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 tendContinue reading “Ontario Bar Association: Fall Council Meeting”

How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market

    On February 8, 2018, I co-chaired the program for the Young Lawyers Division at the Ontario Bar Association. Titled: “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”. Erin Cowling from FlexLegal spoke about marketing. Cowling recently won an award for having one of the best legal blogs in Canada. Cowling recommendedContinue reading “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”

OBA Institute: How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market

On Thursday February 8, 2018 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm (cocktail reception to follow) the Young Lawyers Division of the Ontario Bar Association will be hosting a CPD Program “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”. The program is focussed on the skills that every young lawyer needs for today’s tricky market. We willContinue reading “OBA Institute: How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”

Court Forms: Confusing by Design

You name it, there is probably a court form for it. A form for service. A form for requisitioning something. A form for confirming something. A form for costs. A form for a back page. And so on. Navigating these forms requires experience and ideally a law degree. But the increasing numbers of self-represented litigantsContinue reading “Court Forms: Confusing by Design”

Moving Forward: From Ink Quills to Electronic Documents

This weekend I attended the Ontario Bar Association Annual General Meeting  (AGM) as a Provincial Council Member. The AGM brought together lawyers from across the province, from different practice areas, and from different career stages. This led to invigorating discussions about the future of our profession. A significant topic was the Law Practice Program (an alternative programContinue reading “Moving Forward: From Ink Quills to Electronic Documents”

An Evening Reception with Justice Myers: Summary Judgment Motions & More

Last week I had the honour of chairing “An Evening Reception with Justice Myers” at the Ontario Bar Association. Justice Myers spoke about summary judgment motions and drafting proper motion materials. SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS Summary judgment motions are a procedure that can dispose of an action without the use of a trial. Justice Myers emphasizedContinue reading “An Evening Reception with Justice Myers: Summary Judgment Motions & More”

Patrong v Banks et al., Pleading a Drive by Shooting

In the recent case Patrong v Banks et al., 2015 ONSC 3078 the defendants are calling for an end to the lawsuit before any evidence has been put to the court. Justice Myers writes: Why should a defendant be able to end a lawsuit that is just at its very beginning?  The defendants have not evenContinue reading “Patrong v Banks et al., Pleading a Drive by Shooting”

Motions in Law

San Antonio’s Bankruptcy Judge Leif M. Clark wrote these noteworthy remarks: Before the court is a motion … The court cannot determine the substance, if any, of the Defendant’s legal argument, nor can the court even ascertain the relief that the Defendant is requesting. The Defendant’s motion is accordingly denied for being incomprehensible. [FN 1] [FN 1] Or, inContinue reading “Motions in Law”

Pathways to Power: Women in Politics

Lord Varys: Power is a curious thing, my lord. Are you fond of riddles? Tyrion Lannister: Why? Am I about to hear one? Lord Varys: Three great men sit in a room: a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword [mercenary]. Each great man bids the sellsword kill theContinue reading “Pathways to Power: Women in Politics”

Oral Advocacy Boot Camp

Yesterday I participated in the Oral Advocacy Boot Camp held by the Ontario Bar Association. I would like to share a few pointers from the event. There is only one podium. You own the podium until you start speaking, after that you share the floor with the judge and the witness. Pauses: Use pauses toContinue reading “Oral Advocacy Boot Camp”