The Art of Practice

For lawyers with a higher calling, effective practice is an art. Check in for regular case summaries, practice points, client service tips and more.

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The Struggle to Switch Practice Areas in Law and How Other Lawyers Can Help

  • December 04, 2020
  • Erin C. Cowling

If we agree that a lawyer’s whole legal career should not be determined by the articling or first-year position they happened to find – that developing interests, experiences and aptitudes might lead newly called lawyers to a different area of law – shouldn't we be prepared to help them make that transition?

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What 2020 Taught Us About Employment Contracts

  • December 04, 2020
  • Anna Lindgren-Tanga, LL.B./B.C.L.

Grappling with unprecedented circumstances, employers and employees found themselves re-examining their employment contracts this year to determine their enforceability. To help lawyers counsel clients confidently, the OBA’s Labour and Employment Law Section assembled a panel of experts to share valuable employment-contract lessons learned in this period of upheaval.

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The Masked Mediator

  • August 26, 2020
  • Mitchell Rose

While neither super nor a hero, the Masked Mediator rolls with the times and the metaphorical punches, deftly overcoming each new hurdle to master mediation in the physical and virtual realms.

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Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Replace Lawyers

  • August 26, 2020
  • Shiva Bakhtiary, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

With a surge in the number of new legal tech startups comes familiar but unfounded fear that lawyers will be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI). Shiva Bakhtiary explains why AI needs lawyers just as much as lawyers need AI to bring new efficiency, savings and service enhancements to legal work.

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Access to Justice and Hands-on Education Converge in New Summer Student Program

  • June 25, 2020
  • An interview with Nikki Gershbain, McCarthy Tétrault

Nikki Gershbain, McCarthy Tétrault’s chief inclusion officer, shares details of a pro-bono-focused program, forged in the face of a pandemic, that provides rewarding experiential learning opportunities for students while connecting low-income Canadians with crucial free legal services.

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SPILL: Good in a crisis?

  • June 03, 2020

Members share the pandemic-prompted tools and processes that have proven beneficial to their practices.

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Mastering Virtual Meetings: Tips and best practices for effective online interaction

  • May 21, 2020
  • Dan Rosman

Videoconferencing is the best solution to interact with co-workers and teams while gathering face to face is simply not possible. It's safe to say that the firms that are investing heavily in these tools are unlikely to abandon them as things return to ‘normal’ which is why it’s so important to develop a set of best practices for present dealings and for a post-pandemic future.

The EE/OR Conundrum

The EE/OR Conundrum

  • February 27, 2020
  • Elizabeth Hall

One lawyer’s Milnean pursuit of encouragement and an “ee”-sy answer to potentially soul-crushing legal-suffix confusion.