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Lack of law profession transparency preventing necessary culture change | Julius Melnitzer

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:16 AM | By Julius Melnitzer

If you’re Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Paul Schabas, you’ve got to be frustrated by the results of the recent LSO survey that prompted 20 per cent of responding articling students to reveal that they had received “unwelcome attention.”

The results evidence the culture of a profession lagging precariously behind societal norms — if not behind Hollywood — in creating a harassment-free environment for all.

But it’s not for lack of trying on the LSO’s part. Schabas and his recent predecessors can point to a...