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.
- 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
- 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.”
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.
- Dec 17, 2018
For lawyers in Ontario, 2018 will be the year where major opportunities were missed.
Sep 10, 2018
Accounting firms could help us innovate in regulating legal services
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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?
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