CBA Practicelink Young Lawyers


Long-term planning for new lawyers

  • September 01, 2013
  • James Careless

Good for you for starting your legal career — now let’s figure out how to end it. Hard as it may be to imagine as you wipe the law school dust off your shoes, one day you’ll want to retire. James Careless has some software tools that will set you on the right track.

Being social: Law in 140 characters or less

  • June 01, 2013
  • Janice Tibbetts

Young lawyers today are part of one of the most plugged-in generations ever. No one has to tell you how to blog or to tweet or that Facebook is a great way to keep in touch. But there’s a difference between using social media for social purposes and using it for business purposes. Can you see the difference?

Lawyers at play

  • June 01, 2013
  • Becky Rynor

Community involvement is smart for many reasons – doing good works is chief among them of course. That said, there’s no reason you can’t have fun. The Lawyer Play which just had its 14th season in Ottawa has raised more than $900,000 for good causes. And many young lawyers who have taken part have leveraged the activity for networking and for making new friends in a new community.

What you can learn from articling

  • June 01, 2013
  • Kayla DeMars-Krentz

Articling isn’t just about getting some hands-on legal experience, it’s also about writing memos and putting in long hours – and learning a number of other life lessons. Kayla DeMars-Krentz, who finished her articles in June and now is an associate at Hunter Peterson Deagle LLP in Regina, talks about the things you learn that don’t go on your CV.

Alt-Law: What to do when what you’re doing doesn’t do it for you

  • January 01, 2013
  • Kim Covert

By the time you finish a law degree, you’ve put in so much time and money that it can be painful to admit that maybe you made a mistake. It may be that you just need to reassess your environment and find your niche. But if you do that and still think you’re not cut out for the traditional practise of law, you may find that your degree has prepared you for any number of careers, in and out of the box.

Ah, les jeunes d’aujourd’hui…

  • October 12, 2011
  • Nicolas Ritoux

Ils sont ambitieux. Frondeurs. Questionnent les décisions de leurs aînés. Prennent leur réussite pour un droit acquis. Comble d’audace, ils réclament plus de temps pour leur vie personnelle. La nouvelle génération confond-elle le beurre et l’argent du beurre, ou a-telle juste mieux compris ce qu’est un avocat heureux?

The Rise of Client Collaboration

  • March 11, 2010
  • Jordan Furlong

Welcome to the world of client collaboration, where buyers of legal services share information with each other and where lawyers are often not needed on the voyage.

Building Trusted Client Partnerships: A Checklist

  • January 12, 2010
  • Julie Stauffer

For many lawyers it's a familiar scenario. You've done good work for a client for several years, but you sense you could offer more. Instead of simply reviewing agreements, you'd love to become a sounding board on tough issues and a valued partner in their long-term success.