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  1. At my office, it's mostly people who still insist on printing everything and have no interest in changing these habits. Unfortunately, this has necessitated their assistants also go in. Those assistants working with lawyers working remotely are also working remotely at my office.
  2. Mid-size firm here. Everyone has received remote access at this point, but we have no word on the extent to which people can actually rely on the remote access. What's everyone doing for questionings? I'm not sure I'm comfortable with being in a room with strangers for several hours given the current situation, quite frankly. I've found out most of the opposing counsel I'm dealing with on most files don't have teleconferencing capability in their offices, so it'll be interesting to see how things play out in the coming weeks.
  3. Hi folks, I'm wondering as to what you think are reasonable expectations to have of your legal assistants (of course, recognizing some of this might vary depending on the nature of one's workplace, practice, resources, etc.) My assistant helps me to get by: I don't worry about pleadings not being sent down for filing when requested and for the most part, he keeps track of routine aspects of keeping a file moving along, such as by sending out letters requesting an overdue Affidavit of Records. Sometimes, he'll forget to take routine steps on files (like follow up on a request to schedule discoveries, let's say), so I spend more time reviewing files than others in the office, just to make sure nothing is missed and so I can instruct on a routine step that may have been overlooked. About two months back, I was chatting with colleagues down the hall, and they indicated they rely more heavily on their assistants to keep them organized, such as by asking them to update basic spreadsheets of deadlines and routine steps taken on files (i.e. Defendant Affidavit of Records received _________, discoveries scheduled for ___________), so it's easy to tell what's going on with files at a glance, and to know what stage a file is at. This sounded much more efficient to me than having to physically pick up files one by one to figure out what last steps were, so I've tried to adopt the same system with my assistant, but these kinds of organizational tasks keep falling off to the wayside and he hasn't been able to keep up with them. I'm curious as to how heavily you rely on your assistants in your day to day practice; is it reasonable for me to expect my assistant to help me with these kinds of organizational tasks or are my colleagues generally just lucky to have found assistants who go above and beyond? My hope is to rely more heavily on my assistant in terms of keeping track of file management and with organization, but I would also like to make sure that these kinds of expectations are not totally unrealistic. Are there particular tasks that you wish you would have started delegating to your assistant earlier? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
  4. Congratulations on the new position, OP! When I was preparing how to advise my firm I was moving on, I realized that you can plan out exactly how you'll tell your employer that you'll be leaving, but the reality is that you only control your part of the conversation. You can't always plan for how partners will react to the news, so I'll echo what's been said above and say that being genuine and grateful is important. However, I'll also add the importance of not being too hard on yourself if the conversation doesn't go exactly the way you'd planned.
  5. Curious as to your thoughts on when during the articling year it would be appropriate to start looking for a first-year position. Not only am I fairly certain I don't want to stay on at my current firm, but also when my firm hired this year's articling students, they indicated that it's a one-year contract that isn't intended to lead to a position there as a junior associate afterwards. I would like to start my search before other firms generally let their students know whether they're being kept on, but obviously don't know nearly enough at this point in my article to start sending feelers out. Even though my firm has said from the beginning they don't intend to keep any of us on, I'm not sure if it would still be frowned upon to let them know when I start looking.
  6. As a heads up, there's a used book sale about the second week in. There's usually a lot of great bargains, and you'd be able to see the books in real life before committing to a purchase (useful if you're as picky about textbooks as I am.) It may be good to hold off on buying books until then.
  7. No problem I remember that one of the things I was most shocked by was how early the process of getting a parking pass begins. Re: taking transit -- make sure that you check bus route times if you're relying on bussing to get you to campus and if you're unfamiliar with the areas you're considering living in. While some buses may pass by a place, it could be a line that loops all the way around and could take more time than one is willing to spend on public transit. For example, I live in an older area and there's a bus that goes to the university, but it loops all the way around my part of town and downtown before making it there, which means you'd be literally sitting on a bus for hours to and from campus (versus 10 minutes door-to-door to the law centre). This seems like obvious information, but needs to be said, considering Edmonton transit is really not known for being that great.
  8. Cheaper is always a great perk! If you're at all interested in checking out the Target Park, you may wish to call them now and see how long the waitlist is (and if it's a good idea to get on now). The only reason I did Impark last fall was because I didn't realize the waitlist for Target was a 3-month wait. The Target is about on par with what you'd pay for an open surface lot on university property near the law centre, should they actually be available at any time during your time at the law school. On that note though, it might be worth checking the university reservation when it opens as well! They've gotten far with construction this year (although they've now opened up other projects a block over) - with luck, maybe there will be something that's opened again
  9. I did what Imposter suggested above and got Impark for the fall term and Target Park for second term ($30 cheaper per month and adds literally like two minutes to the commute.) I'd been getting university passes for years before that, but switched because many of the lots close by were restricted. Hiking across campus defeated the point of getting a parking pass for me. Lot N has been restricted to staff and residents for the past two years. Doubtful that it'll be different this year.
  10. Just as a heads up - a lot of these lots are only available to staff and residents (not to commuting students). From my experience, which lots are designated as which can change year to year and Parking Services doesn't disclose that information beforehand. Some lots (while listed), aren't actually available because of construction. Since the parking website is usually flooded when registration opens, make sure you have a ranking of which lots you want before you get in there to reserve.
  11. I know a lot of students in the third year class at the U of A that are currently still looking for articles. I joined a conversation comprised of some of these 3Ls, who indicated that to their knowledge, well over a quarter of the 3L class are still looking for articles (the sources they received this information from are reliable, but obviously, I have no way of verifying the information, so it may not be entirely accurate). This appears to be more in line with the video that someone posted a few pages back of the Dean, which suggested that 60% had secured articles by the time of the Town Hall at the end of January. The 82% figure came from an e-mail to the student body, which to my understanding, suggested that the U of A's class of 2016 placed better than the national rate (which was cited as 82%); no information was provided about what the current rate for U of A's 2016 class is (obviously beyond the fact that it's higher than 82%). To my knowledge, the 82% figure is not representative of the amount of students this year who have secured articles. Since this whole thread started with a member citing the 82% U of A figure, I just thought I'd provide this information as a point of clarification.
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