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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]

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 2:33 PM

B.C. sets bencher table for next two years B.C. Law Society president Nancy Merrill

The votes are in for the benchers who will guide the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) over the next two years. Four new lawyers were chosen to fill the seats on the law society’s governing board, with 18 benchers being returned to office for a term which will last from Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Access to justice, diversity likely among issues to face new B.C. benchers, president says

With the vote underway to elect a new slate of benchers to govern the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC), observers are noting that the successful candidates will be facing a number of challenges as they look to guide the law society over the next two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New SCC clerkship interview process: Equity and sound public administration | Lawrence David

Cambridge doctoral student Paul Warchuk messaged me this morning with the following news: ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:52 AM

Dunton Rainville lawyer named to Quebec bar Disciplinary Council

Dunton Rainville announced that lawyer Danick Potvin has been appointed as a member of the Disciplinary Council of the Barreau du Québec. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

No ‘silver bullet’ to solve equity issues in legal profession, says Manitoba law society official Alissa Schacter, Manitoba Law Society Equity Officer and Policy Counsel

As the legal profession struggles with ensuring a more inclusive and open profession, Manitoba has established an equity officer to co-ordinate its efforts on equality and ensuring no one is subject to harassment and discrimination by a lawyer. But whereas the title may be unique to law societies in Canada, the officeholder says what she does is not. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 7:51 AM

Cloud security myth: Client data stored in Canada more secure cloud_security_sm

One of the key attributes of modernizing the tools and software used by law firms is migrating to cloud solutions, which offer greater reliability, features and security vis-a-vis on-premises software solutions. Despite the benefits, I routinely encounter the great myth of cloud technology within the first few minutes of any call, notably “Where is the data stored?” or “Is everything stored in Canada?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Breakthrough Innovation: New models for practice of law | Kurt Sandstrom

With the exception of technology, the basic model of the practice of law has not changed in any drastic way over the last 30 years, likely longer. While there are pockets of innovation, for the most part, a client usually seeks out a legal professional according to a set number of already established “problem areas” in which lawyers advertise their assistance: wills, estates, personal injury, family law, etc. However, it is very clear from statistics that the vast majority of people’s legal problems cannot be served through this model.  ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

B.C. law society moves forward with ‘proactive’ law firm regulation program

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has approved a plan for law firms across the province to complete a self-assessment exercise aimed at ensuring the firms have policies and procedures in place that will ideally flag problems before they affect clients or lead to complaints. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Voting opens for B.C. law society bencher elections

With the federal election now over, lawyers in B.C. are getting another opportunity to have their voices heard. ... [read more]