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Are you a lawyer looking to excel in today’s legal profession? Join host Shelley Appleby-Ostroff, legal talent development consultant and writing coach, as she talks to successful lawyers and leading industry experts who share their knowledge, insights, and advice on topics like: increasing productivity; overcoming perfectionism; developing a personal brand; improving communication skills; building client relationships – and much more.
 
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Norm Bacal shares his expertise about effective law firm leadership. Norm founded the Toronto office of Heenan Blaikie and – as co-managing partner – built the firm into an iconic Canadian and international firm. After the firm unravelled almost 8 years ago, Norm wrote a fascinating bestseller entitled Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fa…
 
Stephanie Hanna shares her expertise about creating meaningful connections while networking. Stephanie’s a lawyer, coach, and founder of The Other 85 where she helps lawyers build their brand and grow their business, while helping remove the stigma around relationship building and networking. Topics discussed include: Why relationship-building is i…
 
Dr. Shawn Healy shares his insights and advice about practicing law with ADHD. Dr. Healy’s a clinical psychologist with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Massachusetts where he runs workshops on practicing law with ADHD, and weekly support groups for law students and lawyers with ADHD. Topics discussed include: Defining ADHD Why viewing ADHD as a de…
 
Simi Botic shares her wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and advice about breaking free from perfection. Simi’s a corporate lawyer turned holistic health and anti-diet coach, and intuitive eating counsellor, who helps women release their desire to be perfect, and heal their relationships with food and body image. Simi’s also the author of Letting Go of L…
 
Ray Leclair shares his expertise and practical tips to help lawyers avoid malpractice claims. Ray’s the Vice President, Public Affairs at LAWPRO, the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company. Before joining LAWPRO, Ray worked in-house, practiced with a major national law firm, and ran his own solo practice. Topics discussed include: LAWPRO as an inn…
 
Darlene Tonelli describes her path to creating a happy and fulfilling legal career, and shares some of the lessons learned along the way. Darlene’s the founder of Inter Alia Law – a very different kind of legal services business. Before founding Inter Alia, Darlene worked in-house at a record label and practiced at a large Bay Street law firm. Topi…
 
Lawyer/entrepreneur Aaron Baer talks about the two innovative legal training companies he recently co-founded – 4L Academy and Build Your Book Academy. Aaron’s currently a partner and director of training and development at the Montreal-based digital law firm Renno & Co. Topics discussed include: Aaron’s journey from lawyer to lawyer/entrepreneur H…
 
Hindi Greenberg – a recognized expert on career counselling and outplacement for lawyers – shares her wealth of knowledge about lawyer career satisfaction and alternatives. Hindi’s the founder and president of the career consulting firm Lawyers in Transition, author of The Lawyer’s Career Change Handbook, and former practicing lawyer. Topics discus…
 
Mary Paterson – a litigation partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto – discusses what she looks for when working with an articling student. Topics discussed include: The articling program at Osler What the firm expects from its articling students Traits of a successful articling student How articling students can prove their value to the…
 
Eugene Meehan,Q.C. shares his expertise about appellate advocacy. Eugene’s the founding partner of the boutique law firm, Supreme Advocacy LLP, where he specializes in appellate advocacy and agency work. Topics discussed include: Differences between trial and appellate advocacy Preparing and presenting an oral argument Common factum writing mistake…
 
Paulette Nnorom shares her expertise about finding your first job as a lawyer. Paulette’s a lawyer, coach, and certified career and résumé strategist. She’s also the founder and principal coach at hireback.ca – an online coaching program created specifically to help articling students and LPP candidates in Ontario find their first job as a lawyer. …
 
Shailini George shares her expertise about mindful lawyering. Shailini’s a professor of legal writing at Suffolk Law School, a former practicing lawyer, and a prolific author on the topics of learning, distraction, and mindfulness. Her most recent book – The Law Student’s Guide to Doing Well and Being Well – is on the cusp of being released. Topics…
 
