column of the new decade to begin a periodic series showcasing access to justice in action across Canada. This column is an important way to bring attention to critical issues and an opportunity to highlight the impact that so many of you are having in responding to the access to justice crisis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Marketing for lawyers and law firms: The evolution | Marly Broudie

Legal marketing has gone through a major shift over the years. There was once a time where the law society prevented lawyers and firms from marketing themselves and in some cases even forbade many forms of marketing and soliciting business via means of advertising strategy. Today, marketing strategy is now not just the norm but a necessary practice. ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 2:32 PM

Discrimination still an issue, LSO treasurer says in wake of bencher’s critical review Malcolm_Mercer_sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) strategies for addressing systemic racism in the legal professions are under scrutiny after bencher Murray Klippenstein released a critical review of the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees: Final Report, which inspired the regulator to take action against discrimination. ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

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We love to stay current on tectonic shifts in technological innovation when they are shiny new objects, or future technology promises to transform our paradigm or save our world. But what about the back-office aspects of technology, namely, the maintenance side? ... [read more]