Today on Hull on Estates David Smith and Moira Visoiu discuss New Year’s resolutions for legal practitioners. Specifically, they mention the December 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. A few of the best practices mentioned include the use of checklists and time management tools as well as tips for thorough documentation.
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There has been so much that has been recently written about the release of the iPad and more recently, the new iPhone 4G. Some may remember that an Apple Software Engineer who was working on the iPhone 4G accidentally forgot the Smartphone at a local bar, prior to its release date. Gizmodo, known as a leading technology weblog about consumer electronics, purchased the Smartphone from the finder and published exhaustive details about many of its new features, thereby stealing some of the thunder from the creators of the iPhone.
Smartphones are certainly the hottest thing going forward in social, business and technological circles, and its time for us to start thinking about the revolution it has had on our lives.
Thanks to Smartphones, most lawyers are now mobile. I read an article in the most recent LawPRO magazine named “Essential Smartphone apps for Lawyers”. For those of us who are not familiar with technological jargon, an app is short for “application software”, which is downloaded to a Smartphone. Some essential apps described in this article were: “Documents To Go”, which, among other things, allows lawyers to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, and “Timr”, another app referred to in this article, allows a lawyer to track their time and mileage.
Smartphones have certainly made life convenient, but as lawyers it is scary to think about the privacy issues associated with all of the personal and client data that we store on them. With just a push of a button or a poke at the touchscreen, pretty much anyone who got hold of your phone could read your email, see pictures of you, your family etc. Smartphone’s contain far more personal data than would ever have been accessible on older mobile phones, now coined as the “dumbphones”.
Most of our privacy concerns can be remedied, which is as simple as enabling your security passcode, thereby locking your phone so that anyone who steals it or finds it if you have misplaced it cannot gain access.
Thank you for reading and have GREAT weekend,
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Last week Lexpert held the inaugural event for its Zenith Awards Celebrating Leading Women Lawyers. In a room sparkling with cool acrylic chairs and brilliant crystal chandeliers, brighter still shone the accomplishments of the 23 extraordinary women who were honoured for their outstanding achievement in the legal profession. Click here to see the list of recipients and to learn more about the Zenith Awards.
Award winners were surrounded by the women and men who supported them throughout their careers and continue to do so. Navigation of the labyrinth takes dedication, smarts and resolve, true; but a little help can’t hurt every now and then. Support from peers is a gender neutral need that is undiminished by the passage of time or the accumulation of awards. In recognition of the necessary value of that support, at the heart of the Zenith Awards was the dedication of the recipients to mentoring. Honourees were paired with young women who, over the next year, will benefit tremendously from their mentor’s experience, support and network.
Mentoring is not only a useful “nice-to-have” for Mentees; it is the fundamental component of excellence in the profession. We have a collective obligation to our peers and society to provide the guidance and support required to ensure we continue to flourish as a respected profession.
Many thanks to Lexpert, a Thomson Reuters Business, Editor-in-Chief extraordinaire Jean Cumming, and the incomparable Paula Todd, Emcee, for providing a spectacular evening of celebration.
A little motivation for a "Mentoring Monday" as you start your week!
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…but every recession has lucky people too. To save you hours of watching cable news and reading, here’s a snapshot of good news and bad news on the legal profession in Canada and around the Common Law world:
- IN THE CROSS-HAIRS: with companies trying to pare their legal budgets between 6% and 35%, the #1 target for general counsels is…
- THANKS BERNIE: a freakish confluence of circumstances, including the Madoff scandal, is allowing top rates for UK regulatory lawyers to hit a stunning USD1,440/hour. That’s professional athlete territory, only now it’s being paid to people with minds.
- FAMINE IN IRELAND: hundreds of unemployed solicitors. Bleak prospects. All that remains is for the potato harvest to fail.
- TRANSACTIONS: law firm mergers up 33% in the US. This, though, is an indication of nothing definite. Mergers ideally result in "efficiencies of scale", with a real-world meaning of fewer bodies doing the same work (we each had 2 doing the work of 1.5. Now we can have 3 doing the work of 3) or "economies of scope" (you do this, we do that, let’s merge and cross-refer).
- RED SKY AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?: major US law firm posts record revenue of $668 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, up 2.2%.
- SALARY FREEZES: by a major US law firm.
- PAY CUTS NOT TERMINATIONS: a major US law firm institutes $17,500 pay cuts, others may follow. Required measure for the entire US economy?
- THE COLD EQUATIONS: the problem simplified. (apologies to Tom Godwin)
- THEN COME THE TERMINATIONS
- "DEFERRED EMPLOYMENT" IS NOT DEFEAT: a peptalk to grads facing an economic wasteland.
- BOOM TIMES
- LAW FIRMS FIRING: especially US firms, unsurprisingly.
- BUT LAW FIRMS HIRING: in Canada, apparently mostly in bankruptcy and litigation.
- AND BLACKBERRY DEFIES RECESSION: attaboy! Any good news is very good news.
Times are always interesting.
Have a great week,