Litigator, author, and trainer – John Hollander – shares his expertise about trial advocacy. John teaches trial advocacy techniques to law students and is the founder of the Advocacy Club, where he trains novice lawyers to become skilled advocates. Topics discussed include: The hallmarks of a successful trial lawyer How trial lawyers think and plan…
 
Neil Guthrie – author of the popular legal writing text, Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing – shares his advice and practical tips for writing effective legal memos. Neil’s the Director of Professional Development, Research and Knowledge Management at Aird & Berlis in Toronto; a former practicing lawyer; and a legal research and writing instru…
 
Ruth Carter shares their strategies for preventing and conquering office clutter. Ruth’s a lawyer, former therapist, prolific blogger, professional speaker, best-selling author – and an aspiring minimalist. Topics discussed include: Problems associated with a cluttered office Benefits of an uncluttered office Lawyers’ common excuses for having too …
 
Jennifer Khurana, Vice Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and chair of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT), shares her expertise about the impact of the pandemic on administrative tribunals in Canada – and parties appearing before them. Topics discussed include: Challenges that administrative tribunals have faced…
 
Professional coach, lawyer, and career strategist – Sheena MacAskill – shares her expertise about retirement coaching for lawyers. Topics discussed include: Why lawyers reach out to retirement coaches Lawyers’ main concerns about retirement/leaving practice Tips for a successful retirement/satisfying life after law Ways lawyers can stay busy and pr…
 
Certified virtual presenter, public speaking coach, trainer, and author – Lisa Braithwaite – shares her expertise about virtual training. Topics discussed include: Converting a live presentation into a virtual one Choosing the right virtual training format Designing and delivering engaging training programs/presentations online Main challenges Best…
 
Professional speaker, trainer, coach, and former practicing lawyer, Olivia Mitchell, shares her expertise about developing the confidence necessary to speak up during work meetings, networking events, and larger group presentations. Topics discussed include: Why visibility at work is important What’s really behind our fear of speaking up at work Th…
 
Dr. Elliott Lee – one of Canada’s leading specialists in sleep and sleep disorders – shares his expertise about: Common sleep issues affecting lawyers Consequences of not getting enough restorative sleep on a regular basis Factors that affect our ability to get enough restorative sleep Discovering our natural sleep cycle Tips for better sleep This …
 
Legal management and training consultant, Deborah Glatter, shares her expertise about meetings and associate feedback in our new virtual world. Topics discussed include: Preparing to attend a virtual meeting Preparing to lead a virtual meeting Ensuring that virtual meetings are effective and worthwhile Getting people to participate in virtual meeti…
 
Rick Weiler – one of Canada’s foremost commercial mediators – shares his expertise and advice about navigating difficult conversations. Topics discussed include: Key ingredients of a good conversation Habits we should develop in order to have more productive and effective difficult conversations Preparing for difficult conversations Managing reacti…
 
The National Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Gowling WLG – Rebecca Bromwich – shares her expertise and insights about building a diverse and inclusive legal profession. Topics discussed include: Current EDI challenges in the legal profession Recognizing and interrupting our unconscious biases Workplace EDI initiatives Obstacles to fostering m…
 
Lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, educator, and Deputy Judge – Rohan Bansie – shares his public speaking tips and strategies. Topics discussed include: The four key questions speakers should ask themselves when preparing an oral presentation How storytelling helps connect speakers with their audience Common public speaking mistakes Managing public spea…
 
Jessica Watkins – the National Director of Professional Resources at Miller Thomson LLP – shares invaluable insights and advice about what it takes to succeed as a law firm associate in today’s competitive legal market. Topics discussed include: the importance of taking ownership of your career, your work, and your mistakes; reasons associates leav…
 
If you’re like most law firm associates, you’re probably not devoting enough time to business development. Or maybe you’re not sure how to get started. Legal marketing and business development expert Jay Harrington offers practical strategies to help you grow a profitable legal practice by engaging in thoughtful and strategic business development a…
 
