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Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

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Even before the pandemic, the most popular methods for exchanging legal documents were not secure. Encrypted e-mail? Not as private as you think. Thumb drive? Think again. Consumer file-sharing services? Not designed with security in mind. ... [read more]

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

Making policy not the same as taking action | Vivene Salmon

The opposite of action isn’t inaction, it’s complacency. It usually takes a crisis to jolt humans out of whatever comfortable positions they have come to rest in and spur them into action. In the spring of this year, the killing of George Floyd became a catalyst for action for the #BlackLivesMatter movement around the world. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 10:37 AM

Clarity on calculating income replacement benefits for self-employed — sort of: Timing Dollar sign in life preserver

In part one of this series we explored the possibility of over- or under-compensation to the plaintiff based on the difference between using the last fiscal year and the last 52 weeks. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 8:33 AM

Avoid these top digital law firm marketing mistakes | Fran Jakubowicz

More and more law firms are recognizing the benefits of using digital marketing to attract clients. In this continually evolving and highly competitive space, however, the risk of making costly mistakes is high. Even if your firm has razor clarity about your ideal target market, the online ad channels you want to leverage and campaign results you want to achieve — from qualified leads to e-mail address capture and downloads — you’ll be left vulnerable unless you avoid these top three mistakes law firms typically make. ... [read more]

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 9:13 AM

Disbarment case highlights need for speedy administrative proceedings

Similar to how criminal matters are influenced by the pivotal Jordan decision, a Saskatchewan court recently turned to another important case to reinforce the need to eliminate undue delay in administrative and regulatory proceedings, says counsel for a lawyer whose disbarment was set aside due to his law society taking too long to investigate. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

Managing in era of anxiety: How some leaders shine in face of change IIlluminated

Peter never agreed with his province’s stay-at-home order. The managing partner of a medium-sized real estate law firm, Peter realized that shutting down the “brick and mortar” face of the business for months would mean a significant loss of revenue across the practice.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

Cybersecurity, business continuity: Five insights for Canadian companies Sharkfinindata.jpg

Cybersecurity incidents reported in Canada and across the globe continue to grow at an alarming pace, and criminals are using the current COVID-19 crisis to ramp up their game and take advantage of vulnerabilities. Regardless of industry, every organization is at a higher risk of cyberattack. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 3:38 PM

B.C. Law Society benchers tweak training, articling rules at meeting

The B.C. Law Society made a number of changes to its rules on legal training, articling and elections at its most recent bencher meeting, which was held July 10. Benchers approved an amendment to law society rules to allow the executive director discretion to grant a second or third opportunity to complete a professional legal training course (PLTC). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

Growth vs. fixed mindset: Lawyers embracing COVID-19 changes | Aaron Baer

Every day, I’m reminded that COVID-19 has caused massive societal change. Subways and streetcars are operating at minimal capacity, gatherings of friends and family remain restricted, and the majority of office workers are working from home. Dozens of companies have declared bankruptcy, hundreds of stores have closed permanently and millions of jobs have been lost. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Former LSO treasurer ‘wasn’t interested in leaving behind a pet project with my name on it’ Malcolm Mercer

Former Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Malcolm Mercer says leaders must remain patient and try to collectively address issues rather than dictating to people as he reflected on his two years as head of the organization which governs lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, a tenure which involved navigating through some choppy waters. ... [read more]