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

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 3:37 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Access to Justice: Action Committee summit all about change
In her column, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes: “In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’ ” In order to truly achieve access to justice across Canada, the justice sector needs to embrace change. The discussions at this year’s Annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters reflected this need.”

Senate amends Bill C-75 to help preserve court appearances by agents on summary offences
In a rare show of non-partisanship in the criminal law area, the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has voted unanimously to amend a government bill that would throw up hurdles to law students, articling students and paralegals appearing in court on behalf of persons accused of summary conviction offences.

Gender-neutral robing rooms spur debate at Law Society of Ontario Convocation
A report for information presented by the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) CEO inspired debate at Convocation over changes to the barristers robing room, which would create a gender-neutral space.

LSO treasurer Mercer highlights need for co-operation at Convocation in run for second term
In less than a month, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will hold a treasurer election to decide who will lead the regulator. It’s a two-person race between current treasurer Malcolm Mercer and newly elected bencher, Chi-Kun Shi. One has a long history with the law society and its working groups, the other says she’ll be “bringing the law society back to its members.”

Lawyers should scrub privileged info before hitting border, states CBA toolkit
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is urging lawyers who cross the Canada-U.S. border to do it with “clean” electronic devices to keep customs officials from accessing client information.
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.