March 1, 2019

3 realities that impede lawyers from learning on the job

We have all worked with someone who, despite having years of experience, performs their job sub-optimally. There is a natural tendency to equate “years of exp...

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February 1, 2019

5 reasons lawyers should develop their intercultural competence

#MeToo. Truth and Reconciliation. Generational divides. Political differences. Virtually every major issue confronting us today is rooted in an inability to wor...

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January 1, 2019

The (assessment) results are in: 2018 year in review

We practice what we preach. With 2018 now at a close, it is time to take stock. While we engage in daily, weekly, and monthly assessments of our progress, we al...

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November 1, 2018

7 insights from ACLEA’s competencies project

The best learning is experience. When combined with the right intention, reflection, and assessment, there is no substitute for learning by doing. It is, admitt...

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September 1, 2018

5 ways CLE providers can use assessment

I was recently privileged to speak at the Association for Canadian Legal Education Directors (ACLED) annual meeting in Toronto. I was a long-time member of this...

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June 1, 2018

12 things that impair lawyers’ self-development

I have been fortunate to have had a 20+ year, multidisciplinary career (including the practice of law) and to have worked with people from many sectors. In work...

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March 1, 2018

How legal educators are getting it wrong

Don’t get me wrong. I love legal educators. Legal educators are my people. After leaving private practice, I spent 6 years teaching law and 10 years in contin...

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January 1, 2018

The (assessment) results are in: 2017 (half) year in review

“Assessments” is (literally!) our middle name. With 2017 at an end, it is time to take stock. While we engage in daily, weekly, and monthly assessments of o...

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November 1, 2017

Why you don’t know what you don’t know (and what to do about it)

When I was working in bar admission, I conducted intake surveys of recent law school graduates who were entering our program. Among other things, I had entrants...

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September 1, 2017

Why I quit a job I loved

People leave their jobs for many reasons, but it isn’t often a person leaves a job they love deeply. The reasons for such a change (or a “graduation,” as ...

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July 1, 2017

What matters most

Principia Assessments Ltd., as its name suggests, is founded on certain fundamental principles. Before Principia, we worked together for many years. In that tim...

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