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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 3:17 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.
Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI
Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview.

Report on law school tuition highlights impact of high costs on access, diversity
The Law Students’ Society of Ontario (LSSO) is calling for change in its Jan. 31 report on tuition, debt and financial aid experiences, noting that the high cost of a legal education makes the profession less accessible, and by extension, less diverse.

Prairie law societies hopeful members will buy into law firm regulation
Despite feeling some pushback, the law societies of Canada’s prairie provinces are hoping for co-operation from their members when the regulation of law firms becomes a reality.
Top court splits over post-offence conduct in restoring murder conviction of N.S. man who hid, burned body
The Supreme Court has split 3-2 to restore the second-degree murder conviction of a Nova Scotia man who admitted to hiding and disposing of his dead partner’s body, but claimed he did so in a panic after she accidentally fell down the stairs while she was attacking him.

Wellness: Five reasons you should not represent yourself
In his column, Darryl Singer writes: “Lawyers being lawyers think they know how to defend cases, so why get someone else to do for you what you can do yourself. I disagree and have compiled five reasons I suggest you do not represent yourself.”
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.