Stem Client Roundup for July 2016

We interrupt the lazy, hazy days of summer to bring you the July 2016 edition of Stem Client Roundup, our monthly compilation of notable client activities and achievements:

We’ll be back next month!

Looking for Canadian law podcasts? Here are 10 of the best.

Whether Serial was your introduction to the wonderful world of podcasts, or you’ve been listening to them for years, podcasts have officially gone mainstream — some are even calling 2016 “the year of the podcast”. Amidst the hundreds and thousands of podcasts out there on iTunes and otherwise, it can be hard to find the good stuff (the fact that even an amateur can make one: boon and bane).

So here are 10 of the best Canadian law-related podcasts for your listening pleasure. Let me know your favourites in the comments!

Hull & Hull LLP’s Hull on Estates podcast
Easily Canada’s longest running legal podcast, Hull on Estates kicked off in 2006 and now has almost 500 episodes in its archives. Fodder for the podcast includes recent cases, news stories and journal articles, and of course, estate law concepts and tips.

IdeaBlawg’s Podcast of the Canadian Criminal Code
Lisa Silver covers one section of the Criminal Code of Canada per podcast, and she’ll soon hit the 50 episode mark. Each edition generally includes a overview of section’s history, major cases that consider it,  and a general discussion of its significance. Transcriptions available for each episode as well.

The Docket
Michael Spratt and Emilie Taman got a big boost from their insightful episode-by-episode analysis of Making a Murderer, but they were around before MaM dominated water cooler chat, and they’ve since continued to produce an informative, opinionated, and timely podcast about the legal issues that make headlines in Canada, often with a special focus on the Canadian criminal justice system.

McGill Law Journal podcasts 
A few issues back, McGill Law Journal became “the first Canadian legal journal to launch a significant podcast series”. 50 episodes in, the podcast (which includes occasional episodes in French) covers issues related to the legal profession, legal education, landmark cases, and the legal aspects of current Canadian issues such as refugee rights, Aboriginal title, and senate reform.

Blaney McMurtry podcasts
Blaneys lawyers talk about a variety of legal topics, often using news stories and recent cases as their jumping off point. Recent episodes cover defamation, insurance, succession planning, and family law disputes – the podcast will be of interest to individuals and business listeners alike.

Mark Holthe’s Canadian Immigration Podcast
Holthe and his guests “offer practical advice on the latest changes to Canadian law, policy and practice” in a friendly and conversational style. As a bonus, the podcast’s website has extensive show notes that give a thorough overview of what’s discussed in each episode.

CounterTax’s Building NewLaw Podcast
Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold are self-described “late-late-night law firm architects” whose podcast is all about rethinking legal services and taking action to implement change. Recent episodes discuss freelance lawyering, workflows in law, and AI/legal analytics, and the podcast aims to “connect the NewLaw community, speed the evolution of legal services, and break the internet like Kim K.”

Investor Lawyer Podcast
Real estate lawyer Barry McGuire shares tips and knowledge about the ins and outs of real estate investment. For more than 80 episodes, McGuire achieves an approach that is casual and accessible yet informative and nuanced, covering topics like rent-to-own, shadow flipping, timeshares, and tenant troubles.

Sui Generis: A Small Radio Show About the Law
Kyle Ereaux hosts this fascinating and eclectic podcast “about the quirky aspects of Canadian law and the ways in which it shapes daily life”. Recent episodes discuss the law behind secret recipes, the difference between a province and a territory, and why 100 dimes don’t equal a 10-dollar note. (Bonus points for great music, too.)

Welcome to the Food Court
Food lawyer Glenford Jameson is a thoughtful and engaging interviewer, and in this podcast, he and his guests deep-dive into the intersections of law and restaurants, food production and policy, agriculture, and beyond. Recent topics include seed security, tipping, and the fundamental act of gardening.

Stem Client Roundup for June 2016

Here we are: at the midpoint of the year, and about to kick off one of our short and sweet Canadian summers. Here at Stem, we hope all our clients and readers make time to slow down, enjoy the fleeting pleasures of summer, and recharge for the inevitably busy fall ahead. An early Happy Canada Day and 4th of July!

We’ll be back again next month!

Stem Client Roundup for May 2016

Can you believe that 2016 is almost half over? The weather is warming up (or sweltering hot already, depending on where you live!) and summer is at last in sight. Here’s what our clients were up this past month:

That’s it for May; we’ll back in a few weeks with our next installment.

New Blogs & Podcasts at Lawblogs.ca

It’s been a while since our last update listing the newest blogs added to lawblogs.ca, and there are quite a few of them to share!

