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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]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 10:55 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

StopSOP slate takes majority of lawyer seats in LSO bencher election Jared Brown

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) bencher election results have been released and show that 22 of the 23 StopSOP slate of candidates have been elected, giving them the majority of the lawyer seats represented at Convocation. The StopSOP candidates campaigned to “eliminate the compelled” Statement of Principles. Voting closed at 5 p.m. on April 30 with results released May 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

LSO amends bylaws for governance reform, ex-treasurers lose voting rights Harvey Strosberg sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) debated the voting rights of ex officio treasurers at Convocation, once again, before approving amendments to its bylaws and Governance Practices and Policies to improve governance effectiveness. Although some benchers advocated that former treasurers should maintain their right to vote, the majority held that they should only be able to participate in debate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

The Coach: Succeeding though administrative management | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

Firm leaders expect employees to follow the rules, follow the policies and share the ethics and the visions of the firm. In exchange, the employee can stay and will be paid. How can a law firm achieve this intentionally? The first step is to answer the following questions: ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves integrated practice curriculum for Ryerson University Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted with applause after benchers unanimously voted to approve Ryerson University’s application to have its juris doctor (JD) program designated as an integrated practice curriculum (IPC). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Tax slashing tips for Canadian lawyers cutting_taxes_sm

Welcome to tax season 2019. The way in which you structure your law firm can cause you to pay more taxes than you need to. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law announces new regional alumni adviser

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, common law section, has announced the appointment of Erin Cowling as regional alumni adviser. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Have a marketing strategy before jumping online | Kim McLaughlin

Digital marketing is like renovating a home: Go in without a blueprint and you risk wasting money. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Lack of bencher rules on donations, campaign funding ‘shocking,’ candidate says Caryma Sa'd sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election has inspired discussion on a variety of topics, from the importance of diversity in the profession and “compelled speech,” to the lack of representation of recent calls at Convocation. However, these debates have also highlighted the lack of rules governing donations, as some campaigns have called for financial contributions or have offered donations for votes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

LSO bencher candidates shed light on barriers faced by internationally trained lawyers Atrisha Lewis sm

Internationally trained lawyers face barriers to the profession that include systemic racism, biases based on “Canadian experience” and a difficult to access articling process, studies and lawyers say. However, this group of legal professionals continues to grow, making up 30 per cent of all applicants licensed in 2018. Candidates running in this month’s Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election are paying attention and want to give them a voice at the table. ... [read more]