CBA Practicelink Young Lawyers


Better Public Speaking For Lawyers

  • October 15, 2014
  • Janice Mucalov

When we think of lawyers and public speaking, we imagine trials and administrative hearings. But more public speaking by lawyers takes place outside of the courtroom, notes Samuel Pillsbury, a law professor at Los Angeles’ Loyola Law School.

Recession-proof your career

  • October 01, 2014
  • Christine Doucet, LL.B.

With Canada’s economy now clearly on its way into a recession, many young lawyers will find themselves facing a serious economic downturn for the first time in their careers. But lawyers can make smart decisions now to help prevent their careers from cooling along with the economy.

Juggling act: Combining articling with parenthood

  • October 01, 2014
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Carolynne Burkholder-James had just finished her second year of law school and moved with her husband from Ottawa to B.C. – after they were both laid off – when she gave birth to their daughter in September 2012. Her husband stayed on the job in Prince George while she did her 3L in Manitoba so her mother-in-law could babysit. When she reports that articling with a baby is tough but doable, she knows whereof she speaks.

Keeping a civil tongue: How to win cases and impress people

  • October 01, 2014
  • Janice Tibbetts

Does being nasty help you get ahead in business? Young lawyers can be forgiven for thinking they might have to throw a little dirt to get their superiors’ attention. Janice Tibbetts looks at whether there is such a thing as an acceptable level of incivility.

Client Communication: Measuring Your Cross-Cultural Competence

  • September 29, 2014
  • Jatrine Bentsi-Enchill

In today’s age of globalization, cross-cultural communication has become a vital skill for lawyers to master. When we interact with clients and colleagues on a daily basis, we are interacting with issues related to culture. Behavior, communication, relationships, parenting, decision-making, expectations and so on, all have cultural significance.

The four hardest words

  • September 26, 2014
  • Donalee Moulton

"How did I do?" can be difficult to ask, but the benefits of client feedback for your practice can be tremendous