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Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through business development | Gary Mitchell

In this fourth and final installment of the Building a Successful Law Firm series, we take a look at what you and your firm can and should do to grow in this area. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

What’s at stake at June 27 Convocation | Michael Menear

The June 27, 2019, Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Convocation will be the first business meeting of the five newly elected paralegal benchers, eight recently appointed lay benchers, and 40 lawyer benchers (including the incumbents and the StopSOP slate). As such, this Convocation will be no “business as usual” meeting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Law firms falling down on physical data security | Julius Melnitzer

Forget cybersecurity — because law firms, it appears, can’t even keep their desks clean. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 11:59 AM

Alberta law society looking into bencher election process Alberta Law Society president Rob Armstrong

The Law Society of Alberta is casting an eye on its election process, with the society’s president saying the aim is to ensure the bencher table is accessible to as wide array of candidates as possible. A bencher election task force was struck during the law society’s June board meeting. President Rob Armstrong said the current election process “can exclude certain types of candidates from either running or being elected.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

The real point of a law firm logo | Sandra Bekhor

Law firms are starting to show more interest in branding these days. That represents a significant shift for the profession, from even five short years ago. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

Ryerson setting up for law school applications in August, still working on OSAP eligibility Anver Saloojee sm

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is positioning itself as “the new kids on the block” in legal education. With classrooms in downtown Toronto, a focus on technology and a designated integrated practice curriculum (IPC), the faculty’s interim dean, Anver Saloojee, is encouraging the legal community to get “on board.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal professionals should not be dealing with age discrimination in 2019 Age Discrimination

In the legal profession, ageism usually exists in subtle ways because legal professionals tend to normalize and accept age discrimination. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. law society referendum approves general meeting changes

Participants in the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)’s next annual general meeting (AGM) are going to see things being done a little differently. In a referendum which ended May 30, law society members passed two resolutions regarding the meetings, one allowing for advance online voting on motions and another amending the rules to ensure disputes concerning procedure are to be resolved in accordance with applicable common law rather than strictly in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

B is for ‘bachelor,’ not progress | Julius Melnitzer

No question about it, diversity and gender equality are all the rage in the profession — and it’s the clients that are driving the horses, with in-house counsel expected to lead both by way of example and by way of shutting out law firms who aren’t sensitive enough to the call. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Wellness: Treatment of Le Dain, Gascon show how far we’ve come | Darryl Singer

Last year at this time I was humbled to be part of a wellness panel at an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Advocates’ Society. Also on the panel was the daughter of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gerald Le Dain. She spoke eloquently of her father’s lifelong battle with depression and the fact that his mental illness forced Le Dain prematurely from the bench in 1988 (he had only been appointed in 1984). ... [read more]