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With PCLaw, Save Lawyers Time And Improve Your Firm’s Processes

What are qualities of a good lawyer? Of course, a skilled lawyer is astute, perceptive, supremely knowledgeable and thinks well on their feet. But when evaluating a lawyer’s skill set, one quality that’s often overlooked or dismissed entirely is efficiency.

Any lawyer knows that in addition to demanding clients and challenging cases, they also face mountains of paperwork. Indeed, the more cases a lawyer takes on, the more daunting their paperwork becomes. In order for lawyers to succeed, it remains crucial for them to keep all of their paperwork organized, and easy to track at all times. Effective legal management software is the key for a lawyer’s — and entire firm’s — efficiency and reputation in the long-run.

LexisNexis’s PCLaw is the trusted software of lawyers in the country. Used by over 12,000 firms, PCLaw streamlines accounting and billing, effectively forcing lawyers to make their processes more efficient. One of the software’s biggest advantages is its all-in-one nature — it lets you manage tasks you would normally organize separately. For busy lawyers who already put in long hours, the importance of a time-saving, organizational tool cannot be emphasized enough. PCLaw lets you do trust accounting, client management, billing and accounting, track billable hours, capture expenses all in one place. Moreover, with PCLaw, you can generate reports into your firm’s finances, saving valuable time typically spent on billing and accounting. All this time will let lawyers pour more hours into cases at hand, honing their skill set and ultimately bettering your firm.

Even if lawyers aren’t at the office, they often want to get updates with what’s going on at the firm. PCLaw is available remotely and can be connected through mobile devices, giving you access to your firm’s information at all times.

You also don’t need to worry about spending even more time training lawyers how to use PCLaw. PCLaw has a visually-friendly dashboard that presents important details where you need them. There’s no need to search different areas of the software for what you need. Instead, PCLaw immediately lets you access what you need all in one dashboard.

Still not sure if PCLaw is right for your firm? You can book a free demo, which gives you an in-depth tour of the online billing and accounting software.

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CBC Profiles Five Indigenous Lawyers In Canada

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The landscape is changing for indigenous people in Canada, and First Nations issues are finally starting to come to the forefront of Canadian politics and law. But it wasn’t that long ago that indigenous people weren’t allowed to hire lawyers without the government’s permission, and they could only enter law school if they renounced their “Indian status.”

In 1954, when William Wuttunee earned his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan, he became Western Canada’s first status Indian lawyer. Since then, and likely thanks to him, there are many successful indigenous lawyers across the country.

Today, the CBC profiled five of those lawyers who are working to make a difference, both in their communities and Canada-wide.

First on the list is Donal Worne, who is one of the founding members of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, and a Cree lawyer in Saskatoon. He works with families fighting against police and the justice system. He also recently worked for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

One of the three women on the list is Jean Teillet, who is the great-grandnice of Louis Riel. In 2003, she won a victory in the Supreme Court of Canada for a Métis man who was charged with hunting without a license. She also won a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Christa Big Canoe is the legal advocacy director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. She fights passionately for First Nations women and children, and she is currently representing six families of students whose deaths are the subject of an inquest in Thunder Bay.

The third woman on CBC’s list is Katherine Hensel, who established Hensel Barristers in 2011 and then served as counsel during the British Columbia Missing and Murdered Women’s Inquiry for the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

The last on the list is Caleb Behn, who only just graduated from law school and is waiting to be called to the bar. Even without his robes, he has been working to fight fracking in Northern British Columbia.

Read more about each of these indigenous lawyers at cbc.ca.

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President of the OBA Opens Up About Mental Health

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The Ontario Bar Association is the latest organization to join the fight against the stigma surrounding mental illness. The president of the organization, Orlando Da Silva, who took on the role in the summer, spoke publicly about his own struggles with mental illness, and has just shared his story on the Association’s website as a part of their Mindful Lawyer Series.

The OBA hopes the series will open the conversation about something that plagues a lot of professionals in the industry and normalize it. Da Silva, and the whole Association, knows that a lot of lawyers suffer from mental illness in silence, and they have created a mental-health brief to help those sufferers identify what is going on and how to cope.

While they will not be acting as therapists, per se, they will be creating an environment that is conducive to talking about mental health at regular networking events, and they hope the leadership Da Silva has demonstrated will encourage this.

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