It’s that time of year again. Eager, young, talented, passionate, driven minds converge on law schools across Canada to begin what they hope will be a rewarding and exciting journey in the legal profession.
In an age that glorifies Big Data and everything digital, it’s rare to hear a lone dissenting voice that advocates for face-to-face contact. But at the recent Canadian Bar Association conference in Ottawa, writer Susan Pinker advocated roundly for the value of connecting in person. It enhances our health outcomes and our sense of social connectivity in ways digital connection can’t, she says.
Since the Great Recession of 2007-2009, there has been a lot of media commentary blaming the sometimes-bleak economic prospects of young lawyers on law schools. In this coverage, you’ll also hear complaints about the lack of utility of a law degree, the high tuition for the law school and the debt it creates, as well as the competitiveness of the job market for lawyers upon graduation.
Legal Aid Ontario is reconsidering its practices around transparency in light of the province’s recent Open Data Directive. This directive requires government data to be made public unless it is exempt on a handful of grounds. In working out how to comply with this directive, LAO is consulting with stakeholders, including lawyers.
Most employees serve at the mercy of their employers. There is little job security save for non-managerial employees of federally regulated employers, union members and employees dismissed contrary to human rights codes. Most others serve at the pleasure of their employers. Of course, some employees are highly skilled or have the ability to protect themselves in negotiated employment contracts. Job security isn’t much of a concern to them. But job security is a major concern for the majority of employees.
Recently, it took just four minutes for David Orazietti, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to announce changes that will fundamentally affect law and order across the province.
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As Canadian businesses beef up their defences against cyberattack, some of the country's biggest law firms are growing their own cybersecurity teams in an attempt to match client demand.