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Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:54 AM

Legal professionals would rather deal with sexual harassment quietly, panellists say Lai-King Hum, Deepa Matto, Sharan Basran

Fear — of speaking out, of repercussions or of damaging a hard-earned career — was a major theme at a panel discussion on sexual harassment and discrimination held at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to commemorate International Women’s Day. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

In-house counsel need to embrace AI, Law Society of Ontario summit told Maya_Medeiros_and_Shelby_Austin

In-house counsel need to jump on the artificial intelligence (AI) technology bandwagon if they want to keep up with where the legal industry is heading. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Competency assessments in Manitoba could face legal challenges, lawyer says Charles_Huband_sm

Expect court challenges should Manitoba’s law society choose to make mandatory proposed competency programs for its members, says a lawyer who disputed the regulator’s requirement of continuing professional development. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Why we need an Anti-#MeToo movement | Laurelly Dale

An interview with criminal defence counsel and feminist Angela Chaisson was published in The Lawyer’s Daily on March 1. In it, she calls for the legal profession to have its own #MeToo movement. Changing behaviour and process is difficult. I commend the #MeToo movement for cultivating a culture of intolerance; however, it has deprived those accused of a fair process and presumption of innocence. Important safeguards are being washed away at its expense. ... [read more]

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

B.C. Law Society finishes 2017 with higher than expected revenue, membership

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) saw an increase in membership in 2017 beyond what was originally anticipated, leading to higher than expected revenues for the provincial legal regulator. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

OBA institute panel gives advice on avoiding social media, online problems Ian Hu, Shaneka Taylor, and Jacqueline Horvat

Engaging with the public — and in particular, with clients or potential clients — on social media has the potential to be a minefield if lawyers aren’t careful with what and how they post. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Blakes launches program for women returning to workforce

Working in partnership with CIBC, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has created an initiative to assist women lawyers resume their careers after a break. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 10:28 AM

Software pilots measure balance of risk versus reward Carla Swansburg

It seems like every day a new technology offering hits the market that promises to automate legal tasks or make them more efficient in some other way. Often they’re marketed with terms like artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

The Coach: Don’t sell your clients, serve them | Gary Mitchell

Years ago I coined the phrase “cross-serving” to replace the outdated phrase “cross-selling.” I am confident I was the first one to use it in articles, presentations and my coaching work. Nonetheless, it’s important on a couple of levels. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

Lack of law profession transparency preventing necessary culture change | Julius Melnitzer

If you’re Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Paul Schabas, you’ve got to be frustrated by the results of the recent LSO survey that prompted 20 per cent of responding articling students to reveal that they had received “unwelcome attention.” ... [read more]