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Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The many possibilities of lawyering post-pandemic | Samantha Peters

I became a lawyer in two jurisdictions amidst a global pandemic. As a result, I knew early on that I would have to think creatively about how I wanted to use my law degree and how I wanted to practise law. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

Pregnancy discrimination: 10 ways we can do better Happypregnantwomanatdesk

Most Canadian employers, including law firms, intend to follow the law with respect to accommodating an employee’s leave after giving birth to a child. However, many employers within the legal industry fall short on their promises. As an employment lawyer and new mom, I hear too many stories from my female colleagues of pregnancy leaves gone wrong, and I want to help employers do better. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 1:34 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Table stakes lightbulb_digital_sm

Part one in this series discussed the pandemic paradigm as the impetus for digital transformation in the industry. The point being, estate lawyers shouldn’t underestimate the speed of what once was a competitive advantage turning into a competitive necessity. In the financial sector, nobody today would dream of starting a financial institution or bank without a mobile client app. If we parallel the estate industry’s digitization along the continuum of the financial sector’s transformation, consider the shifts in focus from retail banking, to mobile banking, to investment banking, to retirement banking, and now what I coin as integrated estate banking. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

A law student’s guide to successful interviewing | Serena Eshaghurshan

The interviewing process is arguably one of the most daunting aspects of the law school journey, which is further compounded by a depressed legal market. Nevertheless, with practice and perseverance, there is light at the end of the tunnel. In this article, I will discuss how one can adequately prepare and approach their interviews with ease and confidence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Pandemic underlines critical need for law firms to create contingency plans, speakers say Kirsti Mathers McHenry sm

When Ontario’s first COVID-19 lockdown was implemented in March 2020, Kirsti Mathers McHenry was on a beach in Bonaire. The next day, the lawyer and consultant with Mathers McHenry & Co., who manages strategy and operations for the Toronto-based employment law firm, was back in the office, asking the organization’s then-complement of six lawyers and staff what they needed to do their jobs from home for the next day, week and month. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

Cross-firm collaboration one result of innovative legal tech: part two legal_it_sm

Law firms and in-house legal departments are training their lawyers on or have divisions specialized in legal project management, reporting, knowledge management, pricing proposals and use of digital platforms. Moreover, some of these legal teams promote the use of smart contracts and blockchain technology, which aim to provide two important goals in the legal business: certainty and security in the transactions. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 07, 2021 @ 2:14 PM

Digitization of estate industry: The electronic will changes everything lightbulb_digital_sm

How do we know that the advance care planning, end of life planning, death care, funeral and estate industries are well on their way to being digitized, “uberized,” transformed and innovated in ways we never expected? Because the digital headline hijacking has begun. The dotcom of the estate industry is here because the pandemic has not only jump-started but accelerated the digitization of the industry. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 07, 2021 @ 9:47 AM

Lawyers can be diversity and inclusion changemakers in firms, say conference speakers Jorja Jackson sm

In the tumultuous weeks following the death last May of George Floyd, as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer’s knee in Minneapolis, lawyer Jorja Jackson met with colleagues in her department to discuss the troubling events and her own experiences facing systemic racism. ... [read more]