Fifty-five years ago, Canadians were enjoying the last summer of their innocence. Within 12 months, Canada would be changed irrevocably and the world as we knew it would be swept away forever.
Recently, I had the honour of being invited to take part in and speak at a celebration of the life of Wylie Spicer.
=It’s true that there is some pretty exciting stuff going on in the legal marketplace
Just like lawsuits, organizations — including both law schools and law firms — need a theory of the case, too.
The future of training the next generation of family law professionals is now, and it’s called the Aspire Legal Access Initiative which opened its doors in Calgary last week. It's a for-profit family law firm in the law school that will offer articling positions to law students.
So the leadership of the Law Society of Upper Canada wants to hold a vote this coming Thursday on changing the name of the organization to the more contemporary "Law Society of Ontario."
For those of us who work in law schools, late summer is a special time of year. After the somnolence of the summer, the adrenalin starts to pump again as we gear up to welcome our new class and welcome back our returning students.
Law schools must focus on attributes, not just skills, for a new generation to thrive in tumultuous times.
June 26, 2017|Web exclusive
Like many of my fellow baby boomers, my mind of late has often wandered back half a century. This month marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — the seminal album of the 1960s — which was followed a couple of weeks later by the Monterey Pop Festival, which in turn marked the beginning of the so-called “Summer of Love.”
“You''re a strange dude, Ian.”
Such was a compliment once paid to me by a colleague. I decided to interpret it as a compliment, at any rate. Perhaps I was fooling myself, but I took “dude” as a sign of warmth — it at least was warmer than some of the things I’ve been called over the years as a dean. Regardless, what my interlocutor was getting at, she explained, was that I seemed a contradiction in terms.