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Ab Initio
September 27, 2016
Employers are searching: Presenting your best Internet self
Ask to borrow a friend’s computer and Google your name. What comes up? It is likely that your Facebook profile has the top spot, and LinkedIn is quite close behind. What happens if you scroll through the second, third, perhaps even fourth page? Better yet, what happens when you click on that Facebook link? Are you proud of everything you see?
How legal can benefit from the principles of design thinking
September 26, 2016
Law by design
Change management by design, or design thinking, may sound like a complicated business school theory but, in fact, many businesses tackle it every day. The application of it for in-house legal departments and law firms can be transformative, but it requires a serious desire to look at how things are currently being done and an equal desire to actually make change.
The IT Girl
September 26, 2016
Buyer beware . . . Lessons learned from the Ashley Madison hack
"Life is short. Have an affair®." This is the (in)famous marketing slogan used by Ashley Madison, a Canadian web site founded in 2008 and operated by Avid Life Media Inc. with the explicit mission statement of helping married individuals chat, connect and ultimately have affairs with one another. The site assured users that use of its services would be "anonymous" and "100 per cent discreet," but, unfortunately, this was not to be the case.
The Immigration Line
September 26, 2016
Report on Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a hopeful sign of reform
The Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities by the House of Commons was released this week with an overview of and recommendations for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.
Trial by Fire
September 26, 2016
My first trial — San Pellegrino blues, Part 1
Monday morning, 8:34 a.m.
September 26, 2016
We know nothing: The real lesson of Oudin v. Le Centre Francophone de Toronto, Inc.
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that has the employment law bar abuzz is a lesson for all lawyers about the limits to both our knowledge and our powers of prediction.
Practice Made Perfect
September 26, 2016
Three tips to help you leverage social media
Social media is a reasonably new as a tool for lawyers. It has actually been around for more than a decade, but since we are notorious for not being early adopters of new ideas or technologies, it emerged much later than that as a marketing and business development force in the legal sector.
Sidebars
September 26, 2016
Bon Camino: finding community far away from mine
Life in law seems never to stop. Court deadlines, new files, new rules, complex trials, changing legislation, clients needs, family time outs . . . the old adage “the defence never rests” really applies to most of us in this profession. But if not a rest, perhaps a change might work. Enter the Camino.

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September 2016 • Volume 40, Issue 9
  • Written by Yamri Taddese
    Issue Date: September 2016
    A strong, new whiff of opportunity is blowing in the direction of Canadian business.
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Immigration
    Written by Mark Cardwell
    Issue Date: September 2016
    Calgary lawyer Michael Greene is all for the faster movement and freer flow of legitimate goods and law-abiding people between…

Departments

    • Subtitle Law Office Management
    Written by Marg. Bruineman
    Issue Date: September 2016
    When McCarthy Tétrault LLP was asked to bid for work through a reverse auction, the Canadian law firm set out to explore the intricacies of the competitive bidding process. It then put together a team to develop a strategy on how it would proceed and created a tool allowing its…

Columns

  • Issue Date: September 2016
    You might be forgiven if you are tired of hearing about machines versus lawyers, but the topic, much like our future robot overlords, is not about to be put to rest. Similarly, the definition of legal work and the practice of law are subject to more scrutiny than at any…
  • Written by Jim Middlemiss
    Issue Date: September 2016
    Look out litigators, Premonition is coming to town, and with it a level of transparency not normally seen in the legal business.
  • Written by Tim Wilbur
    Issue Date: September 2016
    I have been in legal journalism for more than 10 years, but I am very excited to begin a new phase in my career at the helm of Canadian Lawyer. From my vantage point, there has never been a more exciting time to cover the legal profession. Many of the…
 
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