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Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Leadership needed now more than ever, Canada’s top female military officer tells legal professionals Bronwen Evans, True Patriot Love Foundation, Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross and Claire Kennedy, Bennett Jones LLP

Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross knows about assessing risk. While she and her security team were deployed in Afghanistan, she was tasked with meeting members of an Afghan training facility in a valley. The Taliban knew she was in the area and told the training facility not to let her in when she arrived. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Criminal and youth lawyers worried about new Toronto ‘mega’ court Courthouse

A new courthouse being built in downtown Toronto is raising concerns in the legal community, and is especially troubling to defence lawyers and young offender advocates. The facility, which will be located at 11 Centre Avenue — a site owned by the province and located just to the north of Toronto City Hall — has a price tag of approximately $956.4 million and is being developed to be a “mega” court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Law Society of Ontario releases long-awaited lawyer licensing report Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) professional development and competence committee has been reviewing the lawyer licensing process since 2016 and a report on its recommendations will be presented to Convocation on May 24. ... [read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Lawyer/activist confident her mayoral campaign will ‘resonate with the people’ of Toronto Saron Gebresellassi

Lawyer Saron Gebresellassi has a simple goal: she wants to be mayor of Toronto. The 31-year-old resident of the city’s northwestern Weston neighbourhood won’t be the only challenger to incumbent mayor John Tory on the Oct. 22, 2018, election day, but Gebresellassi believes her personal and professional experiences are more reflective of the city’s population than Tory’s are. ... [read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Extreme focus the key for personal injury lawyers | Sandra Bekhor

Personal injury marketing is a high-stakes business. Everything about it is oversized, relative to other areas of law. The cost. The vision. The competition. So, how can small to mid-sized firms compete? And is that even possible, if your firm's resources don’t allow you to be the headline sponsor of a hospital wing, injury affiliated conference or charity? There’s another way. ... [read more]

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

The 4 key attributes of successful legal rainmakers money_rain_sm

A study by Lawyer Metrics concludes that successful law firm rainmakers share key personality characteristics. Key learnings from The Rainmaking Study: How Lawyers’ Personality Traits and Behaviors Drive Successful Client Development, were presented by Pat Gillette during her keynote address at the 2018 Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum, sponsored by Stikeman Elliott. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 2:11 PM

Blakes to offer self-service options for tech startups Carla_Swansburg

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is partnering with a Toronto-based legal tech startup called Founded to offer a customized online platform for clients in the tech sector. ... [read more]

Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 7:54 AM

University of Ottawa adds blockchain course, lab Florian_Martin_Bariteau

With a new course and a new research lab focused on blockchain, distributed ledgers and the applications that result from them (including smart contracts and cryptocurrencies), the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa is taking steps to ensure its students understand the underpinnings of cutting-edge technologies, not just their legal implications. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Silicon Valley startup takes first prize at The Pitch in Toronto

Digitory Legal, a Californian management platform, has taken first prize at The Pitch, the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) legal tech competition that gives entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their ideas to a panel of industry judges. The event attracted startups from around the globe, but only five were chosen to participate in The Pitch on May 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 12:01 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Study finds firms turning to hybrid clerks to cut costs and increase efficiencies Julia Valladao

The terms may vary — blended law clerk or hybrid law clerk — but the job is the same: combine the duties of a law clerk with those of a legal assistant and have one person provide a wider variety of legal support services. ... [read more]