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The importance of outreach in the diversity transformationIt has been three years since the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers toasted 17 of its own who were, rightfully, praised for cementing their positions as partners in Bay Street firms. I read the news, as I assume a number of black law students did, with a sense of admiration, albeit one mingled with disquiet.
Monday, 02 December 2013 08:00

Do clients really hate billable hours?

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Do clients really hate billable hours?Lawyers have a love-hate relationship with the billable hour. As it turns out so do our clients.
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:07

Video: Making Rain: Flex your directive muscle

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Video: Making Rain: Flex your directive muscleIn this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to flex your 'directive' muscle in your dealings with colleagues, clients, and your personal goals.
The future of analyzing the impact of court precedentsThere is a new, futuristic method to examine the relationship among Supreme Court of Canada decisions, using case citations. As counsel or research lawyers, when looking at any particular decision of interest, we need to understand the past and future context of the decision, i.e., (i) the underlying historical cases on which the decision relied, or which it distinguished, or otherwise considered, and (ii) the subsequent cases that similarly judicially considered the particular decision.
Monday, 25 November 2013 08:00

The class action arms race

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The class action arms raceThis fall, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba released five decisions certifying proceedings as class actions and, as night follows day, five decisions on costs soon followed.
Changes to experience class show Immigration still doesn’t get itOn Nov. 9, Immigration Canada announced changes to its popular Canadian Experience Class. Since its creation in 2008, the CEC has been a popular program for skilled immigrants to acquire permanent residence and eventually citizenship.
Social media and post-employment obligations: Is LinkedIn a telephone book or Rolodex?Generally speaking, employees cannot take and misuse confidential information when they leave a company. In the past, allegations that a former employee misused client contact information turned on characterizing the source of that information. At the risk of oversimplifying the issue, did the information come from a “Rolodex” (confidential trade connections) or from a “telephone book” (publicly available contact listings)?  
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

Be flexible with your career path

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Be flexible with your career pathAs an avid reader of Trial by Fire, I look forward every month to Lindsay Scott’s insights on the trials and tribulations of being a new lawyer. As a new lawyer myself, I find her witty and candid reflections to be a breath of fresh air — particularly when, some of the time, I am unable to breathe. So I share your disappointment with having a guest columnist this month, but this is some payback for Lindsay.
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

Armed conflict and the right to health

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Armed conflict and the right to healthWhen most of us speak of war, we think of it as a singular event. Something to be won or lost, part of history, not connected to the present unless we are “at war.” Our time horizons are so short and truncated. And yet the reality of war is that it continues to ripple through the memories of the affected lands and their peoples.
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

2013 Key Performance Indicators

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2013 Key Performance IndicatorsThis column will deal with some of the results of the 2013 Canadian KPI Survey conducted by Law Firm KPI Inc., a for-profit company co-founded by Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal Inc. and myself in 2010 to specifically undertake surveys of key performance indicators for law firms with up to 100 lawyers. The purpose of the survey is to provide Canadian law firms with industry information in order to benchmark their own performance against the performance of other firms of reasonably comparable size.  
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