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Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Ignore new estate law technology at your peril digital_will_sm

Current wills and estates lawyers may be facing a familiar technology change that happened to a similar group of professionals in the 1980s. These professionals were very concerned at the prospect of new software putting them out of business. This new technology was going to severely cut into their profits by eliminating much of what they did on a daily basis. Some of them tried to resist using that new technology — but, not surprisingly, the benefits of technology could not be ignored. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 2:14 PM

Momentum Summit pushing gender equality forward, says OBA past president Lynne Vicars sm

For the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) immediate past president, Lynne Vicars, the Momentum Summit is a culmination of all the work the organization has done in the past year to advance gender equality in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice Amy Salyzyn

Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

First, let’s love all the lawyers | Marcel Strigberger

Our profession is a noble one. But unfortunately, lay people often view us negatively, as sharks, shysters and ambulance chasers.   ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Legal operations: The business side of law legal_operations_sm

A lot has been written about legal operations recently. Is it a new function, a business solution or maybe even a complete overhaul of the legal industry framework? Whatever the case, it is an important topic for today’s legal professional.   ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Court approval of $1.5 billion-plus compensation, fees of $62 million has new twists for ‘mega fund’ cases Michael Phelan

The Federal Court’s recent approval of a $1.47 billion-plus settlement — and up to $62 million for the ongoing legal work of Gowling WLG, the law firm exclusively handling the national Indian day schools class action — provides some new twists in “mega fund” cases, including in the area of compensation for legal counsel. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Voluntary SOP has future in Ontario, says group of law society’s diversity initiative

An organizer for a group advocating to preserve the controversial Statement of Principles issued by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is confident some form of the diversity initiative will remain intact for the future. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

Lawyers getting up to speed on machine learning humaniod_robot_lawyer_sm

Lawyers spend an inordinate amount of time learning the law, following trends and attempting to analyze the law. This learning doesn’t end in law school but continues into practice on files and through continuing professional development (CPD). ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 1:13 PM

Do law firms need big digital marketing programs? | Kim McLaughlin

If I had a dollar for every lawyer who said, “Kim, I don’t need a big digital marketing program,” I would own an island. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Incoming CBA vice-president passionate about organization’s advocacy work Brad Regehr sm

The Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) incoming vice-president, Brad Regehr, will be the first Indigenous person to hold the position of president when Vivene Salmon’s term ends in 2020. His goal as VP is to support Salmon’s goals for the organization, but looking ahead, Regehr would like to increase continuing professional development and focus on reconciliation. ... [read more]