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May 20, 2015
Career beginnings: a Q&A
Since my last Canadian Lawyer 4Students article, I have been called to the British Columbia bar. As I’m no longer a student, and this will be my last article for 4Students, I thought it would be fitting to look back to the beginning.
May 18, 2015
Web-based system gives Apotex better billing predictability
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you’re managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers. Catching mistakes can be a challenge, but reviewing each bill in an efficient way is critical to getting a real handle on legal spending.
Trial by Fire
May 18, 2015
Making time to give back
It seems that time is the most valuable and scarce resource I have at the moment. Ironically, I often spend a significant chuck of my time trying to make more of it.
May 18, 2015
Commentary on the Compact
Last week, I outlined the Compact, a simple set of standard procedures I propose be used in all cases involving marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. They are nothing more than seven steps to be followed by lawyers retained on these sorts of files.
In-house Coach
May 18, 2015
Articling in-house can enrich student and department
It used to be a common understanding in the legal community that the road toward an in-house position required that you first pay your dues within a law firm as an articling student and then as an associate. This was seen as the only way of learning to apply the law and slowly understanding what the client needed and how the lawyer was able to meet these needs.
Make it Count
May 18, 2015
Join a cause
Business development starts with forging relationships whether casual or long-lasting. Some of the greatest relationships you will ever make are working for a cause close to your heart. You will find that it will lead to some of your best win-win future business relationships.
TheTwila Zone
May 18, 2015
Amicable endings
One of the many benefits of practising labour and employment law in St. John’s, at least since oil started flowing, is getting to know businesses from all over the world. I have found American companies surprised with the extent of Canadian human rights laws, and I have been surprised with Norwegian companies’ seemingly innate sense of fairness towards their workers.

Current Issue

May 2015 • Volume 39, Issue 5
    • Subtitle Top 10 Arbitration chambers, Aboriginal law boutiques
    Written by Shannon Kari
    Issue Date: May 2015
    The Top 10 Arbitration chambers and Top 5 Aboriginal law boutiquesThe reason so many judges are continuing to work as…
    • Subtitle Cover Story
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: May 2015
    Law firms are broken. For the profession’s long-term survival, the structure of the traditional partnership — and the traditional partner…
    • Subtitle Top 10 personal injury boutiques
    Written by Shannon Kari
    Issue Date: May 2015
    The Top 10 Personal injury boutiquesThis year’s top personal injury boutiques boasts two new firms — BolandHowe and Litwiniuk &…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Forensics & Criminal Law
    Written by Janet Guttsman
    Issue Date: May 2015
    A compassionate and moving ruling from a Toronto judge has focused attention on Gladue courts and other support mechanisms for…

Departments

    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Jennifer Brown
    Issue Date: May 2015
    In her years on the bench, Carol Baird Ellan had a front row seat to the challenges facing the underprivileged in society. Now she wants to try and effect change from a different perch — elected politician. “I have a passion for the justice system. There are things I’d like…

Columns

    • Subtitle Back Page
    Written by Jim Middlemiss
    Issue Date: May 2015
    I’m tired of “no comment.” It’s a hackneyed phrase that lawyers (and organizations) rely on far too often and doesn’t serve a client’s interest. There’s nothing that suggests guilt more than seeing a lawyer or client running the media gauntlet trying to shove cameras out of the way or cloak…
    • Subtitle Editor's Desk
    Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: May 2015
    “Minivation.” That’s what Bill Pentney, who runs Canada’s largest law firm, calls the first and most important step to innovation.
 
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