CBA Practicelink Young Lawyers


Going solo – do you have what it takes?

  • June 01, 2015
  • James Careless

The through line in Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise, “I have a very particular set of skills,” could be the motto of any successful solo practitioner. We asked some experts what it takes to make a go of it on your own.

New discovery rules mandate efficiency in Ontario

  • April 17, 2015
  • Daryl-Lynn Carlson

Gone are the days of ‘document dumping’ and tactics designed to prolong the court process as legislators in Ontario introduce new rules designed to reduce costs and promote access to justice. But will lawyers be able to adapt?

Acting for Family and Friends: Assessing the Risks and Handling Requests

  • February 18, 2015
  • Janice Mucalov, LL.B

Almost all of us have had a family member or friend approach us for help with a legal matter. Perhaps they want you to prepare their will, handle a new house purchase, advise on a family business or even act for them in their divorce. Naturally, you want to help out. Uncle Joe probably expects to get a deal on the fees and maybe you’re even willing to provide your services for free.

Eight tips for building an articling wardrobe

  • January 01, 2015
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Most of us put our pants on one leg at a time, but some of us have a better idea of what pants to buy, and where to get them. Carolynne Burkholder-James, a third-year student at the University of Manitoba, offers up eight tips for building a wardrobe to take students into articles, and beyond.

Yes, you can do that with a law degree

  • January 01, 2015
  • Kim Nayyer

Private, public, in-house, prof – all things you can do with a law degree. Author, agent, politician or dean are also career choices that can be enhanced by the possession of a JD. Kim Nayyer, a law librarian who once felt trapped by what she thought were the limited parameters of a legal career, gives us a rundown of where the students in her law class are now – and many of them are in places you might not expect.

Becoming an in-house lawyer

  • January 01, 2015
  • Julie Sobowale

Few people enter law school hoping to end up working in the legal department of a big corporation. But many lawyers discover, after a few years in private practice, that going in-house has its advantages. And with 34 per cent of corporate legal departments expected to expand in the next three years, now’s a good time to take advantage of them. Julie Sobowale profiles one young lawyer who made the switch and never looked back.

Guide to Time Management for Lawyers

  • December 23, 2014
  • Janice Mucalov, LL.B.

If you’re like most lawyers, you no doubt wish you could bill more, work less, and leave the office feeling that you’ve put in a good day. But inevitably, you’re apt to waste time hunting for documents or procrastinate over starting a task.

The practice group advantage

  • December 11, 2014
  • Patrick J. McKenna & David H. Maister

Compete for both clients and talent with focused, well-honed practice groups

For networking opportunities, civic participation is hard to beat

  • December 06, 2014

Without a doubt, one of the best ways for a young lawyer to market and network in the community is through participation in various charitable and civic organizations. Your decision to join a civic organization should not be taken lightly. Your participation will reflect on you not only as a member of the organization but also as to how you will perform as someone’s lawyer.