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Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 12:34 PM

Alberta Justice Ministry must downsize to meet budget targets, government says

Concerns about the future effectiveness of the Alberta legal system are being raised after a report emerged showing the provincial government was planning lawyer cutbacks and outsourcing at the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General in order to meet budget targets. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Law firm marketing: Asking the big questions | Jana Schilder

There are two truths in law firm marketing for the coming year that have not changed in decades: One is that business is always about who is willing to give your firm the business as opposed to a competitor. And two, the best lawyers constantly take action to expand their “sphere of influence.” ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Why legal marketing often falls flat | Kim McLaughlin

Law firms often hire me to fix their marketing programs after a period of lacklustre results. After almost a decade of marketing for Canada’s legal community, I’ve come to recognize a specific set of patterns for why a marketing program hasn’t worked. While the situations listed below are not unique to law firms, they certainly occur more frequently in law than in other industries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Legal writing in the digital age | Neil Guthrie

All kinds of questions arise from the new (or newish) technology we use in legal practice. Should you communicate with your clients by text message, for example? The answer is probably not: there are security and privacy issues, privileged and confidential information may find its way to servers in the United States (and therefore be subject to scrutiny by U.S. government officials) and your chat history may be difficult — or impossible — to retrieve if you need to establish exactly what was said and when. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 2:26 PM

LSO modernizes tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, amends bylaws to combat money laundering Isfahan Merali sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation approved several motions regarding changes to the Law Society Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, amendments in principle to bylaws regarding money laundering, as well as approval of the Legal Information and Resource Network (LIRN Inc.), which will continue the work of the former LibraryCo Inc. to deliver legal information and library services to licensees. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

New Nova Scotia bar admission course realistic approach, officials say Tilly_Pillay_sm

Nova Scotia’s law society is joining three of its Canadian counterparts in adopting a bar admission program officials say will better prepare would-be lawyers for the realities of practising law. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) is adopting the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) as its evaluative tool and will be doing away with its current bar admission exam. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

LSO should have consulted on reducing lawyer, paralegal fees, says advisory group chair Nima Hojjati sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) recently approved budget, which reduced fees for lawyers and paralegals, was lauded by Convocation’s Audit and Finance Committee as “responsible.” However, not all lawyers agree. Nima Hojjati, chair of the law society’s Equity Advisory Group (EAG), told The Lawyer’s Daily that the fee reduction was a “missed opportunity” to assist access to justice and that the profession should have been consulted. ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 1:34 PM

Are the kids all right? Millennial approaches to legal research and writing | Neil Guthrie

Now that ‘OK, boomer’ has become a millennial riposte to perceived slights (presumably with an actual eye-roll or the equivalent emoji), I should say that, by and large, the kids are all right when it comes to legal research and writing. Or at least the ones I see. Having taught a section of Advanced Legal Research and Writing at the law school at the University of Toronto for five years (until the faculty decided to ditch most of its adjuncts this summer), and a similar course for the school’s Global Professional LLM, I can say that standards are fairly high. This is true of the summer and articling students at my firm as well. I have come across some excellent writing and solid research. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 3:54 PM

Lawyers, keep cleaning your electronics before entering U.S., expert says Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

Notwithstanding a United States court deeming the warrantless border searches of personal electronic devices to be unconstitutional, Canadian lawyers should continue scrubbing their smartphones, tablets and laptops before going stateside, says an expert. It was Nov. 13 a Federal Court in Boston ruled the suspicionless searches of international travellers’ personal devices violate the Fourth Amendment. ... [read more]