Paralegal Simon Brown’s Favourite Marketing & Management Resources for the Pod-Curious
“Don’t Let Law Schooling Get In the Way of Your Legal Education”
~ Bastardization of a quote attributed to Mark Twain.
We live in a wonderful age of information. Access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and legal research can be done at the touch of a button or screen. Substantive law and professionalism are offered by our colleges, associations, societies, and the regulator. But there is precious little about advocacy, legal marketing, and practice management out there to help you sharpen your skills.
Fortunately, the gap has been bridged by entrepreneurial lawyers and legal educators through the use of blogs and podcasts. I’ve assembled a list of them that I use on a regular basis. Most of these are based in the United States, but there is a universality that cannot be denied.
CanLII and CanLII Connects are free Canadian legal information sources. They reach a wide audience of legal services providers, law students and the general public. Recent content particularly relevant for Ontario paralegals:
- Duty to Accommodate – Being “right” in the end isn’t enough; it matters how you get there 2009 HRTO 1641
- Unfavourable ruling does not signal bias at the HRTO – Velegjanin v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2015 HRTO 912 (CanLII)
- Establishing discrimination with circumstantial evidence – 2009 HRTO 1242
- Human Rights general damages on the rise – $75,000 awarded in British Columbia
- What do the words “we have an agreement” mean?
- BCCA clarifies McKinley: “contextual approach” and prior discipline
- Interest Act protection applied to promissory note – P.A.R.C.E.L. Inc. v. Acquaviva, 2015 ONCA 331
- Wrongful dismissal twitter comments – social media in the spotlight”
- HRTO misapplies the de minimis doctrine – “A square peg in a round hole?”
- New research add-on for CanLii – test-drive the “LexBox” beta
- Paralegal firm and agent “used the defendant’s 11(b) rights as an offensive weapon” – Mississauga (City) v. Ciocan, 2015 ONCJ 293 (CanLII)
- “Boiler-plate” disclosure requests contribute to s. 11(b) denial in Toronto OCJ; R. v. Ghobrial, 2015 ONCJ 288 (CanLII)
See more paralegal-specific cases at the Scope publisher page.
Keep up to date, with news and information for paralegal professionals. Scope provides links to articles selected for their relevance to the paralegal scope of practice. No fluff. No sneaky ads. No hidden charges. Just real news.
- Montreal man refused service at Verdun Hospital for speaking English
- Updated Law Society of Upper Canada resources: technology and practice management podcasts
- Licensed paralegals may be coming to Florida, as bar association president touts “Limited Licence Legal Technicians (LLLTs),” Washington-style
- “Cultural impact” of offender’s move from Iran in sexual assault case: appeal court says more aggravating than mitigating
- Ontario Trial Lawyers’ take on road safety legislative changes – Can motorists, cyclists and pedestrians coexist?
- Comment on Uber decision: City of Toronto v Uber Canada Inc. et al., 2015 ONSC 3572
- Man steals a cash register and leaves his ID behind
- Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds
- What is a Coroner’s Inquest? Gruesome details emerge in on-going Hamilton case that is finally getting media attention
- Can provincial staff dress like “tourists”? ‘No jeans, no shorts’ rule was inconsistent with Workplace Attire Policy, B.C. arbitrator finds, and explains leading case law
- Personal care ad draws fire, raising issue of permissible racial discrimination in hiring – “Nurse needed. White people only need apply.”
- If the landlord fails to make repairs, can a tenant stop paying rent? How about for 10 years?
- Putting out a fire: Inappropriate tweets result in unpaid suspension for firefighters
- Do legal reps have an implied duty to “Google It?” – R. v. Marshall, 2015 ONCA 518
- Should he, would he, file this claim? Ottawa lawyer and legal instructor Sean Bawden turns his hand to a Statement of Claim, Seuss-style
Paralegal Scope is the only legal media that covers Convocation meetings and Law Society of Upper Canada events for paralegals. Click on a title below to get news briefs about paralegal-specific decisions and reports from the Law Society’s “board of directors.”
You have probably heard the rumours. The August Paralegal Licensing Examination will be impossibly difficult. The exam will be ridiculously easy. The exam location keeps changing. The exam will take two days. The exam is full of “trick questions” written by mean-spirited lawyers.
Such rumours flourish before each session of the licensing exam, one of the last steps in the licensing process developed by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Rumours seem particularly rampant this year, as the exam has been updated to reflect substantive law competencies, in addition to ethics and practice management knowledge.
It may be tempting to count on social media for “inside advice” about the new exam, but candidates can rely on facts available from the Law Society and from their paralegal program co-ordinators. Experienced educators and mentors suggest that basing decisions on what someone else heard, or read on social media, will only add unnecessary anxiety.
“One of the most important strategies that people can do independently is to be very clear on what is rumour and what is fact,” says educator Sandee Sharpe, of PREP Network. “If the Law Society has posted the information, it’s fact. If it’s passed on from person to person, the odds are, it’s a rumour. Any information on pass/fail rates or specific questions are simply rumours and only serve to cause greater anxiety.”
The LSUC licensing exam page has plenty of facts available about the exam, including: