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

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 3:35 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC poised for first virtual appeal hearing; Zoom ‘observers’ to see novel contract, criminal cases
The Supreme Court of Canada is opening its virtual courtroom doors next week by pioneering Zoom hearings in several civil and criminal appeals that raise novel issues of undue trial delay, pre-incorporation contracts in strata developments and entrapment in “dial-a-dope” operations.

Building law school from ‘our kitchen tables,’ Ryerson dean says as plans to open proceed
Whether it be through online learning or in-person classrooms, Ryerson’s new Faculty of Law is on track to open on Sept. 2, said the school’s dean, Donna Young.

B.C. law society considering ‘targeted’ approach on COVID-19 relief: president
The COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind for benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) as they met for their second virtual meeting, with the law society president noting the society is currently looking at spending approximately $3 million to assist members who have been hit hard over the past few months.

Ontario bar task force offers tools, tips, advice for making ‘huge adjustment’ to remote hearings
No plaid. Wear clothes below the waist. Nod, instead of bowing, when the judge enters. These basic pointers are among dozens of helpful tips, and easy-to-follow technical advice, offered by Best Practices for Remote Hearings — a detailed and useful 42-page practical guide that is designed to help lawyers successfully adjust to the new normal of virtual court appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Genocide against Indigenous women and girls continues
In her column, Pamela Palmater writes: “Under the guise of elections, holidays, pipelines and pandemics, genocide against Indigenous women and girls in Canada has been allowed to continue unabated with no plan to end it in sight.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.