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Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 07:19 AM

Access to Justice: Public engagement vital for improving access to civil, family justice | Thomas Cromwell

Lawyers understand that an effective civil and family justice system is a key component of civil society. We know that the security of property, of commercial transactions, of intellectual property and even the safety and well-being of children and families depend on our civil and family laws enforceable, when necessary, with the help of independent lawyers before independent judges. ... [read more]

Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

Wellness: The stress of graduating $150,000 in debt | Darryl Singer Law graduate chained to debt

The cost of my entire post-secondary education, from university through law school and the Bar Admission Course, 7 years in all, was less than $11,000. Now, taking into account inflation and purchasing power, the reality is that articling and associate jobs pay more or less the same today as they did 20 or 25 years ago. Yet, with university tuition running about $8,000 to $10,000 a year and law school at my alma mater, Osgoode, now $26,000 per year. That’s just the tuition; then there’s rent, computer, internet, phone, groceries, and transportation. Where is the beer and pizza budget? Bottom line: It is not uncommon for students to be getting called to the Bar, before earning a single penny as a lawyer, with a debt load of $150,000. ... [read more]

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 08:57 AM

Reciprocal insurance exchange raises ethical, access to justice questions | Julius Melnitzer

Whether lawyers have class is open to question. But a select group does have CLLAS. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 01:27 PM

The Coach: Start small to implement change | Gary Mitchell

Have you ever gone through the process of creating a strategic plan for your firm, or practice group only to have all efforts stalled when it comes time to act on the plan? You are not alone. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

Fine line between plain language and inappropriate commentary in judicial decisions | Michael Spratt

Judges have a duty to provide reasons for their decisions. This would seem to be self-evident. But it wasn’t — at least not until 2002 when the Supreme Court of Canada was called upon to review the sufficiency of the trial judge’s reasons for convicting a young man named Colin Sheppard. ... [read more]

Monday, May 01, 2017 @ 01:01 PM

Compensation season: Never too early to prepare for next year | Warren Bongard

I've been recruiting lawyers for over 20 years. What occurs every year, never ceases to amaze. My phone rings regularly (believe me, I am not complaining), asking for comparable data for partner compensation. ... [read more]

Monday, May 01, 2017 @ 08:50 AM

Despite justifications, no evidence police stops effective | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

The idea that the police should be able to stop people in public areas, ask them to identify themselves and question them might sound fairly benign unless one poses a simple question: Why would a society give the police the "right" to do this? ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

Hi-Tech: Right tools crucial to keep mobile data safe | Luigi Benetton

Brock Smith’s clients regularly send him documents to sign using tools like DocuSign or Adobe Acrobat’s signing feature. ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

Bridging the chasm between Big Law and clients | Julius Melnitzer

This is not fake news: “Not a single client interviewed was satisfied with what law firms provide.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 08:36 AM

Coming clean about non-disclosure | John-Paul Boyd

It’s been more than 20 years since Justice Peter Fraser described non-disclosure as “the cancer of matrimonial litigation” in Cunha v. da Cunha, and yet problems securing adequate financial disclosure continue to bedevil family law disputes. ... [read more]