It never ceases to amaze us how quickly January flies by! This month has been a great one for us at Stem: we just wrapped up our second-ever company retreat, two days of brainstorming, strategizing and of course, some fun stuff thrown in for good measure. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent together in person – something that doesn’t happen very often for a company with team members in four different cities! Our clients have been busy, too – take a look at what they’ve been up to over the past month:
- Cloud-based legal practice management software Clio announced the latest Clio Rewards program winners, noted the State Bar of Arizona has joined their affinity program, and blogged another #GoneClio customer profile. Oh, and one other little thing: at LegalTech New York, Themis Solutions unveiled phase one of Clio’s first ground-up redesign since its launch nearly five years ago. Congratulations!
- Fitness was the theme at Small Firm Innovation this month, with posts on the challenges of exercise for home office lawyers, devices to facilitate your fitness tracking, and using the Lose It! app to stick to your diet. Next month’s theme is “defining customer service for your law firm”, and Gwynne Monahan welcomes submissions on the topic.
- BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham announced an upcoming webinar on the new Family Law Act. Participants are eligible for 2.0 CPD credits from the Law Society of BC. For more information, see the webinar flyer.
- Thorsteinssons tax lawyer Paul Gibney spoke on non-resident trusts at the 2013 CIBC Wealth Advisory Services National Conference; on the firm’s tax blog, Thomas McDonnell reflected on “fairness” in tax rulings; and the firm issued a tax alert on the CRA’s recent comments on eligibility for Non-Profit Organization status.
- Chilliwack, BC lawyer Daniel Sorensen, who practises with Waterstone’s Employment Law practice group, wrote about British Columbia’s newest statutory holiday, Family Day, and what employers and employees need to know about it.
- Oshawa area law firm Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced they’ve formed a working group with other local professionals to bring a Collaborative Practice Group to the Lindsay/Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.
- On his FamilyLLB blog, Russell Alexander posted a video on the top three things Canadian parents should know about passports for children.
- Students at London, Ontario law firm Harrison Pensa blogged up a storm, with posts on getting involved in community legal aid, why law schools should offer legal marketing and practice management courses, and which skills are most important to develop in law school.
- Product injury firm Hissey Kientz created a dialysis resource guide, discussed cranial birth defects related to Zoloft, and added information on Stryker and BioMet hip replacements.
- New Jersey DWI attorney John Marshall explored whether a cash incentive program similar to one in Florida could help New Jersey police with drunk driving enforcement.
- Matthew Kraemer of Okanagan law firm Pushor Mitchell was named to the board of directors of the Westbank & District Chamber of Commerce (soon to be renamed the Greater Westside Board of Trade).
- The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) announced the keynote speakers for its annual Spring Conference in Toronto this April 14th to 16th: Fortune 500 veteran and past General Counsel of Starbucks Coffee Company, Paula Boggs, and the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces, Major-General Blaise Cathcart, CD. Check out the conference microsite for more details.
That’s all for now, but be sure to check out what Stem’s been up to over the last little while, and we’ll see you again next month with more client news.