We’ve also added a couple new entries to our slowly-but-surely growing list of Canadian legal podcasts:

Know of another great blog that’s not yet on lawblogs.ca? Let us know!

 

Stem Client Roundup for April 2016

Another month has flown by, and as usual our clients have busy with conferences, blogging, training and more. Here’s a look at what they were up to in April:

That’s it for this month; we’ll be back at the end of May with more new & notables.

 

Stem Client Roundup for March 2016

The joke was on me this April Fool’s, as I thought there was one more day left in March for me to get this roundup completed! At any rate, better late than never. Here’s a quick look at some of the great things our clients have been up to over the past month:

That’s it for March – we’re keen to see what April holds!

Stem Client Roundup for February 2016

After the full month we’ve had here at Stem, I very much appreciated the bonus day of February 29th – but alas, it was not quite enough for me to get our usual month-end roundup out on time! Our clients have been busy too — here’s a peek at what they’ve been up to:

Check back next month for month our next round of new & notables.

New on Lawblogs.ca: Clawbies Winners & More

We’re due for another “what’s new at lawblogs.ca” post! Since our last update, we’ve added lots of blogs to our directory of Canadian law blogs. This batch includes Clawbies winners, finalists and nominees along with other new (and new-to-us) sites from around the blogosphere:

As always, if you’ve got a blog that meets our submission guidelines, please let us know!

Stem Client Roundup for January 2016

Happy New Year! Looking over what our clients have been up to this month, it’s clear that 2016 is off to a great start. Here’s our regular roundup of clients news and accomplishments:

We’ll be back in a month with more client news.

Stem Client Roundup for December 2015

The last day of 2015 is upon us, and we’re wrapping up the year with our December installment of Stem client news. While we were busy running the 10th annual Clawbies, here’s what our clients were up to:

That’s it for this time — see you next year!

Melissa Kluger: Blogging “helped me find my voice”

This week we’re wrapping up our Original Clawbies Winners Interview Series with these insights from Melissa Kluger. She is the founder, publisher and editor of Precedent magazine, which began as a blog in 2006. Although Kluger herself is no longer blogging, we know our readers will be interested in this behind-the-scenes look at the site’s evolution from a blog into the online presence for a print publication, and how the website acts as a companion to the magazine.

Melissa Kluger of Precedent magazine, lawandstyle.ca

Melissa Kluger of Precedent magazine, lawandstyle.ca

What prompted you to start your original blog, lawandstyle.ca? Were you the sole blogger?

I started blogging on lawandstyle.ca in 2006. I knew at the time that I wanted to launch a print magazine and thought that writing online at the beginning would help me find my voice, learn about the interests of my audience and develop the magazine’s overall tone. At the time, blogging was still quite new and a huge leap for me.  I’ll admit I was quite nervous about it at the beginning, but once I got rolling it was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to write. In the beginning, I was the only blogger.  But soon after I brought on a couple of other lawyers to write columns — one on wine and one on fashion. The print magazine launched in the fall of 2007. My online writers got space in print, but I hired professional journalists to write the majority of the content.

How do you decide what magazine content gets published online, or vice versa? How much overlap is there between content across formats?

Just about everything we run in print also runs online. Our website is also updated with daily news, photos from events in the legal community and other timely content. We also have some web exclusives, such as our popular Hireback Watch and Summer Job Watch  The data we collect for these stories online often ends up being included in print articles as well. So print and web really help each other out.

Do you have a sense of what Precedent’s most popular columns or topics are?

Our most popular content is the material our audience can’t get anywhere else. For example, we’ve published exclusive stories about the fall of Heenan Blaikie as well as all the data we’ve been tracking for the Hireback and Summer Job watches.  I think our audience really appreciates our effort to collect and report this type of insider news for them.

Oh and there’s one other super popular story: “The suits on Suits.” A couple of years ago we interviewed the Canadian-based tailor who designs the men’s suits for the TV show Suits and he told us why he chooses certain styles for certain characters. So, when people around the world Google “What does Harvey Spector wear,” our story comes up!

What have been the highlights (and low points) of your blogging/magazine journey?

A highlight and also a challenge for me has been keeping up with the way people (and lawyers in particular) consume news and lifestyle stories. When I started Precedent I wasn’t even on Facebook and no one had heard of Twitter. Today, we spend a lot of time sharing our stories on a variety of social media platforms and measuring the effectiveness of each of those platforms. It’s a fun challenge to keep up with the changing way people consume media and also be especially aware of the unique (and highly cautious) ways in which lawyers approach the web and social media.  The especially good news in all of this is that now I don’t do any of this alone.  I have a team that works with me and they are responsible for posting and sharing all our great content.  It’s amazing to have a web-savvy team who are not only great at sharing content but who also act as advisors on the most effective ways to do it.

