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Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

OBA president calls new Innovator-in-Residence, Ryerson LIZ a ‘world leader’ Colin Stevenson 2019 sm

The Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) will be the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) next Innovator-in-Residence, helping build on OBA president Colin Stevenson’s theme for his term. “The Innovator-in-Residence Program leads and supports the Ontario bar to, and through, innovative change with the information, education, practical advice and tools that lawyers need to succeed in a rapidly changing market,” said Stevenson on the appointment announcement on Oct. 7.  ... [read more]

Monday, October 07, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Findings in articling survey ‘disheartening,’ Law Society of Alberta says Cori Ghitter, Law Society of Alberta deputy executive director and director of professionalism and policy

The Law Society of Alberta is pledging to act after a survey of law students and new lawyers in the province showed experiences of harassment and discrimination during the articling process. In addition, many of those surveyed felt the experience did not provide them with the proper amount of training as they began their legal careers. ... [read more]

Monday, October 07, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Lawyers and cabbage | Marcel Strigberger

I am often asked how a lawyer who retired two years ago, spends his day. How about cabbages? That’s right. Buying or trying to buy a cabbage. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Succession planning: The elephant in the law firm | Stephen Binder

I have been working with lawyers and law firms for a good part of my four and a half decades as an accountant and strategic adviser, and I can say this with some confidence: lawyers aren’t quite like everybody else, at least when it comes to the issue of retirement. While the rest of the world dreams of kicking back and relaxing after a lifetime of work, many lawyers — especially those who have risen to the upper echelons of their firms — seem terrified at the prospect of not coming to the office. In fact, one recent survey suggests that nearly four out of five senior partners never want to retire. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

B.C., Alberta law societies formalize rules on trust accounts, disciplinary processes Kent Teskey, Alberta Law Society president-elect

Benchers of both the Alberta and British Columbia law societies met at the end of September, agreeing to a number of rules changes on financial disclosure and the use of fiduciary property, as well as tweaks to formal disciplinary procedures. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 1:55 PM

Court rules Quebec’s back-to-work legislation unconstitutional

A Quebec court ruling that declared unconstitutional a special law that forced provincial government lawyers and notaries to put a halt to the longest Canadian strike by public civil servants may give them much needed ammunition to persuade the government to introduce binding arbitration, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

The industrialization of law and rise of in-house counsel legal_industrialization_sm

In early 2016, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a Fortune 50 company, was working with 700 law firms. Six months later, it was working with only 20. Last year, Microsoft brought in 12 of its top law firms to ask: “What have you done for me lately?”   ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Improve your digital wellness Man entangled by smartphone

While online information tools grow at an explosive rate, our ability as humans to process the technology flood remains unchanged. It’s no wonder many legal professionals experience mental and physical health issues including stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to improve your workflow and hopefully your mental health. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Social media distraction ‘widespread’ in legal profession, says expert Jon_Krop_sm

Mindfulness, meditation and a healthy fear of digital devices are keys to lawyers avoiding the distraction of social media while at work, says an expert set to lecture on widespread “attentional hijacking.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

Time to start conversation about mental health for non-lawyers at law firms: report Lynn Foley, fSquared Marketing

Over the past few years there has been a lot of focus on the mental well-being of lawyers because of the stress they face due to their heavy workloads and the pressures of getting in the billable hours. But a new report from a Vancouver-based marketing firm said the mental health of those who have not been called to the bar is also an issue in the legal industry. ... [read more]