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Flipping their wigs for justice

|Written By Yamri Taddese

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Photos: Yamri Taddese

Lawyers donned wacky, colourful wigs at the Law Society of Upper Canada yesterday all in the name of access to justice. It was part of the Flip Your Wig for Justice initiative, a quirky campaign with a serious purpose: raising awareness about the lack of access to justice in Ontario and bringing all parts of the justice system together to help solve it.
“We’re thrilled. We are overwhelmed by the staggering level of support and enthusiasm there’s been for the campaign this year,” says Nikki Gershbain, who is one of the organizers and the national director of Pro Bono Students Canada.
No one institution can solve the access to justice problem in Ontario, Gershbain also says, adding there’s a need for “an organizing mind.”  The profession is recognizing this need, according to Gershbain, who cites the law society’s access to justice initiative, known as TAG, as an example of that recognition. TAG creates a forum for the legal and justice sectors to foster teamwork on the access to justice front.

Law Times and Canadian Lawyer are proud to be the media sponsors of Flip Your Wig. Read more about the efforts law firms and other partners are involved in the FYW digital magazine.

  • Lawyer

    Bradley Wright
    The Flip Your Wig campaign was a success, and I hope to take part again next year. Many people contributed greatly and they deserve great credit. However, the campaign raised $60,000 or enough to cover the fees of just 1 1/2 average litigation trial files. As praiseworthy as Flip Your Wig is, it is but a drop in the bucket in improving access to justice. If we and the Law Society are serious about that issue, the only truly effective way forward is to reduce the time and costs needed to handle litigation files. That means encouraging the government to change the system based on recommendations from the Law Society. In so doing, many more people would be able to afford barristers. ABS is certainly not the answer as the profit-seeking investors would not be interested in lowering the cost of litigation as that would lower their percentage returns on their investments. Please let us kill the worst idea to hit the profession in centuries - ABS - and work on real solutions.
  • Even funnier given the Quebec hijab mess

    Albin Foro
    I would hope these hatters (and their sponsors) will speak up for access to justice by hijab wearing citizens, as they would for those who might wear a turban and beard, sidelocks and caftan, or reverse collar and crucifix to traffic court. I'd also hope they'll call for dismissal of the judge who has defiled the legal process and dignified extremist complaints in Quebec.




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