Skunkworks Client News – December 2012

Doug Jasinski

The year-end madness that precedes the holidays is in the books for another year.  After a refreshing break to recharge the batteries, we are excited to plunge ahead into 2o13 (and I say that literally as I kicked off the year with my inaugural polar bear swim at the behest of my kids this year).  Before we dive headlong into the future though, here is a brief recap of some notable activities that our clients got up to during the final part of the year:

Vancouver-based personal injury firm Murphy Batista LLP refreshed their website this month. The new design was built to emphasize the firm’s experience in all areas of personal injury and incorporates navigation menus that better highlight various types of claims. In addition to their new website, Murphy Battista LLP also took a bold step forward into Social Media by creating the Murphy Battista Facebook Page

LAP BC has updated it’s look with a brand new website. The Lawyer’s Assistance Program is a non-profit service that provides confidential outreach, education, support and referrals to lawyers and other members of the legal community who are struggling with addiction, stress, and other issues.

In early December we published the Winter 2012 edition of VISTAS – the alumni publication for The UVic Faculty of Law. This edition focuses on UVIC Law’s long-running and incredibly successful co-op program, which is more relevant than ever in the current era of rising complaints by the profession that law school graduates need more practical skills training.  The issue also features an interview with former British Columbia Attorney General Barry Penner, and highlights from the annual technology usage survey of first year law students.   Staying with UVIC, the faculty is in the process of updating its website.  With fresh visuals in mind, the law school decided to crowd-source some of the photography for the new site from students. There were some great submissions and we look forward to seeing how some of this imagery plays out in the final site. 

Vancouver-based multi-practice firm DBM also delved into the world of social media by creating the Drysdale Bacon McStravick LLP Facebook PageDBM also welcomed Blake Cooper to their team of lawyers. Blake received both his bachelor’s and law degree from UBC and primarily focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Blake articled with the firm and was asked to join as an associate following his successful passing of the bar in December. 

Every fall, the Alberta-based multi-practice firm Brownlee LLP fundraises on behalf of the United Way. Brownlee went above and beyond this year by raising $51,283.41 – their largest single contribution to date.

Vancouver-based municipal lawyers Young Anderson presented its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 30th at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. The seminar covered a diverse range of topics from the land development process to financing municipal services.

Richmond-based cross-border tax firm W.L. Dueck & Company recently launched a blog to discuss issues that range from US Federal Income Tax and how it can affect the sale of a home in Canada to a comparison of Canadian and US Taxes. 

That hardly scratches the surface, but it gives you a flavour for some of what’s been cooking at Skunkworks (besides our now almost-famous Friday pies) over the last little while.   Stay tuned for more goodness coming in the months ahead – 2013 already looks to be an exciting year.  

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