Changes in Court Process due to COVID-19 Social Distancing

This post is from an interview with lawyer Heather Hui-Litwin, co-founder of Self-Rep Navigators. It is posted on Self-Rep Navigators website. Courts in Ontario have implemented changes to accommodate the rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation. Lawyer Heather S. Douglas explains to Heather Hui-Litwin (Self-Rep Navigator Co-founder) what these changes are. QUESTION 1: What is the current … Continue reading Changes in Court Process due to COVID-19 Social Distancing

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction Increased to $35,000: What does this mean for current cases?

    Currently, the most someone can ask for in Small Claims Court is $25,000. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the Small Claims Court will increase its jurisdiction from $25,000 to $35,000. Litigants who started a claim in the Superior Court can seek to transfer their case to the Small Claims Court if the amount sought … Continue reading Small Claims Court Jurisdiction Increased to $35,000: What does this mean for current cases?

Ontario Bar Association: Fall Council Meeting

Over the weekend, the Ontario Bar Association held its annual Fall Council Meeting. There were several amazing speakers. President Colin Stevenson spoke about the barriers to innovation and the ways companies are overcoming these barriers. Barriers to innovation include: The solitary work of lawyers. Lawyers tend to work alone, even in large law firms. Lawyers tend … Continue reading Ontario Bar Association: Fall Council Meeting

Lessons from the CPD “Take Control of Your Career: Hard Work is Not Enough”

Deborah Glatter, training and management consultant (former Director of Career Development at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP) spoke about strategically managing your own career. She pointed out that no one else will care for your career as you do. If you are not proactive, you may come to a dead end in your career. You … Continue reading Lessons from the CPD “Take Control of Your Career: Hard Work is Not Enough”

Finding a Better Way: Automating Divorces

In Dunford v Birnboim, 2017 MBCA 100, the Manitoba Court of Appeal criticized the family law court system, stating that this case highlighted everything that is wrong with our system: Pits family members against family members, Expensive legal bills, Long lawsuits, and Lawyers focussing on their clients’ needs over what’s best for the family. The Manitoba … Continue reading Finding a Better Way: Automating Divorces

Articling Crisis? Views from Across the Country

 – CBA Young Lawyers Exec #CBAyounglawyers At the end of October, the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers held an Executive Meeting in Toronto. Members came from across the country: Newfoundland, B.C., Alberta, P.E.I., Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and the Territories. There was also a representative from the American Bar Association. At the meeting, … Continue reading Articling Crisis? Views from Across the Country

Ontario Bar Association: Young Lawyers’ Division Social

Come join us on September 13 to celebrate the beginning of the new season. Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Location: The Merchant 181 University Avenue | Toronto, ON | M5H 3M7   CBA Member: No Charge | CBA Student Member: No Charge | Non-Member: $15* plus taxes     (Views are my own and … Continue reading Ontario Bar Association: Young Lawyers’ Division Social

Candid Conversations with Supreme Court of Canada Judges

On February 6, I had the honour to attend the program “Candid Conversations on the Challenges and Seizing Opportunities in the Practice of Law Today”, held by the Ontario Bar Association. It was an honour to hear from Justice Moldaver, Justice Cote, and Justice Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada. Program participants were divided … Continue reading Candid Conversations with Supreme Court of Canada Judges

Suing Apple over FaceTime

In December 2014, a young child died in a car accident. The culprit: allegedly a distracted driver. The driver was on FaceTime. The parents of the child are suing Apple for the iPhone’s design. The parents allege that Apple was negligent for not warning users that FaceTime was dangerous “when used or misused in a … Continue reading Suing Apple over FaceTime

The Pursuit of Mastery

With a new year comes new resolutions. 2017 is no different. But what really motivates us? Is it money, status, fame, or something deeper?  In the book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink writes that deeper motivation comes from the pursuit of mastery, autonomy, and purpose. “The most successful people are not directly pursuing conventional notions … Continue reading The Pursuit of Mastery