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FOLA advocating for preservation of private bar certificates

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations  (FOLA) is watching developments at Legal Aid Ontario closely to preserve the private bar certificate system and continue to allow ... Read more

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Law firm succession planning and the importance of new talent

When it comes to law firm succession planning, it’s important for partners to create opportunities for their younger counterparts to help them see a future ... Read more

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Law firm wellness room fosters productive, less stressful environment

Toronto-area family lawyer  Nicolle Kopping - Pavars  makes a strong case for “wellness rooms” at law offices. “A wellness room is a place ... Read more

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TLA partners with Thomson Reuters offering resources to lawyers

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) has partnered with Thomson Reuters to offer programs and resources to help lawyers starting their own practice and small law firms ... Read more

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Architecture, flexibility part of law office design

Although The Law Studio  designed its mid-Toronto office to include a communal workstation and equal-sized glass offices for all staff, there is more to the firm’s ... Read more

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SCC selection process and the question of bilingualism for indigenous people

The government’s new Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) selection process should take into consideration that indigenous candidates are bilingual but the languages might not ... Read more

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Building NewLaw podcast eligible for CPD credits in Ontario, B.C.

The  Building NewLaw podcast  recently became the first and only CPD-accredited legal podcast in Canada, following decisions by the Law Society of Upper Canada ... Read more

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Toronto Lawyers Association supports report to combat racism

The  Toronto Lawyers Association  (TLA) supports the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) report that proposes the regulator mandate policy changes to ensure law ... Read more

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Custom tech solutions help deliver results for firm

For lawyers, technology shouldn't be about a particular app or piece of software — instead, it’s about taking advantage of opportunities to be better, Toronto tax ... Read more

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OBA diversity recommendations a great step forward: Deliscar

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) adoption of an organization-wide diversity statement and recommendations for change are great steps toward understanding the issue and to ... Read more

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Law office redesign should balance open space, quiet areas

The Law Studio has joined a growing number of law practices opting out of traditional office spaces in favour of a bright, friendly environment with more open ... Read more

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U.S. election highlights barriers women in leadership face

The upcoming presidential election in the United States is already historically significant — Hillary Clinton is the first-ever woman nominated by a major party — but ... Read more

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Decision on JP's legal fees comes down to conduct, facts

Although it makes sense that the Divisional Court referred the issue of whether a former justice of the peace should have to pay his own legal costs back to the review panel for ... Read more

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Why the CJC should maintain the institution of Independent Counsel

By Earl Cherniak On Oct. 5, 2016, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) published proposals for reform of the judicial discipline process for federally appointed judges, ... Read more

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Law Practice Program not fully understood by profession, benchers

More education and feedback is needed around the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Law Practice Program (LPP) before convocation votes to get rid of the pilot program, says ... Read more

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Public interest role should limit costs awards against law society

Although some lawyers are calling for a lower bar when it comes to awarding costs against the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) in disciplinary matters, the regulator’s ... Read more

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OBA Foundation awards two fellowships for 2016-17 term

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Foundation has awarded two fellowships for the 2016-17 term, says Toronto business lawyer and OBA Foundation Trustee Anton Katz . In ... Read more

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Building a network should be fun, not time-consuming chore

Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal says networking should be viewed as building mutually beneficial relationships with others to increase exposure to information ... Read more

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LSUC could take lead advising lawyers on digital technologies

Too many Ontario lawyers are stuck in the last century because they won’t fully embrace digital technologies to make their practices more efficient and drive a wider ... Read more

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Litigating skills more crucial to success than advanced degree

Although some lawyers are choosing to pursue advanced degrees in order to gain an advantage over the competition, Toronto family lawyer and civil litigator  Jenny Bogod ... Read more

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