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  1. Medium sized firm that’s implemented a mandatory return for everyone a few days a week. I think they’re getting pushback so we’ll see if they actually try and enforce it in any way.
  2. It may not be about whether the appeal was successful or not. If there's a case that's in favour of a certain type of institutional client at the ONSC level, and the matter was appealed and dismissed by endorsement (which may not be reported), then that information may be something you want to point out to another ONSC judge if you're arguing a similar position for a similar institutional client. It's an interesting discussion. To be clear, I'm not referring to discussing it with a friend. I'm referring to a cold call from another lawyer I don't know. I've also done the same thing in reverse - this may be unique to some of the types of cases I work on. I was curious how this may intersect with conge's position of being trained to not identify someone as your client at all without their consent. Anyways, apologies for the derail away from OP's original question.
  3. I'm genuinely curious as I ask this - it's not unusual for me to be contacted by counsel on an unrelated matter asking me if my client has appealed a certain decision as they want to rely on it for their own case. In that circumstance, would you view it that you're not in a position to acknowledge that you're counsel for that client, and that you would need to seek your client's instructions before being able to respond in any way? (Let's assume an appeal was completed but unreported, or that the appeal period has long since passed. I'm not talking about a situation where the decision to appeal or not can still be made).
  4. I'm in line with utmguy on this one. I'm comfortable (and know that the majority of partners at my firm are comfortable) discussing a case involving my client so long as it's limited to anything that's in the public domain (i.e. that's been filed with or argued in Court). If it's not public information I don't speak about it obviously. If there's no public document identifying me as counsel and there's no reason for me to identify myself as such (e.g. as part of settlement discussions before a claim is issued), then I don't. But I don't see what's confidential about the fact that I represent Big Corporation and that they've brought a motion to strike the claim against them, when I'm named as counsel for Big Corporation on the documents that I've filed with and argued before the Court on that issue.
  5. Then just create a master list that has all your files and what stage of the proceedings each is at. Go through it once a month (or more often) and update it or ask your assistant to update it based on the info you tell them. I have an excel spreadsheet that has this, so it’s not fancy. File management is part of your job, whether you manually do it or you provide the direction and oversight to someone else. You need to figure out why what you’re doing isn’t working, and why the numerous suggestions made to you in this thread ‘don’t quite do it for you’. If updating something every time there an update doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. I don’t. But I’m confident that I have my files organized in such a way that I can find out within 5-10 minutes where things left off and what the next step is.
  6. Good to know. Is it just the little reminder message that pops up though? Because I’m pretty great at just ignoring those for awhile (which is also why my assistant puts in 1 month/2 week/1 weeks reminders for super important things). Emails I’ll pay attention to. I don’t file an email away until it’s been responded to, so I know whatever’s in my inbox still needs to be addressed.
  7. Do you have an assistant? When I get a new file, my assistant puts all admin deadlines in my calendar right at the start (LP, admin dismissal date, date initial opinion/budget is due, status update due every 30-45 days depending on client, etc). When the reminder pops up for a status update, I also take a look at the most recent correspondence to see if there anything I need to follow up on with counsel. You can do this all yourself if you don’t have support staff. Of course it’s going to be somewhat cumbersome; you need to get over that mentality. As for keeping on top of tasks or responding to opposing counsel, etc, use the follow-up/flag system in Outlook or create your own to-do list in word (include deadlines by which to complete the task) that you get into the habit of checking every day. If I’ve emailed someone and asked for a response by a certain day, I forward that email to myself with a note that says ‘follow-up’ and use the delay send option to send it on the deadline I requested. So then I get an email to remind me.
  8. I don’t do the regulatory stuff myself so can’t really answer that, but from what I’ve seen it depends a bit on the matters in issue and on when/if the issues are reported to the respective college. Not legal advice here, but waiting to start a civil action until a college investigation has run its course will likely raise some limitations period questions. When there’s a criminal case playing out at the same time as a civil case, the parties to the civil case often agree to hold the civil case in abeyance while the crim stuff plays out.
  9. Assuming your previous pregnancies have been relatively easy/uncomplicated, I’d plan to give up my 1L summer for parental leave rather than 2L. If your circumstances permit (eg age, health), I’d actually wait until after school/articling and you’re called and in year 2-3. You know as well as I do that newborns/infants/toddlers are little energy suckers (cute as they are). You have a lot to learn in summering, articling, and first year of practice in particular and that will frankly be really tough with 3 young kids even with good supports in place. There really is never an ideal time though and you can never perfectly plan when the pregnancy will actually occur, so do what you think fits best for your family.
  10. In addition to CMPA/doctor files, defence side also deals with direct retainers from hospitals, excess insurers, nurses and other medical professionals and their insurers, etc. My firm has some well regarded med mal practioners; we don’t do any CMPA work. As a general statement, you’ll typically see more complex causation issues, breach of duty issues, and disputes around apportionment of liability. The actual quantum in issue is also typically much larger (a compromised baby case is going to be engaging much higher dollar values than a run of the mill PI case usually will) which will result in the file being run differently than a lower quantum claim (from staffing, to volume of documents, to the number of experts you need, etc.). The client management aspect can also be quite different I find, as with med mal you’re dealing with a client whose professional reputation is also on the line and who may also face regulatory proceedings, which can shape your strategy.
  11. This may be just be me, but I’m not a big fan of the video chats as a regular or expected thing *with most people*. It’s annoying. I have to do my hair, possibly my make up, put on acceptable clothes...all for a 30 min chat. The suggestion here of trying it with fellow students and mentors is good and makes sense; just gauge the need to extend it to others. If you’re interested in trying to get the face time, maybe phrase it as asking the lawyer for their availability for a phone or video call, leaving it up to them to decide.
  12. There are quite a few threads that can give you general advice on what a summer student’s typical experience may be like. What will be different this year is for those working remotely rather than in office. Not at a big firm but from a lawyer’s perspective, while we’re working remotely, I’m inclined to try and book phone calls with students to answer questions they have about an assignment rather than just relying on email. I find chatting with them will often give me a better sense of what they do and don’t understand. So something to consider is if it could be useful to set up a call with the assigning lawyer once you’ve reviewed the assignment and have figured out what questions you have. To be clear, I’m not suggesting you request a call for every question. Just like when in the office, try and ask as many of your questions at one time rather than popping in and out for each one.
  13. In deciding if thats what you’ll actually do, just know that when I was called several years ago through the ‘normal process’, I didn’t get my LSUC # for a month or more. I eventually called them and got it, then got the letter a few weeks after.
  14. I work at a mid sized litigation boutique; from what I’ve seen with big law firms as opposing counsel for co-defendants, one potential downside to the big firms is the apparent stacking of multiple lawyers on a file. With 3-4 lawyers on a file, those an equivalent year of call to me seem to do far less of the interesting/complex parts of the work than I do because we only have 1-2 lawyers on the file.
  15. Do you have a partner at home with you to help? How old is the kid?
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