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|Former Speaker of the House Peter Milliken on Parliament Hill in 2011. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)|
Donald Malcolm McRae of Ottawa and Dick Pound of Montréal were named Companions of the Order of Canada, a promotion within the order.
McRae was recognized for his “seminal contributions” to the law of the sea and to international trade law as a scholar and advocate.
Pound was recognized for his contributions as a champion of fairness in sport and of the Olympic spirit, as well as for his engagement in civic, legal and educational causes.
Officers of the Order of Canada included Jean-Louis Baudouin, an internationally renowned legal scholar and senior partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Montréal, for his contributions to the advancement of civil law in Canada as a professor and judge for the Quebec Court of Appeal.
As well, Peter Milliken was named an Officer for his public service and commitment to parliamentary democracy as Canada’s longest-serving speaker of the House of Commons. Milliken was a member of the House of Commons from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. He served as Speaker of the House for 10 years.
Former Liberal minister of foreign affairs and defence, Bill Graham, was named a Member of the Order. The former lawyer and law professor was recognized for his many years of political service.
Retired senator and Vancouver lawyer Jacob “Jack” Austin was honoured as a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in advancing Canada’s foreign trade relations, notably within the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael Meighen, also a former senator, and now counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in Toronto, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to public life as a lawyer, politician, and philanthropist.
Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Read the full list of appointees here.
Judge rules that SPCA and City of Burnaby acted legally when they seized animals from animal rescuer, The Province
Ontario court dismisses appeals seeking approval of wind farms declared as unconstitutional, The National Post
Jurors being summoned for trial that could last a year in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton, The Globe and Mail
Representative Michael Grimm pleads guilty to tax charge and announces resignation from Congress, Reuters
Judges suing California pension system Calpers over claims their pension doubled unlawfully, Reuters
Russian court gives Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny suspended sentence for embezzlement, Reuters
Credit Suisse intends to fight lawsuit accusing it of deceiving investors with securities it issued, Reuters
The reason for the enhanced transparency is twofold. Improved access is a driving factor. The discipline information that will be available online, which includes any public decision by the complaints investigation committee or a hearing panel, is already published on CanLII and available in files at the Prothonotary, but the details may be difficult for people to dig up.
The new standard, says NSBS executive director Darrel Pink, “allows a member of the public to know easily about a lawyer’s disciplinary history.” That ease of access, he adds, is expected today by the public.
“The modern legal regulator ensures as much as possible key aspects of regulation are available to the public,” he says.
The new standard, which does not include publication of staff letters of advice, CIC counsels, or cautions, is also part of a national effort by law societies to put in place the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s national discipline standards. Those standards are intended to create greater consistency with regard to complaints handling across the country. Such uniformity is important, says Pink.
“The public ought to expect legal regulators to behave in ways that are consistent.”
Nova Scotia, considered a leader in this area, has now put in place all the new standards. Standard No. 19, online access to the discipline histories of members, was the last to be implemented. At least one other law society, Ontario, has already put this standard into practice.
Lawyers have been well informed about the change. In addition to circulating a general notice to the membership, the society has written to each individual lawyer whose online membership record will be amended to confirm the information that will be included on the website.
Pink doesn’t feel lawyers will be concerned by the easier access to disciplinary information, which has been available on CanLII since 1993. “I would hope lawyers would say this is in the public interest,” he says.
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|Eddie Greenspan 1944-2014 (Photo: Law Times archives)|
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our senior partner, friend and father Eddie Greenspan,” his law firm Greenspan Partners announced on Twitter this morning.
Some of his most famous clients include Conrad Black, with whom the relationship was not 100-per-cent amicable, Garth Drabinsky, Robert Latimer, Karlheinz Schreiber, and members of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
He has been a mentor, teacher, and inspiration to lawyers in Canada for decades and has received numerous accolades from the profession including a number of honourary doctor of laws as well as the Law Society Medial in 2013, the Advocates’ Society Medal in 2009, and the G. Arthur Medal in 2001. His is also a long-time editor of Canada Law Book's Martin's Criminal Code.
Upon receiving the Law Society Medal, Greenspan said this of his life as a lawyer:
The idea of the lawyer – the classical, central idea — that is — of the lawyer battling in the criminal courts – corresponds to a universal trait in the human family. I was irresistibly attracted to the lawyer’s role in that ultimate sense. I am happy in the role. It permits me to be both cynic and idealist. As a criminal lawyer, I have come to learn that things are seldom what they seem. No frailty surprises the criminal lawyer. Indeed, surprise is reserved for occasional confrontations of virtue. Nothing gives the criminal lawyer more pleasure and satisfaction than to win a difficult case against the pressure of inflamed opinion, vindicating the stirring principles of the legal tradition against all odds. Criminal lawyers have the blood of Don Quixote in their veins. Criminal lawyers demonstrate that an honourable lawyer can have an exciting life representing persons accused of crime.
Greenspan earned his LLB at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1968 and was called to the bar of Ontario in 1970 and Alberta in 1987. He was named Queen’s Counsel in 1982
His memorial will be held Dec. 28 at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel in Toronto. More details to come.
Reaction from the legal community and beyond poured in on Twitter.
Updated 12:45: More details added.
In 2013, the Law Society of Upper Canada spent over $340,000 on costs associated with call to the bar ceremonies. As the number of candidates eligible for call to the bar increases every year, the law society has had to increase the number of call to the bar ceremonies at an additional cost. A fourth ceremony planned in Toronto for June 2015 comes at an estimated cost of at least $42,000. Here's the prediction on the number of candidates who will be eligible for call to the bar in the coming years.
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