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Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Self-represented lawyers receive same treatment as lay people in cost awards, court rules Eli Karp sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal determined, in an appeal on a costs award, that when the self-represented party is a lawyer, they “will be treated in substantially the same way as any other self-represented litigant.” The decision, counsel said, shows that in costs awards a lawyer’s “time is recoverable, but not at counsel rates.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

New Ontario family law project helps lawyers provide unbundled services Tami Moscoe sm photo by Angelyn Francis

The launch of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project is being lauded by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) as well as by members of the family bar and bench as a “tremendous achievement” in improving access to justice. The project, which officially launched March 19, provides an online directory of lawyers who provide limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law cases for Ontarians searching for unbundled services. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

The Coach: Practice management | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

Whether your plans for 2019 are just getting started or well underway, certain key areas deserve your firm’s attention. Don’t wait until the “new year” becomes “last year”. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Women of Legal Tech honouree says ‘it is impossible to be the best lawyer you can be’ without technology Natalie Worsfold sm

Natalie Worsfold said her legal career path’s intersection with technology was a “happy accident.” However, her drive to be a better lawyer and involvement with tech has landed her on the American Bar Association's (ABA) 2019 Women of Legal Tech list. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Legal aid lawyers in B.C. vote to begin job action April 1 Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)

An organization representing legal aid lawyers in British Columbia has overwhelmingly voted to withdraw their services to protest what they characterize as serious underfunding and strain on the system. According to Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson Richard Fowler, turnout among the 590 members of association for the March 11-13 vote was 75 per cent, with approximately 97 per cent of members voting in favour of job action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

LSO approves bencher code of conduct, tables motion on tribunal hearing rules Janis Criger sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation has adopted governance policies and practices, which incorporate a Bencher Code of Conduct, and after much debate, tabled a motion to revoke the current Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division and Appeal Division Rules of Practice and Procedure. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

LSO approves framework for offering legal services through charities Susan_McGrath_sm

In an effort to improve access to justice, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a regulatory framework for legal professionals to deliver services through registered civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities or not-for-profit corporations, which will come into effect April 1. Convocation passed a motion for policy changes to implement the framework on Feb. 28 after Susan McGrath, chair of the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) working group, presented the final report on the matter. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

B.C. Law Society benchers decide on pro bono, paralegal issues

Benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) decided against allowing pro bono work to count toward professional development credit and struck a task force to look at what role paralegals can play in addressing unmet legal needs at their most recent meeting. During the March 1 meeting, benchers approved the lawyer education advisory committee’s recommendation that the law society not recognize pro bono work as eligible for continuing professional development (CPD) credit. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

New immigration calls: Surviving the early years immigration_law_sm

The entirety of law school is focused on the finish line that is qualifying as a lawyer. At every step of the JD process, law students push themselves to secure the grades to secure the summer placement to secure the articling job to get called to the bar. After that, it is smooth sailing. The associate position awaits and becoming partner is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Or so the story goes. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Law Society of Ontario changes disclosure requirements in good character process Jaqueline Horvat sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved changes to the good character assessment process in an effort to provide transparency for candidates and support its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Law Society Act decrees that an applicant for a licence to practise law must be of “good character,” so the LSO required candidates to declare whether they had been convicted of any offence, other than speeding or parking tickets. ... [read more]