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When: September 19, 2017
Where: Arcadian Court, Toronto
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When: November 16, 2017
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
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When: March 8, 2018
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When: June 22, 2017
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Stuart Cameron, who has spent 20 years working in the offices of the Law Society of British Columbia has been named the Supreme Court of B.C.’s new district registrar, effective Jan. 31.
“I am sure that everyone will agree he will do an excellent job and he came highly recommended by the law society,” said outgoing LSBC president Glen Ridgway, who worked with Cameron over the past year.
During his career at the LSBC offices, Cameron fulfilled a number of roles. Ridgway said he felt Cameron’s largest contribution in recent years has been his “public outreach” in explaining the role of the law society. Cameron has acted as law society spokesman since 2009 on issues related to discipline and investigation.
The last line in any Law Society of Upper Canada discipline decision is one of the most interesting to me: the cost awards and restitution orders against the lawyer.
I wonder what are the chances of the law society collecting on these orders, especially when so many licensees refuse to co-operate, claim they’re broke, or in some cases, appear to have skipped the country with their ill-gotten gains. Even when they do co-operate, the panel’s decision often has a big impact on their ability to make any money in the future.
And it seems a number of LSUC benchers wonder the same thing, because the law society’s audit committee has broken it down for us in a report to this month’s Convocation.
One of my biggest pet peeves is getting the e-mails from law firms with links to read their newsletters or articles only to click on the link and have a pdf begin to download. While I am not a client, I read an awful lot of law firm alerts, newsletters, articles, etc. And if I’m not on your law firm’s mailing list, feel free to add me! But I digress. Back to the point, which is links to pdfs are not particularly user friendly. And they are particularly unfriendly to those using mobile devices.
Today I went to a Legal Marketing Association session on mobile best practices and in light of my above pet peeve, thought I would share some of what the panel had to say about marketing via mobile devices.
They provided some interesting stats: 85 per cent of all mobile phones will have browsers by this year; mobile internet use will surpass desktop use by 2014; and 74 per cent of in-house counsel, aged 30 to 39, prefer receiving client bulletins on their smartphones (this from a study for Corporate Counsel magazine). So those are some things to consider when creating a mobile marketing plan.
Following up on the shocking events of last week, former board members of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, sent out another statement “in response to media and public enquiries” to clarify some issues regarding the rift that caused the Canadian Bar Association to send the 23-member CCCA board and executive director packing last week (see Law Times story for details.).
Signed by Cheryl Foy, Kari Horn, and Leanne Andree, the statement notes: the “former volunteer board was dissolved in response to requests for more funding for corporate counsel.” Their statement goes on to detail some of the monetary issues they say are at the heart of the problem between the CCCA and the CBA:
To what extent does the government have to follow the precautionary principle when it enacts environmental legislation? That’s a key issue at the heart of the challenge to Ontario’s rules on wind turbines that’s set for a hearing before the Divisional Court today.
The matter, Hanna v. Attorney General for Ontario, seeks to declare four regulations under the Environmental Protection Act dealing with invalid. They allow facilities to come within 550 metres of the nearest home.
Ian Hanna, a property owner from Prince Edward County, Ont., argues the rules don’t comply with s. 11 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, which requires the minister of the environment to “take every reasonable step to ensure that the ministry statement of environmental values is considered whenever decisions that might significantly affect the environment are made in the ministry.” That statement of environmental values notes 10 principles, including that the ministry “uses a precautionary, science-based approach in its decision-making to protect human health and the environment.”
In his report released this afternoon, former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache concludes that former Quebec Justice minister Marc Bellemare was not pressured by third parties to appoint judges to the Court of Quebec.
The report essentially clears Premier Jean Charest of any influence peddling.
In April 2010, Bellemare publicly stated to Quebec journalists that his selection of three judges, during his time as Justice minister between April 2003 and April 2004, had been influenced by Quebec Liberal Party fundraisers Franco Fava, a construction entrepreneur, and accountant Charles Rondeau.
The Canadian Bar Association has dissolved the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s board of directors in a dispute over funding.
Tension has been building at the CBA’s in-house offshoot for at least three years over the level of funding the CBA was providing to the CCCA, and both sides have been in mediation for 26 months in an attempt to resolve their differences.
Leanne Andree, a former president of the CCCA, discovered the news in an e-mail dated yesterday from CBA President Rod Snow.
Crown hopes for maximum sentencing for Toronto pub shooter, The Toronto Star
Radio India to pay damages after ignoring civil claim, The Province
Supreme Court to decide on health costs of smoking, Global TV Edmonton
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Giffords not to lose seat under Arizona law[/a], USA Today
No more extravagant courthouses for Florida: judge, The Miami Herald
Scalia biggest chuckles on U.S. Supreme Court, ABA Journal
UN may bring charges against former Haitian dictator 'Baby Doc,' The Canadian Press
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Gay couple win discrimination lawsuit against U.K. hotel[/a], Agence France Press
A former lawyer disbarred by the Law Society of Upper Canada last year is in hot water once again after police charged him with 30 criminal offences related to more than $1 million in missing funds.
“Since the summer of 2008, the London Police Service fraud section have received complaints in regards to the professional business practices of Alec John Dobson, a resident of London, with a legal practice that was located near the village of Dorchester,” police in London, Ont., said on Friday.
The charges include 11 counts of theft of entrusted monies over $5,000; 11 counts of breach of trust; and eight counts of uttering falsified documents. More than $1 million have gone missing, police said. None of the criminal allegations against him have been proven in court.
Lawyer gives counsel to NDP party while on opposition retainer with Heenan Blaikie LLP, The Globe and Mail
Man accused of killing teen in 1984 gets court date, Winnipeg Free Press
Saskatchewan same-sex marriage decision good for short-term: lawyer, News Talk 980
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Influential North Carolina lawyer and legislator dies at 92[/a], The News Observer
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San Diego judge to preside over Arizona massacre trial[/a], East County Magazine
Chinese judges fired in wake of highway toll evasion case, BBC News
Man charged with racial hatred accuses Australian judge of treason, The Sydney Morning Herald