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Monday, 20 January 2014 08:00

Eat more veggies!

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgHappy New Year! Every January, millions resolve to make all kinds of lifestyle changes, like eating more vegetables, exercising more, eliminating vices, and re-connecting with family. I’m one of those people who enthusiastically embrace the annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions. I know, shocker.

Monday, 20 January 2014 08:00

Let’s learn about legal process mapping

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgAt the risk of getting stomped, bitten, or kicked, I think it is important to start 2014 off by putting the horse before the cart. I apologize upfront for bursting the bubble of all those souls who have spent the last couple years espousing that the greatest issue facing law firms is their structure.

Monday, 20 January 2014 08:00

What not to do in the war on drugs

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_Screen-shot-2014-01-16-at-6.jpgJust after midnight on Jan. 1, a former U.S. Marine named Sean Azzariti made history by becoming the first person in the world to legally buy marijuana for recreational use. Azzariti, who served in Iraq and claims the weed helps relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder, made his purchase just as a new law allowing its licensing and sale in Colorado came into force.

Monday, 13 January 2014 10:33

Here’s to using decision trees in the new year

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIf your New Year’s resolution is to work smarter, more efficiently, and achieve more, boy do I have an interesting concept to share with you. While I can’t help with the diet or workout resolutions you committed to while sipping sparkling wine right after the New Year’s Eve countdown, I may perhaps convince you to start thinking about using “decision trees” in your practice. It is an old idea, but, I suspect, a greatly underutilized one.
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:00

The Seven Wonders

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_B.Hendrickson.jpgIn 2004, the Canadian Bar Association Futures Committee posted an article on its web site entitled “Seven Wonders of the World . . . The Future for Lawyers.” The Futures Committee was formed in 2003 to examine the challenges facing lawyers and the legal profession and to make recommendations about what the CBA would have to offer to the legal community in 2015 to remain “relevant” and “vibrant.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgDetermining how to meet or defeat the test for “preferable procedure” on a certification motion has been an enigmatic problem. Until the Supreme Court of Canada last month clearly articulated that access to justice involves a two-part analysis in Fischer v. AIC Ltd., there was no consistent measure by which this part of the preferability test would be analyzed.
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:00

3 good habits & an approach

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpg“3 Good Habits and an Approach” and you’re already a lawyer with better marketing, public relations, and business development skills — even better than a lot of career communicators!
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:00

Bill 146 may be much ado about nothing

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Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with Ontario’s new workplace legislation. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with Ontario’s new workplace legislation. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with bill 146’s proposed changes to employment legislation in Ontario as the political climate in the province means it may not get passed before voters potentially go to the polls this spring.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgAs I hastily write this from warm, tropical Cabo San Lucas, there are 14 e-mails in my inbox from friends and colleagues from Toronto telling me about the Great Ice Storm that covered the city and the fact they’ve all been without power for 75 hours. Some checked into nearby hotels for Christmas, presumably hotels with enough power to warm them up, give them light, and cook a turkey. I can only imagine what Stuart McLean will do to update “Dave Cooks A Turkey” when he does his Christmas story for 2014.
Monday, 30 December 2013 08:00

Video: Making Rain: Another milestone year

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_December_Making_Rain_46.jpgIn the last episode of 2013, executive coach Debra Forman takes stock of the year’s accomplishments, milestones, and all of those opportunities for better business development and practice management practices.

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