David A. Paul

David A. Paul

David A. Paul, is a senior lawyer and mediator who practises at the boutique law firm Paul & Co. in downtown Kamloops, B.C. His firm’s web site is www.kamloopslaw.com and he can be reached at (250)828-9998.

Column: David Paul's Field Notes
Monday, 20 April 2015 08:00

LAPs and managing stress

A few weekends ago, I joined about 78 Legal Assistance Plan volunteers from across British Columbia at the annual LAPBC volunteer’s training retreat in Harrison Lake. Our profession is fortunate to be served by so many caring people willing to help colleagues facing challenges. We all know our job can be stressful and collectively, we need to face some of the negative ways that stress manifests itself in our profession.
Monday, 16 February 2015 08:00

Networking is what you enjoy

I have met many lawyers who genuinely do not enjoy networking in the traditional sense. They identify themselves as introverts and feel that engaging in small talk or attending a social event is a waste of their time.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

Gear, gadgets, and more, part 2

In the first part of this two-part series, I talked about the importance of keeping up with trends in technology, particularly if we choose to use technology to better serve our clients and help manage our practice. However, technology is also a rapidly changing area that requires periodic updates on where it sits now, and where it is going.
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:31

Gear, gadgets & more: part 1

As lawyers, it is important we keep up with trends in technology, particularly if we want to use technology to better serve our clients and help manage our practice. However, technology is also a rapidly changing area that requires periodic updates on where it sits now, and where it is going.
During your career, you may be called upon by a friend, cousin, brother, sister, mother-in-law, or others you have known for a long time to swear an affidavit or notarize a document. On many occasions, their requests may not be aligned with the law society rules and other legal or ethical obligations incumbent on us. As lawyers we must follow, without exception, rules incumbent to our integrity in those circumstances — even if doing so might offend the person seeking your assistance. The following are some recommendations to consider when taking an affidavit.
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:00

Managing your legal education

As lawyers, it is our legal knowledge that provides value for our clients. In law school we were provided with specific learning goals from our professors and the law school curriculum, however, as practising lawyers we are responsible for our own learning, and at the end of the day we are responsible for managing our knowledge growth.
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:10

Saving your files: cloud or network?

The cloud allows the latest version of my legal work to be synced, saved, and secured but not every cloud provider can be trusted with confidential information.
Many of us use an eclectic combination of technology in our legal practice. For instance, I use a Windows 7 PC, an iPhone 5, a Kindle, and an iPad. Each serves a particular role.
Monday, 16 December 2013 08:00

Technology etiquette for lawyers

I was recently discussing a file with my articling student when his cellphone beeped with a text message. While I continued to speak, he read it and texted back. I was compelled to ask him: “Haven’t your parents taught you proper technology etiquette?” Before he could answer, I received an e-mail while sitting at my desk. While he was talking with me, I looked to my screen and began reading the e-mail.
Monday, 21 October 2013 10:33

Smartphone comparison for lawyers

I recently presented a CLE course that examined the different apps, benefits, and features of the leading smartphones for lawyers. There are three leading choices for lawyers: the BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android phones.
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