Professional mentor and coach – and former trial lawyer – Ida Abbott shares her expertise about mentoring and sponsorship for lawyers. Topics discussed include: what mentoring is; the benefits of mentoring for both mentors and mentees; the key ingredients of a successful mentoring relationship; the difference between mentoring and sponsorship; and …
 
Legal writing expert Steve Armstrong shares the key principles for transforming complex legal information into clear prose – and discusses several real-life examples of the principles in action. To learn more about Steve and his work, visit his website and check out his seminal legal writing resource: Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Eff…
 
In the final episode of our three-part mental health series, lawyer and mental health advocate Michael Herman shares his personal struggle with depression, and the lessons he learned on his road to recovery. Michael has been instrumental in developing and implementing a mental health strategy at his firm, including launching an internal app of ment…
 
In the second episode of our three-part mental health series, journalist and social worker Eilene Zimmerman shares what she learned about substance use and addiction within the legal profession while writing her new book Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy. The book revolves around Eilene’s shocking discovery that her …
 
In the first episode of our three-part mental health series, “the lawyer therapist” – Doron Gold – shares his expertise about mental health and wellness in the legal profession. Topics discussed include: the prevalence of mental health issues in the legal profession, recognizing the signs of depression and anxiety in ourselves and others, strategie…
 
In today’s episode, three lawyers who’ve chosen different career paths candidly discuss their first year or two of practice, and offer some great advice for new calls. Reuben Rothstein is an associate at McMillan LLP, Madeleine Tyber is in-house counsel for LawPro, and Harmehak Somal is an Assistant Crown Attorney. This episode contains 40 minutes …
 
Tech-savvy civil litigation lawyer Stephen Cavanagh shares his experience with remote hearings, and offers helpful practice tips for participating in litigation proceedings remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. To access the two main resources Steve refers to during our conversation, follow these links: Procedures Governing Proceedings …
 
Law professor, author, and former litigator Heidi Brown shares her strategies for helping introverted, shy, and socially anxious law students and lawyers “amplify their voices” – without compromising or suppressing their quiet strengths. To learn more about Heidi and her work, visit her website and check out her books: The Introverted Lawyer: A Sev…
 
Procrastination expert Tim Pychyl demystifies procrastination by explaining what it really is, why we do it, and how best to tackle it. To learn more about Tim and his work – and to access a wealth of wonderful free resources – visit procrastination.ca. And make sure you check out Tim’s easy to digest hit book: Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A…
 
Lawyer, certified health coach, and writer Jamie Jackson Spannhake shares the practical mind management strategy for achieving a healthy balance in our lives introduced in her new book The Lawyer, the Lion, & the Laundry: Three Hours to Finding Calm in Your Chaos. She also discusses her popular Attorney at Work article Five Traits of Great Lawyers.…
 
Legal talent management expert Dal Bhathal shares her wealth of knowledge about the current state of the legal job market and how best to navigate it. If you have any lingering questions about how the pandemic might impact your career or the legal profession, you can reach Dal directly here or consult The Counsel Network’s website or their COVID-19…
 
Perfectionism expert Gordon Flett shares his wisdom about the difference between striving for excellence and striving for perfection in the legal profession – as well as some cautionary tales. If you’re interested in learning more about perfectionism, here are a few resources to get you started: Perfectionism: A Relational Approach to Conceptualiza…
 
Justice James O’Reilly offers practical tips on how to write court submissions that stand out, make judges receptive to your arguments, and give you a leg up. Because each submission you write is an opportunity to improve your writing, Justice O’Reilly recommends that all lawyers have a good legal writing guide on their desk. Here are a few suggest…
 
Productivity and leadership consultant Ann Gomez talks about a few simple changes you can make to the way you work right now to ensure you get the most out of every day. To learn more about the key topics discussed in today’s episode, visit Ann’s website – www.clearconceptinc.ca – and watch these short videos: The Power of Focus Priority Management…
 
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