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  • Richard G. Stock
    An experienced general counsel recently asked me an interesting question. How, after 30 years of serving a company, does a law department add value? How does one change service delivery to do this when demand already exceeds resources and internal ...
  • Jean Cumming
    Do law students want to practice law? If you do, what do you suppose that looks like? For some of you, it will be human rights and work that is based on access to justice. May there be more of you. Some of you would like to serve the business ...
  • Donna C. Wannop
    Most firms and most lawyers consider the dollars that they spend on marketing to be an expense — one of the many costs of doing business. And while it is now universally acknowledged that the cost is a necessary one, the “expense” label itself is in ...
  • Clifford G. Proudfoot
    The global consolidation of law firms continues, and Canadian firms are not being left behind. In the past year, there were a record 91 mergers, according to a recent report from Altman Weil. This number included several Canadian firms that merged ...
  • George S. Takach
    Allow me to begin with a personal story. In the late 1980s, a few years after I was called to the Bar, I remember being asked by a US client for something that required an order from the Ontario Securities Commission. When I spoke to my securities ...
  • Richard G. Stock
    This spring a couple of legal conferences, we presented a request for proposals simulation. The scenario was designed to question assumptions held by both buyers and providers of legal services. For the simulation, we imagined a company called ...
  • Heather Suttie
    The blurring of lines between Big Law and New Law is getting blurrier, and it’s about time — even though the blur is still years away from being a blend. Lately, there has been a flurry of hook-ups between traditional Big Law firms and the ...
  • John A. Campion
    Shape-shifting: This is the concept that will dominate litigation work over the next 35 years, and it will have a significant impact on the nature of one’s career. Day-to-day work will be constantly evolving to keep pace with advances in technology ...
  • George S. Takach
    In a world where information technology is hugely disruptive in so many markets, do you ever wonder what impact IT will have on the legal profession? (Is that nervous laughter I hear?) When I ask how the Internet, artificial intelligence, big data ...
  • Jean Cumming
    There are many, many actions worth celebrating

Detours

  • There’s a tendency to head for the tried and true when it comes to Europe. Flights to Paris, Rome and Prague are popular, but chances are high that you’ll look across the aisle and spot the client you thought you were taking a holiday from. Instead, ...
  • Wine lovers, I have found, are unrepentant collectors, not only of bottles of wine, but also all the paraphernalia that goes along with wine — the labels, corkscrews, corks and even those little metal discs under the cage of champagne bottle ...
  • Pop quiz: what common 10-letter word is composed of letters found on the top letter line of a typewriter? … While “repertoire,” “perpetuity” and “proprietor” solve the riddle, the clever response to this little word puzzle is “typewriter.” Of ...
  • Washington makes some of the finest wines you’ve probably never tasted — the state that is, not Washington, D.C. You might wonder how they can grow quality wine grapes out there when last year the city of Seattle’s annual rainfall measured just shy ...
  • This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of perhaps the most memorable writer of all. It is fitting that the phrase “we all make his praise” is an anagram of William Shakespeare. Moreover, the “all” in the phrase refers not only to native ...
  • Hawaii is the gift that keeps on giving. No matter which island you choose, you can bet that the view will be prettier than the one outside your office window. Even the most visited islands can offer something new. On your next visit seek out one of ...
  • What is the complete opposite of sitting in an office re-reading opposing counsel’s factum? Exploring an American national park. This year the parks celebrate their 100th anniversary. But while the terrain may be rugged, these three in-park ...
  • Every wine region needs an icon winery — a winery that’s a magnet, that draws consumers to wine country. Ontario nearly had one such winery when Vincor hired world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design a facility for Clos Jordanne. Gehry’s ...
  • When the past century ended, I was somewhat bemused to read, in John Ayto’s 20th Century Words, that the word “cool” was twice listed: the first time in 1933 adjectivally as a term of approval; and in 1953 as a verb to mean to relax, as in the ...
  • Skip the tourist traps at these luxurious faraway destinations