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Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

B is for ‘bachelor,’ not progress | Julius Melnitzer

No question about it, diversity and gender equality are all the rage in the profession — and it’s the clients that are driving the horses, with in-house counsel expected to lead both by way of example and by way of shutting out law firms who aren’t sensitive enough to the call. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Wellness: Treatment of Le Dain, Gascon show how far we’ve come | Darryl Singer

Last year at this time I was humbled to be part of a wellness panel at an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Advocates’ Society. Also on the panel was the daughter of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gerald Le Dain. She spoke eloquently of her father’s lifelong battle with depression and the fact that his mental illness forced Le Dain prematurely from the bench in 1988 (he had only been appointed in 1984). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

LSO treasurer Mercer highlights need for co-operation at Convocation in run for second term Malcolm Mercer sm

In less than a month, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will hold a treasurer election to decide who will lead the regulator. It’s a two-person race between current treasurer Malcolm Mercer and newly elected bencher, Chi-Kun Shi. One has a long history with the law society and its working groups, the other says she’ll be “bringing the law society back to its members.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Lawyers should scrub privileged info before hitting border, states CBA toolkit Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is urging lawyers who cross the Canada-U.S. border to do it with “clean” electronic devices to keep customs officials from accessing client information. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

LSO not meeting Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s disciplinary benchmark Jaqueline Horvat sm

According to the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Professional Regulation Committee, the law society has advised the Federation of Law Societies of Canada that its 90-day benchmark to contact complainants and licensees in disciplinary processes is “not realistically attainable.” ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Gender-neutral robing rooms spur debate at Law Society of Ontario Convocation Diana Miles sm

A report for information presented by the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) CEO inspired debate at Convocation over changes to the barristers robing room, which would create a gender-neutral space. The May 23 Convocation was the first meeting of the recently elected benchers, 30 of whom are new to the role and now make up the vast majority of seats. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through financial management | Gary Mitchell and Mayur Gadhia

How well can your law firm answer these three questions? What does your cash flow look like for the next week/month? How close to budget are your actual income and expenses? What is each lawyer’s realization rate/billable hours? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:48 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

StopSOP slate nominates sole practitioner in bid for Law Society of Ontario treasurer Chi-Kun Shin sm

The StopSOP slate, 22 of whom were elected as benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) on May 1, have announced their support for Chi-Kun Shi in a bid for treasurer. In a statement, released May 21, the StopSOP (Statement of Principles) slate said they are “pleased to announce” that Shi has been nominated to run for treasurer with the “unanimous support of her StopSOP colleagues.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

LSO highlights resources for legal profession in awareness campaign Malcolm_Mercer_sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) $1.2 million public awareness campaign has entered its second phase and includes an internal component directed at lawyers and paralegals. The campaign’s goal is to make the professions aware of resources available to them at all stages of their practice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

The empathetic lawyer and client retention | Anita Lerek

You know you must spend time and money to look for clients. And you know that client satisfaction is clustered around fees, ease of process and responsiveness. ... [read more]