If you can share, what’s in store next for Precedent?

Right now, I’m putting a lot of focus on The Precedent A-List. This is a site I launched in 2010 to help law firms share announcements and jobs in the legal community. Five years in, the site is still very innovative and more and more firms are using it to either advertise job openings or to announce good news like new hires, promotions and awards. It’s not blogging or a magazine, but a new kind of business that works well with the other products we offer.

Thanks very much, Melissa, for sharing your story with us!

That’s a wrap on our Original Clawbies Winners Interview Series – a big thanks to all those who participated. We ran this series in honour of the Clawbies’ 10th anniversary. Nominations for the 2015 awards are open now, and we look forward to hearing about our readers’ favourite blogs – get all the details on how to nominate them at Clawbies.ca.

P.S. Did you miss any of the previous installments of our series? Here they all are: David CantonMichael Geist | Vincent Gautrais | Allison Wolf | David Fraser | Neil Melliship

 

Who Will You Nominate For the 10th Annual Clawbies?

You know the feeling.

That little jolt of excitement and anticipation when you see a new blog post is available from one of your favourite blogs. Maybe you read it right away, or maybe you save it to read on your bus ride home (or in the bath with a glass of wine?).

Either way, you savour the post, maybe share it on social media or with a colleague or friend, and file it away in your mind, because you know at some point you’ll probably refer back to it – that’s the quality and usefulness of this blog.

So, that blog you’re thinking about? There’s your Clawbies nomination right there – and we’d like to hear about it.

This year marks the 10th annual Canadian Law Blog Awards, and until December 23rd, you can blog or tweet your nominations of up to 3 law-related blogs, using the hashtag #clawbies2015 or #ClawbiesAt10. (No need to nominate your own blog – by nominating others, your blog will earn an automatic nomination.)

Then, watch for the announcement of the 2015 Clawbies winners on New Year’s Eve, subscribe to the new favourites we’re sure you’ll discover, and look forward to more of that “can’t wait to read it” feeling all next year.

 

Stem Client Roundup for November 2015

Everything seems to really kick into high gear around this time of the year – work gets busy as we try to clear our plates a little before the holidays, and our family and social calendars are quickly filling up with engagements. Here at Stem we’ve been preparing for one of our favourite times of the year: the Clawbies, which kick off tomorrow morning. Our clients have been busy as well; here’s a look at what November held for them:

We’ll be back next month to wrap up the year with a final installment of client news for 2015.

Neil Melliship: Blogging is “a very good and relatively low cost marketing tool”

This week we bring you a new installment of our Original Clawbies Winners Interview Series with these blogging insights from Neil Melliship. Melliship is an IP lawyer and trade-mark agent at Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, BC. He is founding member of the firm’s Canadian Trademark Blog, which launched in 2006.

Neil Melliship blogs at the Canadian Trademark Law Blog.

Neil Melliship blogs at the Canadian Trademark Blog.

You’ve been blogging for more than a decade. Do you remember what prompted you to start blogging in the first place?

Our webmaster of the day suggested it would be a good way to improve our SEO based on how it was, at that time, quickly gaining traction as a marketing tool.

Have you ever taken a hiatus from blogging or considered shutting the blog down? Why?

Different members of our team have taken turns writing blog posts over the years, but as time has gone on, the initial enthusiasm has waned. We have considered shutting the blog down in the last year or so, but we haven’t as we still see it as potentially a very good and relatively low cost (time wise) marketing tool.

How do you make the time to blog regularly? i.e., how does it fit into your schedule? Do you do it as part of your work day, write on evenings/weekends etc?

It’s evolved. At one time it was a first thing in the morning task and gradually it has shifted to evenings or weekends – due primarily to increased work flow generally.

Where does your blogging inspiration come from? Do you use an RSS reader or social media to be alerted to topics of interest?

There are a few services that provide very prompt notice of new Canadian trade-mark decisions and I review those every morning.

How do you decide what topics to cover?

Our blog is targeted very narrowly – we only post on stories that relate to Canadian trade-mark law.

Do you ever include items of a personal/less-serious nature?

We are always on the lookout for ways to make the blog more readable and less formal, so that writing style reflects that as do some of the topics we write about.

How do you spread the word about a new blog post? Through social media or other channels?

Our marketing department pushes all new blog posts (and newsletter articles) out through various social media channels, as do I.

Do you mention your blog in your (firm website/faculty) biography?

Yes.

Thanks, Neil, for this! This was the sixth installment of our series – if you missed the earlier interviews, check them out here:  David Canton, Michael Geist, Vincent Gautrais, Allison Wolf, and David Fraser.