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Monday, 27 February 2012 12:31 Written by Debra Forman
Fredericton, N.B., has its revolutionary side. The Occupy Movement took over a piece of Phoenix Square last fall and erected a shelter, complete with wooden beams and a door. They put up a sign, declaring that they represent the 99 per cent. The appearance of this house of protest in the front yard of City Hall was not to the liking of Mayor Brad Woodside and like many other observers, I was rather surprised that the city did not intervene and de-camp the protesters, before they obtained peaceable possession of the site.
Monday, 20 February 2012 19:00 Written by Danielle Olofsson
Legal project management is one of the more recent trends to affect the practice of law. Whether it is a passing fad, as its detractors dismiss, or here to stay, as its advocates would like, its implementation in law firms will ultimately depend on their clients’ will to have files managed according to project management principles. Clients, however, are unlikely to request this unless they perceive a direct link between LPM and the bottom line. Until LPM addresses pricing, budgets, and fees, the merits of Gantt charts, work breakdown structures, and communication plans will largely remain ignored.
A few months ago, I bought myself an iPad2. At first, I thought I would be using it primarily as my e-reader. However, as I started to become more familiar with the device, I realized it also had serious potential of being an effective and powerful tool in my law practice.
Monday, 20 February 2012 13:37 Written by Stephen Mabey
In keeping with this column’s intent of delivering practical sensible commentary/solutions to issues currently facing law firm management, I shared last month that I had invited a few folks to write on topics they were both passionate and knowledgeable about and this month’s column is the first one.
My January column was all about how to work. This month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how not to work (well, at scheduled intervals throughout the year). I’m taking my first official vacation as an associate this month, and I imagine many other first years have some winter holiday time booked, too. I took a few days off at Christmas, but was in town and worked as necessary. This time I’m headed out of the country for some fun in the sun. This column is all about how I’m learning to take vacation and make it count.
Monday, 13 February 2012 10:59 Written by Sonya Nigam
The purpose of Black History Month is to right a wrong; to insert the contributions of black people into our collective consciousness because the white male writers and educators did not include them. There were a number of groups that these scholars excluded, not because they were mean or evil, but because they were individuals of their time and hampered by the limited vision of reality that the present tense confines.
Clients have faint understanding of what lawyers do. This is an indictment, considering how much communicating lawyers do with this captive and interested audience. In fairness, clients accept lawyers’ advice like street food: what goes into it can be too much information. Clients want to find lawyers’ advice useful. Lawyers’ correspondence, like a truffle, is valuable not for what it is but for what it does.