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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett.jpg“Etiquette shmetiquette,” I thought to myself when I noticed one of the University of New Brunswick law career development seminar topics was essentially Manners 101. I didn’t think I needed it. I’m no Emily Post but I don’t offend people by talking politics or religion on first meeting and I hold my pinky finger out when sipping tea.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 21 July 2014 08:00

Developing broader shoulders

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgSomething really terrible happened in the life of one of my clients a few months ago. I was totally shaken by it and lost several nights’ sleep. As time has passed, I have gained more perspective but wanted to write about what I’m discovering is one of the toughest parts about this job: coping when something difficult happens to a client.
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Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Ask Marshall Pawar what brought down Heenan Blaikie LLP and the corporate lawyer slyly dodges the question, telling a reporter he prefers to focus on his new venture, MEP Business Counsel.
But his answers still speak volumes about the future of national law firms.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:11

Law firm management by the numbers

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgOn May 8, the Managing Partner Forum 2014 Leadership Conference was held in Atlanta, Ga. The conference was hosted by John Remsen Jr., president and CEO of The Managing Partner Forum.
Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal and I were fortunate enough to be part of the faculty. Approximately 85 participants from more than 75 law firms (one Canadian firm attended) participated in the day-long session that began with an address by Timothy Corcoran, president of Legal Marketing Association and Principal of Corcoran Consulting Group. While Corcoran’s presentation was well done, the three memorable quotes for me were:
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Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

A new perspective

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpg“A little perspective, like a little humour, goes a long way.” – Allen Klein
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Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

Making it rain money

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_June_BackPage.jpgI am a dominant, driven individual who likes to act independently and is reasonably extroverted, according to the McQuaig Institute of Executive Development Ltd. Among my traits, I am an assertive, goal-oriented individual, who is ambitious, works best under deadline, finds pressure exhilarating, and seeks variety in a job.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00

A quid pro quo I can get behind

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgMy firm Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and the commercial litigation practice group of The Advocates’ Society recently hosted a fantastic women’s networking event featuring a presentation by Ritu Bhasin. I had heard about Bhasin (@Ritu_Bhasin) and her terrific seminars several times before. I’ll pass on the same advice given to me: if you ever get a chance to see her, go! She’s a wonderful speaker, full of wisdom to pass on to lawyers, particularly women.
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Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Knocking down hurdles

As Canadians come out of one of the worst winters in the history of ever, you can smell spring in the air; you can feel a palpable change in attitude as we expose our lily-white skin to a little warmth and sunshine. Like the crocuses that push up through the semi-frozen ground to herald the new season, dire economic reality appears to be the fertilizer for change in the legal profession.
Published in Commentary
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgAt last count there were over 25 issues/reasons identified by the legal press (blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc.) that led to the unfortunate demise of Heenan Blaikie. To be clear, the misfortune I speak of is not the disappearance of the law firm itself, but of those who were affected as a result through no fault of their own but rather because of the seeming ineptness of others.
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Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Giving back

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_April_cl_Apr_14.jpgMore than half of lawyers believe the profession has a duty to provide pro bono services, according to a survey of readers across the country conducted by Canadian Lawyer. But a strong majority of respondents oppose making pro bono work mandatory, and 60 per cent feel lawyers offering free legal services could discourage governments from providing sufficient legal aid funding.
Published in Pro Bono
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