CBA News - Current Edition

SPOTLIGHT ON LEGAL HEALTH CHECKS

Legal Health Checks

This is the fourth year for our popular legal health checks, an initiative that grew out of the 2013 Reaching Equal Justice report. This year we’ll be launching nine new cards on Law Day, April 19.

Read on for details.


CBA Influence

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In case you missed it – Check out the latest issue of CBA Influence, a monthly newsletter with blog posts about CBA initiatives, submissions, interventions and comments on public policy. Combined with Focus on Parliament, with links to information about government legislative, regulatory and policy changes, this newsletter provides a 360-degree look at both our current advocacy work, and opportunities for the CBA to get involved.


HAVE YOUR SAY

Federal Budget 2017

In the recent federal budget, the government announced its proposal to eliminate billed-basis accounting for income-tax purposes. Billed-basis accounting means you aren’t taxed on your work-in-progress – you only pay tax on what you bill.

The CBA is working to persuade the government that this move is not in Canadians’ best interests. To do so we need to hear from you: How will this measure affect your clients and your ability to take on certain cases? What will it mean for those with legal issues and little money? Please send your responses to budget2017@cba.org.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS

Board of Directors Elections

Voting has started on the CBA’s new-look Board of Directors, a skills-based panel of 14 members from across the country, representing the diversity of the legal profession in Canada. Read on for details about the slate.


SAVE THE TREES! CBA JOINS PAPERLESS BILLING REVOLUTION

Paperless Billing

You should have by now received an email asking whether you would like to switch to paperless billing. If you’re not one of the 7,000 people who’s switched over, and you’re still wondering whether you should, read on for details about the process.


SUCCESSFUL PARENTING TOOLKIT COMING THIS SPRING

Successfully Parenting Apart Toolkit

The CBA National Family Law Section has gathered a number of on- and off-line resources into a toolkit that will help lawyers better help clients who are trying to remain good parents while navigating their way through separation and divorce. Read on for details.


COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES TOOLKIT

Collateral Consequences

The CBA National Criminal Justice Section launched its Collateral Consequences toolkit, which walks lawyers through the “collateral consequences” of a criminal charge and/or sentence for their clients, at the Section’s annual conference in April. Check the website for details.


WHAT’S NEW WITH CBA INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES?

International Initiatives

A new five-year project begins in East Africa; the CBA Young Lawyers International Program wraps another successful year; the National Legislative Project in Vietnam is coming to the end of Phase 2; and in Ukraine we’re entering Phase 2 of an agreement to provide technical support to a legal aid project. Read on for details.


SECURITY SCREENING NOW PART OF YOUR DAY IN FEDERAL OR TAX COURT

Security Screening

The Courts Administration Services announced new screening protocols for lawyers and others coming into the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and the Tax Court of Canada. Read on for details.


LAW IN THE NEWS ON NATIONALMAGAZINE.CA

CBA National Magazine

CBA National covers the latest trends and developments affecting the legal profession and the practice of law, as well as the latest news regarding the association and its activities. Read on for some recent highlights.


IBA SURVEY – WHY DO WOMEN LEAVE THE PROFESSION?

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The International Bar Association is looking for lawyers to participate in a survey that is trying to get to the bottom of why women everywhere are leaving the profession. Men and women both are being invited to weigh in. Read on for details.


SECTIONS & FORUMS NEWS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Call for nominations

Nominations are still being accepted for the National Sections Council Award of Excellence, the Cecilia I. Johnstone Award, and the Honourable Walter S. Tarnopolsky Award. Read on for details.


LAW STUDENTS: ENTER A CBA CONNECT ESSAY CONTEST TODAY!

CBA Essay Contests

The Canadian Bar Association’s Essay Contests can help you build your profile within the legal community, connect with senior members of the bar, and hone your research and writing skills. Read on for details.


LEARN TODAY, LEAD TOMORROW. YOUR CIC.C DESIGNATION AWAITS

CIC.C

The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association is pleased to announce that 120 individuals across the country have now received their Certified In-House Counsel – Canada designation. Are you ready to join their ranks and jumpstart your career? Read on for details.


CBA IP DAY – MAY 11 IN OTTAWA

IP Day

Don’t miss the premier networking, educational and social event for IP lawyers across Canada, from the networking breakfast to the Federal Courts Town Hall, to the IP Day Panels and concluding with the Federal Court Judges’ Dinner. Read on for details.


2017 CONFERENCES

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Does your Section have a conference in the coming months? Read on to find out.


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Editor: Kim Covert

Production: Rose Wilson