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Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

California bar exam vs. Boston Marathon: Which is tougher? Woman at computer

Running the Boston Marathon (on a broken leg) was easier than passing the California bar exam. And less time consuming. On that positive note — the intent here is not to deter but rather to paint a realistic picture of what goes into writing — and passing — this agonizing exam from the perspective of a Canadian lawyer. The good news: it is possible. The bad: it will humble you to your knees.  ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Starting with one change Hand  holding a digital lightbulb

We are on the precipice of the largest disruption to date of any industry. What will be the tipping point? ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Stop making fun of lawyers, even when they are cats | Alistair Vigier

Over the past two days, since the “cat attorney” video went viral, the many videos of it collectively have over 13 million views. For those that haven’t seen it, here it is. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Penny-wise, pound-foolishness in arbitration Man falling off caution sign

Writing for the B.C. Court of Appeal in Nolin v. Ramirez 2020 BCCA 274, Justice Elizabeth Bennett, with the concurrence of Justices Mary Saunders and David Harris, observed at the outset that: ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Strategic plan to guide B.C. law society in 2021: president B.C. law society president Dean Lawton

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has jumped into 2021 with a new head at its bencher table and a new strategic plan to guide its efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 2:49 PM

OBA names new Innovator in Residence

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) announced that Friedrich Blase has been named this year’s OBA Innovator in Residence. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Digitization of estate industry: Contextual framework Hand holding a digital lightbulb

Part three in this estate industry digitization series delved into the five considerations for digitization readiness. This article examines the contextual framework for success. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 9:38 AM

Nova Scotia court to launch pilot for electronic filing by police

Changes made to operations due to the pandemic have prompted Nova Scotia’s provincial court to launch a pilot project in two urban centres that will allow police to fax criminal charges needing to be sworn. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Five steps to readiness digital lightbulb

The second article of this series named five considerations members of the estate profession should bring to bear in terms of leadership and client value-added knowledge. In this article I will elaborate. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Ontario continues rollout of electronic filing system for criminal charges

Ontario is expanding its e-Intake technology for electronic police filing of criminal charges to include northwestern Ontario. The system, developed by Stratford, Ont.-based eJust Systems, was originally piloted in Barrie and Orillia from November 2019 to September 2020 and launched in northeastern Ontario in December 2020. ... [read more]