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August 31, 2015
A2J: Solving the unaffordable legal services problem by changing law society management structure
Law societies in Canada have ignored the unaffordable legal services problem, because of the obsolescence of their management structure. Its major defects are:
Managing Partner Forum
August 31, 2015
Building the right legal team for public interest litigation
This summer, Pivot Legal Society represented a group of homeless people from Abbotsford, B.C., at the British Columbia Supreme Court in a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of city bylaws that have endangered their lives. Never before had a group of homeless Canadians been able to challenge the constitutionality of how they are treated and displaced by government authorities or police. It would’ve been impossible without the support of pro bono counsel.
August 31, 2015
Are your limitation or exclusion of liability clauses enforceable in Quebec?
Most lawyers are used to encountering terms such as “special, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages,” and “multiple, punitive, or exemplary damages” in limitation or exclusion of liability provisions. However, when negotiating such provisions in Quebec, you should know these common terms do not have the same meaning and effect under Quebec law.
Ab Initio
August 31, 2015
Have you met your career services officer yet?
As classes resume in a matter of days, landing a legal job — whether summer, articling, or even part-time during the school year — is as top of mind for many students as reconnecting with classmates and finding a cheap textbook. And on-campus interviews, a key stage of selection in the large law firm recruitment process, loom on the horizon for many law students.
Older lawyers are looking for new blood to take over their practices in rural B.C. There’s lots of reasons to do it.
August 31, 2015
It’s a lifestyle choice
There is an articling crisis afoot and Kenneth Walker, the Law Society of British Columbia’s president, says articling students need to tap into unique business opportunities, one of which he recently shared on his blog.
August 31, 2015
Video: Making Rain: Hang out in your clients’ turf
This month, executive coach Debra Forman suggests that iInstead of launching your client relationship efforts from your home base, including the comforts of your office and computer, look for ways to hang out and build strong and lasting relationships with your target group and potential clients on their turf.

Current Issue

August 2015 • Volume 39, Issue 8
    • Subtitle Cover Story
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: August 2015
    Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its sixth…
  • Written by Shannon Kari
    Issue Date: August 2015
    Three weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada spring ruling that mandatory minimums for illegal handgun possession were unconstitutional, a…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: ADR
    Written by Yamri Taddese
    Issue Date: August 2015
    Gary Joseph says some years ago, he dodged a legal bullet. He was sitting in a breakout room with a…

Columns

  • Written by Philip Slayton
    Issue Date: August 2015
    Trust and law. The optimal relationship between the two is an ethical conundrum at the heart of legal practice. How much can we trust each other? How much law do we need? Do unnecessary legal rules replace trust to the detriment of a truly civil society? Does increasing legalization —…
  • Written by Kate Simpson
    Issue Date: August 2015
    The article “Beyond automation” in the June issue of Harvard Business Review has sparked many excellent legal and other responses since its publication, including a summary on the excellent 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.
  • Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: August 2015
    The Law Society of Upper Canada is looking at making changes to the rules governing lawyer advertising. It has stirred up a hornet’s nest.
 
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