Joan Rataic-Lang

7th annual TLA ethics & professionalism seminar, Wednesday October 18, 2017

Clients make the practice of law possible: how much influence do they have? Not just an interesting question, but the topic of our 7th Annual Current Topics in Ethics & Professionalism Nutshell: Clients make the practice of law possible. How much influence do they have?'

This year the TLA has organized a thought-provoking program revolving around the importance and role of the client.

In the 1st half of the evening, moderator Dan Pinnington of LawPro will be joined by Peter Aprile, Counter Tax Lawyers and Allison J. Speigel, Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, to discuss "The Present and Future of Legal Services", and what you can do to keep up with efficiencies occuring in all other sectors of business. Technology and articifical intelligence will enable greater access to legal information for everyone, not just lawyers. In many practice areas clients have already successfully revolted against billable hours; they no longer turn immediately to their lawyer for legal advice, and when they do, they expect to see an efficiently run organization. Learn what you can do to win your client's confidence.

In the second half of the evening, we discuss, "Who's the boss? Lawyer or Client?" There are decisions at the core of a lawyer's work that don't require a client's input and others that do. But what about the decisions in between? Arleen Huggins, of Koskie Minsky LLP and Shelley C. Quinn, Quinn Family Law, will discuss common challenges to the decision-making process and share best practices to steer you out of trouble!

This Nutshell seminar has been approved for 3 hours of Professionalism content, allowing you to get your year's worth in one evening!

This tailored attitude to CPD is what a TLA Nutshell is all about. TLA Nutshells run in the evening, generally last a couple of hours, and offer CPD credits in a collegial, informal atmosphere. Our seminars are designed, written and presented by professionals from the Toronto community. Join us for interesting subjects and great conversations.

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