Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

For the people

For the peopleOn a weeknight in early November, Mark Johnson found himself at a meeting in the library of a Toronto junior public school in Riverdale listening to community residents voice concerns about a shooting that had taken place in the community a few months before.
It’s not often we profile a legal department the way we have in this issue, taking a look at the lawyers who make up the extraordinary team at Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
(from left) David Bowles, associate general counsel of UrtheCast, Catherine Chow, GC The Keg, Richard Thomas, SVP chief compliance officer with PI Financial, Andrew McLeod, partner Blakes and Mark Morrison, partner Blakes discussed going after low-hanging fruit in the area of risk management at the B.C. ACC chapter seminar last Thursday in Vancouver.
(from left) David Bowles, associate general counsel of UrtheCast, Catherine Chow, GC The Keg, Richard Thomas, SVP chief compliance officer with PI Financial, Andrew McLeod, partner Blakes and Mark Morrison, partner Blakes discussed going after low-hanging fruit in the area of risk management at the B.C. ACC chapter seminar last Thursday in Vancouver.
As Catherine Chow puts it, lawyers can see grey sky on a blue-sky day. That’s what makes them perfectly positioned to be the ones helping to identify risk and shepherd management of that risk in an organization.
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01

Nimble and focused

Nimble and focusedIn-house counsel are constantly challenged to find the right legal providers for the problem at hand, and at the same time the solution also has to fit the always-under-pressure budget.
Is it baffling to anyone else that at a time when so many aspects of the legal profession are being reconsidered in terms of how work gets done and what lawyers learn in law school that the Law Society of Upper Canada is suggesting it wants to cut short an innovative new model to train lawyers for the future?
Monday, 26 September 2016 10:36

Law by design

(Photo: Anothersin/PureSolution)
(Photo: Anothersin/PureSolution)
Change management by design, or design thinking, may sound like a complicated business school theory but, in fact, many businesses tackle it every day. The application of it for in-house legal departments and law firms can be transformative, but it requires a serious desire to look at how things are currently being done and an equal desire to actually make change.
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