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Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Common social media concerns for lawyers | Kim McLaughlin

Nobody understands compliance better than a lawyer. It’s no wonder then that lawyers often hesitate when it comes to public communications via social media. In my experience, the big concerns are giving legal advice, confidentiality and solicitation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 9:39 AM

Documenting privacy breaches a must for law firms, lawyer says Andrew_Buck_sm

Law firms must not overlook the legal duty to record all privacy breaches at their organizations — even those they are not required to formally report, says a lawyer set to lecture on the subject. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

Diversity needed some bencher candidates say, as debate over statement of principles continues Caryma Sa'd sm

Lawyers have been divided on the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) statement of principles since it was first announced as part of the regulator’s annual reporting requirements in 2017 with opponents arguing it’s “compelled speech” and a “purity test.” The statement continues to be an issue in the current bencher election with some candidates campaigning to abolish the statement of principles and others maintaining that promoting diversity is essential. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

New report depicts rise of women general counsel on boards business_women_sm

Corporate Canada is increasingly willing to appoint general counsel to boards — and female general counsel are leading the way. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Ageism in law and what to do about it | Warren Bongard

This topic seems to creep into many of my conversations of late, and I wonder if the main reason is my own age. The legal profession has served me well over the last 25 years and I am far from being in a place to criticize the profession. That said, over the last decade or so, I have noticed a spike in underemployed lawyers. Sadly, many of them are my peers and I will attempt to explain the reasons why, but more importantly, find a solution for those looking to fill in a few hours, days or more each week. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

Federal Court’s chief justice says webcast pilot part of modernization project Paul Crampton sm

The Federal Court’s recently launched webcast pilot project may be centred around “access to justice,” but according to Chief Justice Paul Crampton, it’s also part of a larger modernization plan that will include a new website, electronic access to records and improved scheduling capabilities. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Chief Justice Wagner, I can’t afford to help my community | Elsa Ascencio

Recently Chief Justice Richard Wagner granted an interview to The Lawyer’s Daily. The headline read, “Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

The Coach: Building a successful law firm | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

There are certain traits that successful law firms share. They all begin with leadership. There have been many studies (McBassi & Company, Greenfield Belser, Thomson Reuters, Altman Weil to name a few) detailing the skills and attributes of successful law firm leaders. Leadership is a mindset. These studies and our collective experience form the basis for our series. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

Scrubbing resumés of gender, race could help prevent bias in law firm hiring, lawyers say Hadiya Roderique

We are all biased, so the anonymizing of job applications is a key way for law firms to attain and retain diverse talent, said lawyers at Feb. 8 lecture in Toronto. Put on by the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2019, Strategies for Retaining Diverse Lawyers looked at inclusion and diversity in the legal profession, the lack thereof and how unconscious bias may be impacting the “experiences, retention and promotion” of women, people of colour, the disabled and those in the LGBTQ community. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

B.C. Law Society claims ‘sophisticated’ firm website is fake

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is advising the public to be vigilant in accessing legal services, saying a website purporting to be a full-service law firm in the province is actually fake. In the LSBC’s most recent e-brief, it said a law firm calling itself HildeBrandt LLP was running a “sophisticated website advertising legal services and purporting to have a number of lawyers working out of a downtown Vancouver office.” ... [read more]