TLA partners with Thomson Reuters offering resources to lawyers
By Jennifer Pritchett, Associate Editor
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 succeed, says TLA executive director Joan Rataic-Lang.
“I’m very pleased to offer our members the additional benefits that come with partnering with Thomson Reuters,” she says. "Specialized programs will be offered to small law firms and lawyers starting their own practice, as well as significant product discounts."
The TLA subscribes to WestlawNext Canada’s LawSource and a number of topical source products that members can use in the library.
To kick off the new partnership, the TLA and Thomson Reuters are hosting their first joint event at the TLA Library, in the courthouse at 361 University Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 17 beginning at 5.30 p.m. Guest speakers are: retired Justice Colin Campbell, of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, who will speak on "Improving Technology in Law Firms and in the Courts," and Monica Goyal, a lawyer and engineer who has developed platforms such as My Legal Briefcase and Aluvion Law that use technology to create democratic legal solutions for individuals and businesses.
Rataic-Lang, who also serves as the TLA’s library director, explains the event will add value to TLA membership by highlighting how technology can be economically and effectively used in small firms to grow a thriving practice. It will also provide more detail about what the partnership with Thomson Reuters will bring for members, including product discounting and programs for members in small law firms (one to three lawyers) and those launching their own practice.
Those interested are asked to RSVP for the free event by Jan. 15.
A joint press release from the TLA and Thomson Reuters announcing the partnership explains the idea is to provide lawyers with the resources they need to organize their practices so they can continue to evolve as the law changes in order to meet their clients’ needs.
“As a former small law firm lawyer and owner, I experienced first-hand the many challenges facing lawyers ready to strike out on their own and in the early years of practice,” says Fred Glady, vice president of customer segments at Thomson Reuters. “Thomson Reuters and the Toronto Lawyers Association have partnered to give small law firm TLA members what they need to meet these challenges and build thriving practices.”
The Toronto Lawyers Association offers the legal community a comprehensive, up-to-date collection of electronic and print resources, reference services, continuing legal education, advocacy, and networking through numerous programs and events provided within the Courthouse Library, says the press release.