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Neeson named as Fellow of the NCRA

Kim Neeson , founder and president of Neesons Courts Reporting , will be named a Fellow of the Academy of Reporting Professionals on Aug. 6 in Chicago, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has announced. Read more

Docs reviewing medical files without seeing patients is appropriate

It’s appropriate and effective practice for independent physicians to review medical files without examining the patients for the Ontario’s workers' compensation board, says Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford. Read more

National Family Law Program premier networking venue

This year’s National Family Law Program , held mid-July in St. John's, Nfld., provided valuable networking opportunities for DivorceMate Software Inc. and its sister company MySupportCalculator.ca (MSC) as its president Michael Perlman met with lawyers from across Canada at the conference. Read more

Consider gaining law experience before pursuing master's

Some lawyers may choose to earn advanced degrees to complement their legal education, in hopes of gaining a competitive advantage — but additional qualifications may not directly result in a better position, Toronto litigator François Sauvageau tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

DivorceMate to attend National Family Law Program

DivorceMate Software Inc. will be attending the National Family Law Program in St. John’s, N.L. this month, says company president Michael Perlman . Read more

Court reporters – building your brand on social media

By Kim Neeson . Independent freelance court reporters can use social media to put themselves in front of firm owners in their area. While this isn’t the same as traditional advertising, social media is a free way to make yourself known in your industry. Here are some tips to building your own personal “brand” and getting positive attention of potential employers. Read more

Family law and the new Canada Child Benefit effective July 1

DivorceMate Software Inc. has recently updated its Tools One software (both desktop and cloud) for child and spousal support to account for changes Ottawa is implementing for families with children as of July 1, says company president Michael Perlman. Read more

Consulting offices at downtown courthouses a convenient option: TLA

For lawyers who don't want to rent an expensive office downtown or carry large boxes of materials to and from court every day during a trial, the Toronto Lawyers Association has the perfect solution with conveniently situated consulting rooms inside three courthouses, says its executive director Joan Rataic-Lang. Read more

Choosing a medical expert with proper credentials for the case

There are far too many doctors providing medical commentary and analysis in personal injury cases when they aren’t true specialists in the areas covered by the facts of the case, says Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford. Read more

500 Miles for Parkinson's fundraiser celebrates at Queen's Park with premier

Former Toronto lawyer Harry McMurtry and the team behind the 500 Miles for Parkinson’s fundraiser will complete their walk from New York City on June 20 with a closing ceremony at Queen’s Park, says Jim Downs , managing director of MKD International Inc. Read more

Neeson to present at Advocates' Society Electronic Trials event

Kim Neeson , founder and president of Neesons Court Reporting , will be a member of the faculty at the upcoming ‘Electronic Trials’ program, hosted by The Advocates’ Society. Read more

Bullying in the legal profession requires a culture fix

Pressure from clients and judges makes bullying in the legal profession a common problem, says Toronto public relations professional Jana Schilder . Read more

Getting through the summer lull in billings

It’s important for lawyers to strategically plan for the inevitable summer lull in clients and revenue, says Toronto legal management consultant Mark Dormer. Read more

Clear communication more effective than anger in office, court

Anger in the workplace is usually the result of miscommunication or missed expectations — instead, lawyers should be sure to clearly communicate deadlines and other expectations to staff when delegating tasks such as document preparation, Toronto public relations professional Jana Schilder tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Firms discovering advantages of collaborative structure

Although change is occurring slowly, law firms of all sizes are starting to move toward a more collaborative environment, Toronto legal management consultant Mark Dormer tells Lawyers Weekly . “It’s a slow change, that’s what I’m finding. It’s because law firm structures have always been very traditionally a tree structure rather than a collaborative structure,” explains Dormer, owner and president of Cosgrove Associates Inc. Traditionally, he says, law firms have partners, associates, clerks, legal assistants and other staff and the instructions flow down. However, Dormer adds that the collaborative approach is better, as employees take ownership and the firm is more vibrant. “If you get more people involved you can manage a higher volume of work and it is more profitable that way. You end up with people doing the right job at the right rate. It can also bring about a more harmonious workplace and help with retention,” he tells Lawyers Weekly. In a collaborative environment, people feel more valuable and that their input is important, says Dormer. “They feel like they’re more involved, that they have a stake in the whole process.” This change, says Dormer, is being driven by young lawyers who were trained in law school that the collaborative approach is the best way to solve problems. “You need to change people’s view on things, especially the senior partners or lawyers who may have been entrenched for a long time. They’ve got to start letting go a little of the control they had over their files.” Read more