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Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 2:12 PM

Emotional intelligence is key to new business reality | Michael Bury

As many legal professionals adjust to a new business reality, they will need emotional skills now more than ever. Everyone will need to adapt to new ways of working, communicating and supporting one another — and to get through this difficult period with calmness and resilience. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 1:56 PM

Why an open mind is key to legal marketing | Kim McLaughlin

The legal industry is image conscious. This can be a good thing with many firms opting for marketing tone that is refined rather than brash. But there’s a point where this sensibility can turn into inhibition and impede marketing results. The fact is the mindset of many law firms is not aligned with the reality of marketing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

B.C. law society issues guidance for lawyers who test positive for COVID-19

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has released guidance for lawyers who test positive for the COVID-19 virus. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Quebec allowing notaries to sign documents remotely during pandemic but issues remain Isabelle Couturier

Under pressure to deliver legal services in spite of Quebec’s public health state of emergency, notaries in the province have been given the go-ahead by the Quebec Ministry of Justice to sign notarized documents remotely. Under an order-in-council on essential services issued by the Quebec government on March 23 and extended until May 4, notaries, lawyers and bailiffs are deemed to offer essential services, giving them the choice to remain open. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Exposed: What COVID-19 has taught us | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 virus is a risk to all but specifically it targets and exposes the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In the same way the pandemic has exposed our court system for what it is, an “elderly” system developed to service a 1970s population drowning in a media/web savvy 21st century. Our judicial and court leaders are struggling to make it work in an environment where failure is inevitable. The structure of our courts and the supports built around it are paper intensive and people intensive. They cannot adept quickly to the fast-changing environment. This is not a criticism of our judicial leaders but a sad refrain for those who long ignored the need to upgrade technology and facilities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Legal industry facing sea change | Joan Rataic-Lang

When I started working as the librarian at Aird & Berlis in 1988 there were days I didn’t even turn on the computer to do a QL search.  Administrative assistants were still using typewriters and I kept track of invoices in a paper ledger. Fast forward to today: I’m sitting at home during a pandemic, running an association and a library from a laptop. Things have changed, and they have stayed the same.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Alberta law society makes changes to articling requirements due to COVID-19

In direct response to concerns from both students and the wider profession related to the economic and logistical challenges that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Society of Alberta (LSA) has made changes to the articling requirements and has increased the practice readiness education program (PREP) subsidy to add flexibility for firms and organizations as they navigate the articling period. ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 9:24 AM

Code of conduct amendments aimed at putting ‘meat on the bones’ of harassment, discrimination rule Nancy Carruthers, Law Society of Alberta

Focus on issues of harassment and discrimination has grown in recent years as the world grapples with things like the fallout from the #MeToo movement, and now the umbrella group for Canada’s law societies is looking to update its rules of conduct to ensure the legal profession has a better grasp of what those issues look like. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

LSO cancels June lawyer licensing exams, call to bar ceremonies

On April 2, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced that the lawyer licensing examinations and the call to the bar ceremonies scheduled to take place in June 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Pandemic observations from self-isolation | Malcolm Mercer

Late on Friday March 13, Toronto Public Health advised that everyone who had travelled outside of Canada go into self-isolation for 14 days after their return. My wife and I self-isolated having returned from United States six days earlier. As I write, it is now more than two weeks into a new world. Much has changed. ... [read more]