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Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Alberta law society meeting sets 2021 practice fees, kickstarts work on competency issues Law Society of Alberta (LSA) president Kent Teskey

The Law Society of Alberta (LSA) has adopted a fiscal plan for 2021 which it says considers the challenges posed by COVID-19 while balancing the need to meet its strategic objectives. The budget and fiscal plan, which was adopted at the law society’s Dec. 3 board meeting, sets the 2021 practice fee at $2,340, a reduction of $260, or 10 per cent, below 2020 levels, which was achieved due to cost savings in 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 8:26 AM

Mental health in the legal profession: Critical and overlooked | Aaron Baer

When I talk to friends outside of the legal industry, they’re often shocked by what I tell them. About the processes that many lawyers use when they work. About the reluctance to embrace technology. About the lack of metrics, the dated leadership styles and the short-term thinking. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 08, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

B.C. law society adopts strategic plan emphasizing innovation, improving access to justice Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Craig Ferris

As an eventful 2020 draws to a close, the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has adopted a plan which sets its goals for the next five years. Benchers approved the law society’s strategic plan for 2021-2025 at their Dec. 4 meeting. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 08, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

Cancel culture and Law Society of Ontario | Gary Joseph

I have long been a critic of the cancel culture. While I support constructive change, the idea that all in the past is wrong, colonial, racist and worse, is a concept I cannot accept. Yes, we must always strive to eliminate wrong and improve our society but to ignore and destroy our past is not the way forward. ... [read more]

Monday, December 07, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

What's the plan if a cyberattack hits your firm? cyberattack_business_sm

Lawyers across the country no doubt collectively gasped and wondered about their firm’s vulnerability when in April, two Manitoba law firms were hit by a prolific ransomware strain called MAZE, bringing their operations to a standstill. ... [read more]

Monday, December 07, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

Should Employment Standards Act apply to articling students? | Kendelle Pollitt

It goes without saying that law students who do not land an articling job cannot become a lawyer in Canada. Yet, for numerous years and across the country, the demand for articling jobs has been surpassing supply. In addition to those studying in Canadian law schools, an increasing number of Canadian law students are studying abroad, mostly in Australia and the U.K. ... [read more]

Monday, December 07, 2020 @ 9:41 AM

Judicial diversity stats show move in right direction but more needs to be done: observers Brad Regehr

The federal government’s statistics on appointments to Canada’s superior courts show that strides have been made to increase diversity but creating a judiciary which more closely resembles Canada will take time and effort, legal observers say. ... [read more]

Monday, December 07, 2020 @ 8:24 AM

Wellness: Time to address our profession’s unconscious bias against women | Darryl Singer

It is hard to believe at the end of 2020 that it is even necessary to write about the inherent unconscious bias against women which remains in our profession. ... [read more]

Friday, December 04, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Do you have a comprehensive remote work policy? Remoteworkeringreen

For years, our law firm has touted the use of legal, enforceable and foolproof remote work policies for distributed teams in Canada. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, that requirement has become quintessential. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 03, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Toronto Lawyers Association’s proposals for reform | Sarah Boulby

The Toronto Lawyers Association proposes changes which, unlike the family legal services provider initiative, would enhance access to justice for Ontarians. ... [read more]