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Welcome Aboard! What Every Organization Should Do to Engage New Employees

Welcome aboard! That’s the heartfelt greeting that you’ll receive from the captain when you board his/her ship or boat. Think back to a time when you were starting a new job. Did you receive that same heartfelt greeting?  We’ve all been there—excited about what is to come but apprehensive not…

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WebBased Client Portals: The Benefits to Lawyers

In the first post in this series, attorney and MyCase Director Nicole Black introduced the concept of law practice management software platforms with built in client portals.  In part two, she outlines the many benefits that web based client portals offer lawyers. Client portals are incredibly valuable tools for law…

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BCLMA / CBABC Support Staff Compensation & Charge - Out Rates Surveys

Once again CBABC is partnering with BCLMA to produce and distribute these 2 surveys to help firms understand the competitive landscape in these important areas of HR and Financial Strategic Planning. Participate deadline is September 18 but data collection is open now! Distribution October 18 CBABC members receive an additional…

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A Roundtable with Millennial Lawyers – A Different Perspective

INTRODUCTION There has been a recent flurry of articles aimed at and about “millennial” lawyers — but not many of these articles are written by millennials themselves. Millennials are frequently used as a convenient punching bag by law firms, partially to avoid some of the real issues they face today….

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If You Are Not Using Checklists, What Are You Waiting For?

Before leaving for the Amazon, Nicole left an article for me from the Illinois Bar Journal, The Checklist Manifesto for Lawyers. It discusses Atul Gawande‘s incredible book, The Checklist Manifesto.  The IBJ article is not special, but Gawande’s book is a must read.  Many years ago, I bought copies for everyone in Valorem and we became disciples.  When…

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Promoting good mental and physical health in the workplace

For many of us, our working day is spent in an office where we sit at a desk, staring at a computer screen and not moving for long stretches of time. It’s no wonder so many of us suffer from: – Lower back pain – Shoulder and neck pain – Headaches and…

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LinkedIn for Dummies

Promoting engagement with LinkedIn is a BCLMA 2017 initiative. The goal is to educate and encourage individual engagement with LinkedIn as well as follow and share our BCLMA Company page. This article, “LinkedIn for Dummies” By Kristina Marlow, Director with Lateral Link, is a good start. Enjoy. More than a third of…

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How Lawyers Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love CPD

Is continuing professional development a waste of time? Or, more specifically, have law societies made a mistake by using mandatory professional development as a mechanism for ensuring lawyer competence? The Supreme Court of Canada recently upheld the Law Society of Manitoba’s mandatory CPD requirement in Green v Law Society of…

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FORGET SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES – “GETTING THE JOB DONE” IS THE KEY

Successful businesses and law firms succeed because they get the right things done. They determine a vision, identify strategic key objectives, strategies to achieve those, make decisions around these and then make sure they are implemented. This gets results – the real test of everything. Too often I think firms and…

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Mining Document Metadata: Pointers

Each time an electronic document comes into being, metadata is created along with it. People often add their own, too. From the obvious (like page numbers) to the obscure (like dates of creation and author names), every piece of metadata serves some purpose. During discovery, document metadata can prove just as…

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