• Imperfection rules

    Jul 23, 2018

    If much of modern technology focuses on extracting the messiness and toil out of life (like automated cars and artificial intelligence, for example), then one could assume that the law exists to clarify matters when things, indeed, go wrong. And go wrong they will.

  • Networking and the #MeToo movement

    Jul 23, 2018

    The #MeToo movement was brought to the forefront in 2017 following the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The movement is alive and well in Canada.

  • Licensing insight

    May 28, 2018

    Everyone contemplating attending law school would be wise to read a report by the Law Society of Ontario on the licensing, by the Professional Development and Competence Committee.

  • Young and in law

    May 28, 2018

    In 1991, when I received a letter from Osgoode Hall Law School offering me a place in its first-year class, I literally jumped up and down on my bed and screamed at the top of my much younger lungs.

  • Choose health over your phone

    Feb 26, 2018

    All right, my friend. This is an intervention. I know you’re surprised, but things have got out of hand and we need to talk about your behaviour.

  • Young lawyers looking for more flexibility

    Young lawyers looking for more flexibility

    Feb 5, 2018

    Heather Douglas feels the legal profession is in flux and she expects it to continue evolving. As a young lawyer establishing her practice at a Toronto firm, she’s unsure what to expect.

  • Succession plans needed for future success

    Succession plans needed for future success

    Feb 5, 2018

    Several years ago, the partners at Will Davidson LLP found themselves dealing with four retirements and a death all within a 10-year period.

  • Paradigm shift needed

    Jan 22, 2018

    The world is changing and we have to keep up. The dangers our children face today are no longer the issues of yesterday.

  • A wake-up call on sexual harassment

    Nov 20, 2017

    Many years ago, in my early days working in lawyer assistance, I received a call from a young lawyer, about two years out. She was in extreme distress, having been fired from her job at a well-respected firm.

  • Ontario to improve provincial court diversity

    Ontario to improve provincial court diversity

    Sep 18, 2017

    The Ontario government has announced plans to bolster the diversity of provincial court appointments with reforms to the province’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee. Lawyers say that this is a needed move, as the Ontario Court of Justice is noticeably lacking in diversity, especially outside of Toronto. “It’s a positive thing that the government is seeking a diversity of candidates when looking at judicial applications,” says Michael Spratt, partner with Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP and also former vice president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

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