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Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Tax slashing tips for Canadian lawyers cutting_taxes_sm

Welcome to tax season 2019. The way in which you structure your law firm can cause you to pay more taxes than you need to. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law announces new regional alumni adviser

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, common law section, has announced the appointment of Erin Cowling as regional alumni adviser. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Have a marketing strategy before jumping online | Kim McLaughlin

Digital marketing is like renovating a home: Go in without a blueprint and you risk wasting money. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Lack of bencher rules on donations, campaign funding ‘shocking,’ candidate says Caryma Sa'd sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election has inspired discussion on a variety of topics, from the importance of diversity in the profession and “compelled speech,” to the lack of representation of recent calls at Convocation. However, these debates have also highlighted the lack of rules governing donations, as some campaigns have called for financial contributions or have offered donations for votes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

LSO bencher candidates shed light on barriers faced by internationally trained lawyers Atrisha Lewis sm

Internationally trained lawyers face barriers to the profession that include systemic racism, biases based on “Canadian experience” and a difficult to access articling process, studies and lawyers say. However, this group of legal professionals continues to grow, making up 30 per cent of all applicants licensed in 2018. Candidates running in this month’s Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election are paying attention and want to give them a voice at the table. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Estonia set to introduce ‘AI judge’ in small claims court to clear court backlog Man&Botshakinghands

Recently, I commented on Jane Philpott’s, former Canadian minister of digital government, launch of the federal government’s Directive on Automated Decision Making, purported to use artificial intelligence (AI) to assist the government in replacing mundane administrative tasks within all of its branches.   ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Self-represented lawyers receive same treatment as lay people in cost awards, court rules Eli Karp sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal determined, in an appeal on a costs award, that when the self-represented party is a lawyer, they “will be treated in substantially the same way as any other self-represented litigant.” The decision, counsel said, shows that in costs awards a lawyer’s “time is recoverable, but not at counsel rates.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

New Ontario family law project helps lawyers provide unbundled services Tami Moscoe sm photo by Angelyn Francis

The launch of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project is being lauded by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) as well as by members of the family bar and bench as a “tremendous achievement” in improving access to justice. The project, which officially launched March 19, provides an online directory of lawyers who provide limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law cases for Ontarians searching for unbundled services. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

The Coach: Practice management | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

Whether your plans for 2019 are just getting started or well underway, certain key areas deserve your firm’s attention. Don’t wait until the “new year” becomes “last year”. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Women of Legal Tech honouree says ‘it is impossible to be the best lawyer you can be’ without technology Natalie Worsfold sm

Natalie Worsfold said her legal career path’s intersection with technology was a “happy accident.” However, her drive to be a better lawyer and involvement with tech has landed her on the American Bar Association's (ABA) 2019 Women of Legal Tech list. ... [read more]