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Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Incoming OBA president will focus on innovation in profession, access to justice Colin Stevenson sm

“Innovation” is the theme for Colin Stevenson’s upcoming presidency at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The litigator noted that “society is changing rapidly” and lawyers need to “keep up.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

Dispatches from the family law sector: Limited Scope Retainer | Anita Lerek

According to York University law professor, Trevor Farrow, “Almost half (48.4 per cent) of Canadians over 18 will experience at least one civil or family justice problem over any given three-year period.” (Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report.) ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

LAO cost-cutting, rising rent hitting Toronto’s Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic hard, says director Avvy_Go_sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has forsaken its “stated principle” of reducing the impact of budget cuts on “racialized” groups in its freezing of support to an Asian legal clinic now having to cut staff, curtail services and move due to rising rent, says the clinic’s director. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 2:34 PM

Ontario’s cuts to legal aid for refugees: Possibly unconstitutional | Shiva Bakhtiary

The Ontario provincial government has called on the federal government to cover the full cost of refugee and immigration law services. Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is now prevented from doing refugee and immigration law with provincial funds. The organization will now have to rely solely on federal funding, which is not nearly enough to cover costs. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

Stop endless debate on SOP at law society Convocation | Omar Ha-Redeye

Most lawyers in Canada don’t know or care much about what Convocation is. Effectively, it is the business meeting of the elected benchers of the law society, where decisions are made about the governance of the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Why facial recognition technology is racist, invasive, dangerous facialrecognitionfemale.jpg

As we turn to face the future of law enforcement, here are some of the reasons we need to be concerned about facial recognition tools, like the ones the Toronto Police Service has been using for more than a year. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Mercer re-elected as treasurer, hopes LSO will ‘work together’ in public interest Malcolm Mercer sm 2

The Law Society of Ontario has re-elected Malcolm Mercer as treasurer for a second term. Fifty-three ballots were cast in the vote, with 31 votes going to Mercer and 22 going to Chi-Kun Shi. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Law societies’ policies for access to justice failure | Ken Chasse

Law societies appear to be powerless to serve the public interest by defending lawyers’ markets against three major threats: ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Foreign trained lawyer in land of opportunity | Alexandar Pavlov

June 27 is National Multiculturalism Day. Coming five days before Canada Day makes it the perfect time to reflect on why I am glad to be pursuing a law career in multicultural Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

A personal view of MMIWG: 15 of my First Nations clients are dead Woman Trapped

The final report of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) national inquiry, published June 3, 2019, evokes mixed feelings. Do I believe that it is a genocide? No. Labelling it as such implies that there is a single villain. They are the forgotten people. Neglected and vulnerable to crimes of violence. I have been a criminal lawyer for 13 years. In that time approximately 15 of my First Nations clients have died. The majority were young Indigenous girls. ... [read more]