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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Recommendations, Reviews, and Testimonials (Part 2): How to Get More

Following up on part one, in this post, rainmaking trainer and coach, Jaimie Field, discusses how to get more reviews (and since ethics is her thing, you know she’s advocating doing these in an ethical way!). Read on!

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Law Society of Ontario’s Bencher Election

I will not be voting for any bencher candidates that do not fully and openly support equity, inclusion and diversity initiatives.  Here’s why.

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ILN Firm of the Month – Lutgen & Associés, Luxembourg!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Lutgen & Associés, Luxembourg!

The firm specialises in advice and litigation services in civil and commercial law, criminal business law, international mutual assistance, anti-money laundering regulations, banking law, administrative law and urban planning, and employment law.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

We’ve been talking about the soft skills that young lawyers need to hone in order to become successful, and how these translate for more experienced lawyers. Another skill I reviewed for the ABA student law blog was that of presentations (and I think we can agree this is something that many of us can work on).

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Every word matters: Supreme Court finds “church plans” include those established by church-affiliated organizations

Lawyers and students of every type are often taught that every single word in a written document or a speech matters. This idea does not end in school; the Supreme Court also often interprets federal statutes in this way, via a strict analysis of every word in a statute. In an opinion that focused on straight textual, statutory interpretation, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, et al., yesterday (Case No. 16-74), interpreting a provision in the amended version of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to mean that church-affiliated organizations – and not just “churches” in the most traditional sense of the term – can establish “church plans.” ERISA was the statute passed by Congress to provide protections to participants in qualified retirement plans. Church plans are employee retirement plans that have elected to be exempt from these otherwise stringent funding, notice and disclosure, and other standards and fiduciary duties imposed under ERISA. In addition, exempt plans are not covered by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), saving such plan sponsors substantial dollars that would be incurred by paying premiums for such coverage. These exemptions can result in substantial savings to sponsors of such church plans that would be incurred were they to sponsor a non-exempt plan.

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Howard & Howard expands home office

Royal Oak, Michigan, September 8, 2016: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Veronica Madsen has joined the firm. She will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Ms. Madsen concentrates her practice in financial institution regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Ms. Madsen served as the Vice President of Compliance/Chief Compliance Officer with an emerging Fintech platform helping small and medium-sized businesses secure financing and working capital solutions. She was responsible for drafting regulatory compliance-related policies, procedures and risk assessments; conducting compliance training and testing; reviewing and revising contracts; and serving as the Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Officer. Ms. Madsen also owned a compliance consulting company, ESTEE Compliance, LLC that assisted credit unions with their regulatory compliance needs.

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Lawyers, Clients, Techonology and how to keep the perspective

In this information era where the internet and the ever changing technologies opens a door to a more interactive, effective and dynamic business world, legal practices are not the exception, but be aware it is a resource not the source.

Internet, document sharing, virtual conferences, and all the other tools, have given law practices a new dimension on clients service. The ability to share documents drafts, information, court decisions, articles and a lot more is making the job of the lawyers less time consuming and a lot speedier. As for the clients, specially the international corporations with branches or interests in different countries and regions, it gives them the chance to unify the legal services rendered to them, under the same “practice standards” in the various jurisdictions.

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