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Thursday, February 06, 2020 @ 9:06 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 06, 2020 @ 10:18 AM

Social media bullying sign of battle eroding law society’s soul | Cheryl Lean

If you read the legal publications or spend time on Twitter, you may have heard that on Jan. 19, Nima Hojjati, the head of the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Equity Advisory Group (EAG) tweeted that a bencher made a racist comment to him. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Innovating with the innovators: Law firms see value of working with startups | Shane Murphy

With digital technology widely predicted to be a key driver of the Canadian economy in the decades to come, it’s not surprising to see law firms jostling to attract the next generation of Canadian technology companies. In the process of attracting and serving these clients, law firms are embracing innovative changes to their service delivery models, billing practices and use of technology. ... [read more]

Monday, February 03, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Legal operations transformation: Keeping up the momentum | Mimi Bowen

As we kick off the next decade and a new chapter in legal operations opens up, the first page from our handbook says the legal industry's transformation is well underway. ... [read more]

Monday, February 03, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Child protection escaping legal aid cuts no reason to celebrate | Tammy Law

On Jan. 23, I was fortunate enough to participate in a panel hosted by LEAF Toronto about Ontario’s legal aid cuts. On its face, child protection certificates largely avoided many of the deep cuts that were visited on other areas of practice. I should have been grateful for this reprieve. But in actuality, it felt perverse to be celebrating the maintenance of a status quo that for years has been widely acknowledged to be inadequate. ... [read more]

Monday, February 03, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Hey Canadians, don’t be smug about American candidate selection processes | Stéphanie Plante

On the eve of the Democratic Iowa primary, many Canadians get smug about how American leadership races and elections seem to revolve around money and fundraising. But before we judge, it might be a good time for Canadians to consider advocating for a better made-in-Canada framework on how we run our political party leadership contests. ... [read more]

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Wellness: Law Society of Ontario doesn’t ‘get’ mental health, redux | Darryl Singer

In my Aug. 9, 2019, Wellness column in this space, I expressed my frustration with how the LSO deals with discipline matters and capacity proceedings involving mental health issues. I noted that while the LSO ought to be commended for dealing with many discipline matters through a capacity stream (a form of diversion which does not result in a disciplinary record), the current approach regrettably has the impact of stigmatizing the already stigmatized lawyer and makes it difficult for the lawyer to fully recover and move forward. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Overincarceration of Indigenous peoples nothing short of genocide | Pamela Palmater

Canada’s colonial objectives have always been to clear the lands for settlement and development by whatever means necessary. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

Hey Bell: Let’s talk about ... hypocrisy | Jordana Goldlist

Wednesday Jan. 29 is Bell “Let’s Talk” Day, the day on which Bell Canada contributes five cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of its Snapchat filter or Facebook frame towards mental health initiatives in Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Access to Justice: Rise Legal Centre: Bridging the gap for women | Beverley McLachlin

Happy new year to all of you. I am pleased to use my first column of the new decade to begin a periodic series showcasing access to justice in action across Canada. This column is an important way to bring attention to critical issues and an opportunity to highlight the impact that so many of you are having in responding to the access to justice crisis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Marketing for lawyers and law firms: The evolution | Marly Broudie

Legal marketing has gone through a major shift over the years. There was once a time where the law society prevented lawyers and firms from marketing themselves and in some cases even forbade many forms of marketing and soliciting business via means of advertising strategy. Today, marketing strategy is now not just the norm but a necessary practice. ... [read more]