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Issue 65 | September 2020


This newsletter includes information to help lawyers reduce the likelihood of being sued for malpractice. The material presented is not intended to establish, report, or create the standard of care for lawyers. The articles do not represent a complete analysis of the topics presented, and readers should conduct their own appropriate legal research.
LIANS and NSBS Solo and Small Firm Virtual Conference, November 5, 2020

Join us through Zoom online on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 for the 12th annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, hosted by LIANS and NSBS. You may attend the morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1pm-4pm) broadcast, or both. Sessions may be eligible to count towards your annual CPD. We know that many attendees at past conferences also use this event to see old friends and meet new ones. Regrettably, the pandemic does not allow us to have an in person event this year. But there is one positive – not needing to rent a venue so significantly reduces the cost that we are hosting this year’s event at no charge to attendees.

The current session line-up includes (and more will be added): 

  • "Matters Before the (Virtual) Courts: Today and Tomorrow" with Justice Brothers
  • Ernst and Young session on recent tax rule changes to 'Work in Progress'
  • Current LRO developments with Theresa Graham, Registrar General
  • Lawrence Rubin, LIANS Director of Insurance on Claims Process, Office Management and Cyber / the New Cyber Insurance Coverage
  • Marcelline Madamombe, NSBS Trust Assurance, will speak to new rules addressing the risks associated with holding old balances in trust and Rob McCleave, NSBS Legal Service Support, will share practical tips for reducing old balances in a manageable way
  • Elaine Cumming, NSBS Professional Responsibility Counsel and Bernadine MacAulay, NSBS General Counsel will review the new regulations for cash transactions, client identification and verification, and trust accounts – and speak to best practices for remote client ID and verification via video technology 
  • A Wellness session with Homewood Health™
  • A panel discussion on current equity issues, including: Angela Simmonds, NSBS Equity & Access Manager, on identifying and mitigating your biases in practice; Michelle Kelly, Chair of the NSBS Gender Equity Committee, on what we’ve learned from the recent survey of NSBS members on gender discrimination and harassment; and The NSBS TRC Working Group on resources available to lawyers and firms to build their cultural competence 

As this event will be held solely in a virtual webinar format, for those who cannot join online on November 5th, the sessions will be electronically accessible after the event as recorded video. 

Additional conference details and registration information will be circulated by email in the coming weeks.