Monday, 16 November 2015 09:01

The bâtonnière who fell from grace

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_NovemberDecember_CL_NovDec_2015_cover.jpgLu Chan Khuong is one tough cookie. Three days and 21 interviews after her resignation from the top job at the Quebec Bar, she breezed in for interview No. 22 over lunch on the terrace of an upscale Quebec City restaurant looking fit, poised, and radiant. The resignation was a surprise move that put an end to a summer-long public and legal drama that dominated news headlines and divided lawyers in la belle province like never before.
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Opportunity is knocking

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Pascale-Daigneault-glasses.jpgDuring my term representing the Ontario Bar Association, I met many individuals keen on the possibility of working in a sole and small firm, and willing to relocate to do so. There were law and articling students, lawyers wanting to leave a big firm, and others lawyers moving to Canada. But few knew how to proceed other than by following up on the few job ads posted.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Entity regulation - whaaaaat?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_October_CL_Oct_15cover.jpgMost lawyers have likely heard or read the phrase somewhere, and yet to many, “entity regulation” doesn’t really mean much. But as law societies across Canada consider what could be the biggest shift in the regulation of the legal profession in the last century, becoming familiar with entity regulation may no longer be an option.
Monday, 28 September 2015 09:00

Getting a ‘leg up’ with summer employment

Aboriginal student Monika Wilson says her summer experience helped her plan what courses she really needed to take.
Aboriginal student Monika Wilson says her summer experience helped her plan what courses she really needed to take.
While school has just begun, it’s time to plan for the year ahead including a summer position for next year. Sometimes, you need a little help getting that coveted job.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 31 August 2015 08:00

It’s a lifestyle choice

Jeff Courson lives150 metres from work and can look out his window and see the ocean in Port Hardy, B.C.
Jeff Courson lives150 metres from work and can look out his window and see the ocean in Port Hardy, B.C.
There is an articling crisis afoot and Kenneth Walker, the Law Society of British Columbia’s president, says articling students need to tap into unique business opportunities, one of which he recently shared on his blog.
Published in Latest News
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Ken-Chasse.jpgLaw societies in Canada have ignored the unaffordable legal services problem, because of the obsolescence of their management structure. Its major defects are:
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 24 August 2015 08:01

LPP year 1

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2015_Fall_Issue_2015_4S-DigitalFall_2015Cover.jpgJoshua D’Cunha feels pretty pumped about landing a full-time job at Infrastructure Ontario as legal counsel. The University of Windsor Faculty of Law grad found his way to the legal department of 32 lawyers this past spring after completing Ryerson University’s inaugural Law Practice Program — the first cohort to come through the Law Society of Upper Canada’s three-year pilot project aimed at providing an alternative route to traditional articling. “I really love the work, it’s fabulous,” says an enthusiastic D’Cunha, who is now legal counsel, contract management at IO, an agency of the Ontario government.
Published in 4Students Cover Story
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Total ad ban a no go

The Law Society of Upper Canada is looking at making changes to the rules governing lawyer advertising. It has stirred up a hornet’s nest.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:10

Careers derailed

Photo: John Hyrniuk
Photo: John Hyrniuk
After five years spent at ground zero of a spreading financial disaster known as the Hollinger newspaper swap, Elizabeth DeMerchant was acutely aware of its toxicity. As the Torys LLP counsel watched from the sidelines, the reputations of one director, auditor, or legal counsel after another had been laid waste by scandal or suspicion.
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Making lemon aid

Photo: Bronwen Sharp
Photo: Bronwen Sharp
When Vassilios Apostolopoulos had fallen to the lowest depth of his life, he didn’t have to go back to law, after all he had made mistakes, given up practising, and been disbarred. He could have chosen to take other routes on the road to rebuilding his life. He had other interests, other degrees — he had been working on his doctorate in political science when he switched to law. But to not go back wasn’t an option for him.
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