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The view from the client’s side

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Going through the stack of materials from my recent week of conferences, I was re-reading the notes I took at the Opening Plenary of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s Spring Conference in Toronto, and thought you might be interested in some highlights from what was really a riveting panel discussion. The panelists, who offered valuable… Read more »


The evolving costs of young lawyers

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Filed under: Big Firms, New Lawyers, Talent

In conversation the other day with a longtime friend of mine, a mother of three on hiatus from the practice of law, the subject of articling students came up (for those outside Canada, articling year is a required apprenticeship period after graduation but before the call to the bar, and no, it doesn’t work as… Read more »

What are you afraid of?

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Filed under: Satisfaction

I spent several hours, Sunday before last, co-presenting a media training session for a group of in-house counsel. Among the many standard warnings we give to lawyers in these sessions is to proceed with caution around reporters, reminding trainees of the two ineluctable rules of the media: 1. Journalists are not your friends. 2. Nothing… Read more »


Towards diversity in law firms

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Filed under: Big Firms, Diversity

Diversity in the practice of law has been on my mind the last few days. Partly it’s thanks to a confluence of events, such as the second annual Call to Action: General Counsels’ Summit on Diversity, which starts tomorrow in Arizona and gathers 150 top GCs to find ways to increase diversity among their own… Read more »

NALP: the future of law firms

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Filed under: Big Firms, Clients, Innovation, Talent

Back from a lengthy trip, I have a lot of catch-up blogging to do. Just to get the ball rolling, here are my speaking notes from last Friday’s plenary session at the NALP Annual Education Conference in Toronto, in case they’re of interest. I was honoured to be part of a distinguished panel of speakers,… Read more »


Road trip!

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Filed under: Law21

Postings will be intermittent at best over the next week or so — I’m on the road for business and family events, but I’ll try to post a couple of entries if I can. If you’re at any of these events, drop me a line or look for me on the parenthesized dates: –> Canadian… Read more »

Late-night marketing

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Filed under: Innovation, Marketing

Sometimes, the best innovations are the simplest — just a matter of looking at a familiar situation differently. A dominant topic of discussion in legal practice has been the late hours many lawyers are forced to put in and the damage it does to personal life, “work-life balance,” etc. So along comes Boston lawyer James… Read more »


The seven-year law degree

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Filed under: Big Firms, Law School, New Lawyers

There are a couple of well-known phenomena about legal careers that, when juxtaposed, might give us better insight into how lawyers enter the profession. The first is the common assumption that a law degree is far easier postgraduate degree to obtain than, say, a medical degree or Ph.D. Would-be doctors spend four years in medical… Read more »


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