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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Getting Punky off death row Dogalone

Not long ago, I wrote about so-called dangerous dogs and my experience with such cases over the past 19-plus years.   ... [read more]

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Reflections on how we see each other and how the public sees us | Ian Wilkinson

This article is in response to Sam Goldstein’s article Difference between lawyers, paralegals wherein he says “I am pointing out there is a difference between a bachelor’s degree and community college diploma and no amount of specialized training can make up for that difference.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Law society SOP in historical context | Sam Goldstein

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is clarifying what it means by its Statement of Principles (SOP) with a motion to be voted on May 8, 2019, after the bencher election. ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves integrated practice curriculum for Ryerson University Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted with applause after benchers unanimously voted to approve Ryerson University’s application to have its juris doctor (JD) program designated as an integrated practice curriculum (IPC). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Law Society of Ontario should step up for pro bono | Guy Pratte

The recent provincial budget proposal of a 30 per cent funding cut to Legal Aid Ontario with no funding for Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), highlights the challenges the legal profession needs to grapple with: the access to justice crisis, the obligations of government, a healthy legal aid and the need to innovate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 2:59 PM

Former N.S. chief justice joins Stewart McKelvey as counsel

Stewart McKelvey announced that former Nova Scotia chief justice J. Michael MacDonald has joined the firm’s Halifax office as counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 1:10 PM

Settlement of legal dispute using B.C.-produced robot mediator called first ever Graham Ross

Although the use of technology and artificial intelligence in the judicial system may conjure up images of Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone, a dispute in the U.K. was recently solved through the use of a system designed by a B.C.-based company in a situation a lawyer involved in the case is calling the first of its kind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Kim Kardashian makes mockery of practice of law | Jasmine Daya

Kim Kardashian, the daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, an attorney who rose to prominence for his defence of O.J. Simpson during a 1995 murder trial that resulted in an acquittal, announced that she, too, will be a lawyer. (Simpson, a legendary American football hero, was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The murder trial was televised live and the case went on for months.) ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

Mansplaining to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould | Robert Harvie

Brian Greenspan recently published an article in The Globe and Mail, being rather critical of our former justice minister, “Did Jody Wilson-Raybould understand her role as attorney general?” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM - Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]