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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 03:52 PM

Supreme Court to rule on challenge to compulsory CPD for lawyers Charles Huband

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide Thursday whether to endorse a Winnipeg lawyer’s far-reaching — but thus far unsuccessful — challenge to mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

Harvard’s shift away from LSAT unlikely to influence Canadian law schools

This fall, Harvard Law School will accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission instead of the traditional Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). According to Harvard, the pilot program aims to expand access to education for students internationally and across the United States as the GRE is more widely accessible and alleviates the financial burden of taking an extra test. ... [read more]

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 03:06 PM

LSUC to seek feedback on its lawyer licensing process Peter Wardle

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) is initiating a provincewide Dialogue on Licensing that will help it develop a sustainable licensing system for lawyers. The dialogue will run from April to June and will be made up of in-person and webcast group discussions. ... [read more]

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

Media relations isn't marketing, and that's just the first mistake lawyers make | Julius Melnitzer

When it comes to maximizing the benefits of good media relations, many Canadian law firms haven’t quite got it yet. For those of you who are thinking, “What are you talking about? The profession’s marketing savvy has come a very long way” — you’re making my point. What a lot of law firms still don’t seem to understand is that marketing and media relations are two distinct arts. Lumping them together is akin to shoving an admiralty lawyer and an entertainment lawyer into the same pigeonhole. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 08:00 PM

Becoming the leader of the practice pack

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 08:00 PM

Too many trying to balance too much

Between recruiting new clients, securing office space, hiring staff and completing actual lawyer duties like filing briefs or preparing for court, to say that lawyers at small law firms and solo practitioners have a lot on their plates may be an understatement. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 03:48 PM

B.C. law firm collaborates with indigenous communities to translate traditional laws Maxine Matilpi

West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) is working with indigenous communities across British Columbia to identify legal principles in their traditional stories. These ancient laws are unique to each community and identify principles related to rights and standards of environmental governance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 07:13 PM

Budget 2017 bad news for lawyers, other professionals Kim Moody

Federal Budget 2017 is a mixed offering to justice system players, with Ottawa abruptly ending a tax advantage for lawyers, while announcing new funding for 28 additional judicial posts, as well as minor increases to support family justice, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) and the Federal Courts. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 08:00 PM

Should you light the match for superstars to leave?

Law firms have long employed a cradle-to-the-grave career path for their top performers, but new U.S. research suggests letting superstar lawyers walk away to pursue other opportunities can not only bring an infusion of youth but also improve the bottom line. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 08:53 AM

Law Society should leave referral fees alone | Darryl Singer

You would think from all the media hype and law society pronouncements, that the concept of referral fees among lawyers was a bad thing that harmed innocent clients. In fact, the reverse is true. ... [read more]