Flex Legal's President Appointed as Regional Alumni Advisor (Toronto) for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Flex is thrilled to announce Erin Cowling's appointment as Regional Alumni Advisor (Toronto) for the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law (Common Law). Through this role Erin will serve the Common Law alumni community in Toronto and support recent graduates through the provision of confidential workplace and career advice and alumni outreach.
See the announcements in Precedent A-List and The Lawyer's Daily.
Do you work from home or hope to work from home more often?
As freelance lawyers who work remotely we know it is not always easy. You can read some of Erin's tips for successful remote working for freelance lawyers (and regular lawyers alike) in the article: The Lawyer's Guide to Working from Home in Precedent Magazine's Fall 2018 Issue.
Do you have any other suggestions for a better remote working experience?
Erin's article "Diversity and Inclusion in the Courtroom: A Necessity, Not a Luxury" was published in the Summer 2018 Issue of The Advocates' Journal.
You can read the article here.
Erin's article Ending the Gender Pay Gap in Law was recently published in the Women in Law Issue of the ABA's Law Practice Today digital publication.
The articles discusses the current disparity in remuneration between the genders and steps firms can take to end the gender pay gap.
The full article can be found here.
The latest edition of Precedent Magazine hit our desks and the internet today. Flex's founder and President, Erin Cowling, was happy to contribute an article on tips and traps in legal networking, and in particular, how to conduct an "informational" coffee with other lawyers. The article, "Networking Coffees From Hell", can be found here.
(Have you had some unfortunate coffee experiences? Do you have some advice for other lawyers?)
Erin Cowling was quoted in a recent article "Judge strikes lawyer's claim against firm" by Alex Robinson of the Law Times. The article discusses the case of Sachedina v. De Rose where a lawyer sued his former law firm for wrongful dismissal and chose to represent himself in the proceedings. The law firm brought a motion to strike the Statement of Claim as it contravened the Rules of Civil Procedure and breached solicitor and client privilege.
Ultimately the Court struck the 87 paged, 259 paragraphed Statement of Claim in its entirety with leave for the plaintiff to deliver a new Amended Statement of Claim within 30 days. The Law Times article addresses some takeaways from the case, including why it is rarely a good idea for lawyers to represent themselves, and the importance of protecting solicitor/client privilege in wrongful dismissal claims brought by lawyers against their former firms.
Erin Cowling, co-wrote an article with lawyer, Samantha Biglou of Mason Caplan Dizgun Roti LLP about steps a lawyer or law firm can take when client demands outstrip resources. Their article was published in the June edition of the OBA magazine JUST and provides several tips for lawyers that may find themselves overwhelmed with work. The full article can be found here.
Erin Cowling, the Founder & President of Flex Legal was recently quoted in a Law Times article regarding steps lawyers should take to avoid disputes when leaving a law firm. The article examined the case of Srebrolow Lebowitz Spadafora PC v. PW Lawyers Professional Corporation et al., where a lawyer left a firm to start his own practice and a dispute arose around the payment of referral and other fees for files retained.
The full article can be found here.
Ashleigh and Erin were happy to have a chance to talk to Bianca Thomas of the CBA's Women Lawyers Forum about Flex Legal's innovative role in providing lawyers with flexible work arrangements.
Bianca's article "Making Flex Time Work" discusses both the positive aspects and the possible misconceptions that employers (and law firms) may have about non-traditional work arrangements. The full article can be found here.