Writing the valuable client letter

In modern practice, clients want lawyers’ advice to help them make their own decisions, not to have lawyers make the decisions for them. Making the client feel empowered by legal services drives up the value of your letter. In contrast, the “legal masterpiece” can disengage clients and makes your legal opinion appear just an expensive… Read More

French – best learnt before your Supreme Court nomination

Witness this month’s exchange in the press between Justice Marshall Rothstein and NDP MP Joe Comartin (Judge rebukes NDP MPs for claiming he broke vow to learn French), as well as Justice Moldaver’s vow to try to get his French into hearing-ready form (Supreme Court nominee vows to improve French skills).  However these two stories… Read More

Write about law, like a pro

(la version française suit) In her mind, the request will kill two birds with one stone: clients will know the firm’s members are current about the latest developments in the law, and it’ll be a good opportunity to see if you have what it takes to write reports directly to clients.  Let’s face it, young… Read More

Dealing with judgitis

Understand the job descriptions (la version française suit) As a lawyer appearing before the court, you are being paid to plead the case and present evidence. As in the BBC radio game, Just a minute, you must do so without “hesitation, deviation or repetition.” Provided you do this, the judge’s job is to listen. Or,… Read More

A mentorship site for new lawyers?

Welcome to Canada’s first blog devoted to mentoring new lawyers. (la version française suit) It’s French label, « SQP jeunes avocats, » captures the reality for many lawyers starting out.  (Sauve qui peut! meaning ‘everyone for himself.’) The site intentionally plays the words ‘jeune’ and ‘new’ off each other, because a life in law has always… Read More