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

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:54 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Bar gives good initial reviews to Ottawa’s proposal to put best interests of kids first in divorce overhaul
Family law lawyers were giving mostly positive early reviews to the Trudeau government’s proposed overhaul of the antiquated Divorce Act — but they also reserved final judgment until they parse the hefty 192-page bill that proposes to modernize laws relating to child custody/access, child support, child relocation and parental abduction.

Ottawa delays removing, replacing sidelined judge as taxpayers continue to foot massive litigation costs
More than three months after the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) found Justice Michel Girouard lacked the integrity to remain on the bench — the Trudeau government has yet to take the necessary steps to fire the Quebec Superior Court judge who had been accused of taking cocaine before he joined the bench in 2010.

Law Society of Ontario releases long-awaited lawyer licensing report
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) professional development and competence committee has been reviewing the lawyer licensing process since 2016 and a report on its recommendations will be presented to Convocation on May 24.

Former Lakehead dean says ‘superficial’ attempts at reconciliation don’t work
Angelique EagleWoman’s resignation as dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University (Lakehead) has thrown a spotlight on the school’s Truth and Reconciliation efforts, with Indigenous leaders in the Thunder Bay area calling EagleWoman’s departure a step backward for the school and community.

Out-of-court dispute resolution focus of latest Divorce Act overhaul
In his column, Lorne Wolfson writes: “Many of the changes proposed were recommended by experts in the field years ago. Others reflect changes in public values regarding how these disputes should be resolved.”

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