law societies

  • Guidelines to protect client information on phones, laptops released

    Guidelines to protect client information on phones, laptops released

    Apr 23, 2019

    Canadian law societies are advising lawyers on how to protect their electronic devices when facing border security agents during travel. The Law Society of Ontario updated its governing board on the issue ahead of a Convocation meeting on April 25. The LSO’s agenda referenced a report developed at the end of last year and presented recently at a semi-annual spring meeting by the Policy Counterpart Group of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

  • Do benchers even matter to small firms?

    Apr 8, 2019

    Law societies are governed by a board of directors. In many jurisdictions, these directors are called benchers. Some are appointed but many are elected by lawyers across the province. They determine matters relevant to lawyers. They establish law society rules and policies. They also serve as adjudicators in disciplinary hearings. Why then do so many lawyers, especially those in small firms, decline to exercise their right to vote for benchers

  • Now is the benchers’ election of our discontent

    Mar 25, 2019

    This has been a tough winter in Canada — one of the hardest in recent years, climate change notwithstanding. Thanks to extended periods of frigid temperatures in southern Canada, we’ve all had unhappy tutorials in the science of things such as polar vortexes and weather bombs. So it was that it was often warmer in Whitehorse than in Toronto. At least in the circles I run, that meant that February was a grumpier month than it usually is. It also meant that, more than once, I found myself mumbling the Duke of Gloucester’s famous line from Shakespeare’s Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent.”

  • New law society president craves challenges

    New law society president craves challenges

    Feb 26, 2019

    She’s flown over Zimbabwe’s 108-metre Victoria Falls in a fragile ultralight. At age 56, she still back-packs regularly around the world in her boots, sleeping in hostels; no plushy hotels for this lawyer.

  • A year of missed opportunities

    Dec 17, 2018

    For lawyers in Ontario, 2018 will be the year where major opportunities were missed.

  • Let the accountants regulate

    Let the accountants regulate

    Sep 10, 2018

    Accounting firms could help us innovate in regulating legal services

  • Ryerson law proposal presents opportunities, challenges

    Ryerson law proposal presents opportunities, challenges

    Aug 6, 2018

    Ryerson University’s new law school is on pace to open in 2020, and with its opening, issues affecting aspiring lawyers have come to the forefront.

  • Time, seasoning and the future of lawyer licensing

    Jun 4, 2018

    Recently, I had the honour of being invited to take part in and speak at a celebration of the life of Wylie Spicer.

  • LSO endorses proposed Ryerson law school

    LSO endorses proposed Ryerson law school

    Feb 26, 2018

    As the Law Society of Ontario has endorsed a proposal to create a new law school at Ryerson University, some lawyers are questioning whether the province needs more law students at a time when there is a shortage of articling positions.

  • My code of conduct is wordier than your code of conduct

    Feb 20, 2018

    Various professional organizations provide for very comprehensive codes of conduct. Some groups have expanded their codes to include such things as principles for diversity. Just about everyone agrees that these constitute fine statements to which people should aspire. Some disagree and believe they should not be forced to sign documents to abide by such principles. Others disagree, claiming that the principles do not go far enough.

  • Why the Statement of Principles troubles me as a visible minority

    Feb 5, 2018

    By the end of March all lawyers and paralegals in Ontario will be required to sign an acknowledgement and promise to “promote” equality, diversity and inclusion generally in their behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.” As a female visible minority licensee, I find this deeply troubling, not only because it is vague and far-reaching, but also because it inevitably leads one to certain conclusions.

  • Statement of Principles critics: Stop fighting against us

    Dec 18, 2017

    The motto of the Law Society of Upper Canada is “Let Right Prevail.” Unfortunately, for many racialized licensees in Ontario, the general view is that right is not prevailing.

  • The case that comes after Trinity Western

    Dec 18, 2017

    The SCC's landmark ruling could queue the next challenge to the gatekeepers of Ontario’s legal profession: the cost of legal education

  • Stop being stodgy and embrace non-lawyer ownership

    Aug 28, 2017

    Some consternation about non-lawyer ownership of Canadian law firms is perfectly understandable. There's no question the current model works and lawyers are comfortable with it. Why then are alternative business models needed and, more to the point, so desirable?

  • Access to Justice BC to receive $300,000 in funding

    Mar 24, 2017
  • Law Society of B.C. makes recommendations around SCC appointments

    Jul 19, 2016
  • LSUC approves fee freeze as potential deficit looms

    Oct 30, 2015
  • Feds ordered to cover articling students’ law society membership fees

    Mar 30, 2015
  • Study questions access to justice benefits of ABS

    Jan 26, 2015
  • New Brunswick vote upholds approval of TWU law school

    Jan 9, 2015