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

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 3:16 PM | By John Carson

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John Carson
Stepping in for the Managing Editor, here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

LSO repeals Statement of Principles, replaces it with acknowledgement of human rights laws
After multiple votes on several motions, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has come to a decision on the Statement of Principles (SOP). At the Sept. 11 Convocation, the SOP was repealed and a motion to require every licensee to acknowledge in their annual reports that, “in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct,” they have a “special responsibility to respect the requirements of the human rights laws in force in Ontario” was passed.

Federal Court of Appeal provides clarity on leave motions in Trans Mountain ruling, lawyer says
The latest court ruling on the Trans Mountain pipeline project might well be remembered in legal circles for the surprising twists that occurred in the case and in the decision itself.

Things I’ve learned since law school | Kurt Sandstrom
As we enter the “back to school” season, it has given me pause to ruminate on my own journey through the practice of law, especially having just celebrated my 30-year anniversary in the profession.

Trans people in prison: Nova Scotia’s approach
A panel on transgender people and prisons took place during Halifax Pride, intended to help lawyers better serve trans clients remanded or sentenced to provincial custody in Nova Scotia and promote understanding of some issues trans people face in the prison system.

Ontario’s top judges unite in defence of legal aid, pro bono
The chief justices from Ontario’s top three courts banded together on Sept. 10 at the opening of the courts to stress the importance of legal aid, pro bono and the need for the courts to control their own resources.

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer's Daily.